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Goatski

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The Reform Club
« on: March 12, 2020, 03:00:18 PM »
According to Wikipedia -

"The Ulster Reform Club is a business, social and dining club in Northern Ireland. The club's clubhouse, which opened on New Year’s Day 1885, occupies a conspicuous position on Royal Avenue in the centre of Belfast.  In its décor, furnishings and objets d’art, the clubhouse retains historical associations."

- And that's as much as I know about the place. 

However, on 21st April 2020 - from 10.30am to 1pm, for the princely sum of £25, there is apparently a tour of the building (including tea and a scone) followed by a walking tour of Belfast City Centre.  That's about £5 per ½ hour.

Details here>>>  https://www.ulsterarchitecturalheritage.org.uk/event/coming-soon-members-only-visit-ulster-reform-club-belfast-walking-tour/
 

jillyfred

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Re: The Reform Club
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2020, 11:54:43 AM »
It would be well worth seeing Goatski.

It also used to have -like similar London Clubs-beautiful accommodation where out of City Members would stay
when in Belfast for business or pleasure!

Sadly like many other events unless a miracle cure for this virus is found I doubt the Tour will take place.
However,thank you for posting the information.

jilly

PS
Have just heard Racing at Down Royal and Downpatrick will take place but only with those who need to be there will be there.
No public,no bookies,no catering or bar facilities.
A very costly business for the Clubs and resulting in cancellations to many other vendors who frequent the Meetings.

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Re: The Reform Club
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2020, 08:50:57 AM »
A colleague invited me to lunch at the Reform Club some 30 years ago and it was definitely something out of the ordinary. It was jacket and tie of course, and while the food was quite ordinary (but pleasant), the overall experience, from the heavy silver plated cutlery to the fully uniformed waitresses, was pure 'Downton Abbey'. It was also surprisingly quiet inside, given it's location right in the heart of Belfast.  But the most striking thing on the day was the number of famous faces (famous by local standards) calling in for lunch in the hour or so that I was there.

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Re: The Reform Club
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2020, 07:31:09 PM »
worked in it over the years fitting the carpets and maintaining them, nice club but very upper class with old men reading papers on victorian chairs lolol but they always gave us a great lunch ,decor out of this world

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Re: The Reform Club
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2020, 09:01:17 PM »
I had lunch in The Reform Club last month. It was really like The Old Boys Club you see in Movies, however, there were quite a few Ladies dining in it..Oh how times have changed. I could get used to that life.

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Re: The Reform Club
« Reply #5 on: April 03, 2020, 11:34:48 PM »
I'm guessing that one needs to be invited, to be able to  'lunch' in the Reform Club ?

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Re: The Reform Club
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2020, 11:22:30 AM »

I'm guessing that one needs to be invited, to be able to  'lunch' in the Reform Club ?


It's a private club, 30 years ago you could only dine as a guest of one of its members, I'm guessing that hasn't changed, but the link below will probably confirm either way.  I remember asking the person who invited me all those years ago, how much it cost, and I think he said that it was several hundred quid to join and then several hundred quid of an annual fee... obviously the member pays for any guests' lunches (on the day I was invited, my colleague (the member) simply signed a tab, no money passed hands) and is responsible for their behaviour.

https://www.ulsterreformclub.com/

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Re: The Reform Club
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2020, 02:31:21 PM »
I had lunch in The Reform Club last month. It was really like The Old Boys Club you see in Movies, however, there were quite a few Ladies dining in it..Oh how times have changed. I could get used to that life.
changed times mc namee


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Re: The Reform Club
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2020, 05:25:24 PM »
It's a private club, 30 years ago you could only dine as a guest of one of its members, I'm guessing that hasn't changed, but the link below will probably confirm either way.  I remember asking the person who invited me all those years ago, how much it cost, and I think he said that it was several hundred quid to join and then several hundred quid of an annual fee... obviously the member pays for any guests' lunches (on the day I was invited, my colleague (the member) simply signed a tab, no money passed hands) and is responsible for their behaviour.

https://www.ulsterreformclub.com/
Ah yes.....just like the Pony Club ;)
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