Buttery (shop)

Buttery (shop)

In the Middle Ages, a buttery was a storeroom for liquor, the name being derived from the Latin and French words for bottle or, to put the word into its simpler form a butt, that is, a cask. Over time, the buttery became a general food storeroom, and in particular the larders of Oxbridge colleges where students would purchase food and drink.

Most Oxford and Cambridge colleges, University College, Durham, King's College London, the University of Bristol and Trinity College, Dublin call their eating places butteries to this day, as do a few schools in the United Kingdom.

The residential colleges of Yale also refer to their snack bars by this name. Trinity College at the University of Toronto also uses the name to refer to its cafeteria located in the Larking building. Bruce Hall at the Australian National University also maintains a buttery, which is an informal canteen and bar.

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