THE CLUB HOUSE - UPMINSTER HALL
THE CLUB HOUSE
The Club House is something distinctly out of the ordinary. Among local buildings only the Parish Church is older. The Manor of Upminster Hall was one of the 17 manors which King Harold II gave to Waltham Abbey, and the Abbots used it as a summer retreat where they practised other sports than that now associated with it, with special emphasis on hunting and fishing. When Henry VIII
dissolved the monasteries he granted the Hall to Thomas Cromwell, Earl Wolsey, made the
suggestion to Henry that he could smooth the way to divorce from Catherine of Aragon by making himself head of the Church of England. He held high offices such as Chancellor of the exchequer, Master of the Rolls and Lord Privy Seal. He was loaded with lands and riches – and lost his head for alleged high treason! After that the Hall was occupied by the Latham family, the Dowager Viscountess Campden, Henry Noel the Earl of Gainsborough and members of the
Branfil family. The last private owner was Major Godfrey Pike. The Hall has undergone many changes during its long history. The central hall dates from the time of Henry VI. The beautiful staircase and gallery was built in the reign of Charles I. This gracious timbered manor house with its mullioned bay windows was altered and enlarged in 1937, but everything possible was done to preserve its unique character, and it has, in fact, lost little of its charm. All the same, it has all modern comforts, including Men's and Ladies' locker and dressing rooms with the ladies accommodation on the first floor.
The restaurant is presided over by our resident caterer - Mark Grant. Members will no doubt remember Mark from his previous stay at the club.
The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunches (served from 12 noon). Sandwiches and snacks are available at any time during the day.
A variety of theme food nights and dinner dances are arranged by the Entertainments Committee at various times throughout the
year. Details of these will appear on the Entertainments Board in the Stone Lounge and they indicate how to book.
On most Saturday evenings an à la carte menu is available and on Sunday a traditional three course Sunday Lunch is served every week. Reservations for these should be made by entering your name in the Reservations Book which is kept just inside the door to the restaurant.
Member’s special events can also be catered for. Bookings for these should be made through the Secretaries’ Office.