North Somerset pub offers new wedding venue – a tepee

PUBLISHED: 07:00 10 March 2018

The White Hart's tepee.

The White Hart's tepee.

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A North Somerset pub has unveiled a new wedding reception venue for couples looking for something a little different – a teepee with a firepit.

Food made by the on-site patisserie.Food made by the on-site patisserie.

The White Hart in Weston-in-Gordano can host more than 100 people for wedding breakfasts and receptions in the 10-metre high teepee.

Chris Yeatman, who co-owns the pub with her husband Mike, said: “We’ve had a few requests for wedding parties here before, so this year we decided to launch the teepee as a wedding venue officially.

“Brides and grooms can choose from bespoke garden event menus including buffets, hog roasts and huge paellas. Some even like to have pizzas.

“Our on-site patisserie also bakes tailor-made and unique wedding cakes – everything from macaroon towers to very grand affairs.”

The White Hart's tepee.The White Hart's tepee.

The garden has four distinct areas, including an open-air pizzeria kitchen, a bar and rum shack.

Chris said: “The third tier houses our large central teepee, which is very striking and quite a talking point. It also has a raised undercover dining snug.

“We know people just love to host their weddings, eat, drink and socialise outdoors and we ensure they can do that here, even if it’s windy and raining.

“We appreciate that regardless of the British weather, wedding guests need to be warm and dry, so we have created amazing year-round spaces outdoors which are just perfect for brides and grooms looking for something really different for their receptions.”

The White Hart's tepee.The White Hart's tepee.

Chris and Mike took over the White Hart in 2015, following a two-year closure and have invested in the business.

She said: “It was once a good, village local.

“Sadly, for 10 years it suffered neglect. Gradually its custom ebbed away.

“In January 2013, it closed its doors and was empty for the next two years.

“We took the site on as a wreck in 2015 and have since invested significantly in the building and the business and have now created a ‘destination’ or ‘go-to’ food pub serving the three towns we sit between, as well as holiday travellers seeking refuge from M5 motorway queues.

“We are also ardent supporters of the community and hopefully have helped rekindle some of that fondness people had for the pub.”

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