Venue Named among the Best in the UK by Evening Standard

Ellingham Hall has started the year with a bang, having been listed in the ‘top 50 best wedding venues in the UK’ as shared by the Evening Standard.

Created by industry heavyweight Bridebook, the wedding planning platform directory listed Ellingham fifth in the UK above well established names including The Ritz London and Fulham Palace.

Hamish Shepard Founder and CEO of Bridebook said; “ Our team have searched high and low to find the absolute crème de la crème of venues – and these are the best we believe Blighty has to offer for 2020.”
The publication comes as a great start to the year following the success of the venue in 2019 with multiple award wins both on a regional and national scale.

Rachel Barlow, Marketing Manager at Ellingham said; “What a start to the year! Over the last 12 months we’ve worked hard on building the Ellingham brand and showcasing how truly special the venue is when it comes to offering two-night fully exclusive weddings. To be highlighted on a national level so early on in 2020 is a testament to the entire team and their efforts over the last 12 months.“

To see the full article by the Evening Standard please >click here< 


Connect Health choose Ellingham Hall for away days

When managers from Newcastle-based Connect Health were looking for a venue in the North East to host their annual 2-day management retreat, they had no problem in making a decision.

That’s because they chose Ellingham Hall last year and enjoyed our welcome, facilities and location so much they decided to return.

As well as the serious side of the business, which includes discussing strategy and planning for the year ahead, the team always make time during their stay for fun and celebrations too.

The event saw senior managers from Connect Health also enjoy a Christmas party on the evening before staying on overnight to enjoy fun team-building activities the following morning.

Chief People Officer Lisa Davidson explains: “We use Ellingham as it’s the perfect, exclusive setting for strategy planning for our senior team and it’s a lovely relaxed environment to host our Christmas party too. On the second day we organised a murder mystery fun day before departure.”

“We were working in teams and had two ‘deaths’ to investigate. There were lots of clues to work out whodunnit! It’s a great team-building activity across functions so it means you’re working with people on the mystery that you may not normally work with closely on a day-to-day basis.”

Lisa said that the rural, private location and warm hospitality from everyone here at Ellingham was a big deciding factor in returning for the second year.

“We were so well looked after the first time. The team here catered for our needs and the food and hospitality is great. The location is also perfect as we’re based in the North East so it’s not far to travel and need to get everyone together in one venue with suitable high-quality accommodation. We’ve had the same warm welcome and efficiency this time and we’re delighted with this year’s event.”

The thorough planning that takes place between Connect Health’s team and Ellingham Hall, helped managers decide to return for the second time.

And it was such a success, it looks like the senior management team from Connect Health will be heading our way again for Christmas 2020!


Prom pupils entertained by our peacock!

Proms are a big part of life for school pupils these days. And a group of students and teachers from Berwick Academy enjoyed the unique setting of Ellingham Hall during their special event for leavers.

With a red-carpet welcome and mocktails for the group of 60 who made the short trip south, it really was a special occasion.

While you would expect students to enjoy the chance to “bust some moves” and let their hair down, no one quite expected that our resident peacock would be such a huge hit.

Head of Year Jess Angus wrote to us after a fantastic evening and said: “I do owe an apology to the resident peacock… I didn’t realise that a bird would fascinate the students as much as he did.”

The chapel was dressed in gold and black for the Prom and a Northumbrian hog roast fed the peckish pupils.

We had lots of fun welcoming the students. It was good to see them making the most of the fun photo booth, while others took the opportunity to chill in our reception rooms and out in the grounds.

Jess added: “Our Prom was amazing, and I honestly cannot thank your staff enough for the trust and professionalism you had with the students and myself.

“The students had the ‘run of the place’ and they really liked the ability to be able to go and sit somewhere quiet, wander around outside, chill on the roof terrace or have a good dance on the dance floor. I’ve always highly rated Ellingham Hall as a venue and it has exceeded any of the high expectations.”

We’re always happy to make a Prom something extra special! What else would you expect at Ellingham?

With great food options from only £15 per person, a seamless service and space for up to 140 students and staff, we’ll help make your prom, a night to remember! 

To request more information on our prom packages, please call the team on 01665 568118 or email info@ellingham-hall.co.uk

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Chef’s Dish of the month – August

Plum Clafoutis and Clotted Cream

Cook Time – 20-30 mins

Serves – 8 persons



900g x British ripe plums

4 x free range eggs

1 x teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 x heaped tablespoons of plain flour

100g x whole milk

150g x double cream

50g x caster sugar

50g x flaked almonds

20g x clotted cream



  1. Pre heat oven to 160°C
  2. Grease the inside of the ramekins with butter then roll sugar around and coat well
  3. Cut each plum into 8 pieces and remove the stones
  4. Share the plum pieces out between all 8 ramekins or small pots
  5. Whisk eggs until fluffy, then add all the other ingredients and mix into a smooth batter
  6. Place ramekins onto a baking tray and fill them ¾ full with batter mixture
  7. Top with flaked almonds and place in an oven for 20-30 mins until they are cooked in the middle
  8. Take out of oven, cool then serve with clotted cream


February Wedding Open Afternoon

Join us for our Open Day on Sunday 2nd Februrary from 11am till 2pm and explore the multi-award winning, elegant and entirely exclusive Ellingham Hall.

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