As the main entertaining room of the Abbots themselves and, later, Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh’s sitting room, the Abbot’s Hall has a long history of entertaining and banqueting. It has capacity for a sit-down banquet of 60. Firelight and candlelight make this a truly medieval banqueting experience.
Following in the footsteps of the Augustinian Monks who ate their meals in this beautiful, grand old stone barn, you and up to 190 of your friends and family can banquet together in historic splendour that simply can’t be understood without being seen.
Notley Abbey, as a member of the Bijou Wedding Venues family, benefits from the experience of Bijou’s hugely experienced brigade of banqueting chefs. Banqueting catering is a very specialist branch of the hospitality industry and requires specific processes and practices. The Bijou Chefs are full-time specialists who only work in our banqueting kitchens. Our menus and kitchens are designed with banqueting in mind and in the knowledge that each dish needs to be served in large numbers, at top quality, in very short spaces of time. Of course we also maintain relationships with our suppliers in order to serve what we serve at the best possible price.
Notley Abbey offers the option of keeping your party together, barn-wedding style, in the Monks’ Refectory after your wedding breakfast – in which case a wine and beer bar can be set up and your musical entertainment can plug in to our in-house audio-visual systems – or of enjoying more of a house party structure, with music and dancing in the Abbot’s Hall, with the Hall and Drawing Room providing additional space where your guests relax and mingle.
Fireworks are possible at Notley Abbey, subject to the usual permissions.
Notley Abbey benefits from a late licence for serving alcohol and for entertainment, so you can extend your party into the small hours without disturbing anyone.