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Anniversary of the NATO Summit Dinner

Cardiff Castle was honoured to host the NATO summit dinner in 2014.

The eyes of the world were on Wales and Cardiff Castle received global press and media attention as world leaders posed for a ‘family photo’ in front of the iconic Norman Keep before dining in the Castle’s magnificent Victorian Banqueting Hall.

NATO Summit Dinner 2014

Heads of State from over 60 countries, including US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister David Cameron were treated to a dinner created and prepared by the acclaimed, Michelin star Welsh chef, Stephen Terry.

The NATO summit dinner showcased some of the finest food in Wales by using locally sourced ingredients from the very best suppliers.

What was on the Menu?


On the occasion of the NATO Summit Wales 2014

Heads of Delegation

Cardiff Castle
Thursday, 4th September 2014


Ancre Hill Estate’s Blanc de Noir 2010


Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2008, Cuvée Guy Moreau
(Domaine Christian Moreau)

Black Mountain Smokery
Hot & Cold Smoked Salmon
Cardigan Bay Crab
with Crispy Avocado and Lemon Jelly


Château Léoville-Poyferré 1990

Roast Saddle of Brecon Beacon Lamb
Welsh New Potatoes
Heirloom Tomato Fondue
Wye Valley Asparagus and Black Olive Purée


Château Suduiraut 1997

A Jar of Welsh Fruit Summer Pudding
Neal’s Yard Creamery Crème Fraîche



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Barack Obama arrives at Cardiff Castle for the NATO summit dinner.

Did you know?

There was one very unexpected but highly fortuitous consequence of the NATO summit dinner being held at Cardiff Castle.

For such an important and historic visit, months of planning and unprecedented security measures were required in the lead up to the day itself. During a ‘Search and Seal’ procedure, locksmiths working with the team were able to open a drawer in the Castle Library that had been locked for around 50 years. Inside they discovered a set of missing handles, designed by William Burges, all in immaculate condition.

Employed by the 3rd Marquess of Bute, art-architect Burges was responsible for much of the lavish decoration that you see here today. Painstaking in his attention to detail, he would have personally overseen every aspect of the Castle’s detailed interiors, furnishings and furniture.

William Burges Handles


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