Hatfield House Hospitality
Hatfield House is a fine Jacobean house, built in 1611 by Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury and is now home to the 7th Marquess and Marchioness of Salisbury and their family. The estate has been in the Cecil family for 400 years and is now open for the summer season for you to enjoy the historical mementos collected over centuries by the Cecil family, in company with renowned textiles, furniture and works of art. The iconic Rainbow portrait of Queen Elizabeth I should not be missed! You can also discover the story below stairs, in the recently restored kitchen, as the staff prepared for Queen Victoria’s visit and banquet in 1846.
Picture perfect gardens dating from the early 17th century, a 25-acre farm and a visit to the exclusive range of Stable Yard shops completes a perfect day out, together with morning coffee or light lunch in the Coach House Restaurant.
Alongside the Jacobean Hatfield House, you will find the original palace of Hatfield (below). Built in 1485, it was originally owned by King Henry VIII who used it as a home for his children, Edward, Elizabeth and Mary. It was while living in the Old Palace, in 1558, that Elizabeth learned of her accession to the throne.
The Old Palace is now used as a venue (above) for beautiful weddings, spectacular gala dinners and lavish lunches and will provide the setting for the Hertfordshire Life Food and Drink Awards 2017.
Accommodating up to 300 for a conference, networking event or drinks reception, 270 for lunch or dinner and 200 for a dinner dance, the Old Palace with its knot garden and raised lawn provides a stunning venue whatever the occasion.
In contrast to the ancient palace, there is the Riding School, with its glass roof and mezzanine level, for meetings, conference and team building events requiring a more contemporary feel.
The team at Hatfield House Hospitality is passionate about delivering exceptional quality food and service fit for royalty so you can be assured that whatever the occasion guests will leave with the best of memories. The team at Hatfield House is proud to be hosting the Hertfordshire Food and Drink Awards 2017 awards lunch on July 24 and look forward to welcoming finalists and guests to the grandeur of the Old Palace to experience dining like a king or queen.
Hatfield House is open to visitors Wednesday to Sunday 11am-5pm (last entry 4pm) with the Coach House Restaurant and Stable Yard shops open Tuesday to Sunday 10am-5.30pm. The Old Palace and Riding School can be hired for events all year round. Car parking is free of charge.
Hatfield AL9 5HX