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Your options for getting married on our premises
There are three designated areas in which you can get married at The Punch Bowl. These are:
The Garden Gazebo (weather permitting)
With its stunning countryside views and seating capacity for up to 80 guests, our outdoor garden gazebo is the most favourable choice for spring or summer Civil Ceremony. The area can potentially accommodate more than 80 guests, but they may have to stand. After the ceremony, guests can proceed up to our terrace to enjoy the striking views and enjoy a Drinks Reception.
The Ludlow Suite
The light and airy Ludlow Suite, where your Wedding Breakfast will take place, is also available as a setting for your Civil Ceremony – perfect for the chillier winter months or when the weather isn’t ideal. It’s also a perfect choice for smaller receptions and wedding breakfasts of 30 – 40 guests. The initial ceremony takes place at the bottom end of the room, near the screened-off bar.
Please note that while the Ludlow Suite will be dressed for your event if you opt for this package, we cannot dress the room immediately after your wedding as the turnaround would take too long. After the ceremony, guests proceed to the restaurant/bar area for a Drinks Reception, before being shown back into the Ludlow Suite for the Wedding Breakfast.
We recommend a 2pm ceremony time to avoid any diners in our restaurant and allow you to take full advantage of exclusivity of the premises between 3pm and 5.30pm
The Historic Restaurant Area
Available exclusively between 11am and 5.30pm, our historic restaurant area is ideal for couples seeking total exclusivity, as we close our lunchtime service to the public during this time. It’s also ideal when you want peace of mind that the weather won’t interfere with your day, and is a very manageable space for larger indoor ceremonies.
The initial ceremony takes place in the front area of the restaurant which can seat up to 50 guests; more are welcome to attend the ceremony but may have to stand. During the ceremony, the bars are screened off, and afterwards your guests will proceed into the Ludlow Suite’s bar area for a Drinks Reception.
This option is only available with a minimum of six months’ notice, subject to availability and management approval. Please note that no refunds are provided if the weather is favourable and you prefer to choose the outside option on the morning of your wedding. You will be asked to email confirmation of this option, and once agreed it will be chargeable.
In the Event of Bad Weather
If you choose the Garden Gazebo, every effort will be made to host your civil ceremony in this setting. However, if the weather is bad (i.e. heavy rain, very wet and slippery flooring), the Events Manager on duty exercises the right to move the ceremony inside for health and safety reasons, as well as protecting the registration book on behalf of the registrar.
If the forecasts indicate weather is likely to be bad, we may be advised by the registrar not to hold it outside, but our choice will generally be made on the morning of your wedding, with some forward planning. Mild weather is considered as acceptable but please be mindful of your guests, as they will be exposed to the elements.