We recently held our wedding at Summat to Ate and I cannot praise this place highly enough.
We decided that a typical hotel wedding was not what we would like for our big day and finding alternative venues that could offer good quality at non-extortionate prices was proving difficult until we stumbled across the website for the function room at Summat to Ate. A visit to see the room and enjoy dinner there was successful enough that we immediate booked the restaurant for our wedding breakfast and the function room for our evening reception and buffet.
From that first booking I'm afraid we had the poor owner, Kai, fairly harrassed with follow up queries and requests as we planned the day. At every contact both he and his staff were accommodating and polite, doing everything they could to help us out and fulfil our wishes.
Initially we had planned to have photos done in a local park en route to the restaurant, however checking the weather leading up to the wedding, the great British summertime had struck again and none of us wished to have gray and wet photos to remind us that the god of weather wasn't smiling on us. So just three days before the date we approached Kai and asked whether we could arrive a couple for hours early and use the function room for a few photos, drinks and nibbles. Despite the short notice, he made every effort to provide us with what canapes he could (mini hog roast rolls, mini prawn cocktails and mini roast beef and horseradish yorkshire puddings) which were superb - every guest there has raved about them.
The wedding breakfast was faultless too, we had around 50 guests (the restaurant seats around 80, 30 to one side of the entrance and 50 to the other) and so the restaurant remained open to the public on the far side. I was intially a little concerned about this, whether we would intrude on them, or they on us. A silly fear as it turned out, we didn't even notice the other customers there! The wedding package we booked allowed a choice of several dishes to create a menu for each guest to choose from 4 starters, 4 mains and 3 desserts (starters - prawn and smoked salmon salad; cajun chicken strips; roasted pepper and mozzarella stack; and soup. Main - chicken supreme; roast pork loin; risotto; rump steak on their signature hot rocks. Dessert - chocolate brownie; banoffee cheesecake; vanilla ice cream). Personally I ordered the prawn and smoked salmon salad, the steak which I was able to cook to perfection on the hot rock and my new wife and I shared our cheesecake and brownie. I also sampled the pork and chicken and everything was absolutely delicious. Not one of our guests had anything but praise for the meal. We also booked a drinks package giving each guest a glass of bucks fizz (which Kai kindly served in the function room on our arrival due to the changed plans), a large glass of wine during the meal and a glass of prosecco for the toasts. I'm not a fan of wine, especially white wine, but the drinks were obviously of a good quality and even I enjoyed them.
Service during the wedding breakfast was similarly faultless, it was quick but unrushed and the staff were unobtrusive, yet always to hand whenever a guest wanted something. All in all it was the best restaurant experience I've ever had - although admittedly, it being our wedding day may have contributed to that too!
As for the evening...
The restaurant boasts two recently renovated function rooms located above the dining floor, both have lift access and level access disabled toilets (important for us due to the family we have with disabilities) and both rooms are beautifully done. Stylish and contemporary, yet remaining comfortable and functional.
We had around 100 guests for the evening, and mindful of avoiding the risk of not having enough food for the evening guests we ordered the mid range buffet for 120 (in addition to externally sourced cupcakes, wedding cake and chocolate fountain - none of which Kai had a problem with us bringing in). The buffet we chose was not the most extensive in terms of choice (which we knew from when we booked it) but it was of the highest quality (as was all the food we had there) and was plentiful. In fact i'm ashamed to say, lots of it went to waste due to the fantastic food we'd already had and our over-ordering.
Kai allowed us lots of freedom in terms of decorating the rooms, the staff of the restaurant set up all our seating plans, name cards, favours and table centre-pieces in the dining room and an external company was allowed access in plenty of time to set up the decorations and balloons etc in the function room. He was also more than happy to accommodate our choice of entertainment (a burlesque performance), giving them total access to the unused second function room to use as a dressing room (all legal requirements such as public liability insurance etc were stated and checked too).
So all in all we had a great day, Kai and his team couldn't have done more to enable this and we are extremely grateful for all they did for us. Every guest has raved about the food and the venue. The other part of what made it so enjoyable was the price. We'd found in many other places that simply mentioning the word 'wedding' was a good way of getting the prices tripled, however Summat to Ate put together the wedding breakfast, drinks and canape packages for 50 and the evening buffet for 120 for a tad over £2000. We thought that more than reasonable, especially judged against what other venues had quoted us, and when the quality of the food and service and the helpfulness and genuine friendliness of the staff was taken into account, it was a downright bargain.