Hosting a gathering for close friends and family after a funeral service can be an opportunity for reflection and remembrance, where those present can take the time to appreciate the life that their loved one has lived.
However, not everyone will be able or willing to take guests back to their own home, or that of their loved one. Whether the prospect of catering for people is too stressful after organising a funeral, or you simply do not have the space, it may be worth considering funeral venues that will provide food and drink for yourselves and your guests.
Catering for a funeral reception need not be extravagant, with menus at funeral reception venues often starting at around £12 per person with a minimum of 10 guests attending. These menus can be as simple or as intricate as your budget allows, from a finger buffet menu with tea and coffee to a full three-course meal.
Some useful questions to keep in mind prior to organising venues and funeral reception locations might be:
Here are some funeral venues that our customers have been pleased with:
|Near to South Essex Crematorium, Corbets Tey|
|Shepherd and Dog, Harold Wood|
|The Bridge Banqueting Suite, Hornchurch AFC|
|Ingrebourne Links Golf Club|
|Near Forest Park/Hainault/Chigwell|
|Hainault Forest Golf Club|
|Prince Regent Hotel|
|Near City of London/Manor Park Cemeteries and Crematoria|
|The Golden Fleece|
|Lay and leave caterers|
|Mrs T’s, Rise Park, Romford|
|Self-Catering Halls in Havering|
|St George’s Church Hall, Harold Hill Chippenham Road RM3 8HX 01708 378310|
|Noak Hill Victory Hall, Church Road RM4 1LD *|
* Limited availability – Self-catering unique community venue for up to 60 people in a countryside setting, with off-road parking.
More funeral venues and funeral reception locations will be added to this page. Please ask one of our colleagues for further funeral reception suggestions based on local knowledge.