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:

  • Do I want sole use of a room or venue, or am I satisfied with the use of a section within a larger space? This may be useful if the gathering is a small one, but you may also want some more privacy.
  • Can people find the venue easily, and is there plenty of free 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 funeral venues that our customers have been pleased with:

The Bridge Banqueting Suite, Hornchurch AFC
Ingrebourne Links Golf Club


Near Forest Park/Hainault/Chigwell
Hainault Forest Golf Club
Two Brewers
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.


We are a family-led business offering funeral services in Essex since 1958.

Please contact us at any of our four funeral homes, Harold Hill, Hainault, Harold Wood, Collier Row, for any queries, support or advice regarding the funeral planning process.