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On since 2021

Last update: November 2023

The Red Lion Hotel is a historic wedding venue located in the heart of Basingstoke, Hampshire. This three-star hotel is ideal for intimate celebrations as well as grand occasions, conveniently situated a short walk across from Basinsgtoke registry office . The Red Lion Hotel is just minutes away from train and bus stations, making it an excellent venue for travelling guests.

Facilities and Capacity

Couples can host their momentous occasion in The Red Lion Hotel's refurbished function room, The Festival Suite. This venue can accommodate up to 150 guests and has a private bar. Large doors lead to an outdoor area where you can catch a breath of fresh air. Floor-to-ceiling windows drench the room with natural light. A spacious wood-panelled dancefloor paired with DJ and live performance facilities means you and your guests can party to your favourite music. For a more intimate event, the Wellington and Basing suites are smaller and offer a door leading to the beautifully decorated courtyard. Whether you wish to host a buffet feast or a seated meal, The Red Lion Hotel has plenty of amenities to assist with your dining experience. With up to 60 en-suite bedrooms provided, your travelling guests can delight in a luxurious overnight stay. Ample parking can also be available for you and your loved ones. With accessible facilities throughout the venue, everyone can enjoy your special celebration in comfort.

Services Offered

The dedicated staff at The Red Lion Hotel is experienced with wedding events and would love to help bring your vision to life. You can avail of a personal wedding coordinator to assist with the planning and execution of your celebration. In-house catering can be provided for your special day, and their culinary team can work with you to design a delectable menu suitable for everyone. The team at The Red Lion Hotel boast efficient and friendly service, and can be on hand throughout your event to ensure everything runs smoothly.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Small hotel
In the city
Large hotel

Dining options:

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

Evening entertainment:

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

Other features:

Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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5.0 out of 5 rating
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100% Recommended by couples
Rosemary O. Sent on 13/04/2024
4.8 out of 5 rating

Professional, friendly and supportive

We chose The Red Lion Hotel to host our reception because of its convenient location, inclusive package and lovely wedding coordinator, Jay. She was really clear in explaining everything we needed, always responded to our queries promptly, and worked with us to ensure that ourselves and our guests had our needs met, even when I remembered certain details on the morning of the wedding itself! Their preferred caterers (Lemon Stone Events) were particularly helpful in managing my dietary needs and anxieties.

Our guests got a slight discount to stay on the night of the wedding, and my husband and I got the bridal suite + full English breakfast included. I opted to stay the night beforehand so my makeup and dress could be sorted on-site, at an additional cost. As a fun addition, we were able to book one of the hotel conference rooms at an extra cost so that our more nerdy/introverted friends had a board-games room to go to! This suited most of our guests much more than the disco run by the DJ, whose costs were included in the package.
Irati A. Sent on 28/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Jaira Wedding

We had the best day ever. Staff at Red Lion are all lovely, welcoming and professional. Everyone in our family loved the food, It was amazing.

One of the wedding planners, Jay organised everything for us, she is an absolute star! She made our day perfect.

We couldn’t be happier ❤️
Sue Sent on 17/04/2008
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic day

When we first visited the Red Lion we were so surprised how it had changed. We booked our wedding and from the time we booked to the day of our wedding the staff couldn't be more helpful. On the day it was fantastic, service was good, food was excellent and the staff friendly, a perfect combination to make Our Perfect day.
Anna Sent on 25/01/2007
5 out of 5 rating

What a great day

In the end of last year our friends held a small wedding reception at the Red Lion hotel, We all had a wonderful day, and the hotel was very nice. The Majority of the staff were very friendly, the only exception would be the young receptionist on duty in the morning Emma I think, was very surley and more interested in her mobile phone than helping the bride when requested.
Emma Sent on 08/12/2006
5 out of 5 rating

Superb, would recommend

I recently attended my friends wedding at The Red Lion Hotel. The morning of the wedding came and the flowers were nothing like they were supposed to be. My friend was devastated. The General Manager, Mark took the problem out of our hands and had everything sorted. Within an hour we had a beautiful bouquet and were ready to go.
It is definitely a venue I would recommend to couples for their wedding. My friend’s wedding was beautiful. The General Manager, Mark made the day go so smoothly. He was really friendly and welcoming to all my friend’s guests. Nothing was too much trouble.
Laurie Sent on 06/12/2006
5 out of 5 rating

Great fun!

It was a very hot day last summer but it was great having drinks out in the courtyard which had sheler for the kids. Air con inside was essential, worked well too. The day was great fun which was down to the staff mainly who were efficient but realy freindly, not all stuffy like some hotels.
Cher Sent on 19/05/2006
5 out of 5 rating


I was out shopping and found the Red Lion Hotel in Basingstoke, & popped in for a cuppa, and was very pleasently suprised, where the rest of the old town was looking a bit tired and dated, the Red Lion was fresh & Modern and the choice of coffee's on offer was brilliant. I had a look around the hotel whilst I was there and I am now looking to hold my evening wedding reception there when I return from getting married in Cuba in October of this year.
Theresa Sent on 17/05/2006
5 out of 5 rating

Lovely nights stay

I was a guest at a recent wedding held at the Red Lion Hotel and I was very impressed with the hotel and especially the bedrooms, ours was lovely with old fashioned features and for a town centre location was very quiet. I would definately return to this hotel for a weekend break
Lee Sent on 16/05/2006
5 out of 5 rating

We wanted to express our thanks

Just wanted to say Thank You so much for everything. We had an absolutely amazing wedding day, it just couldn't have been better and was definitely the happiest I've ever been.

Mark Nicholson was just fantastic nothing was a problem, he was outstanding and so many people commented to us how great he was, also the catering staff, the waitresses & waiters were so happy & friendly & that really made a big difference to everyone. I hope they enjoyed it as much as we did although seeing as they were working I doubt it!

Kerri Sent on 16/05/2006
5 out of 5 rating

What a great day

I can honestly say that from start to finish there wasn't a thing we were disappointed with. On the day, Mark & Kieron ensured that it went smoothly and the evening flowed really well too. It couldn't have been better. Everyone complimented the food and I would say more about the buffet but unfortunately I was so busy, I didn't get much of it. Never mind, made up for it when we went on honeymoon !
Mrs Sent on 01/05/2006
5 out of 5 rating


I was a guest at the wedding of Mr and Mrs Mays in April 2006, and I was very impressed, the hotel was not how I imagined it and I was very impressed with the decor and friendiness of the staff. The Manager on the Day Mr Butcher did an excellent job or ensuring every thing ran smoothly, and I think my niece was very taken with him!!!!
I would have no hesitation in recommending the venue and am sure you will many good comments from other guests of the day.
Lewis Sent on 29/04/2006
5 out of 5 rating


Thank you very much for your hospitality and kindness on our stay at your hotel on Clare and Lee's wedding on 21st January 2006. We stayed overnight can we say that the hotel is lovely, the food was top notch. All waitressing staff were lovely and nothing was too much bother. We were very well looked after and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We shall recommend your hotel to family and friends.
Anon Sent on 24/04/2006
5 out of 5 rating


I was a guest at a civil partnership which took place at the Red Lion this month, and would like to say how well the event was managed, the Master of Ceremonies Kieron was excellent at taking control and ensuring the day ran smoothly but also not being in the way. The food and service was faultless and I would recommend this hotel for any event.
Emma Sent on 21/04/2006
5 out of 5 rating

Frist Class

I attended a wedding at the Red Lion and i had to let people know that the whole day was first class. The staff were excellent especially Lorraine who was always around to help. Well done the red Lion frist class
Vicky Sent on 19/04/2006
5 out of 5 rating

I will return on my 1st Anniversary

The Red Lion made our wedding such a success. The food was fantastic and the staff made us feel that nothing was too much trouble. We hope to return for our first wedding anniversary!
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