As part of Warwick’s celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of King James I’s visit to the town, The Old Shire Hall on Northgate Street will be serving up a feast fit for a King on Sunday 5th November.
The Old Shire Hall has joined forces with Shakespeare’s England and other venues in the town, including Warwick Castle, The Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick Racecourse and St. Mary’s Church, to put together a programme of events over the weekend of 3rd to 5th November to mark the royal occasion.
The venue has its own unique connection to the former King of England and Scotland, who styled himself as “King of Great Britain”, as an oil painting portrait of the King himself, painted by 17th century portrait artist Cornelius Janssen and bought by William Henry Lord Leigh in 1875, hangs in the Drawing Room in Judges’ House.
Diners at The Old Shire Hall on Sunday 5th November will be able to view the portrait for themselves as they work up an appetite with some pre-lunch drinks in the Drawing Room, before taking their seats for a sumptuous Sunday lunch in the grand surroundings of the Great Hall.
Kushal Birla, Head of Customer Service at Warwickshire County Council, said: “I’m delighted that The Old Shire Hall is part of Warwick’s celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of King James’ visit.
“As one of the town’s historic venues, we hope people will take the opportunity to come and explore our unique buildings and enjoy lunch and a drink in the company of a portrait of the King himself!”
King James I visited Warwick in 1617, at the age of 51, and died just eight years later. The only son of Mary, Queen of Scots, he came to the town to visit his chancellor, Sir Fulke Greville, then owner of Warwick Castle and member of the Privy Council. James became King of Scotland at the tender age of just one, and became the first Stuart King of England in 1603, aged 37.
The historic site of The Old Shire Hall dates back to the 16th Century, and was used as court rooms and a centre of county business. The building that stands on Northgate Street today is Grade I listed in recognition of its fine classical composition and high degree of architectural style.
Tickets for a two course Sunday lunch in the surroundings of the Great Hall cost £25 per person. For more information, including menu choices, visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/old-shire-hall-law-courts-and-judges-house or contact Harriet Lund, Head of Events, on 01926 736350.
To view the full programme of events for the Warwick King James I Festival, visit www.shakespeares-england.co.uk/warwick-king-james-i-festival.