Welcome to the Red Lion at Whittlesford Bridge

There is no denying that choosing a wedding venue is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. In the past, couples would choose a wedding venue in their hometown, which made their choice fairly easy, as it narrowed down the selection considerably. However, this trend has long gone, and couples are now looking for unique venues in stunning locations that are going to provide a memorable setting for their special day.
Because of this, there are many different factors that now need to be considered when choosing a venue, including location, facilities, the style of the venue, capacity, availability, layout, price, parking, catering, and much more. Keeping that in mind, in this article we are going to provide you with the assistance you require by revealing why Cambridge is an exceptional choice of wedding destination and what The Red Lion Hotel can offer you as a venue for your big day.

The Attraction Of Cambridge

Cambridge is a stunning city, which is located in the county of Cambridgeshire on the River Cam. It is an area that oozes tradition and history and is well known for its exquisite architecture and picturesque scenery. Not only does it provide a beautiful setting for your special day, with plenty to see and do if you are planning to stay for several days, but it is in a convenient location too, which will be easy for your guests to get to.

Cambridge is situated 50 miles north of London and is easily accessible via car, train, coach, or plane. Regular trains run from London to Cambridge, usually departing every half an hour, with trains also running to and from Birmingham, Peterborough, Norwich, and Ipswich. The cheapest way to get to Cambridge is usually via National Express, which is a coach service that provides links to the UK’s majority cities, and thus you simply need to do a quick search online to see if there is a direct route available. If anyone is planning to make the journey by plane, London Stansted is the closest airport, although you can reach Cambridge via any of the other London airports with relative ease. Cambridge has its own airport. However, at present, there are only flights to and from Jersey, Italy, and France.

Of course, Cambridge is mainly known for its university, but the area has a charm and beauty about it that makes it perfect for a wedding. It boasts that magical character that you want for your special day, and there are an abundance of beautiful and unique wedding reception venues Cambridge.There are so many things to do and see in Cambridge. From the plethora of medieval buildings to the narrow cobbled streets, there is so much history to soak up. The scenery is also breath-taking, especially at The Backs, where, as well as the luscious green plant life, you will also witness the River Cam and intriguing old buildings. The area is peaceful and tranquil – the perfect place for romance, yet it is right in the centre of Cambridge.

There is also plenty for you and your guests to do once the big day is over, including taking a punting tour, which is a traditional Cambridge pastime. This is a truly special experience, as you’ll get to relax while floating down the River Cam and taking in all of the famous landmarks, such as the Bridge of Sighs. It’s a beautiful way to start off your married life. Aside from this, you can check out the Museum of Cambridge or the Fitzwilliam Museum, go shopping at the bohemian boutiques or local markets, go on a food tour, visit the stunning chapels and churches – the King’s College Chapel, in particular, is a true masterpiece of English craftsmanship, enjoy the traditional pubs, and visit the university grounds.

One of the best things about Cambridge is the fact that it provides a stunning wedding setting irrespective of the time of year. With the weather in the UK being rather unpredictable, a lot of people play it safe and get married in the summer months. There is no denying that summer is special in Cambridge, but so is winter too. When the snow falls, Cambridge looks enchantingly beautiful, and while it may be cold, Cambridge is never gray and the city has less rainfall than almost all other parts of the UK.

Why Choose The Red Lion?

Now we’ve discovered many of the reasons that Cambridge is an exceptional choice of wedding destination, the only thing you need to do is narrow down your search to find the perfect wedding venue for you. As mentioned, there are many licensed wedding venues in Cambridge to choose from. However, one venue that you should certainly consider is The Red Lion Hotel at Whittlesford Bridge, which caters to both wedding and civil ceremonies. This venue is a popular choice as it is a 13th-century coaching inn, and therefore you are offered a big slice of history – 700 years worth in fact! The venue’s rich history is something you’ll be able to witness with your own eyes if you choose to arrange your wedding there, from the low ceilings to the oak beams that were carved by Carmelite monks many, many years ago.

This makes the venue truly one-of-a-kind; and it possesses a charm and character that you simply cannot find anywhere else. The traditional yet quirky hotel features 18 bedrooms, all of which have been individually designed, providing a unique and intimate experience. The cosy atmosphere is something a lot of couples cherish, as it brings family and friends close together. Nevertheless, you won’t be limited in terms of how many people you can invite to your special day, as there are three private dining rooms with seating for up to 200 people.

The Red Lion is located in Whittlesford, a village in Cambridgeshire, which is about seven miles from Cambridge city centre and located on the Granta Branch of the River Cam. The village is beautiful and boasts a welcoming ambience. It is easy to get to as well, with Whittlesford Parkway train station serving the village, which is conveniently located adjacent to The Red Lion Hotel. There will also be plenty of taxis waiting outside Cambridge station if you would prefer.

Simple yet luxurious features for the perfect stay

The hotel boasts a great selection of facilities for you and your guests to take advantage of, including an outstanding restaurant, a 24-hour reception, free parking, a dry cleaning service, and Wi-Fi Internet access. All bedrooms come complete with luxury goose and duck feather duvets, i-Pod docking stations, a flat screen television with Freeview, a power shower or bath, and Sea Kelp toiletries. Guests will also be greeted with complimentary fudge and a selection of artisan teas and coffee. The simple yet luxurious features are ideal for those seeking a traditional yet lavish wedding and the happy couple will be able to enjoy a stay in the Bridal Suite when getting married at The Red Lion too. This complimentary suite boasts an in-room bathtub and chic furnishings, giving you and your spouse the perfect place to relax and enjoy your first few days of marital bliss.

Enjoy the wedding you have always dreamed of, with the help of your own dedicated wedding co-ordinator

In terms of the wedding itself, the venues within the Red Lion are truly spectacular. From evening entertainment to wedding breakfasts, The Red Lion can cater to all requirements and all tastes, from a simple celebration to a show-stopping occasion. If you are interested in a small, intimate celebration of love, the oak-beamed private dining room is ideal, as this caters to a maximum of 20 guests. However, for something more elaborate, the modern glass-roofed Garden Room provides a truly stunning setting and caters up to 140 people.

One thing you can be sure of is that you will have a weight lifted off your shoulders when you choose to get married at The Red Lion Hotel, and this is because you will have your very own dedicated wedding co-ordinator who will help you to plan the perfect big day. The wedding co-ordinator is dedicated to making your wedding unique, and they will help you with every little aspect, whether you want to roll out the red carpet, or you require assistance with table decorations. They can also help you to source the best entertainment for your big day, whether you have your heart set on a live band, a DJ, or both!

Wow your guests with delicious, quality catering!

Catering can also be taken care of for you, with The Red Lion providing seasonal menus, ensuring the food and drink selection is just right for the time of year. You can also be sure of exceptional quality, as locally sourced ingredients are used whenever possible. Not only are dishes cooked to perfection but also they are presented in an artistic manner. You can also choose from an extensive and inspired selection of wine and champagne, with delicious canapés and sparkling cocktails available to welcome your guests in style.

For the rest of your stay, you can enjoy the incredible restaurant in the hotel, which serves delicious food that is cooked by head chef Chris Sharman. Again, great emphasis is placed on quality produce that is locally sourced when possible. Some of the dishes on the dinner menu at present include Slow Braised Rare Breed Lamb Rump, Pressed Suffolk Pork Belly, Pan-Seared Tuna Steak with Niçoise Salad, Shallot and Sweet Potato Tart Tatin, and Sirloin Beef Burger. The restaurant is open from 7 am until 10 pm every day.

Special deals, wedding events, and more

Red Lion Hotels are constantly offering special deals for guests to take advantage of, as well as exciting events. In November, they are hosting a Wedding Open Day, which takes place on Sunday 15th from 11 am until 3 pm. This event gives you the opportunity to meet local wedding suppliers and many money-saving offers will be available throughout the day. Despite this, the event is free to enter.

Booking The Red Lion for your wedding day has never been easier. Interested parties simply need to call the events manager on +44 (0) 1223 297 705 for further information. You will be able to view room availability here where you will find a calendar, which will show you whether the rooms are available, and if so, how much they will cost. If you are interested in a wedding package, do contact the Red Lion venue itself, as prices will change depending on the time of year, day chosen and the size of your party. Rest assured however, that the value for money The Red Lion offers is second to none, and you’ll certainly get your money’s worth. As far as accommodation goes, you can view individual room prices and rates here.

Don’t compromise on your special day

To truly make your wedding day one to remember, you should definitely consider The Red Lion. Situated just outside of Cambridge, a stunning and character-filled city, The Red Lion will provide the perfect backdrop for your big day, and the hotel itself provides the icing on the cake. This unique and historic venue boasts an intimate and traditional setting with an array of luxurious and quirky features and facilities. You will also be able to plan the perfect wedding to suit your requirements, with a choice of private rooms and your own personal wedding co-ordinator to ensure your wedding is everything you dreamed of.

Contact Us

If you are interested in arranging your special day at The Red Lion, all you need to do is call 01223 497075 to speak to the events manager, who will be more than happy to answer your questions. Alternatively, you can send an email to eventsmgr@redlionwhittlesfordbridge.com, and they will get back to you as quickly as possible. With everything taken care of, in a venue that will provide the background for stunning photographic memories of your big day, there’s no better place to plan your wedding.