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Apr 3, 2011 12:32 PM

Looking for Medieval Private Dining in Boston

I'm a Canadian and my fiance is an American from Nevada. We're getting married this June in Boston, as a "neutral nod" to our binational relationship (neither of us have any particular affiliation to Boston). We're truly unique people, so we're getting married with a medieval theme. We'll be wearing full period garb (costume) at the ceremony and will be "knighted" in marriage by a justice of the peace at Boston Common. The reception dinner will be a quiet affair with only a few friends attending, no more than 10 in total (since we're flying them to Boston from Canada).

We're looking for a fine restaurant in the greater Boston area where we could reserve a private room for the evening for about 10 people. Other than good food (and the food style doesn't really matter), we'd like a place that has a rustic or medieval theme to it, something old and stylish and antiquated where a bunch of knights sitting around a table wouldn't look too out of place. We'd also need a place that would allow us to eat there in medieval garb, so no place with a dress code (unless they'd make an exception)!

We've read about Medieval Manor, but it sounds like more of a dinner theater and we're looking for something private. Any recommendations?

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  1. BU castle?
    The Hampshire house on the common?

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      1. re: alwayscooking

        We're targeting a Thursday evening in June, tbd.

      2. re: alwayscooking

        just a note:
        got married in the hampshire house in 95 and had a great time. i played bass in the lounge band we had for music, we had young children at the time, it was the middle of winter (january) and a justice of the peace service, the whole thing went off without a hitch. staff was great, food was quite good, parked our cars, and compared to what people pay for weddings, a bargain.

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        1. Maybe Hammond Castle on the north shore would do it? You might need your own caterer. Alternately, Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester might do a facility rental. John Harvard's also has a massive wood round table in one corner, IIRC, and has an olden sorta look along with cheeky stained glass windows. The food, however, is far from fine dining.

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          1. re: newhound

            John Harvard's big round table has the right look but it's definitely not private dining and you'd have gawkers all night.

            The Castle at BU looks perfect from the outside but inside is pretty standard nice function room decor.

            I know what you're going for but can't find much to recommend for you. If you'd expand to an outdoor option, maybe a clambake (or other catered event) on Spectacle Island. Personally, having planned events on another (privately owned) Boston Harbor Island, I wouldn't want to have an outdoor wedding involving a boat ride (lots of issues with scheduling, weather) but it might work for this particular group.

            1. re: Chris VR

     I didn't realize they did George's Island private events. Fort Warren would be an AWESOME setting for your wedding.

              I'm surprised to see the glass of champagne in the picture, though. My understanding when I was working in that area is that no alcohol was allowed on the publicly owned islands because they were part of the State Park system. That ay have changed, but I'd check first if that's important to your group.

              1. re: Chris VR

                It looks like that has indeed changed: not only is there a prominently featured shot of a glass of champagne on the "Private Events" page that you linked to, but there are glasses of wine on the tables in the photos of the alliance's gala on George's Island, and the Improper Bostonian review of the clambake event (from 2009) mentions buckets of beers.

                However, you may need to apply for a special license to serve alcohol at your event, so you should indeed ask about that.

              1. re: StriperGuy

                Both Higgins Armory or Hammond Castle would be the right setting, but not for 10 people - those are facility rental options, not restaurant options.

              2. re: newhound

                I attended a wedding in Hammond Castle. The couple getting married were serious SCAers and the setting is a fantasy castle filled with real medieval antiques. You couldn't find a better venue.


              3. I don't know if the Castle in Leicester has a private room , or whether it's very good. It has a reputation for being dated. It's a good hour from Boston, but the setting could be good.

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                1. re: trufflehound

                  They do indeed have at least one private room; it was being set up for a party when I was there a week or so ago. The setting is perfect for a medieval dining affair. The food is "dated", as in it's a throwback to elegant food of the 70s and 80s -- Steak Diane and Steak Au Poivre prepared tableside, calf's liver with bacon, that sort of thing. A little overpriced, but nice.

                2. SCA is VERY active in the Boston area. You might try posting on of of their sites.