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On since 2022

Last update: September 2023

The Barn at Great Tey is a countryside wedding venue nestled in the historic town of Colchester, in the Essex region of England. Invite your loved ones to celebrate your milestone in a historic wonder overflowing with vintage charm. This venue is known for its flawless service to couples, delicious cuisine, and picturesque backdrops for cherished wedding photos.

Facilities and Capacity

This venue is licensed to hold civil ceremonies, ensuring you can hold each moment of your wedding day in one beautiful place. Its indoor and outdoor spaces can accommodate up to 145 seated guests and up to 180 for your evening reception. Surrounded by lush grounds and landscaped gardens, this historic barn offers quintessential country charm. Its vaulted ceiling and whimsical chandeliers blend rustic and elegant design. You'll find three stylishly decorated rooms, each perfectly distinct. You can also book a grand marquee for the lawns during the warmer months. Whatever you choose, you'll savour each moment decorating the space to match your style.

Services Offered

The friendly, dedicated staff at The Barn offer first-class service and will be on hand to ensure your day runs smoothly, from start to finish. Your dedicated wedding planner will help and support you throughout the planning process. To help with your preparations, we offer all-inclusive packages and a list of selected wedding suppliers, including florists and photographers. Whether you choose an intimate dining experience or an extravagant banquet, our fantastic team of chefs can create your perfect wedding breakfast. The flexible menus can be tailored to your specific requirements and personal tastes. Some additional amenities include:

  • No venue hire
  • Licensed to hold civil ceremonies
  • newly added outdoor ceremony area
  • No hire charge for the 500-year-old, grade II listed barn
  • Capacity for 145 seated guests and 180 for the reception
  • The courtyard area is perfect for drinks and canapés
  • Ample free parking for your guests
  • Flexible menus to suit your personal requirements
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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Outdoor license

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
Evening reception facilities
DJ facilities

Venue staff assistance:

Wedding coordinator

Other features:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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100% Recommended by couples
Charli A. Sent on 31/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

It really couldn’t have been anywhere else

We just wanted to say a great big thank you for yesterday. Natalie, you truly were amazing and the whole day felt so relaxed thanks to you.

Also please pass on our thanks to all of your amazing bar staff, I love how much they all got into it - they felt like guests and it was so lovely!!

We felt so taken care of and in such safe hands, everything (especially the food!) just exceeded even our wildest expectations of the day.

We will share all of the professional photos with you once we have them, we are so bloody glad we chose The Barn, it really couldn’t have been anywhere else ❤️

Charli and David x
Paul A. Sent on 31/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

We had a fantastic and very memorable day at The Barn

Dear Julia,
every time we met we always enjoyed the planning process, you made all of those decisions very easy and fun. Your advice certainly came with some great ideas for things that we didn’t even consider.

We had a fantastic and very memorable day at The Barn. From the team at the event to everyone being cared for so well, the service, food & drink was just perfect.

We already know some friends that are returning for dinner, we will be doing the same shortly. Once we get some photos over we will share some with you.

Finally, we wish to send a huge personal thank you from us to you, you made our day very special and we will forever grateful.

Paul and Peter x
Anonymous Sent on 24/08/2019
5 out of 5 rating

We couldnt asked for anything more

Hi Kirsty,

Firstly can we just say a huge thank you to you, Mo and all the staff at the barn. Everything went like clock work and we couldn't asked for anything more. #TEAMBARN.

We aren't getting the professional photos for about 3 weeks so I have attached a few from the night taken by our guests. I'll forward the others over when we get them.

Again on behalf of myself and my Husband (still sounds strange) we thank you for everything you have done for us.

Best wishes
Mr & Mrs Nundy
Anonymous Sent on 17/07/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Truly Amazing Time

Thank you Kirsty and Wayne we had a truly amazing time and felt really special thanks to your team and the wonderful venue.
Anonymous Sent on 26/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Great Venue!

Hi Kirsty, Wayne and The Barn Team,

Many thanks for running a fantastic event for me and my wife.

Everybody in our party remarked what a great venue and how well it all ran.

I would like to thank Wayne for keeping our party happy and under control, we would highly the recommend the Barn.

Yours Sincerely
Mr & Mrs Boyd
Anonymous Sent on 15/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you for a truly magical day.

Dear Kirsty

We can’t thank you, Wayne and the team enough. We had an amazing wedding day, we didn’t even mind the rain!

Our guests thought the Barn was just the perfect setting and many of them have commented on the excellent food and
service. One or two of them were thinking of putting a recommendation on TripAdvisor! We certainly will.

We are looking forward to receiving the photos and will send some on to you.

Thank you for a truly magical day.

Lots of love from Mr and Mrs Ray ??
Anonymous Sent on 19/06/2019
5 out of 5 rating

The Barn is the Perfect Venue

Dear Kirsty, Wayne and all the team,

This is just a little message to all of you to say a huge thank you for making our whole day incredible!!!
Kirsty you have been amazing throughout, taking care of every detail and supporting us in making decisions and organising everything that we asked for. Nothing was too much trouble!
The Barn is the perfect venue, it looked and felt romantic and magical on our special day. Once we receive the official photographs, we will send a selection over to you to share on your website.
So many of our guests commented on what a wonderful venue it was, the attentive staff team and the outstanding quality of food produced by your chefs. Please pass on our thanks to all of those people behind the scenes, who worked so hard to make everything perfect.
Wayne, you were a star and everything ran so smoothly. Our photographers said it was the most efficient wedding they had ever been to. You also took care of Leo and I throughout the day and we loved the special moment, when we had our champagne and canapés before going in to the wedding breakfast!
A venue is only as good as its team and you were all the best, the waiters, waitresses and bar staff were so much fun!
Words can’t describe how happy we are with every moment of our wonderful wedding at The Barn but thank you all for everything x

Kind Regards
Mr and Mrs Greaves
Anonymous Sent on 22/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating

The most magical day

To Kirsty, Wayne, Mo & the team,

We would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We had THE MOST MAGICAL DAY. You are all such an amazing team who went above and beyond to ensure we had the best wedding day possible. So many of our guests have complimented the staff at the venue since we got married. The venue look absolutely stunning and the day couldn’t of gone any better if we tried!!

We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Lots of Love
Mr & Mrs Lacey
Anonymous Sent on 22/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating

The Wedding Was Perfect!

Good afternoon.

As the best man for my brothers wedding I wanted send an email to express my views on the whole days event.

The wedding was perfect. The venue and all the staff that worked hard to make it all happen.

Wayne and Mo did a fantastic job. Wayne thank you for the kind words and everything you did for everyone there. All the best for the future.

Once again a massive thank you. As a regular patron of a beautiful restaurant and also a wedding guest I couldn't be anymore pleased with the barn and brasserie.

Thank you.

See you all soon.
Anonymous Sent on 19/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Lovely day!

I would like to thank the staff who made my daughters wedding day Thursday go so smoothly we had a lovely day. The grooms family had never been to a wedding, Simone and Liam are the first to become Mr and Mrs Ogden so his family were overwhelmed to start with but with the kindness of all the staff. They had a lovey time thank you.
Anonymous Sent on 17/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you so much for an amazing day!

Thank you so much for an amazing day! I have had so many of my guests compliment the venue, the food and the hospitality from all of your staff. We would like to say a special massive thank you to Wayne, he kept us up to date throughout the whole day and it could not have run smoother, nothing was too much to ask, he really did add to our day and i’ve also had a few guests comment on just how lovely he was, wedding days are normally a bit stressful however ours was very stress free and relaxing due to the support from Wayne throughout the day.
Anonymous Sent on 16/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Incredible Day

Hello, I would just like to say a massive thank you to all at the barn brasserie!!! Every single member of staff went above and beyond for us on our special day! We had the most incredible time and all our guests have commented on how wonderful you all were and how beautiful the venue and the food was. We really can not say enough nice things on how amazing you all were both in the run up to the day and on the day itself. And we would also like to say a big thank you to Wayne who really did bend over backwards to make sure everything went perfectly.... We didn't have to worry about a thing.
Thank you once again.
Mr and Mrs Coombs.
Anonymous Sent on 30/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Thank you for making our day exactly how we wanted

Dear Kirsty, Wayne and all the team.
We want to say a massive thank you to you all for making our day exactly how we wanted it... relaxed and enjoyable and for guiding us through our reception with such ease and always making sure we were ok. We had a lot of comments on how well it flowed, how laid back the day felt and how helpful all the staff were. Not to mention how stunning The Barn is. We would definitely recommend The Barn to anyone who is looking for a venue.
Thank you all so much again.
Sadie and Elham.
Anonymous Sent on 21/04/2019
5 out of 5 rating

The Best Day

Hi Kirsty and Wayne
Thank you so much. I literally had the best day. You were all so lovely and everyone else seemed to enjoy themselves!
Thanks again
Anonymous Sent on 06/01/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Amazing Day!

Our wedding day held with you on Saturday turned out to be an amazing day with amazing food and helpful staff, they could not do enough to make sure our day ran smooth. Special thank you to Wayne the restaurant manager who without you I think we would of been all over the place, you spent the time to calm my nerves made sure we had all we needed from drinks to the food service and made sure each and everyone of our guests had everything they needed. You are a true gentleman. Joe behind the bar knew what we needed before we knew ourselves, he even made sure I (the bride) had a drink in her hand at all times why I mingled with my guests. And thank you Claire for the many emails and discussions we had putting the day altogether. Thank you to all of you at The Barn and Merry Christmas love Mr and Mrs Stevens
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