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Beeses Riverside Bar & Tea Gardens

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Beeses Riverside Bar & Tea Gardens
Wyndham Crescent

tel:- 0117 977 7412
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Beeses Riverside Bar & Tea Gardens :-
Venue type - Restaurant

Number of function rooms available for weddings: One

Function room names and capacities: It is not possible to hire Beeses for your exclusive use, as we are open to the public during the season. However, half of our gardens are available for private hire. The available space includes our marquee and decking areas, giving a total indoor capacity of 120. Although the remainder of the premises remain open to the general public, they are available for you to use, e.g. for wedding photographs.

Guests rooms available: na/a
Honeymoon suite available: n/a

Garden suitable for marquees: Marquee included in hire fees

Local accommodation: Bristol has plenty of hotel accommodation within a ten minute drive from Beeses

Choice of wedding breakfast menus yes
Alcohol License yes
Dance Floor Yes
Evening Reception Facilities Yes
Car Parking Facilities Yes

Wedding services provided: Beeses is the perfect place for a relaxed, informal wedding reception, and an ideal alternative if you are looking for something other than a hotel function room or community hall. And the emphasis is on informal - for example, we don't do silver service or serve meals to the tables, as all our menu options are served buffet-style. What we do offer is a beautiful riverside location, high quality food and ales at reasonable prices, and excellent customer service.

Gardens or outside locations suitable for wedding photography: Yes

Local picturesque areas suitable for wedding photography: Situated beside a deeply running river Avon below a steeply wooded bank, Beeses is a haven of tranquillity, with the Eastwood Farm Local Nature Reserve adjacent to Beeses.

Venue special features: A very popular option is to arrive by boat from Bristol city centre - cruising up the Avon with a glass of bubbly is the perfect way to arrive! You can find contact details for each of the ferry companies we deal with on our links page. Between them they have a range of boats with capacities of 15 - 90 passengers, and they are all happy to listen to your requirements and quote accordingly.

Venue History: Beeses Tea Gardens was founded in 1846 by Mrs Beese, who provided refreshments to the many travellers using the Conham Ferry, the captain of which was Mr Beese. The railway navvies then working on Brunel's newly opened Great Western Railway (you can still hear, and just spot, the trains rushing by today) were no doubt also very grateful for a thirst-quenching cuppa.

The Conham Ferry runs from Beeses to the Hanham side of the river, and is the oldest river ferry crossing on the River Avon. We are delighted to carry on the tradition by operating the ferry during our opening hours.

Other information: At Beeses we have a strong commitment to using quality products which, as far as possible, are sourced from local and West Country suppliers: our cakes and jam are supplied by local, independent makers; and our meat is locally sourced and supplied by Taste (based in Barrow Gurney), who insist on excellent husbandry. We have quickly acquired an excellent reputation for our menu. Furthermore, we endeavour to use fair trade, naturally reared and/or organic ingredients.

Recommended by Photographer:- Martin Dabek

Wedding Trivia:
The tradition of carrying one or more items that are "old", "new", "borrowed" and "blue" also comes from English. There is an old English rhyme describing the practice which also mentions a sixpence in the brides shoe. Something old, signifying continuity, could be a piece of lace, jewelry, or a grandmother's handkerchief. Something new, signifying optimism in the future, could be an article of clothing or the wedding rings. Something borrowed, signifying future happiness, could be handkerchief from a happily married relative or friend. Something blue, signifying modesty, fidelity and love, comes from early Jewish history. In early Biblical times, blue not white symbolized purity. Both the bride and groom usually wore a band of blue material around the bottom of their wedding attire, hence the tradition of "something blue". Originally the sixpence was presented to the bride by her future husband as a token of his love. Today, very often, it is the bride's father who places a coin in the brides shoe prior to leaving home for the church.


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