27 November 2017
Whilst for many the up and coming Festive Season becomes all consuming, anyone who is thinking of ‘tying the knot’ in 2018 (or 2019) might already be looking ahead into the New Year and using this holiday season to search out the perfect wedding venue. If you are looking for somewhere less formal and expensive than a grand country house hotel, then consider celebrating your special day at one of these fantastic pubs with rooms. You will find many more options here.
The George in Rye, East Sussex
Stylish old inn in the heart of Rye with a classic bar, an informal Grill serving local seasonal food and 34 fabulous rooms that ooze comfort, style and detail touches. It’s the perfect wedding venue, just a stroll from the Town Hall for the ceremony, a stunning Georgian Ballroom seating 120 guests, or intimate celebratory meals (35 guests) in the Benson Room, and a bespoke wedding service.
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The Chequers, Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire
Set in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir, just a stone’s throw from Belvoir Castle, this smart village pub with rooms draws a discerning crowd for friendly service, seasonal menus and sweet, comfortable bedrooms. Book the restaurant for a quirky, off the wall wedding celebration (they don’t do traditional packages) and doors opening onto the garden.
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The Punch Bowl Inn, Crosthwaite, Cumbria
Fabulous Cumbrian bolthole tucked away in the beautiful Lyth Valley close to Windermere offering sublime food, romantic rooms, stunning views, and great walks from the front door. Chic and stylish, the inn can host wedding ceremonies with either exclusive full day use for up to 48 people or half day use for up to 30 people, or simply celebratory meals for 18 guests. The fabulous Noble Room is part of the package if you book your ceremony at the inn or St Mary’s Church next door.
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The Ship Hotel, Brancaster, Norfolk
Stylish inn set beside the Norfolk coast path, just a stroll from the beach, and very popular for fishy menus and quirky boutique bedrooms. The rustic-chic Map Room tucked away behind the dining area has its own access to the bar and is perfect for small, intimate wedding receptions for up to 20 people; or book The Library (seats 12).
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The White Horse, Chilgrove, West Sussex
Set beneath the South Downs north of Chichester, this wisteria-clad former coaching inn is the perfect place for foodies and wine lovers to be fed and watered in style. The vaulted and timbered barn, replete with wrought-iron chandeliers, huge candlesticks, antique dressers and a generous table (seats 14) is perfect for a wedding celebration. Or, enjoy a summer party in the garden; the old Citroen van morphs into the Nyetimber ‘fizz’ bar.
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The White Hart Royal, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire
Revitalised former coaching inn with a bustling bar, warming log fires, classic British food and a mix of traditional and smart boutique rooms, all recently refurbished. The inn can host up to 65 guests for wedding celebrations in the Oxford Suite (where you can also take your vows) in the late-Georgian part of the building, which overlooks the newly landscaped and extended courtyard garden.
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The Master Builder’s, Bucklers Hard, Hampshire
Timeless village setting for this stunning inn set on rolling lawns leading down to the Beaulieu estuary and oozing historic charm. The ‘wow’ waterside location is perfect for a wedding party, with some rooms and the restaurant commanding uninterrupted views over the river. Celebrations can spill out onto the fabulous private terrace and garden.
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The Grosvenor Arms, Shaftesbury, Dorset
The Grosvenor is a grand old inn, the vibrant hub of Shaftesbury, yet with a cool, contemporary feel, interesting Mediterranean-inspired food, a secret alfresco courtyard and smart, spacious rooms. Licensed for civil ceremonies, you can take your vows and celebrate in the impressive high-ceilinged Assembly Room, which can seat up to 60 guests.
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