Top 20 celebration locations in Essex
PUBLISHED: 12:43 18 October 2010 | UPDATED: 17:58 20 February 2013
Essex Life brings you this selection of 20 top locations to help<br/><br/>you find the perfect destination for your next special occasion
Radisson Blu Hotel
Radisson Blu hotel at London Stansted Airport is the perfect venue for a private function. Its Essex Suite can provide sit down meals for up to 280 people and 400 for buffet-style receptions, while the TaPaellYa restaurant and the famous Angels Wine Tower Bar can be hired for private receptions. With Christmas on the horizon, special party nights in December can be booked with packages at 49 per person.
Gun Hill, Dedham
Colchester CO7 6HP
Whether you a celebrating a special occasion or just need an excuse for a party, then Milsom Hotels has the solution for you. From a special dinner for ten at Le Talbooth or The Pier to an elaborate party in the marquee in Dedham for 160 guests, you will find all your function needs can be covered. For a more intimate gathering, theres Mr Gs and the Library at milsoms and the Angel at The Pier at Harwich. The Weavers and River Room or the marquee on the upper terrace at Le Talbooth also provide excellent private locations for a chance to celebrate. With more than 55 years of catering for the most special occasions, at Milsom Hotels there is a real pride in everything that is done, from the food through to the service.
Grahams at the Nags Head
Under new ownership, Grahams at the Nags Head is now run by the same team behind Chelmsfords Grahams on The Green and Huttons Grahams at The Woodpecker. For those who havent been before, The Nags Head is everything youd expect from a village pub with a large inglenook fireplace and exposed original wooden beams throughout. Located on the main road running through the picturesque village of Moreton with ample parking, why not get in touch to discuss plans for your party or
The Lion and Lamb
Little Canfields Lion and Lamb gastro pub is available for private parties and functions all year round, but particularly in the lead up to Christmas. The conservatory has private access and opens onto the patio garden accommodating up to 30 guests seated or up to 40 guests in a buffet-style. Booking all or part of the restaurant allows you to invite up to 90 guests and there is plenty of parking for 50 vehicles or more.
The team are happy to discuss any dietary concerns you have and a selection of menus is available on request, whether you are looking to host a business meeting or a family celebration.
Colchester Town Hall
With a wealth of mayoral history and regalia, Colchester Town Hall provides you with an impressive venue whatever the occasion. Whether you want a small intimate gathering, a business setting or a flamboyant affair, Colchester Town Hall can cater for everyone.
The elegant Grade I listed building offers a superb choice of rooms and a fabulous Italian marble staircase that provides a stunning back drop for any pictures. The versatile range of rooms blend the contemporary with a rich heritage, making the Town Hall an ideal venue for conferences and exhibitions, as well as family occasions, gala dinners, Christmas parties and balls. Recently refurbished throughout, the Town Hall is also
very convenient as it is set in the heart
This 15th century manor house has four delightful function rooms including a light and airy Garden Room with views of the moat and French windows leading onto the lawn just perfect for wedding ceremonies, family gatherings or other celebrations. The intimate Drawing Room lined with books provides a comfortable setting for afternoon teas and corporate meetings while private dinner parties are well placed in the 18th century Oak Room with its stunning oak fireplace as a backdrop. Conferences and wedding breakfasts can take place in the more contemporary Orangery, while the whole house is available for private hire for parties, weddings and
Grahams on the Green
12-14 The Green
If you want your party to have a touch of class, why not stage your celebration at Grahams on the Green and enjoy a la carte dining at its best, or the option of a set-price menu? With striking views overlooking the delightful village duck pond, Grahams on the Green can cater for all your needs as you put together your special occasion.
The Compasses at Pattiswick
The Swan at Felsted
The Great Pub Company is the holding company of award-winning gastro pubs The Compasses at Pattiswick and The Swan at Felsted which both offer highly distinctive and comfortable private function rooms.
Decorated with warmth and style, the private room at The Swan at Felsted has a separate entrance and can seat up to 18 guests. Alternatively, The Compasses at Pattiswick offers a private function room seating 22 guests around one table or 28 guests around two bespoke oak tables along with a furnished private patio area.
The head chefs of both these establishments are keen to offer bespoke menus, canaps and even birthday cakes to make the occasion extra special, while the front of house managers are conscious that every party receives a first class service.
The Pheasant Country Bar & Restaurant
Audley End, Gestingthorpe C09 3AU
The Pheasant at Gestingthorpe is located on the Essex/Suffolk border between Castle Hedingham and Sudbury. Its private dining room is ideal for up to 20 guests, which suits birthdays, family gatherings and Christmas parties.
For slightly bigger parties, it is also possible to request exclusive use for up to 60 people.
The cosy interior is very welcoming in winter, with wood-burning stoves lit in all three dining rooms. The Christmas country menu is already available with all the seasonal favourites at 18 per person for lunch and 24 per person for dinner. Discounts on Christmas bookings are also available if booked before November 1.
Seckford Hall Hotel
Seckford Hall Hotel, a beautiful, historical hotel dating back to 1550, may not naturally spring to mind when thinking about the venue for your training course or meeting. However, conveniently located just a ten-minute drive from Ipswich, the hotel offers all the modern conference facilities you would expect while still preserving its historic charm and atmosphere.
The Lakeside Suite, built in the style of a Tudor Tithe Barn, is the perfect setting for larger meetings, overlooking the splendid gardens and lake. The Club Room situated, in the magnificent Tudor Barn, overlooks the swimming pool from the first floor and is ideal for smaller
meetings or up to 22 dining guests.
The White Hart Inn
01277 890 890
The White Hart Inn in Moreton prides itself on being all things to all people. Placing an emphasis on ensuring that guests get the function you want, the staff are flexible and accommodating ensuring there are no hidden charges which can sometimes surprise you.
There are four separate function areas including the main restaurant which seats up to 40, the snug which seats up to 22, the heated and covered terrace which seats up to 32 and permits smoking and a luxury marquee which caters for up to 200 guests for a larger gathering.
Outside catering is also available, with the team from The White Hart bringing their experitise and delicious dishes being brought to your door to make sure all your party needs are catered for.
What better backdrop than the Suffolk coast for your next special occasion? With its beautiful seaviews and tranquil setting just a pebbles throw from Aldeburghs shingle beach, the Avocet at the Brudenell Hotel is a stylish and intimate room, which can accommodate a wide variety of special occasions for up to 20 guests. It has its own private entrance and a sea-facing terrace, just perfect for pre-dinner drinks receptions during the summer months. Head chef, Justin Kett, is passionate about using the highest quality produce to create exquisite menus which can be written specifically for your party if you wish.
The Swan Hotel
With its warm, intimate atmosphere, excellent food, fine wines and friendly staff, the iconic Swan Hotel at Lavenham offers an ideal location for your next party. Its unique private dining rooms are the perfect setting for special occasions and can accommodate intimate parties of up to ten guests or more lavish affairs for up to 100 guests. The Woolhall, Suffolk Room, McCallum Room and the beautiful Gallery restaurant combine simplicity and elegance with high vaulted ceilings, medieval oak beams and beautiful mullioned windows. The Swan can also arrange celebration cakes, stunning flowers and musical entertainment to
make your special occasion a
01277 882 220
Whatever the celebration or function, Kings Brasserie offers a choice of function rooms or even the hire of the whole restaurant. You can have the menu tailored to your event and budget, be it a buffet or a full sit down meal, and with ample parking and a large garden, Kings Brasserie makes an ideal venue.
The Magic Mushroom
Noted as one of the countys most celebrated restaurants, The Magic Mushroom in Billericay offers a contemporary menu with a traditional influence to make sure your guests will be dazzled by every dish. If you want a special occasion that wont disappoint, this is the place to come and bookings are already being taken for Christmas and New Year events.
Grahams at the Woodpecker
225 Hanging Hill Lane
Huttons own Grahams at the Woodpecker builds on the reputation of Chelmsfords Grahams on the Green in bringing diners great food, excellent value and that little bit of extra flair. Recently transformed from its previous incarnation as a pub into a modern yet comfortable restaurant, this is an ideal location for a great night out whatever the reason for celebrating.
The Three Tuns
Braintree CM7 4NR
Set within one of the countys prettiest villages, Finchingfields The Three Tuns is available for private hire whatever special occasion you have in mind. From a small intimate wedding or birthday celebration to business lunches or a Christmas party, Maria and Mike Stone are sure to make you feel welcome and make all your guests go home with a smile. Whatever your requirements, the team at The Three Tuns will be happy to meet your needs.
The Bear Inn
16 The Square
The Bear Inn at Stock continues to build on its reputation for fine food with recent awards including an AA Rosette and two Michelin Knife and Fork awards. With a new team and a recent refurbishment, The Bear Inn has a warm and cosy feel with a separate function and dining suite which is perfect for your special occasion promising to make your dinner date a memorable one.
21 High Street
Dating back more than 450 years, The Hoop public house offers all that is great about traditional hospitality. Youll find a varied and vibrant menu courtesy of head chef, Phil Utz, alongside home-brewed Hoop beer which changes seasonally and is available on tap at the bar.
Whatever your special occasion requirements, the team at The Hoop can offer a range of packages to suit all budgets seating up to 40 people.
Cassidys at The Fox
Finchingfield, Braintree, Essex
01371 810 151
A beautiful 16th century coaching inn overlooking Finchingfields famous village green and duck pond, Cassidys at The Fox has undergone a full refurbishment in the capable hands of new owners Alison Larkin, Sarah Cassidy and Keith Johnson. With welcoming log fires and a delightful menu in this beautiful setting, Cassidys is the prefect place to celebrate a birthday or Christmas celebration and welcomes group bookings
of any size.