Dining At Gray’s Inn

April 22, 2014 tags: Blog, News

The Inns were historically as the name suggests they were, places of refuge where victuals and fellowship could be obtained in this most collegiate of professions. Indeed, it is not possible even today to qualify as a barrister unless one has partaken of at least 12 Dinners in Hall. There, the barristers and students dine together, in messes of 4, with the senior person in that 4 sitting nearest the north oriel window, serving the food to the other members, and ensuring the messes on either side are 'toasted' by name-ensuring that when the student leaves that dinner he knows at least 11 other members by name. Hall is a truly historic room. It contains extensive panelling and doors made of wood recovered from ships of the Spanish Armada. Sir Winston Churchill, an Honorary Bencher, met President Franklin D. Roosevelt there before the USA entered the Second World War. Crests of landed families, and portraits of eminent judges and royalty fill the walls. Tonight is Guest Night, and it is our privilege to be entertaining a FRCoG to dine with us. We may be called upon to entertain afterwards, all remains to be seen. Dining at Grays inn      

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