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About The Speech House wedding venue

The Speech House Hotel in Gloucestershire, a 17th century former hunting lodge set in the heart of the Royal Forest of Dean, makes the idyllic setting for your special day.
Our enviable location, superb reception rooms, delicious food, friendly and attentive staff all combine to make your wedding day a truly memorable one. We pride ourselves on the experience we have gained over the years, and the high levels of service we consistently provide.

The beamed Verderer's Court restaurant available for civil ceremonies and wedding receptions, reflects the room's continuing use as a courthouse for the Foresters of Dean, while the more intimate Freeminers Restaurant maintains links with a unique Forest tradition.
Steeped in history, The Speech House Hotel has accommodated the Verderers Court for hundreds of years and has accommodated royalty such as Charles II.

Comfortably appointed bedrooms, several with four-poster beds have been tastefully refurbished and offer modern facilities while retaining their original charm, most overlooking the romantic wilderness of the surrounding Forest of Dean.

Additional details:

We are dedicated to ensuring that absolutely every detail is covered. From planning table layouts and menus, to providing guidance on wedding etiquette – our dedicated team is here to advise and assist you at all times.

The following services are included within your package;
• Option to consult with our head chef to tailor your wedding menu and requirements.
• A member of the management team to act as your master of ceremonies.
• Silver cake stand and knife.
Your co-ordinator can also advise or arrange the following additional services at your request;
• A drinks package or advice on the wine list.
• Evening entertainment, bands and discos.
• Flower arrangements to match your colour requirements.
• Photographers.

At the Speech House Hotel we can host your wedding ceremony as well as the reception. The Verderer’s Court is licensed to hold civil weddings and partnership
registration ceremonies seven days a week. Some important facts about arranging your civil ceremony:
The first stage to holding your wedding ceremony at the Speech House is to contact the local registrar and book the required date and time (they will charge you a fee for
this service).
We can cater for up to 65 guests in the famous Verderer's Court for a wedding reception and 80 for an evening reception. We can accommodate up to 120 guests in the garden marquee for a wedding reception and 200 for the evening celebrations.
Due to the nature of the ceremony, guests are reminded that no food or drink can be taken into the room, and photographs or videos of the event should be arranged
with the registrar prior to the day.
• Verderer’s Court (for ceremony or evening)
£300 Sun-Fri £500 Sat
• Verderer’s Court (for ceremony and evening)
£500 Sun-Fri £800 Sat
• Marquee £500 Sun-Fri £750 Sat

We have a superb selection of banqueting and drinks packages for seated or buffet receptions with a variety of prices to suit all budgets.

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The Speech House Features

Minimum guestsNo
Maximum guests200
Ceremony / ReceptionBoth
Bridal suiteNo
Licensed barNo
Late licensed barYes
Disco facilitiesNo
Asian wedding specialistsNo
External caterersNo

The Speech House Location

The Speech House
GL16 7EL
Map of The Speech House
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Directions to The Speech House

From Monmouth
Turn off A40 on to the A466 to Chepstow.
Take left over bridge A4136 signposted Forest of Dean.
At traffic lights turn right on B4228, signposted Coleford.
In Coleford centre go left at lights on the B4208, signposted Speech House.
Take 3rd right signposted Speech House.

From Ross on Wye
Leave Ross on A40 towards Gloucester.
After 3 miles turn right signposted Drybrook.
Go through Drybrook.
At T junction, turn left.
At next junction turn right.
After 2 miles turn left, signposted Lydney.
At next junction turn left.
Speech House is at the top of the hill.

From M5 Gloucester

Leave motorway at junction 11.
Follow A40/A48 signs for Chepstow.
Once on the A48, continue to Westbury on Severn.
Take 3rd right after village A4151 Cinderford.
Go right through Littledean and at top of hill bear left on B4226 to Speech House.
The Speech House is 7 miles from Westbury on Severn

From M4 and Chepstow
Leave M4 for the M48 to Chepstow.
Leave M48 at junction 2 and proceed through Chepstow on A48 to Lydney.
Bypass Lyndney on A48 and proceed to Blakeney.
In Blakeney, take 1st left after The Cock Inn.
Proceed for 3 miles to top of hill, turn right to Speech House.


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