Boring canapés, bog-standard menus, uninspired table decorations – all things that any self-respecting foodie should say “I don’t” to on their big day.
We’ve taken the hard work out of it for you, and rounded up some of our favourite wedding venues across the South West, plus some crafty ideas for the reception.
Cornwall’s got it all, when it comes to wedding venues – from little Cornish inns like The Mill House near Tintagel and The Roseland Inn on the Roseland Peninsula, to stylish hotels such as St Moritz and Watergate Bay.
A beautiful setting is pretty much guaranteed and, being surrounded by such amazing produce, you’re sure to find inspired menus too.
A country house hotel is hard to beat as a wedding reception destination and Devon has them in spades, including the Hartnoll Hotel near Tiverton, The Moorland Garden Hotel near Yelverton and many, many more.
Don’t overlook pubs as wedding venues – Devon dining pubs are a force to be reckoned with, and the likes of the award winning The Jack in the Green near Exeter are proving popular.
Weddings in Somerset are all about historic charm, paired with winningly modern menus from some of the South West’s most creative chefs, like Tim Ford of Little Barwick House and Liam Finnegan of The Castle at Taunton, who was a Best Chef finalist in the Food Reader Awards 2015.
We’d also recommend stealing away to The Luttrell Arms, for thoroughly modern, inventive menus in the fairytale setting of Dunster.
Get rustic in Dorset with a wedding at a gorgeous rural pub, like The White Hart in the pretty village of Bishops Caundle. Or make for the coast and The Kings Arms in Christchurch; an elegant Georgian building which overlooks a ruined castle, bowling green and pavilion – great for photo album snaps of the day.
Gloucestershire and Wiltshire
Howard’s House Hotel has been named one’s of the country’s most romantic hotels by The Good Hotel Guide, and it’s easy to see why: a fabulous food offering, tip top wine cellar and an idyllic village setting, what’s not to love?
The Catherine Wheel in Marshfield has a picture-postcard facade of golden stone, so it’s perfect for living out your period drama dreams (and, naturally, the food’s great too).
If you’re living in Gloucestershire, The Wharf House Restaurant with Rooms in Gloucester should be on your hitlist – it has views across the River Severn, a string of awards to its name including an AA rosette, and it’s a great base to explore the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean (maybe one for the honeymoon list?).
Foodie wedding inspiration
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