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Beese's Riverside Bar

  • Beautiful Bristol based riverside venue
  • Offers wedding receptions on Thursdays and Saturdays
  • Nestled beside a wooded stretch of the River Avon
  • Haven of tranquillity dating back to 1846
  • Enjoy the 50 minute scenic trip from the city centre
  • Unique, informal, alternative reception option
  • Two marquees and large riverside decking area
  • Reputable in-house catering team

Offering a haven of tranquillity outside of the city, this unique Bristol based venue is situated beside a wooded stretch on the banks of the River Avon.

Offering wedding receptions on Thursdays and Saturdays, this is the perfect relaxed and informal hidden gem for your wedding celebrations.


Founded in 1846 by Mrs Anne Beese, Beese's Tea Rooms was a refuge for travellers and workers using or crossing the river.

During the Victorian age visitors would take their tea in the house or on the terrace in front and it is still often referred to as a Tea Garden today. Customers were rowed across the river in an open boat and before World War II this crossing cost just one penny.

Beese's has recently been listed in The Guardian's Top 10 Best Waterside Pubs 2018.


On Saturdays the two marquees and decking areas are available for private hire for weddings and functions and combined can accommodate a maximum of 150 guests.

The rest of the premises remain open to the general public. On Thursdays, Beese's is available for your exclusive use, including the bar and gardens.

Two Marquees

With space to seat up to 100 guests for dining, the main marquee provides the perfect blank canvas for your wedding theme and décor.

The smaller attached marquee is ideal for serving buffet style wedding breakfasts, housing your wedding cake and any casks of local ale if you wish!

Wedding breakfast capacity on Saturdays - 100 guests in marquee
Reception Capacity on Saturdays - 150 guests
Wedding breakfast capacity on Thursdays - 100 guests in marquee with additional seating for 50 guests on riverside decking, further seating in garden
Reception Capacity on Thursdays - 200 guests

The riverside decking area is mostly covered by large parasols and perfect for serving welcome drinks and canapés.

Private Hire

Private hire includes the following:

  • Use of all furniture in hire areas
  • Dedicated member of staff for your party
  • Cutlery, crockery and tableware
  • Use of your own mp3 player through the marquee PA
  • Space for a band/DJ
  • Midnight extension on request


Offering informal buffet options, the in-house catering team are dedicated to providing food of the highest quality using locally sourced produce and West Country suppliers.

The team are committed to sustainability, using organic and fair trade ingredients wherever possible. They also offer an extensive range of vegan and vegetarian options and always cater to dietary requirements.

The team also provide extensive drinks menus and canapé choices.

If you would like to find out more, you can contact Beese's Riverside Bar by email or visit their website.

Beese’s Riverside Bar Ltd
Wyndham Crescent
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