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First dance at during wedding at The Crown and Thistle

The Crown & Thistle Barn Wedding Venue

Grade II listed coaching inn located in Abingdon

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Key Facts

Price Band: ££ - £££

Typical Price: £5,500

Price Range: £1,000 - £13,325

Based on a typical wedding reception for 80 guests, including venue hire, wedding breakfast, drinks package and evening buffet.

Hire Price Range: £100 - £1,000

Per Person Price Range: £60 - £125

Guests for a ceremony: 80

Guest Capacity (min / max): 20 / 100

Guests for sit down meal: 20 - 80

Accommodation Rooms: 18

Accommodation Capacity: 40

Features & Services

Our renovated Barn function space for 80 seated guests

Adjacent private function room

Our Mediterranean-inspired menu

Completely bespoke wedding package to suit your needs

Our cosy, boutique bedrooms

Seated and Standing wedding receptions

The Details

Type of Ceremony

Civil ceremony licensed
Humanist / Celebrant weddings
Receptions Only

Venue Type

Boutique hotel
Small Hotel
Pubs & Restaurants

Additional Facilities

Honeymoon suite
Guest rooms
Dance floor
Live music permitted
Discos permitted
Wedding coordinator
Onsite car parking
One wedding per day
Licensed bar
Wedding packages
Bespoke weddings

Venue Setting


Catering Options

Inhouse Caterers


Can we have exclusive use of the venue?

No, unfortunately, we can only offer exclusive use of the function spaces and the hotel rooms should you wish to book those as well.

Are you licensed for civil ceremonies?


Can we have the wedding ceremony outdoors?

No, we only have a license for indoor weddings.

Do you charge corkage if we supply our own wine?

Yes, we do allow corkage. Please enquire for prices.

Can we use our own caterers?

No, we do not allow for outside catering as we are first and foremost a restaurant.

From what time can we get access to decorate the venue?

For weddings, we will always offer access to the room on the morning of and possibly the day before as well but this is dependant on whether we have any other functions the previous day.

What time does the reception need to finish?

Finish Times: Monday - Wednesday - 11PM, Thursday - 12AM, Friday & Saturday - 1AM & Sunday - 10.30PM. To be out by: Monday - Wednesday - 11.30PM, Thursday - 12.30AM, Friday & Saturday - 1.30AM & Sunday - 11PM.

Are there noise restrictions if we have a live band?

Yes - live bands and DJs must finish by half an hour before the end time, at which point we will switch to house music until everyone leaves.

Are fireworks allowed?


Is confetti allowed?

No - this is the only decoration we do not allow.

Are candles allowed?

Yes, if provided by the guest.

Is there a honeymoon or bridal suite?

Yes - room 6.

Is there accommodation on site?

Yes - 18 rooms.

Is there additional accommodation nearby?

There are other hotels in the area but none that are owned or managed by us.

Do we receive discount on hotel rooms?

Yes, the whole wedding party will recieve 20% off the B&B room rate on the night of the wedding.

Do we receive discount on hotel rooms?

Yes, the whole wedding party will recieve 20% off the B&B room rate on the night of the wedding.

What time do you have access from on the day of the wedding?

We will offer access from 9am unless othwerwise requested. If the Barn is avialable the day before, you will be welcome to access the room then.

About The Crown & Thistle

The Crown & Thistle is a beautiful 400-year-old grade II listed coaching inn located in Abingdon on Thames, within easy reach of Didcot, Wantage, Wallingford & Oxford. The Barn makes a stunning wedding venue and is licensed for civil ceremonies.

With a history dating back to 1605, The Crown & Thistle on Bridge Street re-opened its doors in 2013, following a £1.8m restoration. This Grade II listed coaching inn comprises three individual buildings clustered around a cobbled courtyard, framed by 200-year-old wisteria. Having been sympathetically designed, many of the buildings’ original features, such as timber beams, open brickwork, and window frames that aren’t square, remain throughout the restaurant, extensive bar area, elegant function rooms, and 18 boutique-style bedrooms.

With 18 luxury en-suite bedrooms and a stunning converted function room, which is available for private hire, from meetings and conferences to events and weddings. Our newly awarded wedding license means you and your guests can enjoy both the ceremony and celebrations in beautiful, historic surroundings.

With packages to suit a variety of budgets and tastes, this is the perfect location for wedding celebrations!