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

Go with the flow We round up some of the region’s favourite waterside venues THE MILL AT RODE 01373 673 112 | Steeped in history and nestled in the heart of the countryside, The Mill at Rode is a characterful destination that’s undergone a remarkable transformation. Once a bustling cloth mill, it’s now a charming country eating house and bar. But this is not just a place for dining and drink! It’s a location that’s been repurposed to serve a multitude of functions with its wonderful events space and outdoor riverside terrace. Set among two acres, you’ll find a picturesque beer garden here overlooking the river Frome. Plus, the Love Bridge is the ideal place for you to take some memorable couple shots. The outdoor terrace comfortably seats 30 nearest and dearest, where they can soak up the sun. The venue is hoping to receive its ceremony licence very soon, at which point your “I dos” will be held in The Loom Room, surrounded by 80 guests. Receptions will also take place here for 80 seated or 110 standing. The space beautifully intertwines past and present, named after the looms that were once the backbone of the mill’s operation. It has now been transformed into a warm, inviting room that still retains its original historical charm. The rustic beams and soft lighting all come together to create an atmosphere of nostalgia and tranquillity. A perfect setting for intimate gatherings, the Loom Room offers a memorable experience for all. In addition, the Wheel House, at the heart of the mill is available for intimate dinners or small gatherings. Once the powerhouse that ran the mill, it has been adapted into a cosy intimate space, with the original wheel now a prominent feature lending a historical, rustic charm sure to captivate your guests. The venue also offers a menu tasting with its gold package, and engraved padlock for the Love Bridge, plus a bottle of prosecco on your first anniversary. YARLINGTON BARN 07871 368 819 | Set in the heart of rural Somerset, Yarlington Barn is a gorgeous, familyrun wedding venue located on a cider farm. This wonderful lakeside venue with a woodland backdrop and gorgeous rose-clad gazebo is the most beautiful spot for breathtaking wedding day photographs. Be it the frost of winter, the apple blossom of spring, the smell of cut grass in the summer or the colours of autumn, Yarlington Barn is an oh-so romantic and exclusive venue for all seasons. Inside the rustic barn, exposed beams and wrought iron chandeliers create a touch of countryside magic, while the unusual barrel bar reflects its heritage as a cider farm. The Barn is fully licensed for civil ceremonies, so from beginning to end you can host your perfect day right here. The Ceremony Room can seat up to 80 loved ones for the “I dos.” The main function space, the Lakeview Room, can seat up to 80 for a formal seated wedding breakfast at round tables of eight or 10. It has a fully-stocked bar and being a cider farm the team can certainly provide you with plenty of Somerset’s favourite tipple! For the evening revelries, the venue can accommodate up to 160 guests for a hog roast or buffet with a disco and dancing. 19 WATERSIDE VENUES