We have a large selection of farmhouse oak tables – refectory tables, gateleg tables, trestle tables, coffee tables, dining tables – all great for that farmhouse look so popular at the moment.
10 ft English Oak Farmhouse Table Farmhouse Extender
– Unique extending English oaky farmhouse refectory table
– Table is 7 feet when unextended and grows to ten feet when fully extended
– Extends by pulling out the leaves at either end which are stored under table
– Table is incredibly chunky and solid – wobble free
– Offered in great shape, ready for home use right away
The earliest surviving type of dining table is the trestle table used in the Middle Ages. As the name implies a trestle table consists of a simple plank on two trestles – easy to move around and dismantle so practical for grand halls in castles. By the mid 16th Century it became more common for the master and his family to eat in a separate room and more permanent tables evolved – the term Refectory Table has been applied to these early ‘solid’ tables since the 19th Century. Styles varied but such tables were popular all over Europe.
The actual term ‘refectory’ refers to the large dining rooms particularly in monasteries where the monks would gather to eat and drink sitting on benches – around this common style of solid, chunky refectory table. Distinctive features include the solid, hand turned legs connected to the stretcher by dowels. Normally refectory tables are crafted from oak and sometimes the tables will extend. It is common for hand carved details such as interlaced arches to be carved on the apron. Some of the tables have barley twist legs.
Period English oak refectory tables are very sought after and can be expensive – especially with signs of ageing including a patina and other marks of historical use. They are the perfect kitchen dining table as they are very solid and stable, great for withstanding the vigour of daily use. English oak refectory tables look great with benches around, also with Windsor Chairs, Ladderback chairs and spindleback chairs.
8 ft English Oak Farmhouse Refectory Table
You are viewing a gorgeous oak refectory table. The table has been hand crafted from the finest oak and is solid and chunky with no wobbles. The legs are hand turned and very chunky linking the stretchers to the bottom. The table is offered in very good condition and sits eight chairs more than comfortably. This set works for both kitchen dining or more formal dining.
ENGLISH ABBEY OAK RUSTIC REFECTORY TABLE
You are viewing a gorgeous oak refectory table hand crafted from the finest oak. You don’t get tables more sturdy than this which makes them the perfect kitchen table, although they are also suitable as dining tables. I hope the photos do this amazing piece some justice, they don’t come much more solid and chunky than this, check out the think legs
They have something of the castle look about them and this is where they get their name – refectory – which refers to the type of tables used in convents, monasterys or colleges. You can just imagine a group of monks sitting around it drinking trappist ale!