Sudbury House, Faringdon
Conveniently located on the edge of the Cotswolds between Oxford and Swindon, Sudbury House is in a perfect location for a wedding. Perfectly balancing old antique charm with contemporary facilities, the venue offers something for all tastes.
Sudbury House re-opened officially in June 2015 after its recent 18-month refurbishment. It now offers 49 contemporary bedrooms, 9 acres of peaceful gardens, extensive patio area and antique furnishings throughout. The hotel has recently been awarded 4 AA Silver Stars.
With 49 contemporary bedrooms, Sudbury House has recently refurbished all of its rooms. They are equipped with modern facilities and essentials such as a flat screen TV, still & sparkling water and WIFI. Their chic and contemporary design is minimalistic and consistent throughout the modern half of the hotel.
There are two restaurants to choose from at Sudbury House. The Magnolia Brasserie is a relaxed and informal restaurant which features an open kitchen and wood burning stove. The floor to ceiling glass doors are a lovely addition, filling the room with natural light. These doors open out onto the extensive patio area with contemporary seating – brilliant for a wedding.
Alternatively, Restaurant 56, is the hotel’s unique fine dining restaurant situated in the Grade II listed building. The restaurant serves elegant menus to suit all tastes and has recently been awarded “Gastronomic Restaurant” of the Year in Oxfordshire as well as 3 AA Rosettes.
Head chef Andrew Scott, originally from Banbury, joined Restaurant 56 in January 2014 from Michelin starred The Curlew in East Sussex, where he also had worked as Head Chef. Since joining Restaurant 56, Andrew and his team have quickly established a restaurant with a reputation for excellence. He is passionate about British Food using classic combinations with a contemporary twist. All the ingredients are sourced impeccably, many are local.
Sudbury House is a diverse wedding venue which offers brides and grooms huge variety with their ceremony and reception. Brides can arrive into the Old House or they can use the contemporary new entrance, depending of their preference and style of wedding. Ceremonies can be held in a modern function room which opens out onto a beautiful rooftop terrace, or they can choose to exchange their vows in the Old House which offers oak beams, antique clocks and red carpets to create an authentic and traditional feel. Alternatively, you can have your ceremony outside in the hotel’s garden.
The reception can be held in the refurbished function room which is known as the Magnolia Brasserie. Seating up to 160, the room comes with partitions at every corner, so can be easily altered to suit your number of guests. The Brasserie looks out onto the gardens and the stunning Magnolia tree which the restaurant was subsequently named after. Alternatively, you can choose to have your wedding reception in one of the smaller dining rooms or in restaurant 56 for a more intimate dining experience.
The hotel also offers 9 acres of beautiful gardens and a refurbished terrace area where guests can enjoy canapés and bubbly.
Overall, the hotel is one of the top wedding venues in Oxfordshire and comes highly recommended.