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Buffet Collection

Step back in time and indulge in a culinary journey with the buffet

Background imageBuffet Collection: Quick Lunch and Snack Bar at Paddington Station, 1936

Quick Lunch and Snack Bar at Paddington Station, 1936
An interior view of Paddington station showing a busy snack bar, which probably opened soon after the modernisation of the station in the 1930s

Background imageBuffet Collection: GWR Buffet Car, c1930s

GWR Buffet Car, c1930s

Background imageBuffet Collection: Spanish Matador Buffet

Spanish Matador Buffet
A Spanish matador waits in front of a buffet, while the chef dishes up and a man in a suit swigs wine from a porron! Date: 1960s

Background imageBuffet Collection: GWR Buffet Car, c1938

GWR Buffet Car, c1938

Background imageBuffet Collection: Buffet Car from the 1930s

Buffet Car from the 1930s

Background imageBuffet Collection: Buffet Car No 9631, c1934

Buffet Car No 9631, c1934
GWR Publicity photograph Built 1934 to diagram H41. Currently on display at STEAM Museum of the GWR, Swindon

Background imageBuffet Collection: Buffet Car No 9631, c1934

Buffet Car No 9631, c1934
Built 1934 to diagram H41. Currently on display at STEAM Museum of the GWR, Swindon

Background imageBuffet Collection: Soldiers and Sailors Buffet at Paddington Station, 1919

Soldiers and Sailors Buffet at Paddington Station, 1919
A shot capturing the last servicemen to be offered refreshments at the Soldiers and Sailors Free Buffet at Paddington Station on 28th June 1919

Background imageBuffet Collection: Railway Buffet, Prague

Railway Buffet, Prague
Das CAFEHAUS in Prague railway station Date: 1846

Background imageBuffet Collection: Coronation Pageantry of the Past (colour litho)

Coronation Pageantry of the Past (colour litho)
5236297 Coronation Pageantry of the Past (colour litho) by Forestier, Amedee (1854-1930) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Coronation Pageantry of the Past)

Background imageBuffet Collection: Esther feasts with the king, by Tissot - Bible

Esther feasts with the king, by Tissot - Bible
3783490 Esther feasts with the king, by Tissot - Bible by Tissot, James Jacques Joseph (1836-1902) (after); (add.info.: Esther feasts with the king by J James Tissot)

Background imageBuffet Collection: Commencement of the Hull, Barnsley, and West Riding Railway and Dock (engraving)

Commencement of the Hull, Barnsley, and West Riding Railway and Dock (engraving)
1590204 Commencement of the Hull, Barnsley, and West Riding Railway and Dock (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Commencement of the Hull, Barnsley)

Background imageBuffet Collection: The Last Supper (L'ultima Cena), by Andrea D'Agnolo known as Andrea del Sarto, 1525 - 1527

The Last Supper (L'ultima Cena), by Andrea D'Agnolo known as Andrea del Sarto, 1525 - 1527, 16th Century
851316 The Last Supper (L'ultima Cena), by Andrea D'Agnolo known as Andrea del Sarto, 1525 - 1527, 16th Century, fresco by Sarto

Background imageBuffet Collection: The Last Supper (L'ultima Cena), by Andrea D'Agnolo known as Andrea del Sarto, 1525 - 1527

The Last Supper (L'ultima Cena), by Andrea D'Agnolo known as Andrea del Sarto, 1525 - 1527, 16th Century
851315 The Last Supper (L'ultima Cena), by Andrea D'Agnolo known as Andrea del Sarto, 1525 - 1527, 16th Century, fresco by Sarto

Background imageBuffet Collection: The Last Supper (L'ultima Cena), by Andrea D'Agnolo known as Andrea del Sarto, 1525 - 1527

The Last Supper (L'ultima Cena), by Andrea D'Agnolo known as Andrea del Sarto, 1525 - 1527, 16th Century
851317 The Last Supper (L'ultima Cena), by Andrea D'Agnolo known as Andrea del Sarto, 1525 - 1527, 16th Century, fresco by Sarto

Background imageBuffet Collection: A Japanese banquet at a Tea-House (b/w photo)

A Japanese banquet at a Tea-House (b/w photo)
8625213 A Japanese banquet at a Tea-House (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A Japanese banquet at a Tea-House)

Background imageBuffet Collection: Charles II of England, c.1910 (print)

Charles II of England, c.1910 (print)
7293336 Charles II of England, c.1910 (print); (add.info.: Food and beverage. King Charles II of England knighting a loin of beef, XVIIth cent)

Background imageBuffet Collection: A 17th century banquet. (print)

A 17th century banquet. (print)
7419957 A 17th century banquet. (print); (add.info.: A 17th century banquet. This official dinner celebrated the signing of the Peace of Westphalia, September 25, 1649)

Background imageBuffet Collection: Preparation of a banquet: illustration of a poem by the Persian poet Hafez (Hafiz Shirazi)

Preparation of a banquet: illustration of a poem by the Persian poet Hafez (Hafiz Shirazi) (mid-14th century)
AIS5335290 Preparation of a banquet: illustration of a poem by the Persian poet Hafez (Hafiz Shirazi) (mid-14th century), from a manuscript (damascus, Syria) (miniature); Narodni Muzej, Belgrade

Background imageBuffet Collection: French men's costumes of the late 15th century, 1889 (chromolithograph)

French men's costumes of the late 15th century, 1889 (chromolithograph)
5912640 French men's costumes of the late 15th century, 1889 (chromolithograph); (add.info.: French men's costumes of the late 15th century)

Background imageBuffet Collection: Embroidered Walnut Armchair, c.1685 (wood, embroidery)

Embroidered Walnut Armchair, c.1685 (wood, embroidery)
7141198 Embroidered Walnut Armchair, c.1685 (wood, embroidery); Parham House, West Sussex, UK; (add.info.: Birds, foliage and animals decorate the seat, while a formal banqueting scene)

Background imageBuffet Collection: Artistic sugar work by Paul Laurent: A basket for the buffet (b/w photo)

Artistic sugar work by Paul Laurent: A basket for the buffet (b/w photo)
8652255 Artistic sugar work by Paul Laurent: A basket for the buffet (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A basket for the buffet)

Background imageBuffet Collection: Artistic sugar work by Paul Laurent: Basket for the buffet (b/w photo)

Artistic sugar work by Paul Laurent: Basket for the buffet (b/w photo)
8652248 Artistic sugar work by Paul Laurent: Basket for the buffet (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Basket for the buffet)

Background imageBuffet Collection: A temporary bridge across the canal of the Redeemer, Redentore (engraving)

A temporary bridge across the canal of the Redeemer, Redentore (engraving)
8651108 A temporary bridge across the canal of the Redeemer, Redentore (engraving) by Zezzos, Alezzandro (1848-1914); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBuffet Collection: Death of Sertorius at the Banquet (engraving)

Death of Sertorius at the Banquet (engraving)
8658571 Death of Sertorius at the Banquet (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Death of Sertorius at the Banquet)

Background imageBuffet Collection: Mixed spa bathing with feasting and music (woodcut)

Mixed spa bathing with feasting and music (woodcut)
8663772 Mixed spa bathing with feasting and music (woodcut) by German School, (16th century) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Mixed spa bathing with feasting and music, 1519)

Background imageBuffet Collection: The Poor Invited to the Feast (engraving)

The Poor Invited to the Feast (engraving)
8633834 The Poor Invited to the Feast (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Poor Invited to the Feast)

Background imageBuffet Collection: The Chimneypiece of the Banqueting Room, Croome Court (b/w photo)

The Chimneypiece of the Banqueting Room, Croome Court (b/w photo)
8639462 The Chimneypiece of the Banqueting Room, Croome Court (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Chimneypiece of the Banqueting Room)

Background imageBuffet Collection: Scenes from the Gospels, 10th Century (colour litho)

Scenes from the Gospels, 10th Century (colour litho)
8672844 Scenes from the Gospels, 10th Century (colour litho) by German school, (10th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Scenes from the Gospels)

Background imageBuffet Collection: Banquet of the Highland Society, Edinburgh (engraving)

Banquet of the Highland Society, Edinburgh (engraving)
8676435 Banquet of the Highland Society, Edinburgh (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Banquet of the Highland Society, Bonnington Park, Edinburgh)

Background imageBuffet Collection: Banquet for General Sir Archdale Wilson at the Oriental Club, London (engraving)

Banquet for General Sir Archdale Wilson at the Oriental Club, London (engraving)
8676396 Banquet for General Sir Archdale Wilson at the Oriental Club, London (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageBuffet Collection: The rich man's feast and the poor man's lamb (litho)

The rich man's feast and the poor man's lamb (litho)
8676061 The rich man's feast and the poor man's lamb (litho) by Rhead, Louis John (1857-1926); Private Collection; (add.info.: The rich man's feast and the poor man's lamb)

Background imageBuffet Collection: Plans of the New Hotel, Royal and Buffet, Royal Albert Dock (litho)

Plans of the New Hotel, Royal and Buffet, Royal Albert Dock (litho)
8667728 Plans of the New Hotel, Royal and Buffet, Royal Albert Dock (litho) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Plans of the New Hotel, Royal and Buffet)

Background imageBuffet Collection: France, Champagne-Ardenne, Marne (51), Epernay: Un bas relief by Gustave Navlet (1832-1915)

France, Champagne-Ardenne, Marne (51), Epernay: Un bas relief by Gustave Navlet (1832-1915)
LUX4711694 France, Champagne-Ardenne, Marne (51), Epernay: Un bas relief by Gustave Navlet (1832-1915) represents a feast with champagne in the 8th century, 1883; (add.info.: France)

Background imageBuffet Collection: Banquet at San Sebastian, 1900

Banquet at San Sebastian, 1900
3481009 Banquet at San Sebastian, 1900; (add.info.: Banquet at San Sebastian. Nationalist Paris city councillors celebrating their victory in municipal elections by paying a visit to Paul Deroulede)

Background imageBuffet Collection: Regency gentlemen dining with travelling salesmen at a tradesmen's hotel in Cheltenham

Regency gentlemen dining with travelling salesmen at a tradesmen's hotel in Cheltenham
FLO4619221 Regency gentlemen dining with travelling salesmen at a tradesmen's hotel in Cheltenham. The Bagmens Banquet at the Bell Inn Cheltenham

Background imageBuffet Collection: Banquet. 11th century (chromolithograph after English Psalter)

Banquet. 11th century (chromolithograph after English Psalter)
537703 Banquet. 11th century (chromolithograph after English Psalter); Universal History Archive/UIG

Background imageBuffet Collection: Page from Useful Artistic Furniture, c.1900 (engraving)

Page from Useful Artistic Furniture, c.1900 (engraving)
2972959 Page from Useful Artistic Furniture, c.1900 (engraving) by English School, (20th century); The Geffrye Museum of the Home, London, UK; (add.info.: Useful Artistic Furniture)

Background imageBuffet Collection: View of the great banquet given by the provosts of the merchants

View of the great banquet given by the provosts of the merchants and aldermen in honour of the birth of the dauphin
AIS5371371 View of the great banquet given by the provosts of the merchants and aldermen in honour of the birth of the dauphin Louis-Ferdinand of France, the eldest son of Louis XV, King of France

Background imageBuffet Collection: The Banquet at St James's Palace, 12 July 1902 (litho)

The Banquet at St James's Palace, 12 July 1902 (litho)
8639054 The Banquet at St James's Palace, 12 July 1902 (litho) by Begg, Samuel (fl.1886-1916) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Banquet at St James's Palace, 12 July 1902)

Background imageBuffet Collection: 'Le banquet de Psyche' Peinture de Charles Joseph Natoire (Charles-Joseph Natoire, 1700-1777), 1732

"Le banquet de Psyche" Peinture de Charles Joseph Natoire (Charles-Joseph Natoire, 1700-1777), 1732
UIG5335152 "Le banquet de Psyche" Peinture de Charles Joseph Natoire (Charles-Joseph Natoire, 1700-1777), 1732; Superstock/UIG

Background imageBuffet Collection: The marriage in Cana, chromolithograph from a home bible, 1870

The marriage in Cana, chromolithograph from a home bible, 1870
UIG5413226 The marriage in Cana, chromolithograph from a home bible, 1870; UIG

Background imageBuffet Collection: French costumes of the 15th century, 1889 (chromolithograph)

French costumes of the 15th century, 1889 (chromolithograph)
5912636 French costumes of the 15th century, 1889 (chromolithograph); (add.info.: French costumes of the late 15th century)

Background imageBuffet Collection: Fox Terriers: 'Buffet, ' 'Bristles' and 'Bloom'

Fox Terriers: "Buffet, " "Bristles" and "Bloom"
5856397 Fox Terriers: "Buffet, " "Bristles" and "Bloom"; (add.info.: Fox Terriers: "Buffet)

Background imageBuffet Collection: Cathedral (La Seo, Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza). The tapestry museum. Flemish tapestry

Cathedral (La Seo, Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza). The tapestry museum. Flemish tapestry
7209765 Cathedral (La Seo, Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza). The tapestry museum. Flemish tapestry. Esther and Assuerus : the Banquet of Assuerus and the repudiate of Vasthi (Esther en Assuerus)

Background imageBuffet Collection: Cathedral (La Seo, Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza). The tapestry museum. Flemish tapestry

Cathedral (La Seo, Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza). The tapestry museum. Flemish tapestry
7209761 Cathedral (La Seo, Catedral del Salvador de Zaragoza). The tapestry museum. Flemish tapestry. Esther and Assuerus : the Banquet of Assuerus and the repudiate of Vasthi (Esther en Assuerus)

Background imageBuffet Collection: Embroidered Walnut Armchair Detail, c. 1685 (embroidery)

Embroidered Walnut Armchair Detail, c. 1685 (embroidery)
7141205 Embroidered Walnut Armchair Detail, c. 1685 (embroidery); Parham House, West Sussex, UK; (add.info.: A formal banqueting scene, probably featuring Solomon and the Queen of Sheba)

Background imageBuffet Collection: Page from William Caxton's edition of the prologue of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

Page from William Caxton's edition of the prologue of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales
3329855 Page from William Caxton's edition of the prologue of Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales'; (add.info.: Page from William Caxton's edition of the prologue of Chaucer's The)



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Step back in time and indulge in a culinary journey with the buffet. From its humble beginnings as a Quick Lunch and Snack Bar at Paddington Station in 1936 to the iconic GWR Buffet Cars of the 1930s, this dining experience has stood the test of time. Imagine stepping aboard a GWR Buffet Car, circa 1938, where you are transported to an era of elegance and sophistication. The ambiance is reminiscent of a bygone era, where passengers would gather for delectable meals while traversing through picturesque landscapes. Buffet Car No 9631 from 1934 beckons you with its tantalizing aromas and sumptuous offerings. As you savor each bite, you can't help but appreciate the craftsmanship that went into creating such a delightful experience on wheels. Travel further south to Spain and discover the Spanish Matador Buffet. Here, flavors burst forth like fireworks as traditional dishes dance on your taste buds. It's an explosion of colors, tastes, and textures that leave you craving more. But buffets aren't limited to trains alone; they have been part of history's grandest events too. In 1919, soldiers and sailors found solace in the Soldiers and Sailors Buffet at Paddington Station after their arduous journeys during World War I. It provided them with comfort food amidst chaos - a true testament to its ability to nourish both body and soul. Even biblical tales come alive through buffets. Esther feasts with the king in Tissot's masterpiece depicting opulent banquets fit for royalty. These lavish spreads symbolize abundance and celebration throughout history. The Railway Buffet in Prague showcases how this concept transcends borders. Czech cuisine intertwines harmoniously with international flavors here – truly a melting pot of gastronomic delights.