Members’ Dining

Dining Terms 2021/2022

  • Wednesday 27 October 2021 - Friday 26 November 2021

    Michaelmas 2021

  • Tuesday 11 January 2022 - Friday 8 April 2022

    Hilary 2022 dates to be confirmed

  • Monday 25 April 2022 - Thursday 2 June 2022

    Easter 2022 dates to be confirmed

All Dining Dates

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Dining is a rich and unique experience of King’s Inns. The tradition of dining was, and still is, all about building a spirit of collegiality. Networking and getting to know your colleagues in the barrister profession is one of the most important aspects of our member community.

King’s Inns is delighted to say Members’ Dining will restart on Wednesday, 27 October at 6.30pm. For Michaelmas Term, we will host Dining on Wednesday, Thursday and most Friday evenings until 26 November 2021. There will be no Benchings until 2022. 

We will advise of COVID–19 guidelines closer to the time of each event. Please check each event listing for Covid–19 protocol.

Bookings

To make the dining booking process easy, all bookings must be made via an online booking system below. Please read information on Dining below before making a booking. 

Going forward, the Office of the Under Treasurer will manage bookings at King’s Inns, not our food and events partner. Bookings will not be dealt with in any other format.

Communications

  • All Dining queries to be sent to dining@kingsinns.ie.
  • Benchers and Honorary Benchers: You will be notified through email on Dining.
  • Barrister members: To receive direct email communications on Dining, please subscribe to our Dining notice mailing list on the right hand side of this page (on the bottom of page if viewing on mobile).
  • Student members: You will be notified through your King’s Inns email account on Dining. Please read the instructions carefully and familiarise yourself with the customs of Dining.

Barristers

When you can Dine

Subscribing barrister members, which include practising and non–practising barristers, may invite guests (as many as you would like) on any night during the dining term, except on nights of benchings and bencher student nights.

Many barristers love bringing their family and friends to experience one of the oldest customs of King’s Inns. Guests can be booked through our online booking system when you are making your booking.

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Menus and Dietary Requirements

Menus are pre–set for each night of Dining. Dinner is €45.00 per person (discounted member rate) for a four–course menu. If you (or your guests) have any dietary requirements, please detail this upon booking. This is to ensure that your needs are catered for on the night.

Please note, all 14 allergens are openly used throughout the kitchens at King’s Inns. Our food and events partner does cook with Celery, Cereals containing Gluten, Crustaceans, Eggs, Fish, Lupin, Milk, Molluscs, Mustard, Nuts, Peanuts, Sesame Seeds, Soy Beans and Sulphites, and as much as they try their best to keep them from other foods, there could be traces of them in anything they make.

Barrister members and guests are welcome for complimentary pre–dinner drink in the Bar Room and coffee and tea after dinner.

For dinner, drinks can be ordered and paid for in advance or on the night. Pre–order of drinks is necessary to ensure your drinks are available (and red wines can be opened for you before the evening commences). Pre–ordering of drinks is managed by our food and events partner, Claire Hanley Catering who will contact you three–working days before the Dining night.

Bookings

  1. Bookings to be made through the King’s Inns online booking system. Bookings are managed by King’s Inns and will not be dealt with in any other format. Upon booking, you consent to King’s Inns transferring your booking information to our food and event partner, Claire Hanley Catering.
  2. Payment of €45.00 per seat (discounted member rate) is required to confirm your booking. To confirm your booking, you will need a credit/debit card.
  3. Individual bookings and tables of 8, 14, 20 and 26 are welcome*. Please note if you book less than eight people, you may be placed with other people at a table. If you would like to seat with other diners, please details this upon booking. * In line with current Government regulations, bookings must be limited to a maximum of 8 persons per table. We do not take tables of 10.
  4. Please detail your (the host) Year of Call upon booking.
  5. If you (or your guests) have any dietary requirements, they must be stated at time of booking. Requests cannot be accommodated at a later date.
  6. When booking, you will receive an automated booking confirmation and receipt of payment via email. This is your official receipt and invoice. Please file for accounts purposes, if required. You will be asked to present your booking confirmation on the night of Dining.
  7. Bookings can be accepted up to 1–week before the dining event if spaces are available.
  8. If dining nights are fully booked, we will operate a waiting list via the online booking system on a first come, first serve basis.

Cancellation Policy 

Due to the nature of Dining, we have a strict cancellation policy. Cancellations can be accepted up to 3–working days (excluding weekends and bank holidays) by emailing us at dining@kingsinns.ie. On confirmation, we will issue a refund minus a €10.00 booking fee. Cancellations after this time, you forfeit 100% of the Dining fee.

Students

Whether you decide to go and practise at The Bar of Ireland or in other jurisdictions, or decide to use your skills as a barrister as in–house counsel, in academia, communications or policy, forming allies with your peers is key. Dining helps student members to make connections and break bread with your peers and future mentors.

WHEN YOU CAN DINE 

Student members are gifted 10 nights of Dining by the Benchers of King’s Inns. See the Member Relations document on Moodle for further details.

Student members may bring guests on certain nights of Dining called “Student Guest Night” and their guest must be paid before attending a Dining event. Students cannot bring guests on any other night of Dining.

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MENUS AND DIETARY REQUIREMENTS

Menus are pre–set for each night of Dining. Student members are served a three–course menu. If you have any dietary requirements, please detail this upon booking. This is to ensure that your needs are catered for on the night.

Please note, all 14 allergens are openly used throughout the kitchens at King’s Inns. Our food and events partner does cook with Celery, Cereals containing Gluten, Crustaceans, Eggs, Fish, Lupin, Milk, Molluscs, Mustard, Nuts, Peanuts, Sesame Seeds, Soy Beans and Sulphites, and as much as they try their best to keep them from other foods, there could be traces of them in anything they make.

BOOKINGS

  1. Bookings to be made through the King’s Inns online booking system.
  2. No payment is required. Benchers of King’s Inns gift each student member 10 nights of dining. See the Member Relations document on Moodle for further details.
  3. To make a booking, you need your student number and King’s Inns email address.
  4. If you have any dietary requirements, they must be stated at time of booking. Requests cannot be accommodated at a later date.
  5. When booking, you will receive an automated booking confirmation via email. Keep in a safe place as you will be asked to present your booking confirmation on the night of Dining. You must sign in upon arrival. Please bring your student card. 
  6. Bookings can be accepted up to 1–week before the dining event if spaces are available.
  7. If dining nights are fully booked, we will operate a waiting list via the online booking system on a first come, first serve basis.

Cancellation Policy 

Due to the nature of Dining, we have a strict cancellation policy. Cancellations can be accepted up to 5–working days (excluding weekends and bank holidays) by emailing us at dining@kingsinns.ie. Cancellations after this time and no shows on the night will incur a charge of €30.00.

Dining Terms

Dining is a rich and unique experience of King’s Inns. Keeping ‘terms’ in the Dining Hall is one of the oldest customs of King’s Inns. The tradition of dining was, and still is, all about building a spirit of collegiality. Networking and getting to know your colleagues in the barrister profession is one of the most important aspects of our member community.

Our Dining Hall has over 200 years’ of experience in hosting and welcoming guests. Today our members, who comprise of benchers, judges, senior counsel, barristers (practising and non–practising) and barrister–at–law students, find ample opportunity for conversation and discussion in our beautiful Dining Hall but, more importantly, they meet and come to know the people in their profession.

Guests of barrister members – friends, family, and colleagues – are most welcome to join us to experience the celebration of dining on most nights throughout the law term. Student members can bring a guest on dedicated Student Guest Nights.

Terms

There are three dining terms throughout the academic and legal year:

  1. Michaelmas
  2. Hilary
  3. Easter

Throughout the year, we host different evenings in each term to celebrate events linked to our academic and legal calendar along with nights where we invite certain guests to experience Dining. 

Events include: Irish Language Night, Auditors’ Night, Benchers’ Guest Night, Grand Night, Bencher Student Night, Student Guest Night, Benchings, and Special Guest Nights.

The Dining Experience

To allow everyone to experience the custom of Dining, we have certain guidelines in place on the night of Dining. If you have any guests new to dining at King’s Inns, and not familiar with customs, please let them know in advance. 

Dining commences promptly at 6.30 pm and ends approx. 8.30 pm. 

Dress Code 

  1. All guests of Dining are encouraged to wear dark clothes suitable for court. 
  2. Student and barrister members must wear a gown to Dining. Gowns are provided in the Entrance Hall. Guests are not required to gown up if they are not members. 

On Arrival 

  1. The main dining hall door will open at 6 pm. 
  2. All guests will be greeted in the Entrance Hall. 
  3. Ticketed cloakroom available for busy nights of Dining.
  4. Student members will be asked to present their King’s Inns student card, sign in and wear with the supplied lanyard for the duration of the event. 
  5. All barrister members will be asked to present their booking confirmation.
  6. Benchers go straight to the Benchers’ Room on arrival.
  7. Students and barrister members, and their guests, are welcome to have a pre–dinner drink in the Bar Room.
  8. Check the table plan in the Entrance Hall before entering the Dining Hall, student tables and barrister tables are identified. Benchers sit at the top of the Dining Hall on the Dais. 
  9. The Bench Stewart will ring a bell to call everyone to the Dining Hall promptly at 6.30 pm.

While Dining 

  1. Please stand for Grace before and after the meal.
  2. Keep the centre aisle free and do not move between tables during Dining. 
  3. All electronic devices should be on silent or turned off before entering the Dining Hall.
  4. Photographs cannot be taken until after the meal and all ceremonial is over, and even then, only with permission of fellow diners.

Departure 

  1. Please leave the Dining Hall immediately after last Grace.
  2. Complementary coffee and tea is available in the Bar Room for everyone.
  3. Please return and hang up your gowns on racks provided in the Entrance Hall before you leave the building.