Andy and Sue on the ideal venue..
On May 18th 2013 Sue Hellier & Andy Warner were married at
All Saints Church.. It was our great pleasure to have a wedding
lunch for approx 30 people at the Castle Bar in Cockermouth. It
proved to be one of the highlights of a wonderful day.
Our plans for the wedding started as two strands, a church wedding
at All Saints at 11:30, followed in the evening by a ceileidh for
up to 100 friends and relatives in The Saints Rooms. But then we
started to think that we wanted perhaps something a little more
intimate for some of our nearest and dearest. Lunch was the obvious
choice, but where to have it? A venue outside of town meant the
inconvenience of travelling, some of the larger venues in town were
too impersonal. A problem, but the solution was staring us in the
face. A neighbour suggested The Castle Bar, so one Saturday we just
dropped in to have a look. As soon as we saw what was on offer we
knew that we had found our venue for lunch. The way this historical
building has been restored, dividing larger areas into cosy, intimate
spaces, beautifully lit, and tastefully decorated, would fit our
needs very well indeed. On the day we added some flowers and Jayne
provided some tee lights, and we had a gorgeous romantic venue for
our wedding lunch.
Right from the outset we found the staff at the Castle Bar
to be both professional and obliging, nothing seemed too much bother,
which is a nice feeling to have when you are trying to organise a
wedding. And at all times we still felt like it was our wedding, no-one
was dictating to us, suggestions were made for us to consider, but
the final choice was always down to us. Just how we wanted it to be.
With Jayne guiding us, sorting the menus, choosing the bubbly and
the wine, were all achieved with the minimum of fuss and stress. As
we got nearer to the day our confidence in Jayne and her team never
faded, there may have been other uncertainties, but not in the Castle
And so to the day itself. It was a mere stroll from the church
down to the Castle Bar, and as we were amongst the last to arrive
it was nice to see our guests relaxing, bubbly in hand, in the comfort
of the sofas on the top floor mezzanine. And that atmosphere of
relaxation seemed to extend throughout our stay, nothing was rushed
and yet everything flowed nicely. Perfect!
Speeches over, it was down to the back restaurant for lunch. We
have to say that this room seemed to fit our size of party absolutely
perfectly - spacious enough but keeping a nice intimate atmosphere.
The food was top notch, just as we expected from a venue with such
a good reputation throughout the town. It was heartily commended
by all our guests. What stood out for us though was the standard
of service. Attentive, but not overbearing, smiles all round, professional
but friendly, and seemingly relaxed but never shoddy, it was a class
act, and it really helped us to relax and enjoy the superb food
and the marvellous atmosphere. Jayne, you have a really good team
there, our thanks to them all.
We finished with teas and coffees back upstairs on the sofas, the
perfect end to an interlude of over three hours. We left, very full
it has to be said, but also with that warm feeling of just having
indulged in something very special indeed. If anyone is thinking
of holding their wedding in Cockermouth, do give the Castle Bar
a look in. For the right size of party it can provide the ideal