Food and Drink

Food glorious food, magical food, wonderful food!

We've been working hard with Chesford Grange over the last few months, slaving over hot stoves and testing meal options - the job of the Hotel Team is a hard one, honest! And we are now very pleased to confirm that there will definitely be food available at the Convention. Just in case there was any doubt. 

Whether you want to sit down for a two course dinner and a break, or grab a quick bite as you're dashing between programme items, we've got you covered. 

All day tuck shop

Available Friday to Monday, 7am to 9pm (with the exception of Sunday)

Grab 'N' Go-Before-The-Watch-Catch-You will be available between 7am and 9pm from the bar in Treacle Mine Road.  

Between 7am and 11am you be able to grab either a bacon bap or veggie sausage inna bun with a tea or coffee at £4.50 each.

After 11am the Tuck Shop will be serving the following:

  • Hot dog - £4.50
  • Beef burger - £4.50
  • French fries - £2
  • Jacket Potato with a range of fillings (beans, cheese, tuna, chilli, veggie/vegan chilli) - £6
  • Wraps with a range of fillings - £4.50
  • Salad box - £6
  • Chilli and rice and veggie / vegan chilli and rice - £8
  • Pasta dish - £8
  • Curry dish - £8

Whole margherita pizzas will be available for £11 with two toppings from a selection of ham, sweetcorn, onion, pepperoni, mushroom, pineapple and chilli.  Further toppings can be added at £1 each. 

To top it all off you'll also be able to pick up crisps, chocolate bars, muffins and fruit for £1 each.

Sunday Night Gala Alternative Barbecue

For Sunday evening we will be offering a barbecue service instead of the tuck shop, as part of our street coronation party at £6 each: 

  • Beef Burger and salad
  • Chicken Fillet Burger and salad
  • Pork Sausage and salad
  • Vegetarian sausage & salad (suitable for vegans)
  • Vegetarian burger & Salad (suitable for vegans)
  • Jacket Potatos
  • Burger Baps


Available in the restaurant 7am to 11am 

£10.95 per adult, and £5.50 per child, buffet style:

  • Bacon
  • Mushroom
  • Tomato
  • Sausage (pork)
  • Sausage (veggie and vegan)
  • Fried Eggs
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Baked Beans
  • Hash Browns
  • Fried eggs
  • Cereals and milk
  • Toast from toasters


Friday to Monday in the restaurant 12:30pm to 3pm

£9.50 per adult and £6 per child, includes main course and dessert

Available every day

  • Jacket Potatoes with assorted filings
  • Salad bar of assorted salads and cold cuts
  • Desserts selection to include fruit salad


  • Gluten free Penne Pasta with Mediterranean Vegetable Provencal Sauce 
  • Braised Beef and Silverskin Onion Pot au Feu
  • Poached Cod with Baby Pousse and Basil Pesto
  • Pilau Rice
  • Steamed Purple Sprouting Broccoli
  • Cauliflower Polonaise                        
  • Stir Fry Station
  • Banoffee Tart


  • Stir Fry Station with Vegetables and Quorn
  • Selection of various pizzas
  • Grilled Beef burger 
  • Grilled vegetarian burgers with baps & Caramelised onion
  • Sweet Potato and Black Bean Patties
  • Spiced Potato Wedges
  • Chantenay Carrot Persilade
  • Grilled Salmon with Sweet Chilli Dressing
  • Fruit Pavlova


  • Stir Fry Station
  • Roast Beef with Red Wine Jus
  • Yorkshire Puddings
  • Dauphinoise Potatos
  • Vegetable Panache of Leek, Cauliflower and Broccoli
  • Smoked Haddock Florentine
  • Three Bean & Mediterranean Vegetable Ragout
  • Tumeric Rice
  • Apple Pie


  • Spaghetti with Sauteed Wild Mushoom and Red Basil Oil
  • Beef Lasagne
  • Vegetable Lasagne
  • Soya Milk based Vegetable Lasagne
  • Roast Hake with Cherry Tomato Ragout
  • Spiced Potato Wedges
  • Buttered Carrots & Peas
  • Manchester Tart


Thursday dinner

As is now tradition, we have arranged for entertainment and a meal on Thursday evening for the early arrivals to the Convention. The dinner will be a buffet style at £11 per person, and will include the following:

  • Chicken and mushroom casserole
  • Rosemary roast new potatoes
  • 5 bean cassoulet with plum tomato and sweet potato
  • Chilli con carne
  • Steamed rice
  • Seasonable vegetable panache
  • Assorted salads
  • Chocolate eclairs
  • Fresh fruit salad

Friday to Sunday in the Restaurant 7pm to 9pm

£16 per adult and £10.95 per child, include main course and dessert

Available every day

  • Salad bar of assorted salads and cold cuts
  • Desserts selection to include fruit salad


  • Chicken Tikka Masala
  • Sweet Potato, Chick Pea and Spinach Curry
  • Basmati Rice
  • Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni
  • Mixed Vegetables
  • Poppadoms
  • Mango Chutney
  • Raita
  • Naan Bread
  • Sag Aloo
  • Chocolate Tart


  • Honey and Thyme Roast Loin of Bacon
  • Sauteed Parmentier Potatos
  • Fine Beans with Vichy Carrots
  • Poached Salmon with Peppered Strawberries and Basil
  • Aubergine and Courgette Moussaka with Quorn
  • Pappadelle Pasta with Sun Dried Tomato and Cepes
  • Pecan Tart


  • Lamb Navarin
  • Rosemary Roast New Potatoes
  • Kale,Savoy and Carrot Saute
  • Baked Cod Filled with Spinach Cream
  • Stir Fried Vegetables with Sweet Chilli and Lime
  • Beef Tomato Baked with Pea and Mint Risotto
  • Baby Plum Tomato Macaroni Cheese
  • Vanilla Slice

Dietary requirements have been communicated to the hotel, and an allergen matrix is available here.  If you have any questions after reading this, or require something specific please notify the restaurant, or the person taking your order.


What would a convention be without drink? Well ... pretty dry. At the Drum, you'll be given a 15% discount on presentation of your membership badge on all standard bar pricing. As well as that, we've got some additional special pricing just for you:

Breakfast Tea & Regular Coffee - £2
Hot Water - £1

For the drinkers out there, don't panic, we've got you covered. We've ordered enough beer, cider and gin to sate a mine full of dwarves in a heat wave. We'll confirm the special selection we're ordering in for the Convention as soon as possible.

House Speciality - Discworld themed Mocktails

For those of us who would rather not drink alcohol, or even those who like a nip now and then and also something refreshing on the side, we have arranged special mocktails to be served at the Convention, at £4.25 per glass and £17.50 per pitcher:

  • Witches Abroad - Cranberry juice and Orange Juice
  • Hogfather - Mint lime and lemonade
  • Jingo - Orange juice, lemon juice, pineapple juice, ginger ale and grenadine syrup
  • Sourcery - lime, soda mint, sugar syrup and ginger beer