Discover the story behind Sir Loin at Hoghton Tower

Hoghton, Lancashire

Take a tour of the same banqueting hall and staterooms visited by James I, where you’ll also see the menu from the famous ‘Sir Loin’ banquet.

400 hundred years ago, the lavish and unstinting hospitality of a 17th Century Lancashire baron to his King resulted in the knighting of ‘Sir Loin’ cut of beef.

Sir Richard De Hoghton invited King James I to stay at his hilltop manor just outside Preston, welcoming the monarch with a huge red velvet carpet that stretched the full length of the ¾ mile driveway.

During the three day visit the King enjoyed stag hunting and dined lavishly in the company of dukes, earls and knights. It is said that the King was so enamoured by a loin of beef he ate during a banquet at Hoghton Tower that he knighted it ‘Sir Loin’ which is how it got its name.

To commemorate the 400 year anniversary there will be a number of events held throughout the year including a re-enactment of the King’s visit on 8 - 9 July. 

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