Stoke Place – Wedding Venue | UK WEDDING BLOG

By Laura

Good morning lovely readers! Hasn’t it been the most glorious summer so far? I hope all you July brides have had the most perfect weddings and for the August brides – not long to go now! I’m back today with another wedding venue just minutes away from the Buckinghamshire/Berkshire border called Stoke Place. It is a beautiful 17th Century mansion set across 26 acres of land with 39 bedrooms for you and your guests to make use of if you would like. We got asked a couple of months ago if we would like to stay for the night and have dinner in their in house restaurant The King & Lamb so of course we just couldn’t say no – someone’s got to do the research haven’t they?!

We arrived on a beautiful summer evening last Friday which made the venue glisten in that dreamy evening sun. You’re instantly greeted by curated lawns, hanging baskets and bikes for guests to use to explore the extensive grounds. The reception area is decked out with chests and mustard armchairs should you have to wait to check-in. Because we arrived at about 5.30pm there wasn’t much of a wait and we were given a quick head’s up as to where the restaurant and bar where (very important) before being shown to our room. We were given the ‘Cheltenham’ suite to stay in which is one of their larger rooms, although typically newlyweds are put up in their grandest suite called ‘The Queen Anne’ which has a roll top bath at the foot of the bed and plenty of room for the bride and her party to get ready in before she says ‘I do’. With it being so hot outside it was such a delight to enter a beautifully air conditioned room knowing you wouldn’t be sweltering through the night. The Cheltenham suite was spacious and airy with his and hers sinks, a roll top bath and four poster bed, and the rooms have retained their 17th century features despite the recent renovations. Perhaps the plumbing is one of those period features, as we did have a shock (not literally) when water started dripping through our ceiling and onto the desk!

A few phone calls later to reception and a quick re-packing job done, we were moved to one of their cosy cottages located outside of the main building called Rosemount. If I’m honest, I actually preferred it; the bathroom was huge, we had our own little courtyard to enjoy drinks on and were away from potentially noisy neighbouring rooms. Before we knew it, it was time to get ready for dinner and, after moving rooms, we were starving.

The King & Lamb is situated on the first floor of the hotel and is styled with aged globes and china lined walls. With the dulcet tones of Ed Sheeran in the background and a menu that truly spoils you for choice, I knew we were going to have a lovely evening to finish off the week. Mark the restaurant manager made the most wonderful host, talking us through the menu and giving recommendations when it came to the wine. We started with a couple of cocktails first just to tickle the palette as we made our food choices which went down a treat. After a lot of umming and ahhing over what to choose (seriously, I could have eaten it all, it sounded so delicious) I went with the crab salad to start and the brill for my main whilst Fraser chose the smoked haddock risotto and then the ribeye. I cannot fault the food, it was so so yummy and Fraser is still talking about the risotto so you just know that your guests would be well-fed if you were to get married here.

From taste to presentation, it was all incredible and I would happily pay to have a meal here again. I have the biggest sweet tooth so I couldn’t wait to have pudding, and if the starters and main were anything to go by, I knew they would blow my socks off. I went for the strawberry mille feuille in the end and Fraser had the apricot tarte tatin but we just had to share both because they looked so good and tasted even better. Of course this was all washed down with a bottle of rosé and I ended the evening at that happy place of being full but not bloated.

Saturday morning was so warm and I knew that breakfast would be exactly what I needed after that scrumptious dinner the night before. Fraser will always go for the sweet option if it’s available so he was delighted to see the fluffiest French toast with super thick bacon and lashings of maple syrup presented in front of him. I went for my go-to eggs royale which I wolfed down before the plate had even touched the table! After polishing off a much needed cup of tea, we were due to meet Tracy who is one of the wedding coordinators for a tour of the ceremony and reception room.

They didn’t have a wedding that particular weekend but have been jam-packed all summer. They don’t have any strict wedding packages, it is very much a collaboration between venue and couple so that they can make your dream wedding come alive. The Ballroom seats up to 200 comfortably but, due to some flexibility with the layout of the room, an intimate wedding of 60 would also fill the space without looking sparse. Stoke Place is licenced for civil ceremonies and partnerships meaning that you could use the hotel for the whole occasion, not just the reception, and it is available exclusively if you wanted the whole place to yourself and your guests.

I have to say I was a bit nervous about its credibility as a venue when we had the mishap in our first bedroom but honestly after we were moved, we had the most wonderful stay and I can see why it is so appealing as a place to get married. There is so much space, you could really turn it into your home for the occasion and each room has its own personality but is simple enough for you to put your own stamp on it. The ceremony and reception room really is a blank canvas for couples’ imaginations to run wild with and holds all the promise to bring the wedding you have in your mind into reality.

 

{We were a guest of Stoke Place and all views are 100% my own}

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