We understand how important excellence is to you – and that your wedding day is the last day you would be prepared to compromise on quality. You are a couple with a taste for the finer things in life – and with a special appreciation for fabulous food!
With that in mind, we have carefully curated a collection of exquisite wedding venues which offer outstanding cuisine and exciting wine lists, perfectly matched with top-notch service. This isn’t just our say-so; each venue has an impressive array of awards to back up their reputations, including AA rosettes and Michelin stars. So if you really want to give your guests the wow-factor, check out the venues in our Foodie Collection.
The Horn of Plenty, Tavistock: 2 AA rosette fine dining, 4 star country hotel, unparalleled wedding venue
Here’s a little taster to whet your appetite . . .
A house-hold name for good reason, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall‘s head quarters, entirely lives up to its prestigious reputation. This charmingly pretty farmhouse is located on the Devon/Dorset borders, close to the wonderful Jurassic Coast, and with stunning countryside views.
In addition to having a world-class restaurant, River Cottage HQ is also a working farm surrounded by 65 acres of organic farmland, providing incredibly fresh ingredients straight from the gardens to the kitchens, to be expertly paired with other seasonal and locally sourced produce.
You are invited to design your own wedding menu, working alongside the experienced and hugely talented River Cottage HQ chefs, to create a gastronomic delight that will impress your guests with both its beauty and flavours.
With a licence for both marriage and civil partnerships, you have a choice of two lovely settings to exchange your vows: the famous farmhouse with space for 40 guests (or 60 standing), or for a larger gathering of up to 100 guests, the beautifully refurbished threshing barn. If you prefer to do the ‘legal bit’ elsewhere, then the walled kitchen gardens are idyllic for a marriage blessing. Follow your ceremony with a champagne toast and delicious canapes – your chef will make suggestions for mouth-watering morsels, such as bite-sized courgette, spring onion and carrot bhaji, or spinach pancake, homemade black pudding, oregano mayonnaise.
Moving on to your wedding breakfast, expect to be delighted with every mouthful, with starters such as fresh pea soup, home blushed tomatoes, borage flowers, and warm focaccia, mains including delights like slow roast shoulder and seared loin of organic lamb, crushed new potatoes, mixed garden vegetables, mint and rosemary jelly, and desserts to tantilise the tastebuds, for example almond meringue served with rum soaked strawberries and red berry fool.
The River Cottage HQ team are experts in hosting events of all sizes: with the addition of a marquee, you can invite up to 200 guests to join your evening celebrations. At the other end of the scale, book exclusive use of the farmhouse for an intimate wedding party of just ten people.
Mortons House Hotel, has been carefully converted into a 21 bedroom family-owned hotel, and has a well-earned reputation for fine dining. It has held two AA rosettes for ten consecutive years, a testimony to the craftmanship of the kitchen team, who create culinary masterpieces to delight their diners, using mainly locally sourced and always top quality ingredients.
This Grade II listed Elizabethan manor house is situated within the picturesque and historic town of Corfe Castle, combines a 16th century building with contemporary facilities, luxurious comfort and of course, exceptional food.
Following on from your ceremony in the elegant oak pannelled drawing room complete with roaring fire for the cooler months, tempt your guests with a selection of fine canapes such as marinated and seared tuna rolled in herbs and quail egg with cauliflower puree and caviar.
Traditionally this would be the time that the happy couple disappear for the wedding photos – indeed, the atmospheric ruins of Corfe Castle itself, the nearby church green and the hotel’s secluded walled gardens all offer wonderfully romantic backdrops for your wedding photo shoot – however, make sure you don’t miss out on the canapes as the staff skillfully make the rounds of guests.
As dinner is served you will understand exactly how Mortons House Hotel gained their rosettes; with appetisers such as beef carpaccio served with marinated artichokes and shaved Parmesan, followed by a delicate palate-cleansing sorbet of pink champagne granite or white peach, mains including pork fillet and braised cheek with white bean and rosemary cassoulet, celeriac fondant and baby spinach. Savor every mouthful, and remember to leave a little room for the delicious desserts such as apple and calvados parfait served with caramel sauce.
Callow Hall is as well known for its outstanding cuisine as it is for its beautiful building and spectacular setting. Featured in the Good Food Guide, and proud holder of two AA rosettes, the restaurant serves up the finest quality, locally sourced fayre. Indeed, many of the seasonal ingredients, including fruit, vegetables and eggs, are home produced in the gorgeous gardens and from the free-roaming chickens.
They specialise in game, always local, fresh and delicious, and smoke and cure meats on site, the expertise having been handed down through the centuries. It is this level of excellent catering that you can expect for your wedding day celebrations, from canapes to wedding feast, to evening buffet – or however you choose to do it; a barbecue or hog roast, perhaps?
Callow Hall itself is an elegant Victorian country house, dating back to the mid-19th century. Now a luxury boutique hotel with sixteen uniquely decorated bedrooms, it has retained many of the exquisite original features, from ornate plasterwork ceilings, to the grand oak staircase, impressive fireplaces and period furnishings.
Invite up to 40 guests to witness your exchange of vows, and extend the invitation to a further 50 guests for the evening party; if you opt for exclusive use, then you will be guaranteed total privacy, with only your personally invited friends and family present from midday on the day of your wedding, until check out at 11am the following day.
If it’s proving impossible to whittle your guest list down to 90, then a luxury marquee can be set up, extending from the Middle Hall accessed without stepping outside, allowing you to extend your numbers to 140.
If any of these gourmet wedding venues have inspired you comment below and let us know! Or head over to our Foodie Wedding Collection for more exceptional and award winning wedding venues.
Header image: The Horn of Plenty, Tavistock