THE OLDE BELL, BERKSHIRE
With its own pub, barn, house, beer garden, vegetable patch, outdoor kitchen, tennis court, accommodation and a late drink licence to boot, Te Olde Bell was the ideal spot for our vintage-themed wedding. Te fexibility and variety of the venue allowed us to plan an array of activities to entertain our guests across the entire weekend. Te celebrations started the day before the wedding with a relaxing river picnic on the Tames, and ended with an evening barbecue and garden games the day afer. Te day itself kicked of with welcome drinks at the Malt House – a Victorian building with a walled garden – followed by the ceremony, reception and party all held within the beautiful Tithe Barn.
THE PEASANT, CLERKENWELL
Tis former Victorian gin palace has seen plenty of good times over the years, and the ‘proper London boozer’ vibe is still here, dressed with some quirky decor touches and plenty of local ales on tap. It’s one of the city’s original gastropubs and the food is hearty and homely – complete with classic British snacks like Scotch eggs and pork pie canapés.
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THE PRINCE ALBERT, CAMDEN
Tis trendy gastro-boozer, tucked away from Camden’s main hustle and bustle, has its own ceremony licence (quite a rarity for London pubs) but is also a popular party spot afer weddings at the nearby Islington Town Hall. Te whole pub can be yours, with the upstairs and downstairs both decked out in fashionable rustic style with real ales and ciders on tap. Cheers!
THE STAR AND GARTER, PUTNEY
Tis pub on a bank of the Tames has a hidden secret – a gorgeous, big Victorian ballroom upstairs that’s licensed for ceremonies and ideal for a party. Te pub specialises in yummy cheeses (it has a dedicated Cheese Maturing Room) so why not swap a regular wedding cake for a little savoury treat instead?
AS YOU LIKE IT, NEWCASTLE
Although it doesn’t look much from the outside (housed in a former ’60s ofce block), this bar/restaurant is a playful wonderland of mismatched chairs, twinkly lighting and quirky touches. Te decor creates the perfect backdrop to your wedding – no extra styling required. Tere’s a dedicated wedding coordinator and party room (ideal for a sit-down do), plus there’s a 2am licence – party on!
Jamie Oliver’s seaside outpost has a distinctly Italian favour, dishing up local ingredients (plenty of fsh, natch) with Mediterranean gusto.
Fifeen is also a charity project, training underprivileged and unemployed youngsters, so you’re supporting more than just good food here. Te modern interior makes the most of the views over Watergate Bay – the top choice for photos. Pair your menu with an Italian wine for the full experience.
is King’s Road institution has a spoiling of chic private rooms (for up to 70 guests) for your wedding, or take the whole restaurant exclusively for an everyone-you-know guest list (well, up to 230). Tere’s no charge for room hire so you can splash your cash on the extensive wine list and the delicious modern British food. Welsh rarebit and Cornish crab on toast canapés are simply love at frst bite.
THE STAR INN, NORTH YORKSHIRET
is much-lauded gastropub is the kind of place where you’ll want to cosy up by the roaring fre in winter – but it makes an equally idyllic spot for a summer do, too. Te food is top-notch and chef Andrew Pern will design you a bespoke menu – tuck into the best of it in the 100 dramatic timber beamed Wheelhouse (right).
ORAN MOR, GLASGOWT
İs bar restaurant arts venue in the heart of Glasgow’s fashionable West End was a church in its former life and still has the romantic appeal of soaring ceilings and stained-glass windows – without any of the religious requirements. Tere is complete fexibility when it comes to planning, including bespoke menus. Oran mor means ‘the great melody of life’ in Gaelic but before the ceilidh band strikes up a tune, tuck into divine Scottish food beneath local artist Alasdair Gray’s celestial ceiling mural.
BELLE EPOQUE, CHESHIRET
is popular Cheshire restaurant is made for winter weddings, with its opulent interiors (plenty of rich purples and reds, Venetian mosaic glass foor in the bar and original Art Noveau copper freplaces) and intimate atmosphere – although summer brides will love the roofop for drinks and canapés. Te food is French-inspired – why not splash out on lobster thermidor and entrecôte? It’s your wedding afer all!
THE BELL INN, EAST SUSSEXT
is 16th-century coaching inn – all low, beamed ceilings, inglenook freplaces and proper ales on tap – is ultra characterful, with its eclectic and playful interiors, chock-full of old typewriters, vintage suitcases and mismatched chandeliers. Plus, there are seven individually styled bedrooms for you and your guests, just up the stairs.
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