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On since 2021

Last update: June 2024

Based in the historical market town of Thame in Oxfordshire, The Spread Eagle Hotel is a boutique hotel that hosts elegant wedding celebrations. Named in honour of the renowned eccentric John Fothergill, this hotel offers a remarkable backdrop for nuptial occasions. Couples who choose to celebrate their special day in this venue can enjoy the exclusive use of the function suite, ensuring an intimate and unforgettable occasion.

Facilities and Capacity

Couples and guests alike are sure to be delighted from the moment they lay their eyes on the elegant red-brick facade of this historical building. This hotel boasts a choice of indoor and outdoor event spaces for newlyweds-to-be to choose from, depending on their vision and personal style. The property can accommodate up to 160 guests for banquet-style dining, and 200 people for your evening reception.

Services Offered

The Spread Eagle Hotel offers a range of packages to suit the needs and budget of any engaged couple. All packages include access to the nuptial suite, along with a three-course wedding breakfast and the use of the private bar. All-inclusive options are available and include everything you need and more to celebrate your special day. From decorative elements such as linens, napkins and centrepieces to canapes and prosecco, this package makes planning a wedding seamless and stress-free. A dedicated event planner will also be available to assist you throughout the process, ensuring that every detail is taken care of.


This boutique hotel contains 35 guest rooms, each boasting its unique decor and charm. Sizes range from a classic twin to a garden suite, complete with a king-size bed. These rooms offer couples and their guests a serene and comfortable space to relax in after the festivities.

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Frequently asked questions

Venue type:

In the country
Small hotel
Pub or restaurant
Unusual weddings
In the city
Outdoor license
Unique weddings

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:

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

4.9 out of 5 rating
Hitched Wedding Awards 2024 Winner
4.9 out of 5 rating
31 reviews
99% recommend it
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  • Value for money
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  • Flexibility
    5 out of 5 rating
Gareth D. Sent on 13/03/2024
5 out of 5 rating

Spread eagle hotel

Fabulous venue and staff made our day stress free and a total success. Function room great size hotel rooms great value for money
Hollie L. Sent on 14/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best day ever

Our wedding was everything we could have wished for and so much more. That's all thanks to the spread eagle hotel.
Erica was amazing, friendly, helpful and always got back to us really quickly when we emailed. She also gave us list of suppliers that are local and are used which was very helpful.
The hotel is beautiful and the bridal suite was beautiful and stylish. So many of our guests that stayed were so impressed and loved their rooms as no room was the same. We can't thank Erica enough.
On the Wedding day, Richard was great the whole day ran so smoothly and everything was how we imagined. The room was set up beautifully. They were very accommodating with allowing to set up some yhings the night before. The food was also amazing, we did have some fussy eaters and they even said how great the food was. We were lucky to be able to take photos outside as the rain decided to stop. They have some really beautiful areas for photos.
We had use of the restaurant for breakfast, which the food was lovely and there was a range of food to pick from. The staff in the restaurant were very friendly.
We and all our family and friends had the best day.
Helen A. Sent on 29/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

October Wedding

We held our wedding at The Spread Eagle Hotel and chose to have the 'big one' package. This meant that practically everything was taken care of for the wedding celebrations. The venue provided chair covers, table linens, canapes, drinks, the wedding breakfast, evening buffet and dj. This means, as the bride, I had an easy life organising the finishing touches.

Erica, the Wedding and events Co-ordinator, made sure everything ran smoothly and was very patient with a slightly disorganised bride!!

The venue was beautiful and the rooms very comfortable. The food was delicious (especially the sticky toffee pudding) and there was plenty of it. We supplied a cheese and pork pie stack and the venue happily accommodated this. It was lovely to be able to tailor a package to our wants, needs and budget.

The bar staff were lovely and absolutely fantastic with the children as well!!
Caroline S. Sent on 21/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Blown away with how smoothly our wedding went! Fantastic!

What an amazing experience from start to end. Erica was amazing and helped us to be organised, answered any/ all questions, queries and changes during the build up. Erica was on hand at all times. I never felt like I was being a pain to Erica although worrying myself that my questions were constant! Lol. The wedding day was amazing. We couldn’t have asked for a better venue & people to make this perfect for us! Food, venue, staff and facilities were amazing! People commented how lovely it was. Looking back there is nothing Tom and myself would have changed. This tells you how perfect it was!!! Totally recommend! Actually want to do it all again!!!!! Thank you Erica and Richard. You made my dreams come true!!!!
Eleanor R. Sent on 16/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A fantastic day!

We got married on 10/09/22 and it was such a lovely day! Me and Corey couldn't have asked for a better day. Everything we wanted and more.
Gemma was very supportive, knowledgeable and accommodating with the planning of our wedding day. She was always available by email/ phone and helped with any questions we had.
Richard was so attentive and helpful on the day and made everything go smoothly!
Would like to thank you both and the rest of the event team.
We would definitely recommend the venue. Food was amazing and the facilities were great. All our families and friends enjoyed themselves.
Jessie Sent on 11/09/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent venue, excellent staff

We had our wedding at the spread eagle. We had a wonderful day, the staff we so helpful and kind, they went above and beyond to make it a smooth stress free day for us. They day went without a hitch , the food was wonderful and the rooms were large, the beds comfy. Erica was wonderfully helpful and nothing was too much trouble. My grandparent came a day early to stay as the wedding was early, check in was 3pm. When they arrived at 11 they spoke to a lovely receptionist, I don't know her name (she had black and red hair) who got the room made ready earlier as my grandma was clearly exhausted. I appreciated it and I cant recommend them enough. Me and My husband had a wonderful day. There is lots of lovely shops in the high street, its lovely and picturesque, there is a lovely garden to sit and have drinks from the hotel bar and loads of pubs and little shops.
Helen R. Sent on 31/07/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent & Professional Venue

Thank you Erica and your team for making our Wedding Day so special.
You were helpful and professional from the day we met
The venue is lovely, our families and friends commented how welcome they felt.
We have no hesitation in recommending you to everyone.
Helen & Simon 28th July 2023
Missy Sent on 08/06/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A wonderful wedding venue

My husband and I married here on 20/05/23, and the day was simply perfect!

Erica and Richard were so attentive in the day, helping the wedding run smoothly and enjoyably. Erica was easily available before the wedding too, helping us to organise it, again enjoyably.

Some venues feel very ‘business like’ in terms of making money out of you at every opportunity. We never got that feeling here, the focus felt very much about ensuring the day is right for us, for which we are grateful.

The food was enjoyed by all too; large amounts served at the same time can sometimes reduce taste and quality at weddings, but our meals were so very nice and the menu has something for everything.

The transition from ceremony, to breakfast to evening do was seamless. The rooms are so lovely and boutique chic. Our colour scheme was embraced (black and gold). Other venues we saw said we would have to supply our own linen, if black, whereas here they again, were very accommodating and it was no extra cost. The following morning, all our things were boxed up for us to take home - this is a great help when you are feeling fragile!

Ultimately, it was faultless and I cannot recommend the Spread Eagle enough for our wedding. ♥️
Gemma A. Sent on 23/05/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Outstanding wedding venue

We had our wedding at the Spread Eagle at the end of April 2023 and what a wedding it was. We cannot thank Erica and the team at the Spread Eagle enough for their professionalism, support and absolute commitment to helping us make our day as special as it was.
From day 1 the support we had was phenomenal. Nothing was too much and they all made us feel so welcome. I also loved that my friends and family could all stay at the hotel, which most of us did for 2 nights and was able to dine in their restaurant the night before the wedding, which made it all extra special.
If you are looking for a wedding venue or a venue for any event, large or small then look no further, the Spread Eagle has it all.
Brenda Sent on 24/01/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Perfect Day

We had very little time to arrange as our original venue cancelled, but from the moment we first contacted Erica nothing was too much trouble, the day could not have been smoother. Completely Stress Free, so we could enjoy it. Richard and the Events team were attentive but ‘invisible’ just perfection! Thank you so much. The venue itself was quirky, interesting and having the entire function facility to ourselves made it as good for the guests (especially where they had young children) as it did for us. Even with hindsight we wouldn’t change a thing. Thanks again xx
James H. Sent on 12/03/2024
4.8 out of 5 rating

Great Team & Great Venue

The staff were great, Erica was always quick to respond to any queries, offer good advice and helped make our special day extra special. All the staff were friendly, welcoming and warm. The venue was beautiful and the food was excellent.
Lucinda D. Sent on 12/02/2024
5 out of 5 rating

The evening we wanted!

Myself and now husband were looking for a chilled out but beautiful evening and spread eagle went above and beyond. We had the evening we wanted. Spread eagle were very accommodating to what we wanted and had the space to do this. The food was excellent - loads of compliments from our friends and family. We also were surprised with the garden room suite which finished off our wedding day perfectly. Thank you so much... Definitely recommend.
Helen Sent on 19/11/2023
4.8 out of 5 rating

Smooth wedding reception - excellent communication

These guys were fantastic.
Very accommodating to all requests, had very flexible packages and met our needs perfectly.
Erica was great with her communication and being amenable to all requests.
Charlotte W. Sent on 05/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Spread Eagle Hotel

Me and my partner had our wedding ceremony at the Spread Eagle Hotel, the staff were fantastic and the room looked amazing, everything ran very smoothly. We also stayed in a suite the night before and night of the wedding, the room was lovely and included a delicious breakfast in the morning. Would highly recommend their services.
Katie B. Sent on 02/10/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding of our dreams

We had the most amazing, special day we could have ever dreamed of! Everything was perfect! Me and my daughter stayed at the hotel the night before which was lovely to wake up and have the bridal team, make up and hair to arrive and me not to have to rush! Breakfast was delivered to the room and Erica, our events organiser couldn’t do enough for us on the morning of the wedding and infact throughout the whole time leading up to our day. Erica helped us with the planning, made us feel at ease the whole time and we knew we were in good hands with her. We kept in regular contact and had to make many changes along the way which the hotel continuously catered to.
We got married at the hotel and Erica helped with the bridal team getting down the aisle and Richard was in charge of the music. The moment we were married we were treated like royalty. The wedding breakfast was just amazing! Everyone absolutely loved the food and due to my husband being muslim and us having a number of muslim guests, the kitchen even provided halal meals for everyone which we were so grateful for and meant everyone could enjoy their food and we could all eat the same menu.
The evening guests arrived just in time for the disco and the evening food provided, yet again the hotel changed the menu to offer us an halal option, which was delicious and enjoyed by all.
The whole day from start to finish was just magical. It was a wedding of our dreams and the venue was just absolutely perfect and the staff couldn’t do enough for us. I would recommend The Spread Eagle to any couples planning a wedding. Not only is the venue perfect and just so beautiful, the staff are just truly amazing and their expertise and love for their job just makes the whole wedding experience the most memorable, special and unique encounter. We are honoured to have found this venue for our wedding.
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