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On since 2022

Last update: March 2024

The Red Lion at Whittlesford Bridge is a 13th-century wedding venue proudly located in the heart of Cambridgeshire. After extensive refurbishment, this historic coaching inn now boasts a beautiful 21st-century glass Atrium alongside an array of pristine sites. Just a 10-minute drive from Cambridge, this distinguished setting is an idyllic escape with a unique character moulded by over 700 years of history.

Facilities and Capacity

The Red Lion at Whittlesford Bridge is a rustic, pastoral setting ideal for destination weddings or country themes. Nestled in picturesque gardens, the venue contains modern comforts in easy harmony with its centuries-old aesthetic, suitable for weddings of up to 200. This includes 18 signature bedrooms, stylishly designed, and three private function rooms. The latest addition to the venue, the Atrium, is finely suited for a civil ceremony of up to 70 friends and family. Elsewhere, the beautiful Garden Room is the largest space, designed for elaborate wedding breakfasts and evening receptions for as many as 140. Bright and airy, this illuminated setting features charming views of the landscaped grounds. Couples will also have access to the stunning Bridal Suite, which includes chic furnishings and a bathtub for optimum relaxation.

Services Offered

At The Red Lion at Whittlesford Bridge, an experienced wedding coordinator and friendly operations team are on hand to attend to every element of the day. Their knowledge extends across understated intimate gatherings to large and lively parties for family and friends. From table decorations to red carpet arrival, every detail will be taken care of so couples can feel like VIPs at their own wedding. On the day, the highly skilled head chef and culinary team will craft a wedding breakfast cooked simply and beautifully using local produce where possible. The venue invites couples to contact their wedding coordinator directly and arrange a personal meeting to discuss a bespoke package in detail.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel

Ceremony options:

Civil ceremony licence

Dining options:

Seated meal facilities
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:

Accessible facilities
Car parking
Confetti permitted
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Reviews for The Red Lion at Whittlesford Bridge

4.7 out of 5 rating
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    4.6 out of 5 rating
  • Response time
    4.7 out of 5 rating
  • Professionalism
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Value for money
    4.8 out of 5 rating
  • Flexibility
    4.8 out of 5 rating
Connie-Louise N. Sent on 30/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Our Perfect Wedding

We got married at The Red Lion in May 2023.

We had an amazing experience every step of the way. Alice, who helped us plan our special day, was amazing. She supported us, she went above and beyond to make sure we had the day we wanted.

The Venue is beautiful
The Food is Delicious
The Rooms are comfortable

We got the Wedding we wanted. Everything was perfect!
Kate Sent on 24/08/2022
2.4 out of 5 rating

Inaudible music quality for service, let tab overrun

All good up to the event, but for the service no one could hear the songs we’d selected as the speakers crackled so much. We were so disappointed that our carefully selected and meaningful tracks not only couldn’t be heard properly, you could actually recognise what they were. At the evening section we’d put money behind the bar. Half way through the evening we checked how the tab was doing h only to discover they’d set up two tabs which collectively overran by £255 above our budget. We’ve had to pay this, even with recognition that it was their mistake and offer of ‘a meal’ on them to compensate. I have no intention of going back and I wouldn’t spend the equivalent of £255 on a meal if I did. Whilst the money is difficult for us at the moment it’ll be ok in the end, the music however will never be rectified 😢
The honeymoon suite was ok but the toilet made a noise all night so if you do book it’s worth checking beforehand that everything is in a good state of repair.
Jamie Sent on 29/08/2017
5 out of 5 rating

Very Special Day

Hi Lauren,

Just wanted to drop you a line to say our wedding was very enjoyable, thank you so much for making it such a special day and we couldn't fault anything, we thought it all went very well and we were both very pleased.

Please say a thank you to everyone, the food was excellent, the table decorations and layout worked really well and looked impressive and thanks for decorating our room, that was a very nice appreciated touch.

Overall the day was fantastic so thanks again for all your efforts.

Kind regards,

Cara Sent on 29/08/2017
5 out of 5 rating

March Wedding

To all the staff,

Thank you all for your help regarding our recent wedding reception. The staff and food were absolutely fabulous! Lauren and Emma were especially great, getting thrown in at the deep and taking it in their stride. They made sure we felt at ease knowing everything was under control.

Thank you again for everything,

Cara and David xxx
Anonymous Sent on 07/09/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Thank You

Many thanks for making our wedding day so special. Everything was lovely, the room, the food and staff were very attentive. Everyone had a lovely time so thank you.
Susan Sent on 07/09/2016
5 out of 5 rating

12th July 2015

Dear Monica and Team, I just wanted to let you know that my husband and I had a totally wonderful wedding day, back in July. All of our guests have said that they also really enjoyed it, the venue as a whole was beautiful, the food was all amazing and everything was so relaxed. So please pass on our thanks to everyone in for making it a perfect day and an exceptionally big thank you to you for being on top of it and making it run like clockwork.
Mrs Sent on 07/09/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Saturday 28th March 2015

I write to thank you and your staff for the wonderful service and support they provided at the wedding reception of my daughter Sarah Gruneburg and her husband Howai Lam. The day went with out a hitch, which was much to the credit of your team. In addition your chef's provided excellent food in a timely fashion.
Ella Sent on 14/07/2016
5 out of 5 rating

Great day and venue !

Hi Monica

Just want to say thank you so much for Sunday and to Andy and the team such an amazing day cannot thank you enough.
Francesca Sent on 26/01/2014
5 out of 5 rating
Francesca and Guy 30/11/2013"Our wedding was arranged with a month’s notice and the staff went above and beyond to give us our special day. Laura was always on hand to offer advice and assistance and I can honestly say that no where would of matched the high standard of service that we received at the Red Lion in Whittlesford Bridge. We opted for the buffet over a sit down meal and the choice of food was fantastic. All the guests commented on how nice the food was and also how relaxed the environment was. The staff were on hand 24/7 to cater to the needs of everyone at the reception. An amazing Restaurant run by amazing staff!"
Dawn Sent on 26/01/2014
5 out of 5 rating
Dawn and Danny 2/11/2013 - As a bride and groom we had the best wedding anyone could ever wish for, at the best possible venue. The Red Lion is a fantastic hotel, the food is exceptional, the staff are fantastic they are so professional but yet so very very friendly, nothing was to much trouble for any of them. All the staff welcomed us with open arms from the moment we arrived. Our wedding went off without a single hitch, we would recommend the Red Lion hotel for any function. A special thank you to all the staff especially Jonathan, Tash, Bess, Danni, Jess, Yann, Lucy, Agatha, Jayade, Emma and Laura Jayne for making our day unbelievable.
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