Mitton Hall in the beautiful Ribble Valley

Chief Nut By Chief Nut, 21st Nov 2009 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I have great memories of Mitton Hall as it was the venue for both my wedding ceremony and reception. Read on for the low down on the food, rooms, service and location.

The hall itself

Mitton Hall dates from the 15th century, and the stunning timber-framed Great Hall from this period is the reason for its Grade II* listing today. Numerous owners added to the building over the years, and it was alternatively a private residence, country club and a home to officers during WW2.

A few years ago it was acquired by a local hotelier, and renovated to a very high standard. for our wedding, the ground floor had been completed and looked superb. The decor is now a clever combination of the traditional features and funky new furnishings. The bedrooms upstairs were yet to be refurbished, but have now been restyled to match the high standards of the lower floor.

The restaurant and bar

The Hall now offers stylish and informal bar-food, with a menu of both classic dishes and modern tapas nibbles. I sampled some of this the morning before our wedding, and even with a nervous stomach my plate was quickly emptied.

The brasserie is a more formal experience, although still relaxed with yet more delicious food. We've eaten here a few times and never had anything less than great food.

Mitton Hall has a couple of bars, one of which can be hired with the function room - more about this later. The public bar has an atmosphere of real decadence, with a cleverly designed mix of classic furniture, modern quirks and fascinating memorabilia.

We inevitably ended up in here at the end of our wedding day, having a few cocktails to finish off a thrilling experience.

The wedding experience

As i've said previously we had a civil service at Mitton Hall in the function area which includes a large room for the service, meal and dancing, a private bar and a large conservatory. The cermony was a intimate experience, with our hundred guests arranged in a semi-circle around the registrar's table. The room, with exposed stone walls, arranged flowers and a backdrop of window overlooking fields offered a romantic and relaxed setting.

We then moved outside into the grounds - shown in the photo - where everybody made the most of the incredible weather. These mature grounds overlook fields and the River Ribble, a fabulous backdrop for socialising before the food. After photos and more than one glass of champagne, we headed back inside for our meal.

Mitton Hall served our custom menu, with tenderly roasted local beef for the main. Service was quick and efficient, and we felt we'd received great value. We ordered wine from their list, as prices were very reasonable for the quality on offer.

The evening do began with a ceilidh, which got everybody on their feet and ended with the inevitable disco where just a few guests pulled one move too many.

We had nothing but thanks for Mitton Hall the next day - from the first time we viewed the venue they were friendly, accomodating and organised. The location of Mitton Hall, in the heart of the Ribble Valley gave the place a real wow factor and makes this a special venue for any couple.

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Ceremony, Clitheroe, Food, Hotel, Mitton-Hall, Reception, Restaurant, Ribble-Valley, Rooms, Venue, Wedding

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