Drapers Hall stages Medieval Banquet as part of Brother Cadfael Weekend

Sights, sounds and tastes of the Middle Ages are being recreated by a Shrewsbury restaurant as part of the town’s Brother Cadfael Weekend.

Drapers Hall restaurant, located in one of the town’s finest buildings of the Middle Ages, is marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Brother Cadfael author Edith Pargeter by staging a medieval banquet on Sunday September 29.

As part of the official line up of Cadfael-themed events, the banquet will be acompanied by costumed actors and medieval minstrel and entertainer Paul Saunders who will be playing instruments of the era, from the crumhorn to the hurdy gurdy.

The feast, served in two sittings at 1pm and 5pm, will include Medieval style dishes eaten off trencher breads and washed down with tankards of special Cadfael ale brewed by the Shrewsbury-based Salopian Brewery.

Chef-patron Nigel Huxley said: “We’ve had a lot of fun researching this menu. Traditionally goose would have been used for an autumn equinox feast in September, but as geese are more difficult to find this time of year, we’re slow-roasting a large pig with herbs, hay and apples and serving game birds, tarts and vegetables types that go back to medieval times. It’s simple and seasonal using tips from medieval food writers.

“We were thrilled to be asked to support a weekend of events that’s going to be great for the town and the local tourism industry.”

Drapers Hall, in St Mary’s Place, dates from the 15th century and still retains much of its original interior and furniture including the medieval long tables at which guests will be seated.

Shrewsbury-based Mr Saunders, who performs all over the UK under his stage name  ‘Wynndebagge’, has freshly returned from a UK tour supporting the Medieval band, Blackmore’s Night, put together by legendary Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore.

The Cadfael Weekend includes a series of events throughout the town including guided walks of where chapters of the Brother Cadfael books were based, visits to monastic ruins, exhibitions, book readings and a service at Shrewsbury Abbey, all in  honour of Pargeter, the Shropshire-born author who created the hugely popular medieval sleuth monk character under the pen name Ellis Peters.

Medieval diners are urged to book in advance on 01743 344679. Tickets are £20 per adult and £8 per child.
 

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