TESTIMONIALS

Another stunning meal last night. I often wonder how many units may have failed were it not for the amazing dining experience that enables us to invite people for a great meal. Please pass on my very best to the gang. S & F, Daniel Field - 24th April 2024

Daniel Field The Square at Upminster

Hi Gary, Just a quick message to say how extremely enjoyable the lunch last Sunday was. My guests thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The food as usual was excellent as was the service at the table and the bar.  I always bang on about the meals we have after our meetings and how good they are to my friends. It was great for them to see first hand. Regards John - 29th March 2024  

John Hutchison The Square at Upminster

Hi Gary, Just wanted to thank you & your staff for a fabulous meal on Wednesday 28.2.24 for Victory Marine Lodge. Great feedback from everyone as always. As always a few last min cancellations due to work & illness. Top quality food & service as always. We have received the new price menu for 1.4.24 and totally understand that everything has gone up. As always you have the full support of Victory Marine and please thank all your staff for their brilliant hard work. Yours Sincerely and Fraternally, Jon Turner VML 6160 Secretary  

Jon Turner The Square at Upminster

Gary, Thank you so much for the Burns Lunch yesterday. Myself and my guests had a fantastic afternoon. The food as ever was outstanding and the team worked so hard to make sure we all had what we wanted in good time. I did buy all your team a drink afterwards to say thank you but would you please pass on our thanks to them again as they made the afternoon. Here’s to the next one! Phil - 29th January 2024  

Phil Morgan The Square at Upminster

Hi Gary, Just like to say that the Burns Night meal was fantastic with lots of praise for all courses.I must say I have been a Mason for nearly forty years and visited dozens of centres and your food is consistently one of the best.Sorry I mucked up with missing a vegetarian option. Again, too much on. I did apologise to Lorraine and the Brother for my faux pas. All the best, Mark - 28th January 2024  

Mark Lambkin St Cedd Lodge - 6519 The Square at Upminster

Gary, Just a quick note to thank you & your team for the excellent dinner you prepared for us last night. It was so well cooked & very tasty & the service was spot on. We have received many positive comments & guests are looking forward to our next White Table event at The Square. Please convey our thanks to everyone involved. Best Regards, Dave Gulvin - 4th December 2023.

Dave Gulvin Bromley Priory Lodge - 3604 The Square at Upminster

Hi Gary, Just wanted to congratulate you and the team on yet another amazing meal on Friday. Multiple members and guests went out of their way to tell me how good the food was. The hospitality led to a guest deciding to become a joining member. It’s only fair that you guys hear about the positive experiences people have because of your efforts. Thank you all for everything you do. See you all in December! Regards,

Daniel Field West Ham Abbey Lodge The Square at Upminster

Gary, Just wanted to pass on my personal thanks to you all for an amazing event last Saturday at our Unison Lodge white table event. The staff were amazing. I would also just like to pass on from everyone at the event, members and guests on the standard of the menu, the food was beyond excellent and very much enjoyed by all. Really looking forward to our September meeting and hopefully another white table event next year. Kindest regards, Gary   

Gary Hayes Unison Lodge 4761 The Square at Upminster

Gary I just wanted to drop a note of thanks to you, Lorraine and the team for the amazing service and food we had on Saturday. It's the first such event I’ve been to where things have gone so smoothly - at least from our side of things (I hope it wasn’t too stressful from your side!!) Everyone commented on the quality of the food, obviously no surprise to me, but our guests were very impressed. Lorraine, the waiting and the Bar staff were simple amazing - how you orchestrated the courses to be served in such a short time amazes me - as was perfectly cooked Halibut for that many covers - I struggle getting it right for 6 people, never mind 60. Please pass on our thanks to all involved - I’ve sent a little something which should arrive on Friday! Roll on 7th July, when it looks like we’ll have 90 dining! Best regards Tony

Tony Sanders Liberty of Havering Lodge 1437 White Table The Square at Upminster

Good morning Gary Can I on behalf on my Lodge thank all the staff for making our first meeting at Upminster so memorable. The members were once again blown away. Although some of us are regulars as visitors with other Lodges for some it was the first visit Yourself , Lorraine and the whole team should be very proud of the service you all deliver. Nothing was too much. Thank you. Kind regards, Trevor Hermes

Trevor Hermes Unison Lodge 4761Meeting The Square at Upminster

Dear Peter & All, Just a quick email as we had our meeting last night. I personally and many of the members present last night cannot thank you enough for giving us fantastic evening. Firstly, it's lovely that Esme opens the bar area for us before the start of the meeting. She is excellent and a credit to you. I now drive from West Wales to each meeting after moving from Upminster, so I now know that I don't have to wait until 1830-1700 for a drink, plus you must see the difference in the takings. Happy day's all round. Secondly, Lorraine and all the waitresses were and are brilliant as always. Nothing is too much trouble for them. They make the festive board absolutely perfect. And lastly the food was also fantastic, great value, well cooked and delicious. We don't see the kitchen staff much, but they all play a huge part In making our evening memorable. I am the secretary of my London Lodge, so I know all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes which is missed. Thank you all, you, and your team have transformed Upminster into something special. Michael P Robinson

Michael Robinson Lodge of Friendship 5587 Meeting The Square at Upminster

Hi Gary, I just wanted to write and thank you for another incredible meal on Friday night. We had a White Table so it was lovely to be able share the dining experience at The Square with our friends and family. I was confident of a good meal, but was blown away by the standard and attention to detail... the focaccia bread and antipasti was amazing. I could've eaten that all night! The lamb was beautifully tender and the sides were lovely. My wife doesn't like coffee, but was amazed at how light and subtle the tiramisu was. Everyone was so complimentary of the meal and the repeated feedback was, 'I'd never normally eat those!' roasted Zucchini, cocktail onions, cutting through the green veg. Seriously, Gary. I've done a fair few banquets in my 23 years in masonry. I have never enjoyed a meal at a masonic event as much as that! Completely different experience! Please extend my thanks to all of your team. Thank you, Dan

Daniel Field West Ham Abbey Lodge The Square at Upminster

Dear Gary, I felt I absolutely must write to you about the meal we had yesterday evening. It was wonderful. Everyone there said it was the nicest and best meal they can ever recall having had at a masonic meeting. Thank you so much. I really appreciate what you did for us in sorting out a menu and then in its execution. I am very, very grateful.

Jeffrey Conway Earl of Warwick Conclave No 29 The Square at Upminster

We have just enjoyed a wonderful night of excellent food and music at the hall. Please pass on our gratitude to everyone at the hall. Kind regards Alan

Alan Jory Upminster Hall Lodge

Just a few lines of appreciation to your good-self and your staff on the absolutely fabulous meal the Old Esthameians enjoyed on Friday the 16th September, which all of the brethren enjoyed immensely. It was certainly a meal to remember. The food and service were of the highest standard and the fact that you set the dining tables out for us in the adjacent temple made the complete festive board even more enjoyable and a special thank you for doing this, please also pass on our thanks to your staff.  Looking forward to the Christmas meeting, thank you again and kind regards on behalf of the lodge members and guests. 

Barry Newton Old Esthameians Lodge

I just wanted to say thank you to all the staff at the Masonic Hall who made our lunch yesterday so enjoyable. Everyone enjoyed the lunch and the kind attention given by the waitresses. Thank you once again.  See you in December for our branch’s Xmas lunch.

Janet Sampson Havering & District Parkinson's Group

Peter, I attended the Grand Officers Mess last night and I thought the food was superb, especially the Antipasti. It was good enough to have been the main course. I had not seen the exterior changes before and the pillars plus the perimeter lighting, made the centre look very imposing. Well done to you and all in the team.  

Nick Clarke Past Provincial Grand Almoner

Hi Gary. May I, as secretary of the Lodge, on behalf of the members and guests who attended the function last night, say a very big thank you to all concerned. The excellent meals and especially the service were second to none. Both Sue and Lorraine and their teams made a great night unforgettable. I have received many appreciative comments form both members and guests. Once again thank you to each and everyone.  

Trevor Hermes Secretary of Unison Lodge 4761

I wanted to make a special effort to thank you & your colleagues for a most enjoyable Festive Board after the Old Libertian's meeting last night, which was the first time I have had the pleasure of visiting the Square & I eagerly look forward to my next opportunity to attend. The mixed grill was excellent. With my sincerest fraternal regards Mike Pinfield

Mike Pinfield Guest of Old Libertian's

Well what a great evening! The members enjoyed a belated 25 years celebration - again an outstanding meal. Please convey my good thanks in the way the waiting staff  organised themselves to serve the meal you produced. Dave Elliott -  Guest at St Francis Lodge 9579

An Outstanding Meal!

Hi Gary, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you and the team for the incredible dining experience at our last meeting. ALL the members and guests were so pleased with the quality of the food. Absolutely splendid. Rob Collins West Ham Abbey Lodge

Incredible Dining Experience.

Hi Gary. Just a quick note to say thank you very much for the excellent meal tonight which was really appreciated by all. The soup was superb and rib of beef delightful. The quantity and quality of accompanying vegetables topped it all of brilliantly. Please relay our thanks to all your staff for looking after us and making the festival board such a wonderful event. All the best, David Macnaghten

David Macnaghten Thank you very much for the excellent meal tonight which was really appreciated by all. The Square at Upminster

Thank you Gary, Lorraine & all the members of your team for the excellent meal and service you provided last night for our United Progress Lodge White Table event. We had nothing but positive feedback from all who attended and would like to pass on our thanks to you all for making it such a success. Very Best Wishes, Dave Gulvin

Thank you for the excellent meal and service you provided last night.

Hi Gary Thanks for a really fantastic meal yesterday. As always everybody really enjoyed themselves. Also thanks to the great waitresses who are always so good. Regards Havering U3A

Thanks for a really fantastic meal yesterday.

A massive thank you to Gary, Lorraine, Sue and all of the team at the centre who worked very hard (again) for us and without doubt ensured that our Remembrance Day Sunday Lunch 2021 passed seamlessly. The food was excellent and although one of our Normandy Veterans decided he was not only Kosher but a vegetarian, 2 mins before service, it was dealt with in a very professional manner and without fuss.

Dave Izzard A massive thank you!

I have to say, Peter, that the work you have done on the centre is absolutely fantastic. The bar and small temple couldn't be better and the quality of finish is excellent. Every member of RVJ was impressed last night and general comments included "Banksy has done an excellent job here". 

Paul Morris Upminster has fast become the "jewel of Essex".

Hi Gary Just a line to thank you and your staff for such a fantastic evening on Friday. I have lost count of the number of people who made complimentary remarks about the food and the room setting. Thank you once again, and look forward to seeing you next year! Kind regards Derek

Derek Bushell Hornchurch 41 Club Ladies Night

Hi Gary, I just wanted to say thanks to you, your ladies and all your staff. Last nights festive board was an absolute success. The food was fantastic! the ladies were really warm and friendly as usual. A great all round success. Well done Gary.

Peter Knight DC, Hornchurch Lodge 5790

Hi Gary, My congratulations for a wonderful lunch yesterday. All my party commented that it was truly superb.

Ross Martin

Hi Gary, Once again thank you to you & your staff for a fabulous Sunday Burns Lunch. Had a great time as always. Please thank everyone involved.

Jon Turner

Hi Gary. Many thanks for a fantastic afternoon. You and your staff made my birthday weekend.

Andy Rixon

Hi Gary. Firstly, Happy New Year to you and Liz, lets hope it's a good one!! Just to say, well done for NYE we all thoroughly enjoyed it. Excellent food, service and the entertainment was perfect, a true party night. Please pass on our thanks to Peter. Sheila xx

Sheila Goff

Hello Gary. Happy New Year. Thank you again for the beautiful food last night and thank you to all the ladies and gents who served it all on us. Everyone was brilliant and Well Done! The entertainment was brilliant! Crazy but so much fun! Definitely put us in for a whole table next New Year.

Jill Gray

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Thanks Gary, Great food yesterday!

Tony Nicholls Secretary, Minster Lodge 6914

Since 2014 the Square has been improved beyond all recognition of it's former existence. The lodge rooms, bar and dining facilities are truly excellent and the envy of many centres throughout Essex. ........ and it goes without saying, that the food is exceptional!

Lawrie Morrisson Secretary, St Laurence Lodge 5511

Attended the first Ladies Lunch on Sunday 5th March 2017. What fabulous food, fabulous service and an amazing bar.

Kelly Lane

My friends and I were at the Ladies Lunch on Sunday. All without exception were so impressed with the centre, the quality of food and last but not least the amount of Prossecco that could be consumed in such a short space of time....

Ashley Davies