Testimonials

Testimonials

Mr & Mrs Joynson 14th August 2017

Myself and John just wanted to say a heartfelt thank you for making our wedding day so perfect. We are enjoying our honeymoon and still keep reliving our fabulous wedding day. The venue was amazing, decorations looked wonderful and the bedrooms were so lovely and comfy.

Both of you and all of your staff at COB made sure our day ran smoothly, which it did indeed. Even the weather held up until the evening. So many of our guests commented on the beautiful venue and delicious food. They couldn't get over how much tasty food there was and loved our alternative canapés and BBQ. Myself and John barely ate anything on the day and regretted it the following day. So we will definitely be back soon for the amazing food.

Your recommendation of the dj from Indemand was fantastic as he played the music that we wanted and added additional uplighting to highlight the wonderful venue. He even caught photos of the night and gave them to us on cd which I thought was a lovely touch. Your staff were captured on film dancing away which showed that they love their job. Nothing was ever too much for them and they were so accommodating. Please pass on our sincere thanks.

We are so happy that my mum told us about your beautiful venue and we can't thank you enough for making our wedding the best day ever.

My family loved how the bedrooms were all together and we could gather on the courtyard. They are already planning on staying at COB next year for our 1 year anniversary! Haha!

Mr and Mrs Joynson x

Mr and Mrs Ashe x

Sally & Patrick 22nd July 2017

Sally and me have returned from our honeymoon after a fantastic time and wanted to drop you a quick email to thank you for everything in making our wedding perfect!! It was an amazing day and everything ran as planned. The venue itself is fantastic and all the staff were very attentive especially Jane who looked after us throughout the day. I really could not have wished for better people or a nicer venue and would recommend you to anybody.

It was lovely to meet you and it was a pleasure dealing with you throughout the planning stages.

Hopefully we will see you again when we visit the Cock O' Barton.

Mr and Mrs Ashe x

Mr & Mrs Whitaker 2nd June 2017

We got married at the Cock O' Barton at the start of June and had such a great day!

It is a beautiful venue to get married in and we had the marquee for the wedding breakfast which was also lovely. In particular we would like to thank Alethea and Sian for helping us to organise the wedding and for all the correspondence and assistance in the run up to the big day, Sian and Lindsey for helping on the day itself and ensuring things ran smoothly, and Caroline for making sure the Prosecco was flowing and the guests were kept happy in the evening! All the way along we were made to feel welcome and comfortable and nothing was ever too much trouble. The food was fantastic as expected - we had lots of positive comments from guests about the wedding breakfast and the evening food. Thank you to all the staff who put such hard work and effort into making the food so delicious! Also, the bedrooms are superb and we had lots of nice comments about them as well. So thanks to all in the team who had a hand in making our day so lovely and memorable. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Cock O' Barton as a wedding venue in future.

Katie and John x

Mr & Mrs Comber 30th May 2016

We would like to thank all of the amazing staff at the Cock O Barton for what truely was the most magical and memorable day our lives. From planning, all the way through to the actual day everything went smoothly and nothing was too much trouble for Alethea and her team. The venue was simply stunning and our guests continue to give rave reviews about COB as a unique, quirky country venue. Our wedding breakfast also received high praise as well as the staff who were attentive, caring and enabled the day to run without a hitch. We feel the COB has the full package as a wedding venue and the picturesque surroundings create perfect backdrop for wedding photos. We could not recommend COB enough to any one searching for the perfect wedding venue.

Many, many thanks again

Steph and Steve Comber

Mr & Mrs Andrews June 10th 2017

Just want to say a massive thank you to both of you and the whole team at COB. We really can't thank you all enough for making our day so perfect.

All of our guests were very complementary of the venue as it is so amazing anyway and it looked beautiful just as we'd imagined so thank you for putting so much care into the decoration.

Also the food was absolutely amazing, again all of the guests were very impressed by the food. I can't wait to come back for a meal and stay over, the bedrooms are beautiful!

Everyone should have their wedding at COB, we really couldn't have asked for a better place to have ours!

Claire & Tom Andrews

Donna & Paul's Wedding 8th April 2017

Firstly thanks to Alethea, we met several times and had many emails back and forth as I had lots of questions! Nothing was too much trouble. We asked for a couple of things out the ordinary for our wedding day and Alethea sorted them out with no hesitation. Alethea made us feel really relaxed throughout the whole planning stage.

We had the marquee which was great! It was so flexible as we could decorate how we wanted and were able to do so the day before.

On the big day the staff could not have looked after us any better. They were attentive, polite and did everything with a smile. The staff really did make our day extra special as nothing was too much trouble. Many of our guests have also commented to me about how amazing the venue, staff, food and atmosphere was.

We genuinely had THE BEST DAY, everything went to plan and I can't thank the staff enough.

Mr & Mrs Murphy x

Mrs & Mrs Barton 13th May 2017

Fiona and I, just wanted to say a big thank you to Alethea, Jane, Rachel and the team at the Cob, for the professional, friendly, can do, enthusiastic five star hospitality that you provided on our wedding day. We and all our guests had an amazing day, from the fab cocktails, mouth watering food and faultless service. Always on call to ensure everything was perfect from our initial visit to the big day itself.

Thanks again Mr & Mrs Barton. Xx

Mr & Mrs Westwood 17th April 2017

Alethea and the team out did themselves, from the day we first approached you about having our wedding at the COB, the planning could not have been easier. You made the whole process very relaxed and the day itself lived up to our expectations and certainly surprised our guests. The venue looked unique and intimate which was what we were hoping for. The staff were calming and in control and could not do enough for us.

Our rooms were lovely and a nice place to escape to at the end of the night.

We can't thank you enough for everything you did to bring our special day life.

James & Jenni Westwood

Claire & Matt's Wedding 28th October 2016

Wow and wow! Alethea, where to start...

I absolutley loved our time at COB on friday! Cannot thank you guys enough and were literally gutted its over!

You did an amazing job finding homes for all the decorations and so chuffed how the marquee came together with the lights and flowers. I was blown away, it looked absolutley gorgeous!

Well done for assembling the cake-hope it wasnt too stressful!

All the food was on point. Lots of compliments on the wine and the venue generally. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. All the staff were so helpful and really lovely and it didnt go unnoticed.

Thanks for the Ashmore Acoustics recommendation-what lovely guys! We had so much fun with them and danced until the end!

Rooms were all superb-it was brilliant location wise for putting our son to bed and leaving him in the care of the babysitter while we could all enjoy some off-duty time!

All in all thankyou for making our wedding the best day it could be!
Thankyou for your patience and helping us make it happen!

Very best wishes

Mr & Mrs Sinnott

Debbie & Craig 17th September 2016

Hi Alethea, hope you are well.

Back from honeymoon and just wanted to drop you a quick note to say a massive thank you from both Craig and myself.

We had a fantastic day and everything was made more special by spending it with the COB.

The room looked divine and everyone commented on how good the food and service was.

Again a big thanks for helping to make the day run so smoothly, you certainly reassured me all along the way.

We will be back soon for drinks and hope to see you.

Debbie and Craig X

Rob & Julia Antrobus September 3rd 2016

Hi Alethea, I hope you are well! Me and rob not long back from our mini moon. Just wanted to drop a msg to say thanks for all your help with our wedding. It was perfect from start to finish and all of our guests had a fantastic day.

Please can you pass on our thanks to Jane, Rachael and the rest of the team. They were amazing and they couldn't have done enough for us on the day. Tell the chefs the food was spot on! Soooo good and everyone raved about it.

We are still beaming from ear to ear and have no regrets about any part of our day and we are so happy we chose COB to help us celebrate.

I'm sure we will be back soon for food and drinks so shall see you guys soon.

Julia and Rob X

Ali & Paul 6th August 2016 – A HUGE thank you

Dear Alethea, we hope you and the team are well and you enjoyed your holiday. We're now back from our honeymoon and wanted to get in touch to say a huge thank you firstly to you for all of the coordination and arrangements you made for our special day. Nothing was too much trouble, you were patient and a pleasure to deal with. Thank you very much.

Due to your meticulous planning we had the best day ever, the team were amazing on the day, we were really looked after and again nothing was too much trouble. We had the most amazing day, exactly what we were looking for, relaxed and fun, we loved it and want to do it all again!!

Please pass on our thanks and appreciation to everyone, the food was out of this world, everyone commented on it.

Thank you once again it has been a pleasure from start to finish.

Ali and Paul Bloomfield xx

1st August 2016

Our day was magical from start to finish. Me and the girls stayed in the new lovely rooms the night before the wedding and had dinner in the evening it was perfect all being in one place ready for the big day!! Breakfast the next morning was lovely, with a great choice of menu. I had the Italian eggs was really yummy!! We were so happy with how our decorations were displayed in the ceremony room, the wedding breakfast with the tables etc, we even had garden games outside! The staff had done an amazing job of putting it all together. The day went so smoothly without any hiccups, I felt like Rachel & Jane were in control all day, they couldn't do enough for us. I would recommend anyone to get married at this perfect wedding venue, it's truly an amazing venue that we will visit very regularly now. Can't thank Alethea, Jane & Rachel enough for all there help in making our big day perfect.

Thank You, Mr & Mrs Allman xx

Leanne & Scott 30th July 2016

To everyone at the Cock O'Barton. now that the honeymoon is over and we are back in our New York home, we wanted to let you know how much we appreciate all your efforts involved in providing us with the most perfect wedding day we could have imagined. Planning a wedding from over 3000 miles away is somewhat of a tricky task and having Alethea and the team helping us took away a lot of the pressure. We cannot thank you all enough, from the initial conversations, great suggestions and openness to our own suggestions during the planning stages.

The actual wedding day was fantastic and ran so smoothly due to the excellent organisation skills at the Cock O' Barton. We had so many positive comments about the venue, the food and how well the staff looked after the guests. We truly did have the best day ever and wish we could do it all over again

Many thanks

Leanne & Scott

Lizzie & Rob 11th June 2016

Hi Alethea, just wanted to email to say that the whole COB team were fantastic throughout our wedding but in particular you and Rachel. The room looked perfect, everything was so well organised and whatever we needed was taken care of. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you guys! You also kept me calm through the planning and that's no easy job!!!

Lizzie & Rob

Sarah & Alyn Williams 21st May 2016

Hi Alethea, well what can I say :) Thank you to you and the whole team for making our day so amazing. We really did have the best time, big thanks especially to Lewy, Jane, Rebecca, Rachel and yourself. Our day was so full of fun and love and laughter and that's exactly what we wanted so big thanks to you all for helping make it happen.

More than a few people have said that it was the best wedding they have ever been too, which has obviously made our day, but we couldn't have done it without your fantastic venue and team, so from the bottom of our hearts a

Big Thank You

Sarah & Alyn - aka Mr and Mrs Williams xx

Alex & Kristina 30th April 2016

Aethea, it's not often I feel compelled to write a testimonial based on an experience. I might feel impressed by something, someone or some place and have really enjoyed myself but that feeling usually disappears by the time I've got home.

The feeling of being impressed and having had immense enjoyment from my wedding day at the Cock O' Barton is still as strong as it was on the day.

When you pick your venue, you are placing all trust in the staff and the venue. You of course give your input and do all the behind the scenes stuff, but the execution on the day; decorating, food, booze, service is all in their control. That's a lot of trust and control to relinquish, simply because it's one of the most important days of your life.

Quite simply, we couldn't have picked the staff or the venue any better. If we had to do it all again, we'd have done it exactly the same way. From our first meeting with Alethea, we knew we were in good hands. Well organised with obvious attention to detail, she "held our hands" all the way, no issue was too silly and at no point did she get impatient with our needs and wants! Lewy also deserves special mention here, a while after putting our deposit down, Lewy spent an hour with us to take us all around the venue and tell us the different scenarios and options we'd have if the weather wasn’t playing ball (thankfully it was great), he too made us feel like our special day was in very safe hands.

Fast forward to the day and the staff were absolutely brilliant. Jane and Rachael were so attentive and so helpful with every detail. You can tell every single member of staff takes a great deal of pride in their work and that reflected so positively with us and our guests. Big thanks to the kitchen too; 80 covers of absolutely perfect food and we were overwhelmed with the compliments we were given by choosing the food, the venue and the decor.

Thanks to all staff at the CoB, we are so grateful for you making our day one we won't forget. For those still deciding on a venue, look no further - you'll never regret it!

Kristina & Alex

Pam & Dave Rogers 23rd April 2016

Dear Alethea and all at the Cock O’Barton

We wanted to say a massive thank you for all your help, kindness and hard work that made our day so amazing on the 23rd April.

It went so smoothly from start to finish. All our guests had a fantastic time and all said how great the food was.

Special thanks to you Alethea, you were so very helpful from day one, so glad we chose the Cock O’Barton for our day…. Great memories

Thanks again

Pam & Dave Rogers

Tim and Caroline’s Wedding 16th April 2016

Hi Alethea! We were absolutely over the moon with everything you guys arranged from the decorations, food, service, drinks outside on arrival – everything was perfect and all our guests have said so. Nothing seemed too much trouble for your team & we enjoyed every second of the day. We couldn’t think of anything we would have changed – you were just perfect!

Hopefully see you soon.

Caroline and Tim x

Suzanne and John’s Wedding 2nd April 2016

I just wanted to email and say how much we loved every second of our wedding day!

You and all the team have made the whole booking process and day run so smoothly I cannot thank you enough! Everybody commented on how beautiful the room was and how amazing the food so a massive thank you to all the chefs! A few of our friends have already been back for meals out just to visit again as it was such a hit!

Couldn't recommend you high enough and just thank you for making our day so special!

We will be back soon for many a Sunday lunch! Have a fantastic rest of the year with all the weddings and events :)

Suzanne and John

Sarah & Neil Tilston-Roberts 11th February 2016

I just needed to take the time to thank Alethea and the team for a truly amazing day. We haven't been the traditional wedding planners, taking only five months to plan everything. Alethea was there every step of the way, reassuring us, and putting up with my crazy ideas.

The staff on the day were amazing. Becky, Rachel and Lewy were absolutely spot on. Nobody ever had an empty glass and we kept being told by our guests how good the food was!! The evening staff were brilliant too... Everyone was so friendly and nothing was too much trouble.

We loved our day from start to finish and really cannot put into words how fabulous it was. We would highly recommend the Cock O’ Barton to anyone wanting an amazing day that they will never forget!!!

Thank you guys, Mr & Mrs Tilston-Roberts xxxxxx

Kim & Mike Allen 23rd January 2016

Hi Alethea, Becky, Lindsey, Lewy, Rachel & everyone else involved in our wedding on the 23rd January.

Thank you to you all for making our wedding day the best day ever! – everything went perfectly! At every step of the way you’ve all gone above and beyond what’s expected to help us have the day we dreamed of. Compliment to the chefs who produced the most amazing food which all the guests were raving about. Huge thanks to Becky & Lindsey for co-ordinating all the big moments during the day and keeping us well informed and comfortable at every step of the way, and to Lewy and Rachel for continuing this into the evening.

Alethea, thank you for your support and guidance over the past 18 months, you’ve always made time for all our meeting requests and many queries and questions and helped us with even our most bizarre requests without batting an eyelid! I don’t think we could ever thank you enough! We will miss our frequent visits but will certainly try to pop in as often as we can and keep in touch

Love & best wishes Kim & Mike Allen xx

Ben & Claire 16th January 2016

Hi Alethea, I hope that you are well, Claire and I just wanted to drop you and all your staff an email to say thank you for making our day as perfect as it could be.

Colin and his kitchen team did an excellent job with the food, we’ve had nothing but compliments from our guests on the menu. Also all the waiting staff and bar staff were absolutely on point.

So yes a big thanks to them all and well hopefully see you again soon for a Sunday Lunch or meal again in the near future.

Warm Regards

Benjamin & Claire Findlay

Lucy & Sean 12th December 2015

Hi Alethea, We just wanted to drop you a message to say how wonderful Saturday was! The food was gorgeous, the place looked great & all the staff that were helping are just so lovely!

So many people said to us what a great place it is, hopefully we've recruited you a few new customers. Big, big thank you to you for all your help organising, Lindsey was brilliant on the day she worked her socks off & bubbly Rachel who took over from Lindsey in the evening was great as well!

Have a great Xmas if we don't see you before

Lucy & Sean Xx

Steve & Jenna Kemp 3rd October 2015

Hi Alethea, Jenna and I would just like to thank you for all your help in the planning and execution of our wedding. We could not have asked for anymore from you, you made the process an enjoyable experience which I never thought would be the case. Your suggestions and input were invaluable and we cannot thank you enough for what you did.

From the moment we walked in to the Cock O’ Barton you made us feel so comfortable and welcome, we both instantly knew this was going to be the right venue. We would be very grateful if you could pass our thanks on to all the staff with special thanks to Lindsey for looking after us so well throughout the day.

We had the most amazing day, one we will never forget. Our guests had a brilliant time and many commented how nice the venue is and how much they enjoyed the food. Some of our guests have been back to you since for meals and we too look forward to dining with you very soon and on our anniversary

Thank you again for everything

Steve & Jenna Kemp

Nick & Clare Lightowler 15th August 2015

Hi Alethea, On behalf of myself, Nick and our families I would like to say a huge thank you for hosting our wedding last month. Our day was absolutely perfect and that is down to the fabulous, talented and extremely attentive staff at the CoB.

We knew from our first visit that you and your venue were exactly what we were looking for, amazing food, a relaxed atmosphere and staff that seem genuinely invested in their customers having the very best experience. What was so impressive was that you were all able to multiply the same standards and attention to detail for our 114 day guests and additional 50 evening guests. The food was really absolutely beautiful, every single meal was CoB restaurant quality and that happens through commitment to high standards which must be challenging for such large numbers.

I would like to personally thank Alethea who made the planning of our wedding extremely special and very easy indeed, nothing was too much trouble and her ideas all contributed towards what was the very best day we could possibly have hoped for.

I could not recommend the CoB highly enough as a wedding venue, there is not a single thing I would change and the whole day far exceeded our expectations.

Kind regards and thank you to all at the CoB

Clare & Nick

Mr & Mrs Taylor

Hi Alethea, we wanted to thank you and the rest of the staff for all your help in the run up to, and on, our big day. We had such a lovely wedding and we have you and the staff to thank for a great deal. We have had so many compliments from our guests - the food, the set up, the arrangements, how the day went and this is all down to you.

Jane was absolutely fantastic on the day - kept us in check but she was a safe pair of hands and we knew we could relax because she would tell us what we needed to do, when and where. She was fab.

James, the bar manager, was also fantastic, sorting out the cake, our first dance and probably other things we didn't even notice. Plus he helped us gather all our things together the following day.

The staff as a whole were really helpful, very accommodating, polite and just great really. The chef did a great job with the food and I know you will get some of our more local guests visiting you again.

Which just leaves our sincerest thanks of all to you. You helped us plan the day to perfection and with Jane you decorated the rooms which looked absolutely brilliant. You have been really helpful and flexible which is just what a bride and groom need! We couldn't have wished for a better, more enjoyable day so thank you to you and everyone else for making it so special.

We will be back every now and again for lunches and dinners. The CoB is now a firm favourite!!

Mr & Mrs Taylor 23rd July 2015

Lucy and Afon

Hi Alethea, we hope you are well. We just wanted to write and say thank you so much for a wonderful wedding day!

Thank you for all your assistance with our preparations, you understood our vision and gave us the freedom to achieve it.

Thank you to both you and Becky for setting up all the decorations, we all enjoyed the days before the wedding so much more knowing everything was being taken care of. When we saw all the tables and decorations set up for the first time we were blown away with how wonderful it all looked, even better than we had imagined!

Please can you pass on our thanks to Becky and the team; the day was the perfect relaxed wedding we hoped for, all our guests loved the venue and the amazing food, thank you! Becky was fabulous on the day, she was always one step ahead making sure everything ran smoothly, we felt we were in very safe hands and we could enjoy the day fully with no worries!

Thank you again

Lucy and Afon - 15th June 2015

Clare & Dan Walker-Gordon

Hi Alethea, I just wanted to say a big Thank you (again!) to yourself and all of the great staff who worked on our wedding day.

We had a fantastic day and you, and all of you there at the Cock O'Barton have made the whole process very easy and stress free.

Everybody commented on how wonderful and accommodating you all were, we are so happy that we chose to have our special day there.

Once again, Many Thanks.

See you all soon!

Clare & Dan Walker-Gordon - 8th June 2015

Emma & Gareth Perrin

So when Gareth and I set a date for the wedding the hunt began immediately to find the perfect wedding venue to host our big day. Lots of venues were visited, and all dictated what we could and couldn't have for our day and how our big day would have to conform to a standard, one solution fits all, itinerary. Being two very laid back, relaxed people we knew that such demands from said venues were not demands we wanted to conform to. Not out of any disrespect to the venues in question, but simply just because it wasn't our style. The hunt continued.

Being lovers of good food, we were regular visitors to the Cock O Barton, and having started a conversation with our Jeweller about the hunt for the right wedding venue he suggested that we pay a visit to the Cock O Barton to talk potential wedding plans with them. Unbeknows to us, our favourite restaurant not only served up the most delicious food but hosted weddings as well. Result!!!

Immediately a meeting was arranged with the Cock O Barton's wedding planner and the excitment at potentially deciding on a venue was palpable! The minute we met Alethea Malone was the minute Gareth and I knew this was going to be the place we would celebrate our I Do's. Not only could they cater for our rather large number of guests but we could have any format of wedding breakfast and welcome drinks we wanted. It all seemed simply too good to be true...................it wasn't! There was no set format for food and drink, only menu suggestions that could be tweeked and added to as we wanted.

Deposits were paid and the countdown began. However, the initial countdown had to be extended because I had to have some unexpected heart surgery. As soon as we knew that the wedding would have to be postponed and told Team CoB, their "nothing is too much trouble" attitude shone brightly. We were told that it was no problem for us to transfer the deposit we had paid on the original date to a new one and if a new one couldn't be settled upon they would refund our deposit because this was all something completely out of our control. At a time when we were under a immense amount of pressure and worry, the way that our postponement was handled by the whole of Team CoB releaved so much stress that we will be eternally grateful for. Post surgery, get well messages flooded in from the team and when I was well enough, visits to keep sampling the goodies on offer resumed.

As the coundown began again, we had many meetings with Alethea to "discuss" wedding plans - not always out of necessity but normally just to have a lovely catch up with a lovely person in lovely surroundings. The 28th of March grew ever closer at record speed and conversations with Alethea increase at a rate of knotts to discuss how our day was going to pan out and how the venue was going to be laid out. Even in moments of melt down my end, she simply calmed me down and told me to come down and talk things through. Anytime I asked the question "can we do...." the response was always "of course", which meant that our day was developing in to something completely personal to both Gareth and I.

The morning of the big day arrived and Alethea and Matty turned up to Higher Farm B&B with sandwiches and fruit platters for the Bridal party ready to keep our strength for the few hours ahead before we could tuck into our relaxed BBQ at the CoB. After doing our stint in church our vintage bus turned in to the CoB to be greeted by Jane with two lovely glasses of fizz for us. She was completely windswept but it didn't matter, she was determined to stand there until we could get off the bus and sip away. As I stepped into the venue, the surroundings were more perfect that I could ever have hoped for and imagined - our loved ones were all mingling, picking their own seat as I'd insisted on not doing a table plan, and Team CoB were making sure that they had all picked up their welcome drinks from the beautiful display.

The tone was set, relaxation all round - a little bit of organisation by Jane to ensure speeches happened and food was served, but then the drinks flowed and the dancing and laughter ensued. Gareth and I were lucky to be in the presence of 180 loved ones on our wedding days but we were even more fortunate to be able to hold our wedding celebrations at a venue which felt like it was being hosted by dearest family memebers. Team CoB, we will be eternally grateful for allowing us the freedom to plan as we wanted yet you still managed to be the most caring, fun loving yet completely organised and professional team I have ever had the pleasure of being in the presence of. You made all our dreams, and more, come true and we feel truly blessed to have been able to do what we want in the most perfect surroungings. As our first dance said, it really was the greatest day of our lives.

To anyone thinking of planning a celebration, initimate or not so intimate, for anything important, Team CoB have to be the ones to plan it for you and make your dreams a reality. :-) xxx

Love Mr & Mrs P xx - 28th March 2015

Katie & Dave Humphries

From the moment we got engaged we always knew we didn’t want a traditional hotel wedding, where everything was packaged and looked much the same as everyone else’s wedding. We wanted the day to be personal and beautiful, whilst also being accommodating of our budget.

From the moment I first emailed to enquire about having the Cock O’Barton as our wedding venue, we knew this was the place for us and we never looked at another venue. The staff could not have been more accommodating of our ideas or plans.On the day of the wedding and, indeed, since ALL the staff could not have been more helpful or friendly. Nothing was ever too much trouble for any of the staff and this really helped to keep us calm and excited about our day without the stress many couples seem to have. When we now reminisce about our day, this relationship is one of our absolute highlights. I will never forget arriving at the venue, being met by Becky with a massive smile on her face and a large drink in her hand, who then congratulated us and led us inside to the most beautiful looking venue we could ever have imagined.

Alethea made planning our day an absolute breeze. She was on the ball with everything, very thorough whilst not beingat all bossy, which allowed us to really express ourselves in our day with the help of an expert who could give us ideas about how all our dreams could become a reality. We really could not sing her praises highly enough and know that the day we had would never have been what it was if it hadn’t been for her.

We had a very family orientated wedding and therefore the relaxed layout and gardens worked wonderfully for us, allowing the children to play outside and gave a real garden party feel to the afternoon of the day, which worked perfectly for us.

The food was simply fantastic and numerous people have said to us that it was the best food they have ever been served at a wedding. The fact that we could hand pick what we wanted suited us brilliantly as it meant that again, it was a personal day. In addition, we have a number of fussy eaters and even when we made last minute requests they were catered for foodwise and nothing was too much trouble.

Even now, after eight months after the event, family and friends still frequently comment about how wonderful our day was. Many people have said how amazing the venue was, a real dream wedding location. The atmosphere is also something that people still comment upon, and we put much of this down to the wonderful staff who all made our guests feel so welcome and made us feel like family. Even since the wedding whenever we visit we’re always made to feel special and that is something which we really cherish. Many people may never really visit their wedding venue again, whereas for us, it is a place where we can go and think about our day.

In this short review it is impossible to sum up just how wonderful our day was. We will never be able to thank all the staff enough for all they did for us in making our day so amazing, not just in how it looked, but also for how it allowed us and our guests to feel.

Thank you.

Katie & Dave Humphries - 9th August 2014

Charlotte & Luke Evans 25th April 2015

Hi Alethea Hope you are well. Just an quick one to say thank you so much for everything you at the whole team at Cock O’ Barton did for me & Luke on Friday & Saturday. It was the most wonderful day ever. Everything went so well and was run fabulously by Becky (she was a absolute star!) and by all the other girls & bar staff. We really cannot thank you all enough. The venue looked beautiful as well, you did a fab job of the chairs, cake & ceremony room for us! All our guests commented on how lovely the food was especially.

Thank you again

Mr & Mrs Evans :) xxxx

To all the great team at the Cock O'Barton

We would like to say a huge thank you to you all for making our wedding day such a perfect occasion. From first to last your friendly professionalism was outstanding helping to make our day such a joyous one. From Alethea and Jude with all their help and advice during preparations, to the service provided by Jane and Rachael on the day. Also the Manager, the chefs for their delicious food and the excellent service from the bar staff. We couldn't fault one aspect of your service, you are all stars!

Thank you so much again. We look forward to seeing you for future meals and celebratory occasions.

With warm regards and best wishes.

21st February 2015 – Ian & Ellie

Hi Alethea

Just wanted to say a massive thank u to all the staff who worked on the wedding, everyone was amazing and made the day so easy for us.

A huge thank you xxx

14th March 2015 - Adele & Matty

John even did the first dance so he must have enjoyed it!

Hi Alethea, Just wanted to say a very big thank you to you and your staff for everything you did for our party we had a fantastic time and the food and service was amazing. We have recommended you to everyone and from what people have said they will definitely be back to try your menu!

John even did the first dance so he must have enjoyed it!!

Many thanks again for all your help,

Kim & John

11th October 2014 - Kim & John

We would heartily recommend the CoB for a wedding

Hi Alethea, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and the team at CoB for making our wedding day such an amazing event. We loved every minute of it and the staff at CoB looked after us all so well. We would heartily recommend the CoB for a wedding ...or any party/occasion ....you are a great team!

A big huge thank you once again

Chris and Vanessa Rhodes xx

4th October 2014 - Chris and Vanessa

It really was the best of our lives...thanks to you!

Hello Alethea !!! I don't really know where to start, so I think the beginning may be best ! From the first meeting with you , we had made our minds up that the Cock o Barton was the perfect wedding venue. I didn't even look anywhere else, much to people's surprise, but I knew this was the best we'd find. Alethea, you made the whole process an absolute breeze, it was a real joy working out our wedding plans with you, with both of us feeling no stress at all. Nothing was a problem, you gave us the venue and said do what you want ! Your advice and calm attitude turned the planning of our big day into something really enjoyable, and also more importantly a day we could make our very own, the decor, the wine, and the food !

Wow, the food !! It was superb. It was such a buzz to see everything we planned and talked about come out perfectly, even better than we had imagined. Everyone said it was the best wedding food they'd ever had. It was creative, fun, delicious, and it said a lot about James and I, the passion we have for food, and inspirations from our travels. we just couldn't have got this freedom, and a brilliant chef anywhere else. It was great to see everyone tucking in, sharing, questioning, smiling, when the food was presented, dish after dish. James was particularly pleased with the shot of real ale and pork scratching ;) I just want to eat it all again !!

We also have to mention the staff, they were fantastic. Even more comments about them from our guests, asking us if we'd hired them in specially as they were so good !! We obviously already knew the high standard of customer service having visited you a few times. They are some of the most professional hardworking people i've seen in this industry. Constantly pleasant, nothing was a problem, and really eager to make sure everyone was having a good time. The lady that was running the show, apologies, I forget her name ! She was great, it was lovely for both us to just sit back and know all we had to do was just enjoy ourselves, we cant praise her and all the guys and girls who work there enough !!

It really was the best day of our lives, and thats all thanks to you ! Thank you Alethea, for not only being a complete pro at wedding organisation, great ideas, and how open minded you were, but for becoming what we regard as a friend, which in turn made the planning,the build up and the day itself so very special. I would do it all again, with James obviously ! tomorrow ! We loved it, and not only did we think it was the best day ever, our guests still talk about it, and say it was the best wedding they'd ever been to. That speaks volumes about the venue, the setting and all of you at the Cock O Barton, I just hope we have an excuse to hold another party there in the future. Until then, we really look forward to visiting you soon, the drinks are on us!

With love , Mr & Mrs Morgan xx

5th July 2014 - Caroline & James

Everything could be tailored exactly to our needs

From the moment we first met Alethea, we knew our wedding at the Cock O Barton was going to be everything we hoped for. Everything could be tailored exactly to our needs and nothing was too big an ask - including stringing 500 origami birds in the windows and setting up 40 paper windmills in pots for us on the morning of the wedding! That, plus the fact that the place is gorgeous and we knew we'd found our perfect venue.

On the day the team were amazing, ensuring everything went smoothly and getting us from ceremony, to drinks reception, to meal to evening reception without us ever having to think about timings ourselves. The food was delicious and all our guests loved that they were able to make their own choices (one month in advance) from a menu we'd put together. We loved that, putting together the menu, it was no issue whatsoever for the chef if we substituted ingredients we weren't so keen on for ones we liked and could even choose meals we'd had elsewhere and enjoyed for our menu.

We'd like to thank the Cock O Barton for making our day a truly special, personal and memorable occasion. We'd highly, highly recommend the place to anyone and can't wait to come back ourselves for dinner soon.

28th July 2014 - Donna & Matt

It all came together perfectly

Hi Alethea, Hope you are well. We just wanted to say a big thank you to you and the rest of the team. We had a fantastic day, couldn't of asked for anything better. Jane, Lewy and Rachel were amazing on the day, they made sure everything ran like clockwork. The rest of the team were also great, everyone was so accommodating. We had so many compliments about the food and how lovely the venue was.

Thank you for everything you did with the organising, it all came together perfectly. I don't know what to do with myself now I've got nothing to plan.

Thanks again for helping us have an amazing day.

All the best

Claire and Dave x

23rd August 2014 - Clare & Dave

From start to finish you have been so helpful

I would just like to say a massive thank you to you and all of the staff at the CoB for giving me and my husband the most amazing wedding day last Saturday. From start to finish you have been so helpful and friendly and I didn't have to worry about a single thing on the day as absolutely everything was taken care of. Everyone has been saying how beautiful the CoB was and how wonderful the staff were. The freedom you gave us to decorate the room was amazing and your constant fast replies to my emails were always so helpful. It was an absolutely perfect day!

Thank you!

Hannah & Ben

16th August 2014 - Hannah & Ben

We had a brilliant day, everything was perfect

Hi Alethea, I would just like to formally, sincerely Thankyou for all your help and hard work in making our wedding day what it was. You are a lovely lady with a wonderfully calm yet confident manner, I had no doubt that you would create the perfect day for us.

We had a brilliant day, everything was perfect, the ladies that looked after us in the day were a dream. In particular both Lyndsey and Amy, I know Phil has also emailed to express his thanks too.

Can I just say also that Amy was just brilliant with our youngest daughter Evie who can be quite A handful. Phil and I watched as Amy was just about to take her break in the late afternoon, Evie said to her 'so what are we doing next?' Instead of saying she was going to take a well deserved break, she replied...' come on then, what shall we do next' and they walked off together! She was a star!! So again, Thankyou to everyone!

Thankyou so much

Sue xxx

28th June 2014 - Sue & Phil

Everyone has commented how lovely the food is

Hi Alethea, I just want to take this opportunity to thank you all at the Cock o Barton for everything you guys did for our wedding. we had such a wonderful day. Everyone has commented how lovely the food is and also how fantastic all the staff were. You kept me sane being so organised in all my stresses leading up to the day, thank you for that we will certainly be coming up for many more meals and drinks, we love the place!

We go on honeymoon tomorrow morning, can't wait!

Thanks again,

Hannah

22nd February 2014 - Hannah & Nick

It is truly a fantastic venue

A fabulous venue with the most helpful, friendly and professional people - we honestly couldn't fault Alethea and the team at the Cock O Barton - our wedding day was perfect!

We chose the Cock O Barton as it has character and versatility plus we wanted somewhere we could have exclusive use without doubling the price when we mentioned weddings. Alethea and the team were very helpful throughout the planning stages, nothing was too much trouble and we always felt very welcome at the venue.

The food choices were delicious, varied and excellent value - so many of our guests said it was the best meal they had ever had at a wedding. The vegetarian options were much more exciting than the normal offerings in other venues and we were encouraged to adapt the dishes to best suit us and our guests.

On the day itself I left the decoration of the venue and tables to the COB team and it was done to perfection. The team handled the day very smoothly, ensuring that the room change around between daytime and evening was quick and they kept us to our schedule without being pushy. As the day went on we needed to be reminded of what was happening next as it felt like a whirlwind of pictures and glasses of Prossecco. We had lovely weather and some great photo opportunities within the COB and the surrounding village of Barton. There are also some beautiful places to stay in the local area.

The evening reception went on late and the staff at the COB remained friendly and professional at all times. I would love to do the whole day again as it all went so fast but as that's not possible we will definitely be returning to the Cock O Barton for meals whenever we can. It is truly a fantastic venue and I've had people - young and old - tell me it was the best wedding they have ever been to.

I cannot recommend this place enough - and we visited quite a few venues before we chose this one. If you want something a little different from the standard stately home/hotel conveyor belt wedding then this is definitely the place!

28th October 2013 - Mr & Mrs Davies

We were treated like royalty on our special day

Just to say a big thank you to ALL the staff at Cob Barton, including Alethea, Jane, Lindsey, Andrew and anyone I have missed out for Our Wonderful Wedding Reception on Friday. I cannot Thank everyone enough for all the hard work. The room looked beautiful and we were treated like royalty on our Special Day. Food was fantastic/delicious - thanks Chef ! - I will be spreading the word around about how fantastic you all are. Big Thanks once again x

16th September 2013

A totally bespoke wedding day experience

From the warm welcome the moment we entered The Cock O' Barton regarding our wedding we were confident that we would have our reception day there! We visited many venues to compare but non offered a totally bespoke wedding day experience that we actually wanted.

Alethea and the team were excellent through the months of preparation and throughout our day! Our Wedding from start to finish was absolutely amazing at the Cock O'Barton. Alethea and staff were always very warm, welcoming and friendly and certainly nothing was too much trouble. In fact, a large number of our guests commented on the great venue, staff and quality of food. They have been so impressed they have visited with friends and family for meals afterwards.

We would without doubt recommend the Cock O'Barton, for your wedding - we will always have fantastic memories of our wedding day and have gained some friends too.

9th September 2013 - Bev & Magnus

We were delighted with the service we received

Thanks Alethea, you and your colleagues right from the day we booked the venue have gone out of your way to ensure that everything ran smoothly, it means so much, we were delighted with the service we received. The chefs did such a fantastic job and everyone commented on how amazing the food was! Please pass on our sincere thanks. Nothing was too much trouble. Gavin and I can't thank you and your team enough. Thanks again!

17th August 2013 - Jo & Gavin

Everything was planned to perfection

Our wedding reception at the CoB was fantastic and we would highly recommend the CoB to anyone and everyone. Alethea was amazing from the first meeting we had to the day of our wedding. Everything was planned to perfection from the fabulous marquee to seat 150 guests which Alethea herself helped us decorate down to the small details such as the position of the napkins at everyone's place setting. Nothing was too much trouble for Alethea and her help was invaluable in arranging our special day. All the CoB staff on the day were brilliant especially Jane who made the day run smoothly and was extremely helpful.

The food was absolutely delicious and we had loads of comments from our guest on how tasty it was. It was also great to find somewhere that didn't pressurise us into having a certain set menu and price; we were able to arrange a fabulous menu within our budget.

We were very lucky with the weather on our day and had the whole venue to ourselves which was amazing. Our guests had a brilliant time and commented on the fantastic venue, the delicious food and the very relaxed atmosphere that you get at the COB. We'd like to sincerely thank everyone for making our wedding day so amazing and if you haven't chosen your wedding venue yet then look no further!

3rd August 2013 - Laura & Andy

Alethea and her team were excellent throughout!

From the moment I contacted The Cock O' Barton regarding our wedding I was confident that we would be married there! Alethea and her team were excellent throughout! Every little thing was followed to the 'T' nothing was too small or insignificant and the whole day ran soooo smoothly!

The value for money was excellent and I never thought I would find a wedding venue that would try and help me save money by making suggestions where £'s could be shaved!

The food was gorgeous, we had loads of comments about how good it was! I don't have a single complaint! They truely helped this bride to be, who didn't have a clue, pull off a perfect day :)

12th July 2013 - Emma & Jack

I would whole heartily recommend

Our Wedding from start to finish was absolutely wonderful at the Cock O'Barton. From the moment of looking at the venue for our wedding, to the actual Wedding Day, the staff were very warm, friendly and certainly nothing was too much trouble. All communication with the Wedding Co-Ordinator (Alethea) was brilliant, again nothing too much trouble.

On the day, well the weather was on our side, and the service from start to finish was exemplary. In fact, a number of my guests commented on the good service from staff and they were very impressed with the venue.

The Cock O'Barton is also good value for money, the food is yummy and plenty of it !!

I would whole heartily recommend any bride (and groom) to have their ceremony & wedding breakfast/evening do at the Cock O'Barton - we have very fond memories of our wedding day and even my husband said he would do it all again as the venue/arrangements were excellent !!

7th May 2013 - Donna & Simon

So attentive to our every need

A big thank you for all your help in making our special day a big success. From the moment we decided to got married here, you've been so attentive to our every need in organising the wedding and the experience has been amazing.

Thank you so much!

26th October 2012 - Mr & Mrs Peters

One word... PERFECT!

Thank you soooo much for making our day so amazing. Andy and I really cannot fault you or the rest of the team one single bit. We had such a lovely day and all our guests really enjoyed it - everyone loved the food and commented on how different it is to standard wedding venues...I just can't believe it was nearly 3 weeks ago! It's such a comedown! : (

Thanks again for everything!

Mr & Mrs Myers! x

The intimate venue provided the perfect backdrop...

To Alethea and team, we cant thank you all enough for making our day so perfect.

Weddings are generally quite stressful things to organise, but from the moment Jo and I first met you all, we felt extremely comfortable and relaxed, confident in your judgement and advice from start to finish.

The intimate venue provided the perfect backdrop to our special day.

Food was to die for and your staff left no stone unturned.

All our friends and family had nothing but positive comments and we would have no hesitation in recomending to anyone. Already planning a return and book us in for our anniversary!

Once again, huge thanks and see you all soon,

Dave & Jo

26th May 2012 - Dave & Jo Gill