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Visit One of the World’s Most Famous Eating Houses

For over 300 years, this charming establishment has served as a beloved destination for both locals and visitors seeking a taste of authentic Georgian-era cuisine and a glimpse into the past.

The origins of Sally Lunn’s can be traced back to the early 18th century. In 1725, a French refugee named Solange Luyon established a bakery on the premises. Solange, who became known as Sally Lunn, is credited with creating the iconic Sally Lunn bun, a large, sweet bread that quickly became a local favourite.

Over the years, the bakery evolved into a bustling eating house, frequented by notable figures such as Jane Austen and Beau Nash. In 1948, the property was purchased by the National Trust, a conservation organisation dedicated to preserving Britain’s historical and cultural landmarks.

Today, Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House offers a menu that transports diners back to the Georgian era. Guests can indulge in traditional dishes such as:

Sally Lunn Buns: Served with a variety of sweet and savoury toppings, including cinnamon sugar, clotted cream, and ham and cheese.
Georgian Beef Pie: A hearty stew of beef, vegetables, and herbs, served with a flaky pastry crust.
Lamb Hotpot: A warming dish of lamb, vegetables, and gravy, served in an individual pot.

Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, pre-theatre meal, and dinner are all served at Sally Lunn’s. Menus feature real historic foods along with local fare and offer a historic refreshment based on the original Sally Lunn bun, which is still cooked according to a secret formula. Serving locally sourced English cuisine, including their trencher meal, they are a genuine traditional English eatery.

The dining experience is enhanced by the charming ambience of the restaurant, with its original Georgian fireplaces, wooden beams, and cosy nooks.

The Museum

In addition to the eating house, Sally Lunn’s also houses a small museum dedicated to the bakery’s history and the Georgian era. Visitors can explore interactive exhibits, view artefacts, and learn about the lives of the people who lived and worked at Sally Lunn’s.

The museum highlights the importance of food in Georgian society, the role of women in the food industry, and the development of culinary techniques during this period.

Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House & Museum is a captivating blend of culinary delight and historical charm. By stepping into this timeless establishment, visitors can experience the flavours and traditions of the Georgian era while also gaining a deeper understanding of the city’s vibrant past. Whether enjoyed as a dining experience or an educational adventure, Sally Lunn’s is an unforgettable destination that transports visitors to a bygone era.

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