They took their chief meal in a common refectory at 3 P.M., up to which hour they usually fasted.
The hall of the Middle Temple is an admirable example of a refectory of later date (1572).
The gatehouse is restored as a residence, and the Early English refectory as a church.
Outside the refectory door, in the cloister, was the lavatory, where the monks washed their hands at dinner-time.
The immense refectory, of the same cruciform shape as that of St Laura, will accommodate 500 guests at its 24 marble tables.