FAQs

The Bar

Can you bring your own wine for the Reception and Wedding Breakfast?
Yes, you can provide your own reception drinks and wine for the tables during the wedding breakfast, for which the Davenport Arms will charge a Service Charge per person (18yrs plus). This charge covers the overnight storage and chilling of drinks, all glassware, and staff to serve the drinks on the day. The Bar will also be open throughout your drinks reception until 12 midnight offering guests the chance to purchase their own choice of beverages.

How much is the Davenport Arms Service Charge?
Currently £8.50 per head, subject to change – please check the current prices with Sara at The Davenport Arms (sandhole@thedavenportarms.co.uk). There is no additional charge if the Bar provide all the reception drinks.

Will Guests be able to purchase drinks from the Bar when they arrive for a Civil Ceremony?
Unfortunately, due to legal requirements, no alcoholic beverages can be served in the Oak Barn prior to a Civil Ceremony or a church wedding, however the Bar will open when the Civil Ceremony has finished or the guests have returned from church. There is a local Pub within walking distance of Sandhole though.

Can we organise a tasting with the Davenport Arms?
The Bar offer a free wine tasting at the Davenport Arms (please note that some wines may have an opening fee as stated on the wine list). To arrange a tasting please contact Sara at the Davenport Arms (sandhole@thedavenportarms.co.uk or 01260 224269) – please don’t turn up without an appointment as they tend to be rather busy!

Catering

Can we use our own caterers?
No, there is an approved caterer, Top Table, that offers a diverse variety of food options. They’re also event organisers and thus help to run your special day. Their contact details are as follows:

Top Table
Annette Glynn
Tel. 0161 9296919
M. 07768 695678
sandhole@top-table.co.uk
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Can we have a tasting?
Yes, the caterer will offer a free tasting once you have confirmed your booking of Sandhole Oak Barn.

How soon should we contact the caterer after provisionally booking a date?
We recommend that you discuss your food requirements and obtain a quote from the caterer before you confirm your booking of Sandhole Oak Barn. Top Table offers a wide selection of example menus with prices in their brochure, and are also able to offer other options if required. Please contact them for details.

Do we offer Halal or Kosher Catering?
The approved caterer doesn't offer these types of catering.

Sandhole Oak Barn

Is there a minimum number and what is the maximum number of guests?
There is no minimum number of guests but we would usually recommend at least 40 guests for a Civil Ceremony or Wedding Breakfast to make the Oak Barn feel homely. The maximum number for the Ceremony or Wedding Breakfast is 140, and 180 for the evening Reception.

Can we use a Venue Dresser to decorate the Oak Barn?
Yes, we can usually allow them informal access to the Oak Barn from 9.30am on the day of your wedding to set up. We ask that all large items or decorations on the beams are removed from the Oak Barn by 8am the following morning, and smaller items are collected by 10am unless an alternative arrangement has been made.

Can we use Confetti?
Yes, confetti is allowed but only inside the Oak Barn as this makes it much easier to clear up afterwards. Please use biodegradeable confetti.

Can we have fireworks/Chinese lanterns?
No, because of our rural location and potential risk to local livestock we are unable to allow these.

Can we drop off our items the day before and Sandhole Store them overnight i.e., Wedding Cake, decorations, favours?
Yes, we have facilities to store certain items overnight with prior arrangement.

Could the Oak Barn accommodate a Ceilhi Band?
Yes, the Oak Barn has a large dancefloor (6m x 14m) which works very well for a Ceilhi.

What are the disabled facilities like?
Sandhole is disability-friendly, with wheelchair access to all areas of the Oak Barn and surrounding grounds. There is also a disabled toilet in the Oak Barn with wheelchair access.

What size tables are available?
We have a selection of tables, including: Eighteen 5ft round tables that seat up to 8 guests; Ten 6ft round tables that seat up to 10 guests; Sixteen 6ft x 3ft oblong trestle tables that seat 3 along one side; Two 2¾ft x 2¾ft square “cake” tables; A 5ft x 10ft oval “top table” that seats up to 10 guests along one side

Can we use candles on the tables?
Yes, but we recommend buying the better quality slender candles if you use them as the cheaper ones tend to rain wax down on your guests. Please do not put candles on the wooden sill that runs around the walls.

Can we use patio heaters on the veranda?
No, due to the fire risk, but there are radiant heaters under the Clock Tower.

Is there a music system or digital projector we can use?
Yes, the Oak Barn has a professional music system with speakers distributed throughout the barn. There is an iPod docking station (compatible with iPhone 3, 4, & 5, and iPods), a 6-CD player, and a 3.5mm headphones stereo jack. There is a digital projector with a VGA socket and a Mini Displayport adapter for Apple Macs. There are also 2 cordless microphones with stands.

Can we decorate the Small Barn?
Yes, however all decorations would need to be removed by 8.00am the following morning.

Timings

What time can we have access to set up the Oak Barn?
We can usually allow informal access to the Oak Barn from 9.30am on the day of your wedding for either the bridal party or a venue dresser to decorate the Barn. If there is no wedding the day before then it may be possible to decorate the Barn earlier.

What time does the bar close and the music finish?
Last orders are at 11.45pm and the bar is closed at 12am. All music to be finished by 12am.

What time should we tell guests to order their taxis?
Carriages at midnight as the Barn needs to be vacated by 12.30am

What time is the Small Barn available from and to?
We can normally allow informal early access to the Small Barn, typically from around 9am on your wedding morning until 8am the next morning.

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