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 Bar.

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 venue.