We got married at the Royal Castle on Friday 2nd August. I'm writing this review 3months later so have had time to reflect and am not just on a post wedding high. It truly is 5star.
We had our wedding Reception at the Royal Castle Hotel, but Lucy, one of the managers helped us to arrange the whole day as we are not from the area. Nothing was too much trouble for either her or Michelle, either on the lead up to the wedding or on the actual day. Michelle went above and beyond her call of duty to look after my disabled mum, and Lucy made us feel like no request was too silly. i kind of designed my own menu/dessert which i know may have caused the chef a bit of a headache but it really did add to the personal touch service that you get at the Royal Castle. Between the reception and river cruise the staff worked tirelessly to transport our flowers and bunting onto the boat so that we didn't have to pay for two lots of decorations. Michelle from the hotel came to the booking office the day before to help with the wedding rehearsal and to make sure everything went smoothly on the day -,which it did- thanks to the staff at the Royal Castle it couldn't of gone better.
Considering we got married at Churston Booking Hall, then hired the observation carriage of the steam train to take us to Dartmouth, followed by the reception at the hotel and then the night do on the river boat, we felt we got extremely good value for money in the absolutely beautiful location of Dartmouth. There were even dolphins in the harbour which made it even more magical. I especially like how glasses of wine/sparkling cider were constantly topped up for those who were drinking it rather than being provided by the glass. For me, there is nothing worse than seeing full glasses of wine being wasted!
Back to the food. Canapés on the platform were fantastic and there were plenty. The Crab and fresh bread for the starter was to die for. We all had fish, chips and mushy peas for the main course - it was an absolutely massive portion! You got two pieces of fish each! I think the kids portion would have been enough for me! Complements to the chef and the service team as guests commented that from the top table being served to the last table (around 60 portions) it only took around 7mins. Which for that amount of food to be served still piping hot is incredible really. The dessert of Eton mess (served in an ice cream cone) was lovely, and I was told due to us being seated later than expected (through no fault of the hotels) the chef had had to redo. Which we really appreciated. We selected a cheese platter and local chutneys for the evening reception, which again was fab. Personally I would have liked some Brie on the platter but it's a minor thing. As we area own by our friends as cider drinkers we really wanted cider to feature at the wedding. Lucy was able to recommend sparkling rose cider on the platform and sparkling cider for the toast and on the boat. All produce was local which was really important to me.
Overall, if you're looking for a unique wedding venue with second to none service and food,at a reasonable price considering the average price of a wedding, I would 100% recommend the Royal Castle. My only minor disappointment, which I'm sure is not down to the hotel but other regulations, is that the river cruise finishes too early. The party was only just getting going when it was time to disembark! We really needed a couple more hours! However, I must also say a huge thank you to Steve and his crew, on the Dart Explorer, who went out of his way to pick up and drop off guests throughout the evening.
A massive thank you to all involved. It was certainly the best day off my life and a huge majority of the guests have said it was genuinely the best wedding that they have ever been too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The award-winning Royal Castle Hotel is in the centre of Dartmouth with its cobbled streets, intriguing shops and famous restaurants and bars. Looking out over the River Dart, this 17th-century building offers bright, airy rooms, free Wi-Fi and a stylish restaurant. There are 25 en suite rooms, all of which are individually decorated. Many of the rooms have river views, four-poster beds, spa baths and 15 of our rooms have air conditioning units as well. Every room has a TV, radio and tea/coffee making facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Royal Castle Dartmouth
- Hotel Royal Castle
- Royal Castle Hotel Dartmouth, Devon