Your Bristol & Somerset Wedding - February/March 2024 (Issue 99)

Spotlight on... TAUNTON DEANE AND WEST SOMERSET Tie the knot in a local hotspot SHEPPY’S CIDER 01823 461 233 | Nestled between Taunton and Wellington in the heart of Somerset, Sheppy’s Cider Farm is a family-run farm that’s been lovingly crafting premium award-winning craft ciders for more than 200 years. With 90 acres of orchards to explore, there’s plenty of opportunity to be at one with nature during your day as well as capturing endless pictures. What’s more, there’s plenty of accommodation available nearby and the venue is only 10 minutes from the motorway, convenient for those out-of-town guests. The venue consists of four different spaces, depending on the size of your wedding you can hire one, two, three or the whole site. Celebrantled ceremonies can be held in the orchards, full of blossom in spring or of apples in the autumn. There’s space here for 70 loved ones but is, of course, weather dependent. Alternatively, walk down the aisle of the Old Barn as 70 nearest and dearest look on. You’ll be surrounded by rustic charm here, and you can stand on the raised mezzanine area as you say “I do.” This space, which was once a cider store, can also seat 60 for the wedding breakfast, and allows you to invite 100 for the evening do. It even offers access to a private outdoor space. For more intimate celebrations the Stable Room sits behind an open courtyard and is ideal for a ceremony and sit-down meal for 40 or to dance the night away in with 50 loved ones. The restored Oak Vat too is a fantastic space. Created from a vintage oak cider vat, it can host 15 for those extra-intimate vows, 10 for your first meal together as newlyweds and 15 for the evening. The Old Barn is a newly converted venue that used to be a cider store. This space includes a mezzanine area and access to a private outdoor space. Finally, the main House of Cider restaurant hosts guests across two floors with a cosy bar area. At the heart of the venue stands a cider mill, which has been sympathetically restored to what is now the House of Cider. It can welcome 70 for the wedding breakfast and 150 evening guests. This characterful venue promises you a day filled with rustic charm, amazing cider and top-quality food! 13 LOCAL VENUES