Diners enjoy a meal from the past in the Elizabethan Room of The Gore Hotel, London.
M/S of people in modern dress sitting at a long dining table in the Elizabethan Room of The Gore Hotel, London; they are attended by Elizabethan serving wenches and a man in costume plays a lute. Another couple enter the room; they are shown to their places at the table by a buxom blonde serving wench who calls for a toast to the couple (natural sound); the other diners raise their goblets to them.
M/S and C/Us of a wench turning and basting a suckling pig on a spit in a fireplace; the ground is strewn with straw. Two wenches enter the dining room; one carries a roasted boar's head, the other a roasted peacock, which seems to be set upon a stuffed peacock with all it's feathers in place and tail fanned out behind. This wench serves some guests to some peacock, with some difficulty (I think that fork is a bit small for serving with, dearie). The other girl has more luck in serving slices of boar.
M/S of a man, John Rammell, talking to the lady sitting beside him at the dining table; a wench comes between them to tie a large white napkin around John's neck. Commentator talks of the Elizabethan custom of men offering women a drink from their cup; if she drank holding two handles she was interested, if with one, she wasn't. The wench picks up a loving cup with two handles from the table, puts her arm around John's shoulder, and they each hold a handle while sipping from it at the same time, then kiss.
M/S as the same wench collects food from diner's plates that they have been asked to save for the poor of the neighbourhood (another custom of the day). M/Ss and C/Us of the musician playing the lute and singing an Elizabethan song (natural sound); as the diners look on; a glamorous woman takes a drag of a cigarette; a man dips a clay pipe into his beer and lights it. At the end of the song the diners cheer and bang their fists on the table.
Note: There are extensive notes on file about this hotel and themed dining room. John Rammell (Remmell?) was the PA of Pathe producer/director Terry Ashwood. See Out takes/ cuts on *PM0127*.