Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely. We are licensed for civil ceremonies in the Assembly Hall (for up to 200) or in the Library on the first floor (for up to 100). For all civil ceremonies you will need to liaise separately with the Registrar to secure the date and there will be a separate fee payable to them. (Tel: 0845 1551002)
Receptions in the Assembly Hall can seat a maximum of 150 guests although we find that 100-120 is more comfortable. Guests are seated at 5’ round tables, with 8 -10 to a table, although you can choose to hire trestles or other tables if you prefer. The Hall is licensed for a maximum of 200 standing/evening guests.
The rate varies depending on the time of the year and the day of the week, ranging from £650 for a simple low season civil ceremony in The Library to £4250 for a full Ceremony and Reception Wedding Package in high season.
- All day set up time the day before,
- Room hire from 8am to midnight
- Terrace with fabulous views over the Salcombe Estuary
- Fully equipped catering kitchen
- 100 Chairs and 17 x 5' round tables, 13 additional trestles if required
- Modular stage (as much or as little as needed)
- White chair covers
- Starched white table linen, white linen napkins
- White china, cutlery, glasses for up to 150 (flutes up to 300)
- Support from the Cliff House staff in planning and preparation.
- All day Cliff House staffed bar
- Wine tasting if required
- Projector & sound system with microphone
- Room set up, room break down and all cleaning
That’s entirely up to you! We can recommend a number of very professional local caterers who offer a wide range of menus from a traditional wedding breakfast to a hog roast, and from canapés to cream teas, but you are not restricted to our suggestions - our well-equipped kitchen is available for use by whoever you choose to provide the catering. If you would prefer us to handle this aspect of your wedding we are happy to arrange catering on your behalf or you may want to take advantage of our seasonal packages. Contact us for more information and pricing.
We work closely with a local wine merchant to provide a range of wines for your special day and can organise wine tastings if required.
Our well-stocked, fully-licensed bar is staffed throughout your special day offering a selection of wines, beer, spirits and soft drinks. All alcohol is bought through Cliff House and we do not offer corkage.
Have a favourite beer or spirit? No problem, we can handle special requests and will be happy to order them although some extra charges may be incurred with unusual beers.
Absolutely! We will prepare the tables with starched white linen and the chairs with white chair covers: you are welcome to add as many bespoke touches as you wish. We can recommend local florists along with a range of event hire companies which specialise in all manner of table dressings, centre pieces, chair accessories, chair sashes, decorations, vintage china etc. We have a portfolio of photographs from previous Cliff House weddings and functions which illustrate the versatility of the Assembly Hall and may provide you with some inspiration for the layout for your own special day.
Of course. Our chairs etc do not suit every style of wedding and we have suppliers that we can recommend who can offer you different ones at an additional cost.
Our Duty Manager makes sure your day goes smoothly and we can recommend the services of an excellent toastmaster should you like one.
This is up to you – quite often the families and friends of the happy couple get involved with table and room decoration or you can arrange for your caterer to budget for this.
Normally, you will have the whole of the previous day to set up from 9am. Our property manager, Simon will be on hand to assist.
You are free to come in the next morning to collect any decorations, presents etc.
No problem – we work with a couple of great local companies who stock a range of marquees in different sizes and styles and who will be happy to give you a free quotation.
Of course! We can also provide a modular stage if there is space with your numbers. For smaller weddings – up to around 80 guests - there is ample room in the Assembly Hall for a ‘designated’ dance area: for larger weddings a few tables are removed at the appropriate moment to create space for dancing. Our licence permits music until 11:45pm.
Yes indeed - Cliff House has both a lift to all floors and a disabled toilet.
We do not have designated parking at Cliff House but there are 2 hour parking bays on the road. During weddings and the set up period, we do our very best to ensure that there are spaces saved for the bridal car, deliveries, the registrar etc. We can liaise with you about your requirements.
Yes, we can provide a quote for you from a local coach company who can transport your guests from the park and ride at the top of town or collect them from other accommodation and return them at the end of the evening.
Yes, but please keep it outside on the terrace.
We do not allow fireworks to be let off at Cliff House, (apart from sparklers on the terrace!) so you would need to consult the Harbour Office about setting them off from a boat. Tel 01548 843791. The beach opposite is privately owned and you would also need to ask the owners for permission before using it.
To secure a confirmed booking you need to fill in and return our booking form and send along with 25% deposit. The balance is due 4 weeks prior to your wedding date. At that time we also ask for a security deposit.
Of course! We would be delighted to show you around and discuss your requirements. Just call to make an appointment with one of our team.