Good Food - Good Wine - Good Company
Aims and Activities of the British Epicure Society
The Society was founded in 1959 with the aim of furthering the knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of good food and wine in congenial company. There is an event each month and so far we have held over 500 lunches, dinners, wine tastings and presentations on gastronomy and associated subjects. These events are organised by members of the Society’s committee, elected each year at our Annual General Meeting. They are mostly held in the London area, though there is usually at least one summer ‘outing’ a year.
The Society owns and maintains a reserve of fine wines, which provides an excellent opportunity for members to enjoy a range of classic and New World vintages. Entrance and membership fees and any surpluses on events go towards the replenishment of our wine reserves.
Membership is limited to 100 in order to foster an atmosphere of friendly intimacy at functions. Currently, the entrance fee is £25 and annual subscription £20. Prospective members must attend two functions as guests of the Society before they can apply for membership. We usually plan on 30-40 participants for tastings and lunches, with up to 50 or 60 for grander occasions. There are two black-tie events a year, the Annual Dinner, most recently held at the Athenaeum Club in Pall Mall, and the Annual General Meeting, held for some years at Imperial College. Both events feature wines from the Society’s cellar.
Prices of events range from £40 upwards for tastings and £55 upwards for lunches and dinners and we aim to have a range of more or less expensive events in every season’s programme.
The following gives an idea of our range of events:
Dinner at Pavilion restaurant, Kensington
Dinner at Bleeding Heart restaurant, City
Dinner at Arbutus, Soho
Summer "outings" to Hush Heath vineyard in Kent and to Michelin starred restaurant JSW in Petersfield
Lunch at Le Pont de la Tour restaurant, Tower Bridge
A tutored tasting of Argentinion wines followed by Argentinian food at the Troubadour, Brompton
Themed evenings - a tasting of wines, including some from the Society's cellar, combined with supper featuring food from the region. Most recently these have covered Bordeaux, Italy, Burgundy and Eastern and Central Europe.