The Elephant

(26 reviews) 26 5
Church Road Pangbourne Reading Berkshire RG8 7AR
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About The Elephant

Church Road
Pangbourne, Reading
Berkshire, RG8 7AR

Situated in the charming riverside village of Pangbourne, The Elephant is an elegant choice for your wedding venue. Although surrounded by idyllic countryside, the venue is located near the bustling city of Reading.

The venue is ornately decorated throughout with exquisite hand-crafted Indian furniture, delicate fabrics and oriental rugs. The gorgeous private gardens complement the elegant interiors perfectly. With a superb choice of function spaces and guest rooms, The Elephant is ideal for any wedding celebration.

We strongly believe that no two weddings should be the same. We give every wedding the care and attention it deserves to create your perfect day, tailoring every detail to suit your requirements, not ours. From your very first enquiry through to the big day itself, our fantastic team will be on hand to help and support you every step of the way to ensure it all runs smoothly.

We want to create a day which exceeds your expectations and impresses your guests. You and your guests can also enjoy full, exclusive use of the magnificent venue. This exclusivity means you can have a private celebration while benefiting from the dedicated service of the excellent team.

The Elephant exudes style, elegance and boasts first-class service. Our unique venue also holds a licence for civil ceremonies, so you can have your whole day here. We can accommodate up to 130 seated guests for your wedding breakfast and up to 150 for a more relaxed event.

For the perfect end to the perfect day, we have overnight accommodation across 22 quirky, interesting rooms for the newlyweds and guests.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for more details.

• Picturesque location with a luxurious atmosphere • Licensed to hold civil ceremonies with up to 140 guests • Exclusive use available • Tailored, bespoke planning to suit any budget • Accommodation for overnight guests and newlyweds across 22 rooms • Delicious menus and excellent wine selection

Facilities at The Elephant

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Small Hotel
Historic
Outdoor License
Pub or Restaurant
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Marquee Available
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Overnight Accommodation :
Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Changing Room for Guests
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Pets Welcome
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
Less than 30 guests
30 to 50 guests
50 to 75 guests
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster

The Elephant Location

The Elephant, Church Road, Pangbourne, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 7AR

Church Road Pangbourne Reading Berkshire RG8 7AR
01189842244
26 5

The Elephant Reviews (26)

Unforgettable experience from beginning to end
Venue Service

By Darryl Bedwell, on 30 Apr 2018Date of Wedding - 16 Feb 2018

After getting engaged in December 2016, choosing The Elephant at Pangbourne as our venue was the first (and one of the easiest) decisions we made when planning our wedding. Early on, we took our parents along to a wedding fair held at the hotel, and followed it up by a superb Sunday lunch in the restaurant which was met with a great seal of approval all round! In the following months and many decisions that had to be made, Clare (the events manager), was absolutely spectacular. She guided us through the process without rushing us or treating us as just means to make the bottom line better at the end of the year. Finally the big day arrived in February of this year and it was beyond perfect! The staff were always there, but extremely discreet - actually impressively so. All the rooms were presented immaculately, the bar has a superb selection that catered to everyones tastes. After our tasting evening, we had chosen to go for the roast beef as our main (largely down to the giant sized Yorkshire pudding that came with it!) and on the day it was just as tasty and just as impressive as I remembered. We got some great feedback from our guests about the venue - the brilliant elephant statue out front being the main focal point. Suffice to say, we had an unforgettable experience from beginning to end and would whole heartedly recommend it to anyone.

Thank you
Venue Service

By Steve Cox, on 21 Jun 2016

We were extremely well looked after by the entire team at the Elephant right from the beginning. The management and planning team were incredibly helpful with advise and assistance on everything we wanted and the entire staff working our wedding were friendly and engaging with us and all of the guests which was duly noted and commented on by lots of people on the day The venue itself was incredible in appearance and being fortunate on the weather just further complimented this!! The entire day ran to plan right from the florist to the DJ who all worked with the Elephant team to make sure everything was where it should be when it should be!! Our menu was incredible and I dont recall seeing one empty plate.....including our own!! All in all a great day - a big thanks to you Claire and all of the team!!" Steve Cox

Everything was perfect!
Venue Service

By Kirsten and Greg, on 21 Jun 2016

Hi Claire I just wanted to drop you a quick mail to say thank you for making our day so special! Everything was perfect! The room looked gorgeous, the food was fantastic and the staff were simply brilliant. They were always there when needed, but never got in the way. They were friendly and made sure everything went smoothly. You did such an amazing job with the room. When I walked in, I was taken back with how lovely it all looked. So a big well done to you and all the staff at the elephant. Our guests are still taking about what a great wedding it was. So thank you again and kind regards, Kirsten and Greg

Amazing
Venue Service

By Jen & Colm, on 20 May 2016

We just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for such a brilliant day and night on Saturday. Everyone had a blast. We've had so many complements on the venue, from both the look and feel, how gorgeous the garden was to how relaxed and informal the event was - which was exactly what we wanted. We're delighted that we had the whole place, and we knew that we would probably need it!, and it felt just right. The kids were great and had a ball, we didn't lock our room all weekend and it just seemed to work. The staff were all brilliant, so helpful, attentive and friendly and really helped the day run smoothly but also added to the occasion. I know that i said this before but many people have commented on the staff. They're all stars though. The pavlova went down SO well and the food was gorgeous so please pass our thanks and complements on to the chef. My only regret was that i was so preoccupied and chatting that i didn't get to eat as much as i'd have liked but the chat about the pavolva being for pudding and how that worked went on for a few days! And everyone who stayed loved breakfast!

Perfect wedding day
Venue Service

By Jen Fisher-Hickey, on 10 Aug 2015

We just wanted to say a huge, huge thank you for helping us host the best day of our lives. Our friends kept telling us it was the best wedding they've ever been to and our families are still talking about it! The Elephant was just the perfect venue to hold the relaxed and fun (but still classy and beautiful!) wedding we wanted. The day was everything we hoped for and so much more. Claire was fantastic the whole way through the process (and Matt too, when Claire was out of the office!) and I'm sure she was a big reason that everyone kept telling me I looked so calm and stress-free! The staff (both the ones working on the day and the few we encountered in the lead up) were so sweet and so helpful. I can hardly remember seeing any of the staff on the day, yet the whole day was absolutely seamless; everyone must have been working very hard to keep things moving along without us even noticing! A lot of our guests commented on how much they loved their rooms and one of my bridesmaids who had her dog-sitting plans fall through last minute was very happy we'd ended up picking a dog friendly venue/hotel and very grateful she was so easily accommodated :) The day was just incredible and beautiful and we couldn't have asked for more. We keep joking about getting divorced so that we can do it all over again! I'm sure we will return for a few wedding anniversaries over the years :)

Thank You
Venue Service

By Kirsten & Greg Wood, on 05 May 2015

Thank you for making our day so special! Everything was perfect! The room looked gorgeous, the food was fantastic and the staff were simply brilliant. They were always there when needed, but never got in the way. They were friendly and made sure everything went smoothly. You did such an amazing job with the room. When I walked in, I was taken back with how lovely it all looked. So a big well done to you and all the staff at the elephant. Our guests are still taking about what a great wedding it was.

Incredible
Venue Service

By Steve & Michelle Cox, on 05 May 2015

"We were extremely well looked after by the entire team at the Elephant right from the beginning. The management and planning team were incredibly helpful with advise and assistance on everything we wanted and the entire staff working our wedding were friendly and engaging with us and all of the guests which was duly noted and commented on by lots of people on the day The venue itself was incredible in appearance and being fortunate on the weather just further complimented this!! The entire day ran to plan right from the florist to the DJ who all worked with the Elephant team to make sure everything was where it should be when it should be!! Our menu was incredible. All in all a great day - a big thanks to you Claire and all of the team!!"

Best Day of Our Lives
Venue Service

By Adam & Kayleigh, on 28 Oct 2014

To Hannah, Matt and All of the Staff at The Elephant! Thank you so much for al of your help making our wedding day the best day of our lives! Hannah - thank you for convincing us that The Elephant was the perfect pace to hold our wedding reception and answering our endless questions, however trivial! Matt - thank you for doing a wonderful job of running the evening and dealing so well with last minute requests and changes! And to all of you - thank you for your fantastic customer service, amazing food, charm, professionalism... we could go on! We had a perfect day and all of our guestsenjoyed themselves thoroughly - we can't thank you enough! We will be sure to pop in for dinner and drinks often. Best Wishes Adam & Kayleigh

A massive thank you again!!
Venue Service

By Hayley & Craig, on 12 Sep 2014

Good Evening Hannah Hope you are well and Wedding season is slightly more calmer for you! Well its been 8weeks since our big day and wow how fast has time gone! Now we are finally settling into married life and have some time on our hands, we would like to say a big thank you to yourself and your team. Our Wedding day was perfect and went so smoothly. Your staff, especially Irene, were very attentive and made our day extra special. Our guests loved the venue and the decor and commented on how lovely yourself and the staff were. We are so glad we chose The Elephant to hold our special day. Im so happy to finally breath out and relax and enjoy being married ?? A Massive thank you again!! Hayley and Craig

Thank You to EVERYONE at The Elephant!
Venue Service

By Cari & Andy, on 07 Aug 2014

To Hannah, Irene, Matt & EVERYONE at The Elephant, Thank you so much for all of the work and help you all put into our wedding. We had an amazing problem-free day and everyone has been so kind, helpful and lovely right the way through. We can't have asked for a more beautiful venue amazing food, wonderful rooms and fabulous atmosphere - you helped us have our perfect wedding!! Hannah, we hope you had a lovely holiday - we will email photos over when they are ready! Thanks again - we will be back again to visit! Love Cari & Andy x

Relaxed Wedding
Venue Service

By Sharon & Phil Whitney, on 16 Jul 2014

Hi Hannah I had to email before we shoot off, and let you know what an amazing wedding day we had on Saturday. The Elephant was just the most perfect setting for the relaxed type of wedding we had planned, everything went so well, all of our guests totally loved the querkyness of the hotel. I would especially like to ask you to thank all your wonderful staff that couldn't do enough for us - so thank you again Hannah. Kind Regards Sharon & Phil Whitney

Day was Perfect
Venue Service

By Heather & Steve, on 12 Jul 2014

Hi Hannah, Hope you are well :-) Firstly, apologise for this thank you email being so late...however we wanted to say a big thank you to you for everything you did for our wedding. You made it so easy, and the day was perfect for us. All the staff, Matt, Irene and all the staff at the Elephant made the day so memorable and all our guests said how good they all were. We have been back since - and just wanted to make sure that you also got a thank you :-) Thanks again (and we will be recommend any of our friends that get married to use one of your hotels) Thanks Heather & Steve x

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