Couples dreaming of tying the knot in a relaxed setting with traditional food and just a small number of guests should consider a pub wedding venue.
The old English pub is the perfect venue style for laidback couples, offering cool photo opportunities aplenty and cheaper hire prices.
From rustic wedding venues to cool and contemporary city centre pubs, we’ve rounded up some of the best in the UK. Which will you choose?
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1. The Crown Inn – Oxfordshire
Situated in the heart of the charming Oxfordshire town of Woodstock is The Crown Inn, a quaint, grade II-listed pub and boutique hotel.
This venue perfectly blends original features with a cool, contemporary interior thanks to its recent and thoughtful renovation. There is a welcome modern twist to the interiors throughout.
Say ‘I do’ in one of Woodstock’s elegant churches or the town hall before taking to the pub’s walled terrace for a glass of fizz. After that, you’ll be able to enjoy a delicious wedding breakfast of either Mediterranean feasting dishes, wood-fired small plates or something a little more classic.
From the five boutique bedrooms to the light-filled conservatory and open wood-fired oven, this gorgeous wedding venue is perfect whatever the season.
2. The William Cecil – Lincolnshire
We’re obsessed with this pub wedding venue. It sits on the edge of the historic Burghley Estate in Stamford and is something really special.
Say your vows outside in the romantic garden pavilion or choose one of the venue’s three stunning function rooms inside the hotel itself.
From there, you’ll be able to enjoy reception drinks on the lawn before tucking into an exceptional wedding breakfast. Since this venue has been awarded two AA Rosettes, we’re certain you won’t be disappointed!
As the day draws to a close, the happy newlyweds will be able to retire to the luxurious bridal suite, while guests can stay in one of the 27 individually decorated bedrooms. There is so much to love.
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3. The Compasses – Essex
Formally an award-winning gastro pub, The Compasses has space for up to 150 guests and prides itself on delicious food and exceptional service.
It’s a foodie wedding venue, really, as every dish served is created using only the finest fresh and locally-sourced ingredients. Whether you’d love a simple British classic like bangers and mash or a fancy five-course tasting menu, the team can create something to suit you.
Brides can start their day in the beautiful Bridal Preparation Suite, complete with its hair and makeup bar, full-length mirrors and a comfy seating area.
They’ll then be able to enjoy their ceremony on-site before partying the night away. Whether you’re dreaming of tipis in the garden or a cosy celebration by a roaring log fire, the team will love to help you bring your ideas to life.
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4. The Ferry House – Kent
The Ferry House in Kent is a charming 16th century venue just an hour away from London. It has 4-star accommodation, spectacular countryside views and unrivalled service.
They offer bespoke weddings which are tailored to each and every couple. The venue’s dedicated events team will take a personal approach to your big day and be on hand to ensure everything runs smoothly.
They are licensed to hold ceremonies either inside the Oak Barn or outside under the Oak Gazebo. Afterwards, you can head to the brand new Event Suite which has a capacity of 200 guests.
The food is the focus here; the team offer a selection of varied and extensive menus. The lamb and beef are from the venue’s family farm while the game is from their own shoot and all fresh produce is grown on-site. You know you’re getting the best!
5. The Bull & Gate – North West London
This venue caters for everything from small and cosy weddings right through to lavish and opulent celebrations. If it’s a small and intimate wedding you’re dreaming of, the upstairs cocktail bar is available for exclusive daytime use and would be perfect.
By night, the venue will come to life with soulful musicians who can entertain you on the venue’s very own baby grand piano. There’s even a dedicated team of mixologists who can delight you with vintage-inspired cocktails!
There is so much to love about The Bull & Gate, so if you’re in the market for a venue with a range of packages, personalised service and fabulous food, it could be the one for you.
6. The Prince Albert – South West London
Next up is another London wedding venue, but this time one which is in the west of the city. The Prince Albert sits in the heart of Battersea, close to the park, and offers an elegant wedding day setting.
From the large selection of guest ales and craft beers to its contemporary terrace and rustic interiors, this venue has a lot to offer.
Why not host your wedding breakfast in the Bridge Room? It’s can accommodate 80 standing guests or 50 seated. Either way, it’s the perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs.
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7. Le Café du Marché – East London
Le Café du Marché is a characterful wedding venue set in a French restaurant in East London. It’s probably more of a restaurant than a pub, but it’s so charming we couldn’t not include it. After all, where else can you get an authentic taste of France in the capital?
Tucked away down a cobbled mews, this charming venue has been run by the same family for the past 30 years. You’re sure to get excellent service!
The light and airy first floor private dining room has space for up to 62 people for a sit-down meal or 120 for canapés. That said, if your guest list is short and select, this venue will be perfect for you too.
Of course, the food here is the star of the show, and the menu includes authentic, provincial French dishes made from fresh and seasonal ingredients. The venue’s most popular dishes include soup de poison, la cote de boeuf, braised beef bourguignon and duck confit.
8. Crab & Lobster – North Yorkshire
Set in the heart of the North Yorkshire countryside is Crab & Lobster, a welcoming and luxurious pub and restaurant wedding venue.
It holds a civil ceremony license meaning you can spend your entire day in one location and enjoy every moment. We love that you can choose to marry outdoors if you don’t want to say ‘I do’ inside one of the characterful function rooms!
After your romantic ceremony, make the most of the beautiful surroundings and capture your all-important wedding photographs while enjoying a glass of bubbly.
A delicious and memorable wedding feast will follow, and luckily, there are packages to suit all budgets. Whether you’re after a relaxed BBQ or canapés and a traditional sit-down wedding breakfast, there is something for everyone.
9. The Rosendale – South East London
We’re obsessed with The Rosendale, a relaxed and chic wedding venue in London’s leafy village of Dulwich.
Once a Victorian coaching inn, it exudes handsome elegance and features a large bar and dining area, three enchanting gardens and two stunning private rooms.
You can exclusively hire either of these private rooms as well as the venue’s alfresco areas. The West Room can seat up to 100 plus a further 60 for a reception, while the more intimate East Room can host up to 40 guests for a cocktail party.
The food here is hearty and predominantly British, including meat from their very own Locks Drove Farm, and the team will be happy to help with flowers, entertainment and photography.
10. The Bell Inn – East Sussex
How cool is The Bell Inn in East Sussex? That neon lighting already has us sold.
This venue has a laidback, quirky ambience thanks to its loving restoration. The building looks as though an eccentric nobleman has travelled around the world and stuffed every nook and cranny full of curiosities from his travels. It is truly unique!
The main function room can cater for 70 sit-down guests and 120 for your evening party. Whether you would like to get married at The Bell or simply head there after your ceremony to celebrate your marriage, the space will be yours for the day.
On top of all of this, they’ve even got fabulous on-site accommodation for the night of your wedding. The Love Nest comes complete with a copper bath, double shower, wood burner and private roof terrace.
11. Small Beer Brewery – South East London
Say hello to the Small Beer Brewery, a wonderfully flexible event space in South East London with a cool industrial décor throughout. This might not technically be a pub, but it does brew beer, so it’s basically the same thing right?
If you’ve been hunting for a blank canvas which you can totally transform, there really is no place better than here.
There is ample space, and the team will be on-hand to assist with everything from your food to the room layout and sourcing the perfect band for the evening.
Whatever style you decide on, booking the Small Beer Brewery will ensure you create the best memories and toast the beginning of your next chapter with a glass of South East London’s finest brew.
12. Shireburn Arms – Lancashire
From the moment you step inside the Shireburn Arms you’ll know it is the exact place where your wedding dreams can come to life.
It’s a quintessential English country inn in a charming village with far-reaching views over the Ribble Valley countryside. They have a civil ceremony license, fabulous function room with its own bar and 18 beautiful bedrooms.
The space lends itself to small, intimate and bespoke weddings, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in beauty thanks to its gardens, grounds and décor.
You’ll be able to sit down with up to 100 guests and admire the recent renovations, fabulous food and historic 17th century features.
13. The Princess Victoria – West London
Situated in the heart of delightful Shepherd’s Bush is The Princess Victoria, the perfect pub to host your dream wedding day celebration.
Rather than an over-the-top affair, a wedding hosted here will be understated and focused on the things that truly matter.
You’ll have the choice of exclusively booking out the entire pub, or celebrating in their stunning 1829 room. This room, decorated in stunning deep greens can host between 50 and 90 guests depending on whether you wish for them to stand or be seated. The entire pub has a capacity of 280.
There’s a range of menus which will ensure your guests are talking about the food for years to come, plus over 100 gins, 40 craft beers and award-winning wines. Oh, and don’t get us started on the luxurious bedrooms…
14. The Bulls Head – Kent
The Bull’s Head Hotel in Chislehurst is the perfect place to host your romantic wedding. It has a lovely ambiance and the stylish function rooms are sure to wow your guests.
This pub wedding venue can accommodate weddings of between 10 and 180 guests, so whatever size your guest list, you’ll be able to host your big day here. If that wasn’t enough, it sits within close proximity of a number of local churches, perfect for your religious ceremony!
If it’s a civil ceremony you choose, the venue is licensed, so you’ll be able to say your vows on-site before enjoying a delicious wedding breakfast from the pub’s team of chefs.
When the day draws to a close, you and your new husband or wife can retire to the lavish bridal suite – a relaxing space which comes complete with roll top bath, four-poster bed and original fireplace.
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15. The Grange – West London
Located in leafy Ealing in the west of London is The Grange, a unique, stylish and laidback wedding venue which offers quirky spaces in abundance.
Whether you’re planning a summer celebration or a cosy winter gathering, this pub wedding venue would be the perfect choice. The Summer House, complete with exposed brick walls and palm-printed interiors, works perfectly alongside the Conservatory in the summer months. In the winter, the Reading Room offers something truly special.
When it comes to serving up delicious meals, The Grange has a fantastic reputation. Their menu is innovative and delicious. From canapés to the cake, you’ll be delighted by every dish.
The Grange has a capacity of 120 guests when combining multiple rooms and the garden. It has stunning views across Ealing Common which will make your day one to remember.
16. The Secret Garden – Kent
The Secret Garden is a captivating and elegant countryside wedding venue known for its beautiful food and peaceful ambiance.
It offers five different locations from which to say “I do”. The stunning Gazebo, surrounded by The Wildflower Meadow, Peter Rabbit Orchard and Flower Cutting Garden is the perfect choice for a summer ceremony.
If you’d rather combine the best of both indoors and outside, choose The Courtyard or the intimate Glass House. For warm and cosy winter ceremonies, The Chapel is simply gorgeous.
After saying your vows you’ll be able to take to one of the stunning reception areas. We love the Victorian coach house – it has a wonderful beamed ceiling and French doors which open onto a south-facing undercover terrace. What’s not to love?
17. Bickley Mill Inn – Devon
You can’t get a venue more quintessentially English than The Bickley Mill, a beautiful 13th century former flour mill which is as convenient and it is secluded.
Steeped in history and charm whilst maintaining a contemporary atmosphere, this pub wedding venue lends itself to a whole variety of wedding themes. Whether you’re dreaming up something elegant and modern or cosy and rustic, this place is the perfect backdrop.
The Bickley Mill Inn is a family owned business, and the experienced and friendly team will be able to attend to every detail.
Although it has capacity for up to 150 people, this venue is just as special for intimate weddings of up to 25. There’s also 13 individually designed en-suite guest bedrooms and a range of packages.
18. The Frogmill – Gloucestershire
The Frogmill in Gloucestershire is one of the largest pub wedding venues in this edit, sitting within the rolling Cotswold Hills and on the edge of Andoversford.
It boasts extensive grounds, 28 picture-perfect bedrooms, a river and watermill and charming interiors.
The Mill Room is perfect for your ceremony. It has space for up to 150 guests, is flooded with natural light and boasts dramatic vaulted ceilings and gorgeous ornate chandeliers.
From there, you can take to the landscaped gardens (or to The Snug on colder days) for a glass of celebratory fizz, before enjoying a first-class wedding breakfast. In between stints on the dance floor, your guests will love to explore all of the little nooks and crannies of this venue long into the night. The Cotswold charm is very real.
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19. The Fleece Countryside Inn – West Yorkshire
The team believe your wedding day should be exactly as you’ve always dreamed, whether its intimate and laidback or large and opulent. You can host your entire day at The Fleece Countryside Inn, or simply head there for your reception.
There is space for up to 250 guests, overnight accommodation for the couple and their family and extensive menu choices.
If that wasn’t enough, the pricing and packages at this venue are super simple so you don’t have to worry about added extras. You can get exclusive use of the wedding suite, patio and private bar, all without breaking the bank!
20. The Chester Fields – Cheshire
For a larger celebration, you can have exclusive use of the entire venue. If you’d like to host a dinner with just 20-40 of your closest family and friends, you can do that too, on one of the venue’s mezzanine levels.
When it’s time to eat, the team’s expertise in fine food will ensure your day is jam-packed full of flavour. You’ll meet with the chef beforehand to design your menu together, and any must-haves will be served up using only the best produce!
Rather than offering restrictive packages, the team here work on a minimum spend basis, allowing you to tailor the venue and day to your tastes. At The Chester Fields, the more people you invite, the less it costs you!
21. The Plough Alnwick – Northumberland
Located in the historic market town of Alnwick and near to Alnwick Castle, the Plough Alnwick offers a relaxing and beautiful environment to enjoy your special day.
It perfectly combines the elegance of traditional Georgian architecture with chic and contemporary styling, making it ideal for couples on the hunt for something a little out of the ordinary.
You can choose between two spaces for your ceremony and reception. We love The Coach House which can accommodate 85 for ceremonies, 110 for your wedding breakfast and up to 150 in the evening. The star of the show has got to be the magnificent staircase which is just built for making a grand entrance. There is also Restaurant Amelie which offers an intimate and rustic setting for up to 35 guests.
If that wasn’t enough, The Plough has a fantastic reputation for food. The Head Chef will work with you to mix and match their menu and create something totally individual which your guests will remember forever.
So now you’ve chosen your wedding venue – but what next? Take a look at our ultimate wedding planning checklist which will tell you when to do every step in the wedding planning process.