Tastings at The Ashes

I can’t tell you how much we love hosting Tastings at The Ashes Wedding Experience Events. They offer us the opportunity to showcase some of our Head Chef’s new and innovative dishes, in addition to serving up some classic choices for a wedding breakfast.

Held in advance of your Personal Consultation meeting with us, we hope that by experiencing a number of dishes, you’ll find it much easier to select which dishes you’d like to serve at your wedding.


Your Invitation

You’ll get your invitation by email, directly from The Ashes, offering you a choice of sittings. The event takes place at The Ashes and you can expect to enjoy the company of around 80 to 100 other excited individuals at your sitting.

The Bride and Groom get two complimentary places for the Wedding Experience Event and wherever possible you’ll be given the option to invite up to an additional four guests for a nominal fee which gets added to your final catering invoice.

A Warm Welcome


Upon arrival at The Ashes you’ll be welcomed by one of their wonderful Event Managers who will give you a Tasting Pack which includes details of the dishes we’ll be serving on the day, The Cellar wines selected to accompany the dishes and space to make lots of notes!

Rediscover The Ashes

Before you’re invited to take your seats in The East Barn for the tasting, you’ll have the opportunity to explore and rediscover the beauty of The Ashes Venue. Perhaps you’ll be inspired by the variety of decorative suggestions placed by The Topiary Tree Florist; I love the way they decorate the dining tables with a different centrepiece on each, it’s fantastic.


Pick Our Brains!

The Ashes Events Managers will be on hand to answer any questions you might have, as will our team of experienced Wedding Co-ordinators so it’s an excellent opportunity to pick our brains whilst you’re enjoying the ambience of The Ashes, a glass of bubbly and a canapé or two.



The Tasting

You can find out which table you’re seated at by consulting the Table Plan hung in the anteroom, just as your guests will on your wedding day. Once everyone is seated, the owner of The Ashes, Ben Reeves will say a few words to welcome everyone before we begin service.

Please appreciate that with around 100 guests to serve it is not possible for you to choose which specific dish you’d like to try. Our fabulous team of chefs select a range of dishes to inspire and delight you and your guests.


We’ll cook around four different dishes per course and serve at least one example of each dish to your table. You won’t know precisely which dish you’ll get but hopefully you’ve brought close friends or family who don’t mind sharing.


Our Wedding Co-ordinators will talk each table through the dishes as they are served and answer any questions you might have.

We’ll always prepare a vegetarian option at each course and any specific dietary requirements you may have will have been communicated to us in advance so that we can make any necessary substitutions.


The Experience

We’re sure that you’ll have a great time at your tasting. It’s a fantastic opportunity to experience The Ashes full of excited people just as it will be on your wedding day; the warmth and ambience in this stunning venue is second to none.

Be Seduced

If by chance you’ve already chosen your wedding breakfast menu prior to the Tasting but then try something that simply blows your mind, don’t worry! You can change your wedding breakfast menu up to 21 days before your wedding. Just get in touch and we’ll make the changes.

Thanks to Stott Weddings for the photographs of the last Ashes Tasting Day.