Venues The Elephant at Pangbourne
The Elephant at Pangbourne
  • 19th century hotel in Berkshire
  • Host civil ceremonies, wedding breakfasts and/or evening receptions
  • Capacity maximum of 150 guests
  • Gorgeously decorated with an Indian-Empire theme
  • Basic, ultimate or bespoke package options
  • 22 luxurious rooms available
  • Friendly and relaxed atmosphere

The Elephant Hotel is a 19th century, exquisite, Indian-Empire themed hotel located in Berkshire. It is a four-minute walk from Pangbourne train station and six and a half miles from Reading town centre. It has facilities for your wedding ceremony, breakfast and evening reception with lavish accommodation for you and guests if they would like to stay the night.

This hotel is licensed for up to 150 guests offering a basic and ultimate package to help take the stress of planning away. Alternatively, you can create your own bespoke package tailored to your needs. The hotel is dog friendly with at least four bedrooms if needed.


Originally called The Elephant when first opened in the late 19th Century it has returned to its roots when it re-opened two years ago after four months of refurbishment. It is beautifully decorated and furnished with the Indian-Empire in mind.

Their ethos is 'to create and sustain a genuinely friendly and relaxed atmosphere', which is helpful when organising and hosting an event as stressful as a wedding. The staff aim to help you wherever they can.


The Elephant Hotel has a range of lavish function rooms to accommodate various capacities, which are Indian-Empire themed featuring ornate rugs and delicate fabrics. They have a small car park plus a large, public car park nearby.

The Elephant Room

The Elephant Room has civil ceremony and wedding breakfast capacities of up to 132 guests as well as an evening reception capacity of up to 140 guests standard or 160 guests with exclusive use. This particular room also has its own bar.

The Christoph Room

The Christoph Room has a civil ceremony capacity of up to 76 guests and a wedding breakfast capacity of up to 60 guests.

Garden Temple

The Garden Temple has a civil ceremony capacity of up to 132 guests standing or 60-70 guests seated.

Outdoor Marquee

They also have the amenities for an outdoor marquee for a wedding breakfast of up to 140 guests within their beautiful gardens.


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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