The Reading Rooms

(33 reviews) 33 5
Church Road Alby Norfolk NR11 7HF
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About The Reading Rooms

Church Road, Alby
Norfolk, NR11 7HF

Welcome to The Reading Room, a lovingly restored 17th century historic building located in the heart of the beautiful North Norfolk countryside. With its dramatic vaulted ceiling and chandelier, this bespoke venue will capture both your heart and imagination, and is exclusively yours for the day.

Easily accessible, we are located close to the stunning North Norfolk Coast, an area of outstanding natural beauty, just 15 miles from the centre of Norwich.

The Reading Room is an exclusive use venue that provides a unique atmosphere and intimacy for your special day. Licenced for Weddings and Civil partnership ceremonies, the venue seats 80 guests inside or in the garden as part of a duo ceremony, with additional guests welcome for the evening.

We are ideally situated next to the ancient Church of St Ethelberts, and just a stone’s throw from many other gorgeous Norfolk Churches.

Our magnificent walled gardens, surround The Reading Room with an abundance of old English flowers rich with wildlife. A meandering path through the woods leads to a pergola walkway covered in fragrant roses and honeysuckle. The lawns provide a perfect space for welcome drinks and canapes followed by fun garden games or just to sit and relax in the afternoon sun.

As a family run wedding venue, we are passionate about creating your 'happily ever after'. We work closely with our selected Norfolk caterers who will create a bespoke menu from table feasts, afternoon teas and street food to formal dining, delivering a first-class service.

The Reading Room creates a magical setting for your wedding day, with enchanting gardens and a truly special building full of history and character. 

To arrange a viewing or for more information, please do get in touch: 01263 761963 or

• Exclusive use of the venue for your day, perfect for intimate weddings • A hidden gem in the beautiful North Norfolk countryside • A family owned venue just 15 miles from Norwich City Centre • The Reading Room is licensed for weddings and civil partnership ceremonies • Magical English country garden setting • Flexibility to truly create the wedding of your dreams with no packages or corkage charges

Facilities at The Reading Rooms

Venue Type :
Civil Ceremony Licence
Exclusive Use
In the Country
Outdoor License
Coastal Weddings
Evening Entertainment :
Evening Reception Facilities
Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
DJ Facilities
Venue Staff Assistance :
Wedding Coordinator
Dining Options :
Seated Meal Facilities
Buffet Meal Facilities
Allows Private Catering
Alcohol Licence
Corkage Option
Capacity :
75 to 100 guests
100 to 150 guests
Other Features :
Confetti Permitted
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Pets Welcome

The Reading Rooms Reviews (33)

The venue itself is stunning
Venue Service

By Ade & Lucy, on 17 Jan 2019Date of Wedding - 24 Nov 2018

Simon and Jo were really helpful before, during, and after the ceremony. The venue itself is stunning (and our wedding was on a chilly autumn afternoon/evening) and very well managed. Most highly recommended. Ade and Lucy

A truly wonderful day
Venue Service

By Rob & Tida, on 17 Jan 2019Date of Wedding - 01 Nov 2018

We had our wedding here in November, Simon and Jo helped to make it a truly wonderful day, they were so supportive throughout, the venue is beautiful and you can see all the hours of hard work that has gone into making it this way, brilliant location, would highly recommend it.

Definitely a day to remember!
Venue Service

By Emily & Graham Smith, on 17 Jan 2019Date of Wedding - 20 Oct 2018

We can't thank Jo and Simon enough for making our wedding day back in October so special. We honestly couldn't have chosen a better venue, everyone commented on how perfect it was! Jo and Simon were very accommodating and extremely helpful especially with their supplier recommendations, which made everything run so smoothly on the day. We even had the October sunshine to make the venue and grounds look even more beautiful, definitely a day to remember! We would highly recommend The Reading Room to anyone. Graham and Emily xx

Every aspect of the was perfect
Venue Service

By Mother & Father of the Bride, on 03 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 20 Oct 2018

Dear Jo & Simon, We would like to thank you so much for helping make the wedding of Emily & Graham such a fantastic occasion. Every aspect of the day was perfect and when we now look back our abiding memory is of calm & serenity which you both exuded not only on the day but throughout. Wishing you all the very best for the future. Jayne & Paul Handford

Gorgeous venue & brilliant hosts.
Venue Service

By Mike Ruddick Father of the Bride, on 03 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 29 Sep 2018

Gorgeous venue, so well cared for with lovely gardens and super attention to details. Simon and Jo could not have been more helpful and quietly made sure everything was running smoothly on the day. Brilliant hosts. Thank you so much. Charlotte and Mike

The most beautiful venue
Venue Service

By Emily Sims, on 03 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 15 Sep 2018

The most beautiful venue, made even better with the help of Simon and Jo always being on hand to help everything run smoothly! We had the best day, thank you x

A fantastic venue and a truely fantastic day.
Venue Service

By Rob Stephens Father of the Bride, on 03 Nov 2018Date of Wedding - 15 Sep 2018

As father of the bride I could not have wished for a better wedding for my daughter and her husband, made possible by the amazing help and attention to detail from Simon and Jo. A fantastic venue and a truely fantastic day. Thankyou both so much for everything.

The exceptional venue!
Venue Service

By Erin Pull, on 17 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 08 Sep 2018

Where do you start with the Reading Room... the exceptional venue? So beautifully finished and everything you could possibly need on your special day has been thought of. The beautiful grounds? In the lead up to our day we’ve been on different occasions, spring, summer, autumn...and on each occasion the garden is immaculately manicured and has spectacular points of interest. The wonderful hosts? Jo and Simon are made for their roles, they are both such a calming influence, nothing is ever too much and on the day itself they are not intrusive but somehow seem to just be there when you need them. Thank you both for a stunning day on the 8th September we will treasure our memories on that special day forever x

I fell in love with it straight away...
Venue Service

By Kate Cranshaw, on 17 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 25 Aug 2018

We had our wedding at The Reading Room on 25th August. It was the perfect venue. Simon and Jo were amazing, both on the lead up to the wedding, the wedding day and the following day. Everything was pristine and so well run. The venue itself is so stunning, I fell in love with it straight away and was lucky enough to have our ceremony and reception here . Simon and Jo also worked so hard and the next day, all our decorations were taken down and the place was spotless! Can't recommend The Reading Room enough! Thank you both Kate and Jack

We had the time of our lives
Venue Service

By Natalya Johnson, on 04 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 12 Aug 2018

Can’t express how amazing Jo and Simon were before and during our wedding day - they were so lovely, helpful and (most importantly) calm. They helped set up everything and were so accommodating with how we wanted to decorate the venue, and how we planned to carry out the ceremony/reception. The Reading Rooms itself is an absolutely stunning venue and lends to an atmosphere that is cosy, friendly and fun. We found that everyone was able to mingle easily, and new friendships were even made! We had the time of our lives and can’t imagine a better place for our wedding day. Thank you a million times again Jo and Simon! Best wishes, Natalya and Chris

Such an amazing day
Venue Service

By Ruth Clarke Mother of the Bride, on 17 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 08 Aug 2018

We had such an amazing day, just completely relaxed and chilled from start to finish. We knew over a year ago when we first walked through the garden that this was the place for us all, such a beautiful venue and from the start hosts who walked us calmly and professionally through every step. Simon promised us the day would run like clockwork and we wouldn’t have a thing to concern ourselves with apart from enjoying every moment of our daughter’s special day. A promise that went above and beyond , The Reading Room and it’s hosts exceeded all our expectations. The recommended caterers also were just brilliant, attentive , happy , lovely people....and of course the food was to die for!! Would recommend this place in a heartbeat. Thank you Simon and Jo for absolutely everything! We hope we get to come back some day. Andy and Ruth Clarke

The Reading Room is a spectacular venue
Venue Service

By Fiona Hinton, on 04 Sep 2018Date of Wedding - 08 Aug 2018

What can I say - Thank you so much to Simon and Jo, you made our wedding day so so special. Nothing was to much effort, and you were such a calming and helpful pair, just what I needed as the stress before the wedding grew! The Reading Room is a spectacular venue, so many of our guests commented about how beautiful it was. But also you supported us to enable our vision for the day to be realised, so thank you again.

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