Talbooth Restaurant

A stunning riverside location perfect for every kind of wedding

Enjoy a Riverside Wedding
at Talbooth Restaurant

Set beside the natural beauty of the River Stour lays one of the finest wedding venues in Colchester, Talbooth Restaurant, where you can enjoy your special day in stunning surroundings.

Providing a magical setting for any wedding, whether dining in the riverside restaurant or dancing in the Marquee on the upper terrace, the setting is picture perfect. The restaurant has a civil ceremony licence for up to 130 people in the River Room. This is a beautiful room which looks out onto the river Stour, terrace and perfectly manicured lawns. By getting married in the River Room followed by a wedding breakfast in the marquee which means that the wedding party has exclusivity of  Talbooth Restaurant during the day from their ceremony until early evening.

With the hire charge starting from £1,000, the Marquee on the upper terrace, with its unrivalled position beside the river Stour offers a flexible space and is perfect for an intimate wedding for 50 as well as a larger party for up to 150 guests.


“I just wanted to drop you a note to say how incredibly happy and grateful we were with the service, food and the whole wedding planning service you provided on Friday. And also in the months leading up to the wedding. We had the best day ever and my whole family said that the team at Talbooth Restaurant couldn’t not have done any more to make the day more perfect.”

E & T


Recline with a true sense of relaxation as you settle in for the night in our exclusive accommodation.


Our chefs use great ingredients and imaginative menus to create incredible dining options for your wedding.


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Picturesque setting beside the River Stour in Dedham, Essex

Three wedding venues – the Weavers Room, the River Room, or the Marquee

Licensed for civil ceremonies at nearby Talbooth House & Restaurant

Fantastic wedding menu options to suit all tastes

Over 60 years’ experience of wedding planning in Essex

Dedicated chefs and front of house team

We love weddings at Talbooth Restaurant

We want to make sure your day is perfect. Scroll through our timeline below, so you know what to expect when you work with us at Talbooth Restaurant.

Talbooth Restaurant Wedding Facilities

Capacity 50-150 guests
Accommodation Available at Talbooth House & Spa, Milsoms and Idle Waters
Traditional Marquee Yes
Manned Bar Yes
Microphone & Background Speakers Yes
Civil Wedding License Yes
Catering Multiple menus
Church Yes
Available for Hire Yes
Wheelchair Friendly Yes
Events Manager Yes

Rooms at Talbooth Restaurant

The Weavers Room

Perfect for an intimate wedding reception, the Weavers Room has capacity for 30 guests and is catered for by the same great team responsible for Talbooth Restaurant. Situated on the first floor of this award-winning restaurant, the original wooden beams and ornate windows help create the character you’d expect from such a historic location.

The River Room

The River Room is ideal for wedding parties and can welcome up to 80 wedding guests. One of the few wedding venues located close to Colchester and set beside the river Stour, this contemporary and stylish space boasts a superb beamed dining room and opens out onto a riverside terrace.

The Marquee

The Marquee on the upper terrace, with its unrivalled position beside the river Stour offers a flexible space for an intimate wedding for 50 as well as a larger party for up to 150 guests. One of the few wedding venues located close to Colchester, this contemporary and stylish marquee is perfect for a spring and summer wedding.

How to get here

Come and visit Talbooth Restaurant to truly appreciate its beauty.

Talbooth Restaurant enjoys a picturesque setting beside the River Stour, nestled away in the heart of Constable Country.

Take in the stunning views of Dedham Vale and the beautiful Essex countryside as you experience great food and great service. Close to Colchester, this fabulous Dedham restaurant is just five miles from the train station at Manningtree.

Talbooth Restaurant

01206 323150

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Talbooth Restaurant: Gun Hill, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HP.

If travelling from London, turn off M25 at Brentwood onto A12. Continue on A12 towards Ipswich, bypassing Colchester.

Take the left exit signposted “Stratford St Mary, Dedham and Higham.” At the bottom of the hill, continue round sharp left bend, Talbooth Restaurant is immediately on the left.

If you’re travelling from Ipswich, take the A12 until you pass the sign to East Bergholt, continue down hill and take left exit to Stratford St Mary and Dedham. Then take the next right turn to Stratford St Mary.

Continue through village to other side, over the river Stour, and Talbooth Restaurant is on your right next to the river.

If travelling from Colchester High Street, continue onto East Hill and over the mini roundabout to East Street before turning left at the next mini roundabout onto Ipswich Road. At the next roundabout, take the first exit, then the second exit onto the A1232, signposted Harwich A120.

Continue along this road until merging onto the A12, signposted Ipswich. After 2.5 miles, branch left then merge onto Ipswich Road. In half a mile, bear right onto Gun Hill. At the bottom of the hill, continue round sharp left bend and Talbooth Restaurant is immediately on the left.

An invitation to view this stunning wedding venue

You have heard what we have to say, and now we’d love to show you around and help you to imagine how your wedding day will take place.

Please contact us here to arrange a date, or simply run a few questions by our team. We are here to assist you and make your special day perfect. We hope to hear from you soon!

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