As the main entertaining room of the Abbots themselves and, later, Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh’s sitting room, the Abbot’s Hall, within this wonderful country house has a long history of entertaining and banqueting. This historic space has capacity for an intimate sit-down banquet for 60. Firelight and candlelight make this Buckinghamshire wedding reception a truly medieval banqueting experience for you and your guests.
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. A Grand piano sits within the alcove and plenty of light is let in via the dual aspect doors that stretch from floor to ceiling at at either end of the room. Four elegant crystal chandeliers hang from the rafters of this spectacular wedding reception room in Buckinghamshire and when it comes to ‘making an entrance’, newlywed couples can walk from the main house directly in to The Monks’ Refectory via the romantic Cloisters Garden walk.
Notley Abbey, our historic country house wedding venue in Buckinghamshire, benefits from the experience of Bijou’s hugely experienced brigade of banqueting chefs. Catering for banquets is a very specialist branch of the hospitality industry and requires specific practices and processes throughout. Bijou’s Chefs are full-time specialists who only work in our specialist banqueting kitchens. Our menus and modern kitchens are designed with luxury wedding banqueting in mind and in the knowledge that each hand-chosen 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 elegant wedding banquet – 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. We can help you make the best decision for your wedding reception depending on your guest numbers and choice of wedding reception entertainment.
A Fireworks display is possible at Notley Abbey, subject to the usual permissions. Speak to us directly if you wish to entertain your evening wedding reception guests with a fireworks display so that we can discuss the essentials with you.
Notley Abbey in Buckinghamshire benefits from a late licence for serving alcohol and for entertainment, so you can extend your wedding reception party into the small hours without disturbing anyone.