Helpful Suggestions for Funeral Reception Venues

If you don’t want to take everyone back to your Loved One’s or your own home after a funeral, whether you are providing catering yourself, or requesting a “lay and leave” home service from caterers, then consider venues who will provide food and drink for yourselves and your guests.  Starting from £12+ per head with a minimum of 10 is not unusual to be quoted for a basic finger buffet menu including tea and coffee.

Thinking about these questions is useful before approaching venues:

  • Do I want sole use of a room or venue, or satisfied with the use of an area within a larger area (useful if a smaller gathering)?

  • Can people find it easily and is there plenty of parking?

  • What sort of food would I prefer?

  • Do I want a finger buffet or a sit down meal?

  • Do I want to include tea, coffee and alcoholic drinks?

  • Do I need waiter service to help with older and disabled people?

  • Is there good step-free access for older and disabled people, including adapted toilets?

Here are some venues that our customers have been pleased with:

Near to South Essex Crematorium, Corbets Tey

Shepherd and Dog, Harold Wood

http://www.shepherdanddogessex.com/

The Bridge Banqueting Suite, Hornchurch AFC

Venue Hire

Near Forest Park/Hainault/Chigwell

Hainault Forest Golf Club

https://www.hainaultforestgolfclub.co.uk/events-hall-essex

Two Brewers

https://www.brunningandprice.co.uk/twobrewers/homepage/

Prince Regent Hotel

https://www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk/hotels/hallmark-hotel-london-chigwell-prince-regent/meetings-events/celebration-of-life/

Near City of London/Manor Park Cemeteries and Crematoria

Golden Fleece Pub is closed.  More venues to be added, probably in Wanstead area.

Lay and leave caterers

Mrs T’s, Rise Park, Romford

https://www.facebook.com/MrsTsRisePark/

Self-Catering Halls

St George’s Church Hall, Harold Hill Chippenham Road RM3 8HX 01708 378310

http://www.stgeorgesharoldhill.org.uk/offices-and-hall-for-hire/

Noak Hill Victory Hall, Church Road RM4 1LD 

https://www.facebook.com/Noakhill-Victory-Hall-443115925842015/

Limited availability – Self-catering unique community venue for up to 60 people in a countryside setting, with off road parking.

More suggestions will be added on this page, but colleagues will be pleased to share more local knowledge and experience on asking.