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Last update: May 2024

The Bedford Hotel is a privately-owned 19th-century Grade I listed wedding venue in Tavistock, Devon, England. This historic hotel, built on the remains of a Benedictine abbey, has been carefully and lovingly restored to its former glory. If you are looking for rare and wondrous beauty, you have certainly come to the right place. The Bedford Hotel's experienced and talented team would love to help create the perfect wedding for you.

Facilities and Capacity

The Bedford Hotel has four beautiful function rooms, all licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships. Each room has a unique character and charm. Whether you're planning an intimate ceremony or a lavish celebration with 110 of your closest family and friends, you're sure to find the perfect setting for your wedding celebration. The Woburn Room is the hotel's main civil ceremony room, and the award-winning Gallery 26 is the hotel's principal wedding breakfast room. The latter is a lovely modern space featuring air conditioning, under-floor heating, contemporary decor, and a stunning view of Tavistock Abbey Chapel. The Tavistock Room is perfect for more intimate celebrations and can seat up to 24 guests. Its oak panelling, ornate fireplace and lovely, hand-painted ceiling recreate the elegance of a bygone era. The hotel also has 31 bedrooms, all individually styled with your comfort and convenience in mind.

Services Offered

The Bedford Hotel is available for exclusive use. Their civil ceremony package includes room hire, a red carpet embellished with rose petals, a white silk table cover, and a large pedestal of fresh flowers. Other packages, including comprehensive and tailored packages, are also available. The hotel can also recommend a host of talented local suppliers. Their experienced wedding coordinators will be available to provide guidance and support as you prepare for the romantic wedding of your dreams.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

Small hotel
Outdoor license

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
Corkage option
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:

Exclusive use
Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for The Bedford Hotel

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Hitched Wedding Awards 2024 Winner
5.0 out of 5 rating
17 reviews
100% recommend it
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Bethany Sent on 24/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating


We couldn’t have opted for a better place to get married, from the first time we went to look at the venue all the way up to our wedding the staff were absolutely incredible. I would especially like to thank Hannah it was a pleasure to have her as our wedding organiser she helped us day and night from the very start and I would just like to say a huge thank you to her. The venue was amazing, wonderful, beautiful, idyllic, and just simply amazing. I would highly recommend to have your wedding or any other events here we will be sure to returning in the future. Mr & Mrs Churchill
Vanessa T. Sent on 12/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Magical Wedding

The Bedford Hotel hosted our recent wedding. Hannah and Kay were fantastic from start to finish. They booked in regular meetings with us and nothing was too much trouble. Everything we asked for was accommodated and there was a real can do attitude. Dylan the general manager was excellent on the day. We couldn’t have picked a better venue for an intimate winter wedding. The Tavistock room was breathtaking. Thank you for everything!
Samuel M. Sent on 13/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent-perfect. Would definitely recommend

Perfect venue and excellent wedding day, the day went so smoothly without no issues thanks with the help of Kay and Hannah from Bedford. Thank you so much I will never forget this day. Everyone has said it’s the best wedding they’ve been too. Food , drinks and service was brilliant. I would definitely recommend.
Suzie S. Sent on 23/08/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Suzie & Doug Muir

My now husband and I had such a beautiful wedding day at the Bedford Hotel, the staff were absolutely amazing and went above and beyond for us, the day went much much better than I ever could have expected it to go, there were no dramas and everything ran smoothly and on time. We had our ceremony in the Tavistock room, and wow what a set up, canapés and drinks in the beautiful setting of the walled garden and whilst that was going on they set the Tavistock room up for the wedding breakfast. When my husband and I saw the room set up we both almost cried as it was absolutely beautiful ❤️. The evening room also looked stunning. The food was absolutely amazing. I highly recommend this venue. All the staff there are absolutely amazing. Thank you so much to Kay, Hannah and Dylan especially ❤️❤️
Andrew B. Sent on 28/10/2022
5 out of 5 rating

Intimate country-side wedding

Driving past the Bedford Hotel, it draws you in. The first time we went past one of us said, "this looks like such a cosy place" - we didn't know that we would get married there back then.

We were looking at options in the Cornwall/Devon area since one of us is from here. After exploring and evaluating lots and lots of options, we eventually realised that the Bedford does do weddings. After being in contact with the events team at the Bedford we quickly decided to go with it.

They were highly attentive, coming up with great suggestions and helping us create the wedding we wanted. Since getting married is something you most likely only do once in your lifetime, it helps to have someone knowledgeable about the ins and outs of the process, you really don't want to mess it up. We never felt anything but confidence having the team helping us with the wedding - they were proactively answering the questions we had and planning the food and catering for us.

We did table decoration ourselves and the Bedford really helped us provide the things we needed, some teamwork was required to make all the decoration work, but this wasn't a problem at all for either the Bedford or us, it turned out beautifully.

On the day itself, the GM and his team were there at beck and call all throughout the day, if anything unexpected had happened, I'm sure they would've managed it brilliantly.

Our guests coming from both the UK and abroad loved the hotel and Tavistock the town, it is a quintessential English market town in the southwest, perfect for our guests to explore on their own outside the wedding celebrations - which they did with childish delight.

If you're looking for a venue for your wedding that is intimate and that gives you a cosy feeling of home, go with the Bedford - the location, the team, the food and the hotel in itself deserve five out of five stars (at least according to us).
Shauna M. Sent on 30/06/2024
5 out of 5 rating

A perfect day

We had our wedding at The Bedford Hotel last weekend and couldn’t fault it. Kirsty, Hannah and the rest of the team were brilliant right from the start and couldn’t have done enough for us, making the whole process super easy. They gave us much needed guidance on all things wedding whilst being flexible to allow us to create our vision. The venue itself is beautiful, full of character (especially the walled garden) and has a lovely welcoming atmosphere. The food was delicious, comfortable rooms and friendly staff.

Thank you so much to everyone at The Bedford for a truly perfect day. We would 100% recommend this venue to anyone who is getting married, you won’t be disappointed!

Shauna and Jake x
Gabrielle A. Sent on 26/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

A beautiful day

We are so pleased that we chose the Bedford for our wedding, the hotel and gardens are beautiful and very picturesque. The booking was easy and the wedding team were supportive and attentive prior to and throughout the day. The hotel ensured our day went as smoothly as possible and did everything they could to accommodate all of our needs.
Amy C. Sent on 19/01/2024
5 out of 5 rating


Oh my goodness where to even start! From our initial meeting right until the day was over, The Bedford team were fantastic. Set up was beautiful and the support from the team leading up was brilliant. We had an absolutely beautiful day and i could not recommend The Bedford Hotel, Hannah, Kay and Dylan enough! Thank you!
Wendy M. Sent on 15/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

We cant recommend the Bedford Hotel enough.

We can not praise The Bedford Hotel enough for our amazing wedding day. From the first call we made to them to enquire about the venue the staff were really helpful and could not do enough for us. Having called a couple of other venues where we had to fit into what they offered The Bedford was the other way round and offered to fit in with what we wanted.

The day went without a hitch, the staff knew exactly what they were doing, They ran the day so smoothly we did not need to worry about a thing which proved they have a wealth of experience.

All our guests agreed that the food was amazing, we thought it was also very good value for money. We had some guests with special diet requirements to which the hotel dealt with by offering alternatives without batting an eye.

We would recommend The Bedford Hotel to anyone looking to get married or hold an event they will make the day go better than you could imagine. We will be popping into the Hotel with a gift to offer a small thank you for all they have done for us.
Carole T. Sent on 11/04/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Wedding Venue

The staff at the Bedford Hotel were exemplary. We had such a wonderful day and all the organising was perfect. Thank you all and especially Kay and Hannah the wedding coordinators.I would totally recommend The Bedford Hotel for anyones wedding.
Nick S. Sent on 10/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding Experience

Wonderful team that provided better than we could have imagined for our special day. Hannah and Kay were great to deal with, the venue was beautiful and full of character, despite bad weather outside, and the food was exceptional.
Andy H. Sent on 23/09/2022
5 out of 5 rating

When you need a friend ......

It's when the Bride is safely ensconsed in her room, with the hairdresser and a glass of champagne, and the groom appears downstairs, hoping desperately to get everything organised before the ceremony, flowers, cake, balloons, screens etc ....and a man appears at your shoulder and calmly says "Hello Mr *********, my name is ********. I am the Front of House Manager. What do you need ?"
That's the moment you know things are going to be alright.
This liaison with the hotel is reassuring, and allows for any last minute questions/ decisions.
The staff have done this before. They know what they are doing.
It all ran so smoothly, and we had a lovely day.
Liz Sent on 28/09/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Sally & Martin Saturday 15th August

My daughter chose The Bedford hotel for her wedding reception. throughout the planning we were well looked after by Robynne the event organiser. We chose the Bedford as we had friends and family attending from all over the country and required somewhere with rooms to stay and also somewhere that would accommodate 90 plus guests for a sit down meal and 150 for the evening reception.

The day was sunny and warm and we were lucky enough to have canapés and welcome drinks in the beautiful garden. The reception room was immaculately presented and we were able to go in the day before to add own touches.

The meals were delicious and warm - quite a feat when they were catering for so many. All our guests complimented us on their meals and the service and we were lucky enough to be able to offer them a choice of 3 starters, 3 mains and 3 desserts with their invitation. Leanne who managed the catering side of the day was amazing, friendly, efficient and professional as were all the staff, even when guests proceeded to let off party poppers and mini frisbees to "break the ice" at the start of the meal.

Thank you a potentially stressful but delightful time was made extra special by this venue and its wonderful staff.
Sharon Sent on 28/09/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Sharon & Mike Saturday 12th September

We have just used the Bedford for our wedding, absolutely all round great service, from the initial appointment up to the wedding itself. The wedding breakfast excellent, our guests all had a fabulous time. Many happy memories.
Tom Sent on 02/06/2015
5 out of 5 rating

Our Wedding

Thank you for all your hard work in the build up and on the day of our wedding. You all helped to make it such a perfect day! Everyone commented on how amazing both the venue and food was. Could not have chosen a better venue to share our day with. Tom & Samantha x
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The Bedford Hotel Real Weddings

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09 Nov
Open Door

The Bedford Hotel is your perfectly romantic wedding venue, and they'd love to show you around. Turning your wedding dreams to reality.

Come along to their Wedding Open Day - they'll show you their facilities, and you'll be able to discuss your requirements and wishes with a member of their friendly and experienced team.

No need to book - just pop in between 10 am and 3 pm. And if you can't make the date, don't worry - they'd be delighted to show you around any time. Give them a call!

Date: From 09/11/2024 to 09/11/2024 Schedule 10:00 - 15:00
Place: 1 Plymouth Road, Tavistock, Devon

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