I have been a very busy bee over the summer and autumn, buzzing all over Somerset, Dorset and Devon delivering delicious wedding cakes for our lovely customers. Some venues I just love to go back to time and again, not just because they are beautiful or have great amenities but because the teams at the venues stand out as professional and are warm and welcoming. So, if they are this nice to me as a supplier can you imagine how nice they are to their customers! I thought it would be a great idea to share with you some of my stand-out venues from this year in the hope that I can help you find that dream location for your special day.
In this second post on west country wedding venues I'm featuring a venue that I have visited and spent time at but not delivered to and one which might not have crossed your mind as a wedding venue at all. It's the wonderfully rural River Cottage HQ.
The Iconic River Cottage as seen on Channel 4
If top quality food is a big priority for your wedding day then River Cottage has to be very high on your list of venue choices! I have been very lucky to spend a sociable evening at River Cottage which included grazing on a range of the tastiest canapes I've ever had, the unusual ingredients and imaginative flavour combinations had the guests practically mugging the staff as they emerged from the kitchen which their platters loaded! I would recommend booking your wedding here based on the quality of those little morsels alone but in truth there is so much more at the venue that delights. From the efficient, friendly and knowledgeable staff to the wonderfully cosy yurt with it's log burner and the bright and spacious converted barn, the whole venue oozes rustic charm and gives you the feeling that you are being extremely well looked after.
River Cottage is a very informal and flexible venue which is ideally suited to relaxed weddings with a rustic or vintage twist. The in house wedding co-ordinator can ably advise on all aspects of your day and has overseen everything from a typical English country fete feel to a performance by Russian ballerinas! Many couples who choose River Cottage for their wedding live outside of the West Country so the venue have built up a good knowledge of reliable, local suppliers and can always point you in the right direction if you are in need of a local florist, cake maker or entertainer etc.
The one thing that the venue are not flexible on is the food - it's local and seasonal or it's not on the table at River Cottage, as you would expect from this iconic brand if you have watched any of their numerous television series. So if you are insisting on Strawberries in February then it may not be the venue for you! If you're a foodie looking for a venue who'll just let you do your thing however, then fill your boots :)
'River Cottage are famous for their local, seasonal food.'
Capacity: 64 in the barn with another 30 on the adjacent decking in the summer months, larger parties are accomodated in marquees
Bedrooms: No on site accommodation
Ceremonies: Not available on site unfortunately due to the fact it's not open to the general public
In House Wedding Co-ordinator: Yes
Exclusive Use: Yes
The Look: Rustic charm, think converted barns with high ceilings, cosy yurts and beautiful informal gardens
The Feel: Very relaxed and fun.
What Makes it Different: The food (oh my lord, the food!) and the tractor rides
Read about a real life River Cottage wedding in this blog post on Rock My Wedding, the pictures are lovely and give you a real feel for the place.
Note: The views in this post are my own personal opinions, this is not a sponsored / paid post and we are in no way affiliated to the venue or supplier being reviewed. We just like them and wanted to share the love :)