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Last update: April 2024

Set beside the natural beauty of the River Stour, lies one of the finest wedding venues in Essex, Talbooth Restaurant & Marquee, where you can enjoy your special day in the most stunning of surroundings. Established in 1952 and located in the heart of Constable country, Talbooth Restaurant is a modernised 16th century listed building with a stunning Marquee set within the riverside gardens that gently curve along the River Stour.

Stay the night before in the stunning riverside cottage Idle Waters and soak in the views of the glorious wedding venue across the river bank whilst getting ready for the big day, or book a room at the luxury Talbooth House and Spa and enjoy some pampering the afternoon prior to the wedding whilst relaxing in the knowledge that everything is being taken care of.

The licensed restaurant is full of stunning period features and looks out onto the River Stour, terrace and perfectly manicured lawns. Getting married in the River Room followed by a wedding breakfast in the Marquee means that the wedding party has exclusivity of Talbooth Restaurant during the wedding day, from the ceremony through to early evening.

It really is all about the food at the Talbooth. With great ingredients, imaginative menus and 70 years of expertise in catering for fabulous events, their chefs can create incredible options for your wedding based on all kinds of menu tastes and styles. Menu options include fine dining standard and restaurant-quality three-course banquets or exciting sharing-style menus for a slightly more relaxed vibe.

Three fabulous event planners are also on hand to assist throughout the planning process every step of the way, and on the day, a dedicated event manager makes sure everything runs seamlessly from start to finish.

The nearby Talbooth House & Spa has 12 luxurious bedrooms, a tennis court and an outdoor pool (heated to a sizzling 85 degrees Fahrenheit), as well as a sauna and hot tub. The spa has six treatment rooms and offers a wide range of treatments enabling the wedding party plenty of time to pamper and relax before the big day. You can even take the whole house and spa and enjoy a fabulous wedding weekend. In addition to the Talbooth House and Spa, sister property Milsoms offers a buzzing brasserie restaurant with gorgeous grounds and a further 15 bedrooms. The Talbooth House and Spa is available for exclusive hire and wedding weekends are a real thing at this venue!

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Pub or restaurant
Unusual weddings
Marquees and tents
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Alcohol licence
Buffet meal facilities
In-house catering

Evening entertainment:

Marquee available
Dance floor
Entertainment licence
Live band facilities
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Overnight accommodation:

Overnight accommodation for wedding couple
Overnight accommodation for guests

Venue staff assistance:

Master of ceremonies/toastmaster
Wedding coordinator

Venue leisure facilities:

Swimming pool

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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100% Recommended by couples
Rachel Sent on 19/12/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Perfect Day

We had the best day for our wedding at Talbooth Restaurant. All our guests said how amazing the food was and how good the staff were and what a beautiful venue it was.
The booking team were very helpful throughout the whole of the planning process and even through Covid with all the postponing and changes they couldn't have been more helpful.
Lynsey C. Sent on 19/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating


Talbooth Restaurant delivered beyond what we could’ve wished for - we had the most perfect day and wouldn’t change anything. Keighley and the team didn’t drop a single ball. Attention to detail, organisation and execution was exquisite. It really is a first class venue in all senses, you get what you pay for. Everything about it - the venue, organisation, service, catering quality, and most importantly the team behind it all are amazing. We couldn’t recommend them highly enough. Nothing was too much for them, and everything was taken on board and delivered. It really was exceptional.
Amy T. Sent on 29/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Fabulous Wedding Venue & Team!

We got married at Talbooth in June 2023 and I can honestly say that no other wedding venue we viewed quite had the 'wow' appeal that Talbooth does. The immacutely garden and excellent food is what draw us to it in the first place. We also loved that everything was 'bespoke', rather than choosing from pre-made 'packages'. The communication and planning in the lead up to the wedding was excellent - Keighley was particularly brilliant. On the day itself, Talbooth made our wedding run seamlessly, even better than we imagined it. Some of our guests had some traffic which delayed their arrival, however the team at Talbooth completely made this a non-issue for us and our day, and made sure we were looked after, as well as keeping canape's and arrival drinks back for the late-arriving guests so they could still join in the reception drinks. We cannot thank them enough and highly recommend them. From The Thoupos'!
Megan L. Sent on 20/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding reception

Amazing venue and food.
Super friendly staff, kept our wedding day stress free.
Guest were blown away by the beauty of the venue and the vast quantities of amazing food.
Eloise B. Sent on 19/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Beautifully Stunning Wedding Venue with Incredible Staff

We got married here in April 2023 and it was stunning, the most perfect day!

The staff were very attentive from the moment we confirmed our date, during the build up and on the day to make sure all our needs were met and that everything ran smoothly and we didn’t have to worry about anything. They were very patient when I was having little panics and worries about things during the planning stages, they were very reassuring (we mainly dealt with Kayleigh but Alex also helped).

It is a stunning venue from the ceremony room with the old beams and big windows looking out onto the river and lawn, to the boat to the marquee with the fairy lights!

The food was exquisite and all dietary requirements were met without any bother, we had so many compliments about how amazing the food was and just what a stunning venue it is!

It is very unique and we are so glad we were lucky enough to have got married there, would definitely recommend and will be going back for anniversaries!
Alexandra C. Sent on 06/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Picture Perfect!

It's hard to know where to start, was it the super helpful wedding team making the planning process so easy, the amazing food and really friendly staff or was it the picture perfect setting by the river. We always knew we wanted the Talbooth and it certainly didn't disappoint. We will be returning for every anniversary to eat in the restaurant and reminisce about our perfect day!
Nicola C. Sent on 21/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

October Wedding

From the moment we met the team at the Talbooth, we knew our wedding was in safe hands.

Jess and her team guided through the various options available - this including menu choices,accommodation, evening entertainment- including the choice of backlighting in the Marquee.

We choose to have the grooms party and wedding guests stay at the Milsoms , we also booked Idle Waters. This was the perfect choice for the bridal party as we were able to have a girls night the evening before- and then our hair and make up team came to the cottage. Another bonus was being able to see the preparations taking place across the water.

The day went with perfection - from the moment the car arrived , the professionalism was clear to see and safe to say took away nerves.

The food was incredible, 6 months later our guests still talk about it - the cheese board was a huge hit !

We also include a rude along the river, which I highly recommend as it gave us some precious time alone to take it all in. Also a nice treat for the guests to enjoy.

We could not of asked for more from the venue, and truly a day to remember.
Mollie T. Sent on 19/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating


Everything was incredible, from the initial enquiry until the day itself nothing was too much bother. Jess responded to all my emails and the team were so flexible and attentive. Could not recommend highly enough.
Sophie Sent on 28/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The best wedding.. ever!

We got married at the Talbooth in September 23, when we first got engaged the Talbooth was the only venue we viewed, as soon as we arrived we knew it was the venue for us! When it comes to weddings they really know what they are doing, not only is the venue beautifully presented, the planning team was on hand to offer advice, help with timings, and answer any questions we had. The wedding day ran seamlessly thanks to the staff, they were so efficient and the day ran like clockwork, with Jess checking in with us throughout the day. The food was amazing - we opted for the BBQ, there was so much choice and something for everyone, we loved the more relaxed option of guests being able to choose what they would like to eat. and we had many guests saying it was the best food they'd ever had at a wedding!

If you're considering Talbooth for your wedding, I'd definitely recommend booking the onsite cottage 'Idle Waters', my bridal party of 10 had the best time getting ready for the wedding, it was fully equipped and there was plenty of space for us all plus the hairdressers and makeup artists! Also, the boat is so worth it, it was one of the best parts of the day for us and it was certainly an impressive entrance! They then offered boat roads to our guests which was so memorable and offered fab photo opportunities! Thanks to everyone at the Talbooth & Milsoms for making our wedding perfect!
Hunter E. Sent on 19/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic Experience

Very Professional and extremely helpful. They go that extra mile to ensure your experience is everything you have ever wanted.
Jim F. Sent on 05/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Exceptional in every way!

The entire team at Talbooth were so efficient and supportive throughout the entire wedding planning process and day itself. Jess, Kayleigh, Alex, Natalie and the entire team were faultless. 5 star service on the day. Food was superb, many commented on how it was the best they have ever had at a wedding.
Tony B. Sent on 29/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Could not have been any better!

All staff were extremely helpful, friendly and always went the extra mile to help. The whole team at The Talbooth were truly amazing and made our day one that will live forever in our memories.
Rich M. Sent on 19/12/2023
4.6 out of 5 rating

Simply the Best

We just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone at the Talbooth for all your help and expertise when prepping and planning Saturday. And thank you to Natalie and the team who were working on Saturday - everything ran so smoothly!

We had the best day celebrating at the Talbooth!
Michelle M. Sent on 20/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect wedding location

We had the most wonderful wedding at The Talbooth Hotel and Spa - the staff were so helpful, friendly and responsive, there was nothing that you couldn’t ask for. We would just love to do it all again.
Matt H. Sent on 20/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Nothing we would change

Absolutely out of this world venues!
Alex was amazing in helping plan our special day and the staff on the day were so friendly, they were part of our party of guests .
The food was sublime and our photos inside and out really captured our special day.
We feel so lucky to have had such a special, magical and wonderful day across the venues. (Talbooth House , Milsoms & Idle Waters )
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28 Apr
Open Door

They’re back with another spectacular Wedding Open Day in the marquee at the Talbooth Restaurant.

Come along to their Wedding Open Day to explore and get a feel for what a special Talbooth wedding will be like beside the river Stour.

Undecided between a small and intimate ceremony, or a bigger marquee party? Or perhaps your dream wedding comprises a series of celebrations spread over a few days and venues. This Open Day is the perfect opportunity to envision a celebration in the stunningly situated marquee:

  • Explore the Marquee at Talbooth Restaurant
  • Meet excellent wedding suppliers
  • Look across the river to Idle Waters, our self-catered cottage popular with wedding parties.

Enjoy a glass of Prosecco whilst you meet a member of the Milsom Wedding team who will be glad to discuss all your exciting plans and guide you through our beautiful riverside marquee.

If the venues and settings aren’t enough to make you say Yes, we have award-winning food and our kitchen will be serving canapés throughout the day that will be sure to wow.

There will be a chance to meet some of our recommended suppliers who will be exhibiting across the properties on the day too!

Date: From 28/04/2024 to 28/04/2024 Schedule 10:30 - 14:00
Place: Talbooth Restaurant, Gun Hill, Dedham, Colchester, Essex

Preferred suppliers

Abigail's Collection
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DJ Scott Dewing
4.6 out of 5 rating , 11 reviews
· Music and DJs


Talbooth Restaurant, Gun Hill, Dedham CO7 6HP Colchester (Essex)
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