Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?
Each wedding that's happened here has been so unique to our couples that it's hard to pick an absolute favourite. The best ones are when the couple have been able to put their own stamp on the day, either through organising simcha dancing, speciality kegs from the brewery in their local area or allowing the mother of the bride to run her own gin palace for the evening. It's always a touch like this that means the day comes alive and makes weddings a joy to host.
What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?
Focus on what is important to you as a couple, not what everyone else thinks you 'should' have. You really won't be stressed about what glassware you ordered on the day, you'll be caught up in the joy of it. So pick things you like, and trust that when it gets to it, all people will really want is to spend time with you.
What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?
So many! Some I've already mentioned. We did have a couple organise a friend of theirs to lead the entire party in a sing-a-long this year though, that was pretty special.
Describe your venue in 5 adjectives.
Surprising, Hidden, Green, Ethical & Ever-Growing.
Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?
In our walled garden, designed by Dan Pearson, the afternoon sunshine comes over the old brick wall and it's just beautiful.
Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at your venue?
We did have Pearl Mackie as a guest to one of our weddings once, our venue manager is a big doctor who fan so she was pretty excited. Of course, we played it very cool.
What’s your favourite canapé?
We know it's a little 'tried and true' but we really can't go past croquetas. Our friends over at London Basque Kitchen are absolute wizards at this, and always surprise us with what wonderful flavours they combine.
What’s your favourite midnight treat?
Marshmallows roasted over our fire pit, of course!
What is your venue's most unique feature?
The animal pens! We always have chickens, guinea pigs, goats & geese; we usually have sheep or pigs; and sometimes we have piglets or lambs!
What part of your business are you most proud of?
The real change we get to make in the lives of the young people we work with.