Getting Hitched at The Crazy Bear
Based on my previous ‘Honeymoon in Morocco’ posts, it probably won’t come as any huge surprise that we recently got married. Where we got married is a little bit more unusual in the traditional sense – The Crazy Bear.
We have long been fans of The Crazy Bear at Stadhampton, having stayed there for my birthday some years ago. We fell in love with it then as a wedding venue, and set about making that a reality.
Opting for a 1920’s ‘Gatsby’ theme – really just to inform the stationery and décor, and to give people some fun options should they decide to go the whole hog and dress to suit.
We booked a year or more in advance, not because it was entirely necessary, but my wife, Anna, plans events as part of her day job and organised everything with military precision. As part of the booking, we were entitled to a free menu and wine tasting, and could also opt into The Crazy Bear Members Club (for an additional fee).
I’m sure you have all been to many weddings where you get nothing more than a choice of a meat or vegetarian dish, and end up with some roasted-to-within-an-inch-of-its-life chicken for the privilege. Not so with The Crazy Bear. As part of the package you get a choice of three (yes, three) dishes for each course. When doing the menu tasting, be prepared. You will be served three full sized plates of each of the dishes. We shared this between two of us, and had to be wheeled out of the restaurant.
The food is fantastic. Of particular note was the roast rump of lamb, which everyone was raving about. It can be challenging enough to cook lamb perfectly for one person, let alone nearly 60. Every single portion served was beautifully pink, and wonderfully tender.
The attention to detail with regards to the service was also impeccable. All the waiting staff placed each person’s plate on a single table simultaneously. There was no fuss, no panic, and they seemed to anticipate our every need.
The wedding venue at The Crazy Bear Stadhampton has recently been refurbished. It comes complete with its own bar, a separate log cabin (which we used as a green room for the band), private woods to the rear and heated outdoor terrace.
Special mention goes to Guy Leighton-Rees, the events manager for The Crazy Bear Group. He was on hand at every stage in the lead up and couldn’t have been more helpful. Anna was starting to panic a little in the last couple of weeks of lead up. One sit down with Guy demonstrated just how under control everything was. All was considered: prioritisation of rooms for guests, additional mirrors for make up, special cocktail requests (for me…), food for the band, the works.
The Crazy Bear is not your typical luxury hotel. I can only describe it as bonkers. Which suits me
quite perfectly. The décor is extremely individual – think padded velvet walls, black marble, copper bath tubs at the end of the beds – and this may not be to everyone’s taste. For us, however, we couldn’t have asked for a better wedding venue and team to help us celebrate our special day.
If you’re looking for an alternative wedding or party venue, be sure to check out The Crazy Bear.