Can not mark this hotel any less than 5 out of 5! A stunning venue for a stunning wedding. Although we didn't stay over in the rooms so can not comment on the hotel rooms I can comment on how fabulous the entire day was. Have several special mentions for those of the staff who I noticed made the day amazing and were there constantly making sure the day ran smoothly which I'll get to later. First of all if you're wanting a beautiful outside wedding here is the place, the terrace towards the back of the hotel is the perfect place with a lovely view just down towards the river bank. The wait between the ceremony and the meal was a tad long however staff were on hand providing drinks, and different types of canopies which were delicious so made it not seem quite as long which takes me to the food! Absolutely amazing! The chef at the Valley Hotel is outstanding, every single meal we had was incredible. Well done chef! Staff who provided us with our meals and cleared them away were also well trained and polite young waiters, whoever is in charge of training! Well done to you, each and every one of them is fantastic and a credit to your hotel! Many people have a bad outlook on young people however these young waiters and waitresses truly are some of the friendliest and hard working staff I've come across in a long time. After our meal there were several pictures taken and then a polite young lady I think her name was Jess invited us from the bar area to a large function room at the top of the hotel. The room was beautifully set up and a dj was in the corner set up. A buffet was then served by a new set of waitresses and a couple recognisable faces from the afternoon, surprisingly the staff managed to keep the lines manageable considering the way in which they were serving looked extremely tricky so again props to the trainer! The food again was delicious even for just a small buffet and staff were again on hand to swiftly clear away the leftovers which we had. Finally we were left to just enjoy the rest of the evening, which we did!, whilst occasionally seeing the odd staff member making an appearance to check if we were still OK and the room was still tidy. So back to my special mentions, the first is to the lovely Jess that I mentioned earlier who seemed to be running the wedding, (perhaps the wedding manager?), she was a star! She had all of her staff in the right place at the right time and so the wedding went completely perfectly! Next is to a young waitress who forgive me if I get it wrong but I know it was an L, Im sure it was Louise? I'm sure she knows who she is if she sees, she was there from the beginning it seemed and worked throughout tirelessly, very pleasant young lady who had a delightful conversation with me when I approached her. Whilst serving us was she was very friendly and made sure we had everything. Lastly there was another girl however I didn't catch her name as she was only there for the buffet and then disappeared unlike the others who I had the honour of speaking to but I would still like to mention her. If I remember she was a brunette and rather petite? Fabulous! She was also extremely friendly and was well trained alike the others with customers. When anything ran out she was extremely efficient at making sure it was restocked which helped the buffet run smoothly. They were all just as good as each other and the team work shown was second to none, you can tell with this group of staff that they are genuinely lovely and want their customers to have the best day possible at their hotel.
Overall, this hotel is fantastic and I can not recommend it enough! There were other staff working that day however I've only mentioned the few I saw but I'm sure the others were just as amazing! The venue is spectacular and beautiful. Will definitely be coming back, even if it's just to try out some more of their amazing food down in the restaurant! Can't wait. Keep up the incredible work Valley team! less