King of Clubs

PUBLISHED: 16:39 03 January 2012 | UPDATED: 20:51 20 February 2013

King of Clubs

King of Clubs

Members of the Exchange House in The Crescent, Taunton, have formed a wide range of special interest groups, explains owner Peter Allinson.

Members of the Exchange House in The Crescent, Taunton, have formed a wide range of special interest groups, explains owner Peter Allinson. Words by Sarah Ford

What facilities do you have at Exchange House?

We have a variety of facilities including The Barista Lounge Bar, The Barista Dining Room, and a range of function rooms that provide the perfect setting for anything from a wedding, to private events or business meetings. We offer the perfect venue for people to relax and enjoy themselves with great quality service in stylish surroundings.

What can you tell me about the clubs you have launched so far?

We have a bridge club, book club, investment club, wine club and a PA Club. If a member would like to start a special interest group within the Club then all they need to do is ask us and demonstrate that there is an audience for it at the moment we are considering a film club, a backgammon club, a photography club a dining club and an astronomy club.

Weve had some real success with the clubs weve launched so far, which is why were so keen to launch more. It seems people feel Exchange House offers them an ideal, informal and inviting environment to host them. And we want to make sure they feel comfortable, so for example members of our new bridge club can enjoy a drink in the Club bar before playing and our chef provides light bites for those who havent had time to eat before coming along. We have launched the Exchange House PA Club to help connect senior PAs in Somerset.

How does Exchange House work?

We want to make Exchange House easily accessible to a wide range of people as long as they appreciate the finer things in life and enjoy the company of other like-minded people. Therefore, Exchange House has three levels of membership bronze, silver and gold, each having incremental benefits. You must be a member to enter the club or be a guest of a member. Bronze membership is free while gold membership (240+VAT per year) offers significant discounts on food and drink. Gold membership also has a range of other benefits including access to other members clubs around the country and discounted access to our business facilities.

What other events do you cater for at Exchange House?

We are a great venue for weddings, birthdays and other special occasions in addition to the day-to-day services we offer. We also have the ability to facilitate business meetings and have hosted the Taunton Chamber of Commerce as well as many other businesses that want an off-site venue for training and meeting purposes. The Club runs a number of its own events including a monthly charity quiz and special members dinners and parties. We recently held a James Bond-themed night with cocktails and canaps, casino and disco. We raised money for St Margarets Hospice.

How would readers get in touch?

They can do so by calling Exchange House on 01823 273 100, or going to the website: If theyre interested in a particular club, each one has specific contact details on the website under the Groups menu.

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