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The Elephant at Pangbourne
  • Exclusive use
  • Special offers available
  • An eclectic 19th century boutique hotel in Berkshire
  • Wedding packages designed around you
  • Outdoor wedding ceremonies
  • An exquisite collection of dining options available

This 19th century eclectic boutique hotel is nestled in the heart of the historic village of Pangbourne. The Elephant Hotel is the perfect setting for your dream wedding in Berkshire. Conveniently located only a short walk from the beautiful River Thames and only six miles from Reading city centre.

The hotel can host weddings for up to 132 guests or there is a charming church next door, The Elephant Hotel strives to create unforgettable celebrations which are fun, informal and designed around you. Explore the romantic secret gardens available for outdoor wedding ceremonies and celebrations, relax in cosy log-fire lounges, discover quirky interiors and beautiful light filled spaces - a unique setting for your wedding.


Located in the picturesque village of Pangbourne in the beautiful county of Berkshire, The Elephant Hotel has remained a focal point for the community since it first opened its doors to the public in the late 19th century. The hotel was originally a meeting hub for locals, known at the time as 'The Copper Inn' and still is centuries later as The Elephant. Intimate weddings or grand celebrations are perfectly at home at the boutique hotel.


The boutique hotel is quirky, romantic and has plenty of beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces to suit your specification.

The Elephant Room

This beautiful, spacious room has a separate bar and can host an indoor ceremony and wedding breakfast. Its neutral decor will match any theme!

Ceremony capacity - 140 guests
Wedding breakfast capacity - 132 guests

The Herd Restaurant

The steak restaurant is a brilliant space for intimate ceremonies.

Ceremony capacity -76 guests
Wedding breakfast capacity - 60 guests

Outdoor Ceremonies

Say 'I Do' in the beautiful 'Garden Temple' which can host civil ceremonies for up to 100 guests. The intimate English gardens are the perfect backdrop for your special day. The team also have the amenities to cater for outdoor marquee celebrations.


The Elephant Hotel offers in-house catering providing a drinks reception in The Lounge, which features original fireplaces and comfy sofas with a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink options from Pimm's, beer, sparkling, red, white, rose wines or apple/orange juice or water.

They can provide canapes for your drinks reception, wedding breakfasts in the form of three or more course meals as well as evening food such as nibbles, a buffet, a barbeque or hog roast. In addition, they are happy to offer half of an adult portion of any dish for children.

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The Elephant Hotel has three options in terms of packages.

'Made for You' Package

This is their basic package and includes:

  • Three course wedding breakfast including coffee and wine
  • Glass of Pimm's or Prosecco
  • Evening bacon roll or sausage bap
  • Stationery - printed menu cards, place cards and table plan
  • Silver cake stand and knife
  • Menu tasting for bride and groom
  • Wedding coordinator
  • Accommodation - bridal suite for the night of your wedding
  • For a minimum of 60 daytime, adult guests
  • Saturdays and Bank Holidays - £99 per person
  • Sunday to Friday - £89 per person
''s all taken care of' Package

This is their ultimate package and includes:

  • Accommodation for the bride and groom, as well as their parents prior to and on the big day with reduced room rates for wedding guests
  • Makeup and hair, flowers, stationery, resident DJ and lighting
  • Exclusive use of the hotel and venue decoration including 11 centrepieces
  • Wedding cake, stand and knife
  • Menu tasting, canapés, four course wedding breakfast, evening buffet and more
  • Champagne reception and toast drinks and wine
  • Photo backdrop with Polaroid Camera with 70 prints, wedding frame and photo guest book
  • Dedicated wedding co-ordinator with three full pre-wedding meetings
  • Priced at £16,999
Bespoke Package

Alternatively, you can create a bespoke package choosing a venue hire option and catering options of your choice with the added extras of:

  • Exclusive use of the venue - £1,400
  • Garden temple ceremony - £350
  • Canapés £6 for 3
  • Signature cocktail - £6 each
  • Extra course - £10 per person
  • Upgrade from evening baps to a barbeque - £11 per person

The Elephant Hotel has a few choices with regards to accommodation. They have a total of 22 rooms ranging from chic rooms that feature a super king sized bed, classic doubles and classic singles, all of which are elegantly furnished with handcrafted Indian furniture and en-suite bathrooms. Room rates include breakfast the next morning.

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  • Joanne and Jason 29/09/2016

    Such a lovely hotel. Had our wedding here and it was perfect. Couldn't fault the staff, the rooms or the food.

  • Martin - 29/09/ 2016

    Myself and Kerstin have been coming here now for well over a year. We regularly stay and have found the standards to be consistently high. To cap it all off we hosted 100 people here for a wedding on 4 August 2016. There were also around 12 guide dogs and 23 blind people. The staff were superlative. Everyone went out of their way to help us and our wedding was one of the best days of our lives. The food is generally great and everyone commented on the high standards. Thank you elephant management and staff with special thanks to Freddie, Paloma, Claire and Lizzy.

  • Kat and Scott - 23/06/2016

    We got married at The Elephant in October and it was the best day ever! The team is fantastic, they were so supportive during the planning and on the actual day. All our guests loved the place, the service, the food. You created such a relaxed atmosphere for us, we didn't feel we had to think about anything. Highly recommended! Thanks for everything.

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