Complimentary meal for two with us to celebrate your first anniversary (T&C's apply)
Your initial contact must be made through Guides for Brides. Terms & conditions
Type of Ceremony
Civil ceremony licensed
Humanist / Celebrant weddings
Pubs & Restaurants
One wedding per day
Live music permitted
Onsite car parking
What Our Couples Love
- Our renovated Barn function space
- Our cosy, boutique bedrooms
- Our Mediterranean-inspired, pub-style menu
Frequently asked questions
Can we have exclusive use of the venue?
No, unfortunately, we can only offer exclusive use of the function spaces and the hotel rooms should you wish to book those as well.
Are you licenced for civil ceremonies?
Can we have the wedding ceremony outdoors?
No, we only have a license for indoor weddings.
Do you charge corkage if we supply our own wine?
No, we do not allow corkage.
Can we use our own caterers?
No, we do not allow for outside catering as we are first and foremost a restaurant.
From what time can we get access to decorate the venue?
For weddings, we will always offer access to the room on the morning of and possibly the day before as well but this is dependant on whether we have any other functions the previous day.
What time does the reception need to finish?
Finish Times: Monday - Wednesday - 11PM, Thursday - 12AM, Friday & Saturday - 1AM & Sunday - 10.30PM. To be out by: Monday - Wednesday - 11.30PM, Thursday - 12.30AM, Friday & Saturday - 1.30AM & Sunday - 11PM.
Are there noise restrictions if we have a live band?
Yes - live bands and DJs must finish by half an hour before the end time, at which point we will switch to house music until everyone leaves.
Are fireworks allowed?
Is confetti allowed?
No - this is the only decoration we do not allow.
Are candles allowed?
Yes, if provided by the guest.
Is there a honeymoon or bridal suite?
Yes - room 6.
Is there accommodation on site?
Yes - 18 rooms.
Is there additional accommodation nearby?
There are other hotels in the area but none that are owned or managed by us.
About The Crown & Thistle
The Crown & Thistle is a 400-year-old grade II listed coaching inn located in Abingdon, within easy reach of Didcot, Wantage, Wallingford & Oxford. The Barn makes a beautiful wedding venue and is licensed for civil ceremonies.
With a history dating back to 1605, The Crown & Thistle on Bridge Street re-opened its doors in 2013, following a £1.8m restoration. This Grade II listed coaching inn comprises three individual buildings clustered around a cobbled courtyard, framed by 200-year-old wisteria. Having been sympathetically designed, many of the buildings’ original features, such as timber beams, open brickwork, and window frames that aren’t square, remain throughout the restaurant, extensive bar area, elegant function rooms, and 18 boutique-style bedrooms.
With 18 luxury en-suite bedrooms and a stunning converted function room, which is available for private hire, from meetings and conferences to events and weddings. Our newly awarded wedding license means you and your guests can enjoy both the ceremony and celebrations in beautiful, historic surroundings.
With packages to suit a variety of budgets and tastes, this is the perfect location for wedding celebrations!