May 2013 | Ideal Bride Magazine
The Five Arrows Restaurant with Rooms is a Grade II listed building, situated the gates to Waddesdon Manor. Built in 1887 by local architect James Taylor, the impressive structure features the authentic English style of half timbering, elaborate Elizabethan chimney stacks and wrought ironwork details.
The Five Arrows was originally used to accommodate the architects, craftsmen and artisans working on Waddesdon Manor; a visual masterpiece, designed in the style of a neo-renaissance French chateau. The magnificent buildings are nestled amongst perfectly manicured lawns and some of the finest Victorian gardens in Britain.
The Five Arrows, which takes its name from the Rothschild family emblem of a shield surrounded by five arrows, comprises of nine en-suite guest rooms and two suites. The rooms are named after different Rothschild houses such as Ascot, Exbury and Gruneburg. Original antiques from Waddesdon Manor have been used to elegantly decorate the rooms.
The European roots of the Rothschild dynasty inspire dining at The Five Arrows. The seasonal menus use fresh, local ingredients to produce modern European dishes such as Chicken & asparagus terrine, wrapped in cured ham with a Waldorf salad. The restaurant boasts an impressive wine cellar, with 70 percent of wines coming from the Rothschild vineyards around the world and dating back to 1868.
The wine theme is carried into the restaurant's elegant decor with oversized corks, magnum bottles and framed wine labels adorning the walls. The restaurant, which can seat 60, is divided into smaller areas, creating a cosy, romantic ambience. On warmer days, guests can choose to dine al fresco on the beautiful outdoor terrace, which seats up to 30, and overlooks the spectacular gardens.
The Five Arrows has a separate venue space, the Cart Shed. This is an atmospheric, rustic building, with its own bar, which overlooks the hotel's courtyard. Exposed oak beams, brick walls and flagstone floors evoke an idyllic rural charm in which to celebrate weddings, christenings or barbeques for up to 70 people.
An extension marquee can be added, creating seating for up to 100. The Five Arrows is licensed to conduct weddings and can perform the ceremony from just £350. For exclusive hire of the house and Cart Shed the price is £2,500, excluding food and drink.
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