• The Buttery and Pantry.
  • If you stood in the screens passage with the Great Hall on your right, to your left would have been three archways. These arches were once decorated and gave the rooms beyond a sense of importance, and rightly so, they were the hub of domestic life in the castle.
    The first door led to the Buttery with a cellar bellow it for storing dairy products and keeping them cool, or, perhaps, serving ales and wines. There were no windows in the cellar, but small openings in the wall let a certain amount of light drain in from the courtyard. The Buttery, however, has two windows facing into the courtyard.
    The last door along the passage opened into the Pantry where flour, yeast and the like were stored for use in the kitchen. Two windows look out over the moat, but there was no cellar beneath this room.
    Above the Pantry and Buttery was a peculiar chamber. This room may have been accessed via the minstrels' gallery, although a small wooden staircase could have once been housed in the Pantry. There was no garderobe in this chamber, setting it aside from other chambers in the castle, although it did have a fireplace of which remains can be seen. There were two large windows built with window seats into the wall overlooking the courtyard and a smaller one looking out across the moat. It is hard to say what purpose this room served, but it may have been a room for quiet listening to the minstrels, to which the lords and important guests retired to in order to escape the smke and noise of the Great Hall.