The Elephant

Church Road, Kings Ride (Berkshire) RG8 7AR Map · Telephone · Website
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About The Elephant

Situated in the charming riverside village of Pangbourne, The Elephant Hotel is the perfect venue for your dream wedding. 

Dating back to the 19th century, our quirky boutique hotel in Berkshire has 22 bedrooms, each with their own unique character and style. Discover romantic secret gardens, a relaxed, informal friendly atmosphere, firside lounges & beautiful indoor & outdoor spaces, perfect for intimate weddings or larger celebrations.

At The Elephant Hotel, no two weddings are the same, each wedding has the care and attention it deserves to create your perfect day, tailoring every detail to suit your requirements. 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 aim to create unforgettable moments which exceed your expectations. You and your guests can also enjoy 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 140 seated guests for your wedding breakfast and up to 150 for a more relaxed event.

  • Quirky Boutique Wedding Venue in Berkshire
  • Licensed to Hold Civil Ceremonies for up to 140 guests
  • Exclusive Use (22 bedrooms for up to 50 guests)
  • Special Offers Available
  • Discover Romantic Secret Gardens
  • Delicious menus and excellent wine selection
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Reviews for The Elephant

Recommended by 100% of couples


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  • Quality of the Service 5.0
  • Professionalism 5.0
  • Flexibility 5.0
  • Value for Money 5.0
  • Response time 5.0
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    Darryl Bedwell · Married on 16/02/2018

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    • Flexibility:
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    • Professionalism:
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    Unforgettable experience from beginning to end

    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.

    Sent on 30/04/2018
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    Jen Fisher-Hickey · Married on 17/07/2015

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    Perfect wedding day

    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 :)

    Sent on 10/08/2015
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    Steve Cox

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    Thank you

    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

    Sent on 21/06/2016

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The Elephant FAQ

  • Venue Type:
    Exclusive Use
    In the Country
    Small Hotel
    Unusual Weddings
    Historic
    Civil Ceremony Licence
    Outdoor License
    Unique Weddings
  • Dining Options:
    Seated Meal Facilities
    Corkage Option
    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
  • Other Features:
    Disabled Facilities
    Car Parking
    Confetti Permitted
    Changing Room for Guests
    Pets Welcome

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  • Church Road Kings Ride (Berkshire) RG8 7AR
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