We got married on Sat 24th March 2018 and decided upon the Garstang Country Hotel & Golf Centre for both our ceremony and celebrations. In fact, we booked two nights as we had family members travelling from around the UK, so chose to arrive on Friday afternoon and stay until Sunday.
From the very first time we viewed the hotel, we found the staff to be extremely accommodating and the hotel atmosphere relaxed and unpretentious. Our first visit was actually unannounced…. we just happened to be in the area, drove past the sign on the main road and decided to turn up the drive to have a quick look around and perhaps grab a brochure. The Manager on duty that day (Ian) spent over an hour with us, giving us a tour, brochures and answering questions, despite us having no appointment and him not actually being the ‘wedding co-ordinator’. Those excellent first impressions continued every single time we had cause to contact the hotel. Michelle the actual wedding co-ordinator was helpful and professional throughout the planning phase.
As for the big day itself…. we are honestly thrilled with every aspect of the whole wedding weekend. Everything went smoothly and the staff had a really calming influence, despite us being a bit stressed and nervous. Anne, the catering manager was an absolute star for the whole weekend. She always seemed to be there whenever needed and ran proceedings incredibly well alongside Chris the Hotel Manager. The rooms and décor were set up EXACTLY as we’d requested and the hotel also arranged for little surprise extra touches (such as engraved champagne flutes for our first toast immediately after the Ceremony).
A special mention needs to be made of the food. We’ve been to weddings and big events before and mass catering tends to sometimes be a bit disappointing….. Well not at the Best Western Garstang Country Hotel. Every single meal that we had, from the taster meal 8-months before the event, the 3-course meal on Friday evening, two breakfasts, the wedding meal itself and even the bacon and sausage barms for the evening…. EVERY SINGLE MEAL was of an excellent standard. And frankly, bearing in mind that the prices are not as expensive as some of the other local comparable 4* hotels, I think this offers excellent value for money.
All of our wedding guests had an equally good time.. comments we received were that the hotel was lovely and relaxing, rooms nice and clean, views lovely, decent bar prices (not overpriced like some hotels) and staff friendly and eager to please. Our room (honeymoon suite) was lovely, spacious and the bed very comfortable. We actually had the Bridal Suite for both nights.... the hotel set it up for the Bridal party on the Friday night, complete with Super King size bed, pull-out sofa bed and a third camp bed for the Bride and all the Bridesmaids, and there was still plenty of floor space left... it is huge!! (The groom stayed in his own separate 'Executive' room on the Fri night). The hotel then 'turned' the Bridal Suite room round whilst we had our ceremony, ready for the Bride & Groom on the wedding night.... complete with 'swan' towels on the bed.
The golf course itself is also lovely to play. We received a free 18-hole round for 4 as part of the wedding package and the Groom took this offer up with his best man on the Friday morning before the rest of the guests arrived. We also used the course for a few photo opportunities during the wedding, which resulted in some great photos, but was not good news for the Bride’s dress or shoes – no matter, it’s not like they’ll get worn again!
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Garstang Country Hotel for your wedding or special event.. we’re sure you won’t be disappointed. less