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Bar & Catering


We have a large three storey clubhouse, which includes a bar and lounge area, and a function room (known as the Dowsing Room) which has full catering facilities and can accommodate up to 100 people seated.

Our bar is open to members and their guests 7 days each week, both lunchtimes and evenings. We are also open lunchtime on both Christmas Day and Boxing Day, with the bar traditionally operated by the Commodore and Vice Commodore respectively on these days.

The main function room (Dowsing Room) is also available for hire at a modest fee to members for their own functions: celebrations, weddings, wakes etc. (click here for further details).

Sue Stripe is Benfleet Yacht Club's "Steward" and has full responsibility for the smooth running of the bar.

Bar Opening Times:

Saturday's - when "no" evening functions are scheduled*

  • Afternoon - 12:00 to 18:00 (closed evenings)


Saturday's - when an "evening function" is scheduled*:

  • Lunchtime - 12:00 to 15:00
  • Evening - times to suit function start and finish


Sundays - 12:00 to 18:00 (closed evenings)


Monday to Fridays:

  • Lunchtimes - 11:30 to 14:30
  • Evenings - 19:30 to 22:30

Bank / Public Holidays - bar opening times are from 12:00 to 18:00, but may change in the event of activities or a function taking place.

Please note that members will still be able to use the 'small bar' when a function is held.

* = There are typically 10 Saturday evening functions held at BYC throughout the year.


We would like to welcome our new caterer, Katie who will initially supply a tasty selection of rolls, sandwiches, pastries, cakes & brownies etc. at reasonable prices.

Food is available to purchase from the bar, seven days a week - so why not pop in & have a drink or two with a roll or sandwich after all the hard work fitting out !!'

Katie runs a commercial catering company called "The Laughing Pear" based in Rayleigh.

The Laughing Bear can also provide a catering service for members private functions held at the club.

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