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The Bedford Hotel

The Bedford Hotel

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The Bedford Hotel

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  • All-inclusive West Devon wedding venue
  • Historic hotel in centre of Tavistock
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • 3 function rooms dedicated to weddings
  • Intimate celebrations or lavish affairs
  • Evening receptions for up to 150 guests
  • Talented chef, delicious wedding cuisine
  • 31 individually-designed bedrooms
  • Exclusive-use option recommended

The Bedford Hotel is located right in the centre of Tavistock, a historic West Devon market town. The hotel dates back to the early 18th century and still retains many of its original features. Couples hosting their wedding celebrations at the venue are also invited to enjoy the gorgeous hotel grounds, showcasing its delightful walled garden and a glorious stretch of riverbank.

Exclusive-use weddings are an attractive option at The Bedford Hotel, or couples can instead choose either a full or a bespoke wedding package. The bridal suite is offered with compliments when a full wedding package is selected. The venue maintains its civil ceremony licence, but there are two churches in close proximity should you prefer the formal C of E marriage service.


Tavistock itself has a long history, growing up around the town's Abbey, the richest in the South West, and was granted its Royal Charter in 1105. It's a well-known local fact that the Benedictine monks are to be given credit for Devon's famous Cream Teas!

The inn was first mentioned in 1719, and it is thus named after the Duke of Bedford who was Tavistock's feudal landlord. In the early 19th century the building was renovated by Jeffry Wyatt - the famous Regency architect who redesigned Windsor Castle.

1822 saw the completion of the newly-revamped hotel, and the ballroom was added in 1830. It was for some time a satellite of the international Forte dynasty, but is now in private ownership and boasts an enviable reputation as Tavistock's premier hotel.


Gallery 26 Function Room

This well-lit and contemporarily-styled room is ideal for wedding celebrations yet still retains the historic significance of the hotel. It features mood lighting, and a glass wall looks out to Tavistock Abbey Chapel, providing a highly unusual blend of old and new.

Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 100 Guests
Evening Reception Capacity - 150 Guests

The Woburn Room

This suite features wood panelling and electric lighting, and has a splendid view of the hotel frontage and the church opposite.

Civil Ceremony Capacity - 90 Guests

The Tavistock Room

Perfect for an intimate wedding breakfast, The Tavistock Room is oak-panelled, with hand-painted ceiling and ornate fireplace. Cosy and personal, a firm favourite with small wedding parties.

Wedding Breakfast Capacity - 24 Guests

Exclusive use of the hotel and its walled garden and grounds is available from 11am on the morning of the wedding until 11am the day after, during which time the entire property is all yours.

Catering And Accommodation

With the help of the wedding coordinator and chef, couples are invited to choose their own menu from a huge array of options.

The chefs make the most of locally-sourced, seasonal produce in the creation of their delicious wedding breakfasts. They have years of professional culinary experience and are well aware of the pivotal role played by wedding breakfasts in the overall day.

The hotel can also serve a dressed buffet selection for couples requiring a less formal meal. Drinks packages are available to order, with varying options depending on personal preference.


The Bedford features 31 individually-designed rooms, including glamorous four-poster suites with spa bath, characterful double rooms, spacious ensuite family rooms and cosier single rooms.

Use of the bridal suite (one of the deluxe four-poster examples) and ensuite dressing room is included in the wedding package.

To book this venue, use their contact details listed below.

The Bedford Hotel
1 Plymouth Road
PL19 8BB
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