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The Trencher Tradition

Our evening menu requires a little explanation. Traditionally, a type of bread – known as “Trencher” was used before the invention of plates.

Unlike plates (invented around 1500), the Trencher bread gets its flavour from the food and is eaten as part of the meal.


The use of Trencher breads remained popular in Georgian England – perhaps the most famous of all being the Sally Lunn Bun, enjoyed here at Sally Lunn’s House for over 300 years.

Our historic menu offers main courses served in the Trencher tradition with a generous slice of Sally Lunn Bun. All include today’s selection of fresh vegetables and a plate!