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“Dear Val, We are still slightly reeling from the party - it was all such fun and went so well that we have had lots of thanks and congratulations which is lovely. Various people asked how I found such a perfect venue - internet of course, but the presentation and taste of your web site really helped. .Then they asked about finding such great caterers - well, I had to admit that they came with the Hall [again web site was a great help/very encouraging] which made me realise what a punt it was in a way as I had no experience, or recommendation, of your food. The quality and of your menus was an indication, but they could conceivably have tasted of cardboard whereas in fact everything was delicious. The canap├ęs came in for most praise - I was only annoyed that I tried nothing but the fish & chips as I felt too nervous. Then the puddings - which I considered really fantastic - so clever to get a taste of three, and so prettily and appetisingly arranged - with the brandy snap basket thinggy being actually epic. The quality and quantity of the vegetables were also remarked upon... . Getting the right size place is key and nine tables of ten was just right for that room - having the fireplace area free was good for the speeches and some photos - the painting above is a great backdrop. I was surprised not so many people sat around there but it was an important feature as reagrds atmosphere - some people even remarked on the delight of the smell of wood smoke! Also people were enjoying chatting circulating around the room - so - fine. Candelabra are the perfect table decoration - really no need for more in terms of atmosphere - sophisticated yet warm etc. For me personally my enjoyment of the evening was much enhanced by my feeling that everything was under control, that it was all working smoothly and that I did not need to fret or interfere. That was partly the organisation pre- the evening, but also Rhianne was impressive - clearly competent without being dour - she was pleasant and smiley. The waiting staff were very good too - there seemed to be loads of them and they were very nimble so there was no hanging around - important with timing relatively tight. I am in danger of over egging the praise so it sounds insincere but really it was all impressive. Thank you - to you, and to your team and all involved, Best wishes, Laura Westbury”


Laura Westbury

Afternoon Teas in the Merchant Taylors Hall York
Link - To Celebrate a special event in your life, book the Merchant Taylors for a wonderful Afternoon Tea. From your very first birthday tea party to a wedding reception. Pre booking is required, for further informaion please call us on 01347 878628.
To Celebrate a special event in your life, book the Merchant Taylors for a wonderful Afternoon Tea. From your very first birthday tea party to a wedding reception. Pre booking is required, for further informaion please call us on 01347 878628.
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Wedding, Banquet, and Conference Hall for Hire in Central York

The Merchant Taylors Hall is a carefully restored 14th Century venue for hire within the historic walls of York. Perfect for

The Merchant Taylors Hall, York is managed by Poppy Caterers.

You can also use Poppy Events event equipment hire service to make your event extra special. They offer everything you might need to style the hall – from wedding chair covers to glass hire. You can also use their venue styling service which will help you select the best items to create a particular look for your event.


Private Hire of our Hall in York

The beautiful hall is suitable for Banquets, Wedding, Corporate & Special Occasions.

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Merchant Taylors Hall

Merchant Taylors may have been built in 1649 but it has all the modern facilities you need.

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Catering at Merchant Taylors

Mouthwatering dishes are prepared by Poppy Caterers on-site team for your guests.

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Historic yet modern

The 14th century Hall of the Company of Merchant Taylors, is an easy to find venue in York located within the historic walls, not far from the York Minster.

It has been carefully restored and offers a unique blend of historic architecture, atmosphere, modern facilities and first class catering.

Perfect for Small or large gatherings

The Hall provides very flexible accommodation. The Great Hall has capacity for 120 guests seated for dinner and many more theatre style. The Small Hall can seat up to 40 for dinner and also provides a great space for pre-event receptions, small meetings, or events. In the Spring and Summer the Hall's delightful garden can also be used for receptions.

The Hall has parking for up to 20 cars.

Local car parks are within 3 minutes walk; and York station is a short taxi ride or walk away.

A quality service you can trust

Catering and events in the Hall are managed by Poppy Caterers an experienced and respected local business.

Poppy Caterers are well known for bespoke catering of the highest standard and running successful events with their highly praised team.

Merchant Taylors Hall and Poppy Marquees are just what's required for "never to be forgotten" weddings, banquets, special celebrations, prestigious dinners, important meetings, conferences and exhibitions in central York.

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