Below is a general update from Cambridgeshire Registration Service. Customer Contact As always at this time of year we are experiencing a very busy time post-Christmas with ceremony booking enquiries, both for this year and several years ahead, and it seems timely to issue a few reminders to help us to help the customers we share: We recommend that when talking to customers, you advise them that the sooner they book with us (which they can do as soon as they have decided on a potential date with yourselves provided they are legally free to marry / form a civil partnership) the more likely it is that the time they want will be available. We already have bookings going in for 2019 /2020! As we take bookings so far in advance people booking at relatively short notice (for example for peak season Saturdays this year) are understandably sometimes disappointed with the times still available, but we have to deal with customers on a first come first served basis. When discussing with your customers please encourage them to be flexible around the times that work for you too. On the booking form (available on http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/info/20103/ceremonies/17/marriage_and_civil_partnership_ceremonies), it gives the opportunity to give […]
A-Z of Entertainment
From magicians to sport tournaments. Get your wedding entertainment covered with these unique ideas… A is for… Abracadabra! Consider hiring a magician for your wedding reception. If you’re thinking it’ll be too much like a child’s birthday party with rabbits and top hats, then think again! Many magicians perform mind illusions and close-up personal magic tricks, which can be specifically tailored to complement your event, and are certain to captivate all your guests. B is for… Burlesque Burlesque performances don’t have to be a strip show! They can be sophisticated and entertaining – especially if you’ve chosen a chic retro wedding theme. Hiring any sort of dancers is a cool wedding idea. C is for… Casino Place bets and try your luck at your very own Vegas-style casino. This works as a great icebreaker because guests will be able to mingle and interact with each other as they play. While the money may not be real, the entertainment is priceless and your guests are guaranteed to have a fun evening! D is for… Dressing-up box Nothing’s easier than having a dressing-up box as the entertainment at a wedding. It’s not just kids who love dressing up, and after a few […]
Rain… We’ve got it covered!
Well the Summer in 2016 doesn’t appear to have fully arrived yet. So the big question all Brides out there will be thinking is… what happens if it rains on my big day? The first thing to remember is that a drop of rain shouldn’t spoil any of your day. At Sheene Mill we do have a marquee to cover all your guests and you are covered in the pavilion of course. Also it is very unusual for a rain shower to last more than a few minutes at a time which means that it is possible to dodge the clouds with your timings. To hire our marquee we always require 72 hours notice and charges apply. We believe that the marquee is a beautiful addition to a wedding and fits in well with the beauty of the venue. There are also other options you can consider for a wet wedding such as supplying your guests with wellies, white umbrellas and a mac – what a great photo opportunity! Ultimately the registrar has the final say as to whether the ceremony can be conducted outdoors or not. Fortunately at Sheene Mill we have the ability to move your ceremony indoors with […]
Schedule for the Day
Sheene Mill are extremely flexible around your needs and requirements and have put together this schedule as an example of how we find the best days run for both you and your guests. We want to ensure that you have enough time to enjoy your day and do not feel pressured or rushed at any stage throughout the day. Speak to your wedding coordinator and they will be able to guide you through the whole process. The most important thing to remember is that THIS IS YOUR DAY! 14:15 – Arrival of guests 14:45 – Guests seated ready 15:00 – Ceremony 15:30 – Reception Drinks & Canapes 16:00 – Photo Opportunities 17:00 – Wedding Breakfast & Speeches 19:00 – Evening Guest Arrival 20:00 – First Dance & Cake Cutting 00:00 – Carriages Await 14:15 – Arrival of guests You don’t want your guests to arrive too early but you want to allow enough time in case there is any unexpected traffic. You may wish to request your guests to arrive even earlier if you plan to arrive by wedding car so that your guests don’t see the bride before the ceremony. The venue will always assist guests who are late and attempt […]
Sheene Mill: As Seen On Channel 4
Couple’s heartwarming wedding tale is subject of Channel 4 documentary The documentary, called ‘The Wedding Day’, will air the day before Valentine’s Day ‘The Wedding Day’ documentary will be shown on Channel 4 on Monday, February 13, from 10-11pm. A SNEAK PREVIEW OF THE WEDDING DAY The heartwarming story of a woman who took on a picturesque wedding venue her parents had run, and later married her husband there, will be the subject of a new television documentary. Serena Jordan (previously Saunders) took over the Sheene Mill, a stunning 17th century mill in Melbourn, four years ago after her parents divorced in 2006 and the mill ended up in administration. The 28-year-old, who said she was “pretty much raised waiting tables”, said the decision to take on the venue was easy as the building is close to her heart. The tale of the venue take-over, and the wedding, will now be the subject of a Channel 4 documentary, called ‘The Wedding Day’, which will air the day before Valentine’s Day. Serena told the News : “Being a building close to my heart, my partner Adam Jordan and I decided to take on the Sheene Mill ourselves. “Four years later and […]
Frequently Asked Questions
Some useful information before saying ‘i do’ at Sheene Mill Venue Name: Sheene Mill How many guests can be catered for at one time? 110 for a sit down meal, 110 for buffet style. How many guests can be catered for with an Evening Reception? 200. Are we licensed for Civil Ceremonies & what is the maximum capacity? Yes, we have three licensed ceremony areas. The Outdoor Pavilion & Lawn for up to 110 people; The Main Banqueting Room for up to 110 people and the Garden Conservatory for up to 35. Will you have a dedicated Wedding Planning Team? Yes, we have experienced wedding planners who help you with the whole planning process. You will also be invited in for a ‘Planning Meeting’ where all details will be covered. Will you have an Event Manager on the day? Yes, you are allocated an Event Manager who will be there for your ceremony and wedding breakfast. There will always be an Event Manager on site throughout the whole of your day. Do we offer exclusive use? Yes, you can have the whole building and grounds all to yourself. Is all the furniture included in the price? Yes, all chairs, linen, cutlery, crockery, glassware, tables […]
Garden games for big kids
What better way to entertain your guests at your wedding than a selection of giant / garden games, these can be used indoor or outdoor and will keep your guests entertained throughout the day and into the evening. Our range includes giant connect four, jenga, and many more traditional games created in an entertaining giant scale. If you would like to know more please call us on 01763 261393 or email [email protected]
Create a Signature Cocktail for Your Wedding Your reception menu is set and the cake design is picked. It’s time to focus on drinks. Add a personal touch to your bar menu by choosing a signature cocktail. Pick a drink that stars your favorite liquor, matches your color scheme, or just sounds delicious. A bonus for the budget-conscious: You can save on the drink tab by offering wine, beer, champagne, and just the signature cocktail, rather than a full bar. Most good venues will allow you to create a signature cocktail with enough notice. At The Sheene Mill will take great pleasure in doing a little something different to make your day perfect. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking… Cranberry Kiss Follow your first kiss as husband and wife with a delicious Cranberry Kiss. Spiced and sweet-tart, this Captain Morgan rum and cranberry cocktail gets a lift from a dash of collins mix. Sparkling Sangria Tradicional Sangria, a punchlike concoction made with sweetened red wine and fresh fruit, is perfect for summer weddings. Have the bar prepare this celebratory variation, which includes champagne. Smirnoff No. 21 Pomegranate Martini This signature cocktail is the perfect marriage […]
Decorating your venue
Although a wedding is really about the ceremony, for many of your guests, the real wedding begins at the reception (i.e. food + dancing + open bar = serious fun). For the bride and groom, the reception is usually when they get to relax and let loose as well, but the planning of the reception is anything but relaxing, especially if you’re trying to stick to a strict budget. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to save money on fun, elegant, and memorable decor. Here are some inexpensive wedding reception decoration ideas. Save Money on Wedding Reception Decorations Use White Christmas Lights Many people use white Christmas lights all year round on their back porches as a simple and elegant decoration. And these lights can make a beautiful addition to any wedding reception venue! They can be placed around tables, around the cake, or in potted plants. If you don’t want to use Christmas lights, consider lanterns instead. Tie Ribbons Seat covers can be expensive to rent and a lot of work to make. Instead of using seat covers, get some beautiful wide ribbon to tie on the backs of the chairs to add some elegance and spruce things up. Ribbon is a […]
It’s approaching that special day… Valentine’s Day. We thought that we would put together 50 strange and wonderful proposal ideas for those people who like to do things a little differently. Enjoy… 1. Choose a favourite place—whether it’s a fountain, hotel rooftop, monument or national park—that has personal significance to the two of you. Once you’re there, ask someone nearby to take a picture of you together, and instead of posing, drop down on one knee. 2. Have a choir, brass band or drum line show up for a surprise performance of your fiance-to-be’s favourite love song in a park or public location for your proposal. For a really personal touch, ask the performers if they can incorporate your fiance’s name into the lyrics. 3. Get in touch with the stage manager of your favourite production and propose after the cast’s curtain call. Call ahead and see if you can have a special note or ad placement added into the playbill, so you have a keepsake of the proposal. 4. Arrange a surprise proposal with a street caricaturist. Have the caricaturist sketch a picture of you two with word bubbles that say, “Will you marry me?” and “Yes!” 5. Ask […]
The perfect canapés
Nothing says ‘Welcome to our celebration’ like a glass of bubbles and a moorish canapé, served by smiling waiting staff. Sheene Mill have a delicious selection of hot, cold, and sweet canapés made from the freshest of seasonal and (where possible) organic ingredients. You won’t see a chipolata or cheesy pineapple stick in sight because all our canapés are mini taste feasts, in quirky packages, designed to start a conversation, flirtation and celebration. Canapés can be supplemented with more substantial bowl food for a heartier meal or to feed the midnight munchies.
Naomi & Simon’s Blue Theme
PHOTOGRAPHY Courtesy of White Gold Photography My brief for yesterday was pretty much one word FUN! Naomi and Simon planned a fantastic outdoor wedding at Sheene Mill in Royston, right on the Hertfordshire/Cambridgeshire border and they wanted a really relaxed day. The weather looked a bit iffy to begin with, but cleared enough for the ok on the ceremony being in the garden. Naomi had based their theme around teal blue, from the pale teal of the cake to the gorgeous dark teal and iridescences of the peacock feathers that run through all the finishing touches, including the button holes, cake topper and bridesmade Amy or feather duster as it quickly became known. This was brilliantly complimented with nods’ to Simon’s love of golf, and golf balls and marker flags were also in evidence. Every one had an amazing day at this beautiful old mill, from the ceremony to the first dance it was all about the love and laughter of family and friends helping this lovely couple celebrate their very special day.
Quick Fire Wedding Planning Tips
Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone on call 24/7 in the run up to your Wedding to let you know what you should be doing and when, to have them haggle the best price for your Wedding flowers, to tell you where to get the most amazing cake from and to near enough do everything and anything that is remotely linked to Weddings? Well unfortunately for some or should I say the majority of us, we don’t have this luxury so we have to rely on good ol’ common sense, the world wide web and our trusted friends and family. To help you along the way, here’s a few thoughts to get you going and to give you even more to think about. 1. Set your budget – know your limits, don’t splurge for the sake of it We all know Weddings aren’t the cheapest things in the world and as much as you try to be strict with yourselves when you decide to pay an extra £100.00 for the photographer to stay for your first dance and an extra 50p for cute little favours and extra money behind the bar for everyone to get even more drunk on […]
How we choose our suppliers
There are lots of people that help make The Sheene Mill a magical experience. We believe that working with local traders, businesses and suppliers adds to the unique feel you get when you visit. We get to know our suppliers and believe that this ensures that consistency and quality is always delivered for every event. Working with DJ’s that we know get the crowd up and dancing, getting fresh produce from local suppliers and the decorating of the venue from local florists ensures that we will get the very best service… Our suppliers never let us down! We are always interested in meeting new and exciting businesses that can help contribute to the experience. Please get in touch with us to discuss things further.
NEW Online Bookings
You can now book rooms directly through our website. You are guaranteed the best rates direct through our website and will receive an instant confirmation of your booking. The process is extremely simple and only takes 60 seconds to complete. All of our room types and rates are available to choose from including our new suite. We also have a notes area so that you can make any special requests just like you would over the phone and we will do our best to honour these. You can still of course call us on 01763 261393 and we are more than happy to help you and handle the more difficult requests.
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Food Lovers Friday
Treat yourselves to our bespoke, luxury tasting menu, complimented by a bottle of Champagne and handmade chocolates to enjoy after dinner, an overnight stay in one of our beautiful, superior rooms, followed by breakfast in bed the following morning... £275
My Wife and I recently had dinner at the Sheen Mill. It is many years since we last went there. I must say that it was an excellent experience. The food was amazing absolutely fine dining. Good selection of wine for all budgets. All of the staff were 100% on top of their game, and for sure they had all been trained to a high standard which reflected on their performance. We will be back very soon. Mrs. Den P (Saffron Walden)
Absolutely fabulous! The staff were extremely attentive, the food was incredible and the grounds were lovely. Definitely will go back. Mrs. Tara K (Oundle)
It had been ten years since we went to The Sheene Mill. We were greeted warmly by the current owner in a warm and friendly manner that you would expect with this type of Restaurant. Service and quality were excellent, a little “rest” time in-between the starter and the main which was cooked to perfection and exactly as we had asked for it. if you want to be spoilt this is the place to do it. Mr Justin Casemate (Cambridge)
All members of staff were polite and attentive. Now for the food. We had ordered 2 mains and 2 desserts. My wifes meal was lamb rump and was perfect. She said the best she had ever tasted. I had a piece of the lamb and had to agree. I had the pork which could not be faulte. My dessert of raspberry tart was very good and my wifes cheese board was one of the best we have ever been served. We will be returning many times. Camtrek (Cambridge)
We went to the Sheene Mill to celebrate my daughters birthday. There were five of us and we all had a fantastic meal. Presentation of the table was lovely, staff very attentive and food fabulous. Would highly recommend, especially for a special occasion. Lovely setting and very individual. Hadhams78 (Hertfordshire)
My party was the 25th July. This venue was superb. A big thank you to Emma who organised everything. The food was superb, the venue lovely, especially at night, lovely gardens. The staff were excellent. I have had so many comments from my guests on what a fantastic day. Thank you Sheene Mill for making this a very special day for me. Mrs Julie Lean (Cambridge)
Was taken for Sunday lunch with friends, a warm greeting meet us on arrival and we were shown to the conservatory, unfortunately on our visit the weather was bad and so we could not appreciate full elegance of this setting. To sum up a modern day presentation of old school elegance and excellent service in a gorgeous setting. Top marks to chef Ivor Morgan and the young serving team. Jabba1965 (Biggleswade)
We had an intimate family wedding here in June. It was wonderful. The food was fantastic – Lamb with dauphinoise potatoes, perfectly tender! The setting was beautiful – fantastic gardens. And to top it all off the staff couldn’t be nicer! The hotel and restaurant are a recipe for success. Thank you to all the team, you have given us memories to treasure for the rest of our lives! Mrs Rebecca S (Hertfordshire)
We used the Sheene Mill for our works do. The venue was great and helped me organise a 3 course meal with a Champagne reception outside over looking the water. Great food and lovely setting. L4ur4852 (Cambridgeshire)
My wife & I booked a table for lunch to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary following a recommendation from friends. The service was excellent, but not intrusive, and the food was delicious. Both were beautifully cooked. Also the setting of the mill added to a very enjoyable lunch. We will certainly be visiting again. Nickpa67 (Walkern)
We visited this extraordinary venue yesterday for a lunchtime meal with family and friends. The star though was the meal and the service. The meal was one of the best I have ever had.The food was delicious, and the attention to detail wonderful. The service was really top class – friendly and atentive but not intrusive. We do not live close but will definitely be back – really hughly recommended. Mrs Jeannie K (Carshalton)
Confident about the quality of service and food, we took friends here last weekend for a Saturday evening dinner. We were not let down, great hospitality super service and quality food as usual. Everything is prepared fresh and cooked to order. The restaurant is going from strength to strengtH. Getabout01 (Cambridge)
Following the death of my darling husband I wanted to ensure his funeral/life celebration was something special. On the day the food was delicious and plentiful, the setting perfect, the staff attentive without being “in your face”, the room was set up just as asked for with the bits I had wanted placed on the tables. I would not hesitate to recommend. CambridgePudding (Cambridge)
We arranged a surprise afternoon tea for my mother who was 90. The food was super and the tea and coffee just kept on coming. The attention to detail was excellent and the staff were very attentive. I wouldn’t hesitate in going again and thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wishes for a dream location for any event. VALERIE880 (Cambridge)
Our wedding last month exceeded our expectations, and everything about The Sheene Mill made it a truly magical day for us, from the chic and elegant interiors, to the amazing food, and the wonderful staff. As a wedding venue, we give The Sheene Mill our highest recommendation. Esianr (Cambridge)
Went for a friend’s 40th Birthday treat and could not have been more impressed. I went for one of the specials which had ingredients I am not usually fond of. However, I was very pleasantly surprised, it was delicious and cooked to perfection! Flavour combinations you could never have imagined all presented beautifully and served by fantastic waiting staff. I love, love, loved it and can’t wait to go back!!! CARSALS (Hitchin)
Sheene Mill hosted the Wake after my fathers funeral. From the initial enquiry to the end we were treated with such care and attention to detail. Once I had decided on afternoon tea and wine the whole event was organised very professionally. Everyone was delighted with a warm welcome from the staff and impressed with the food wine and service. An emotional day in a wonderful setting. Sarah W (Cambridge)
I have been to the Sheene Mill a few times and never have a bad word to say about it. The staff are always friendly and helpful. There is also a great selection of food and drink; it makes it the perfect place for a special occasion (they were great helping me organise my best friend’s hen do) or just a nice meal out. The beautiful grounds are also a big plus point. I would highly recommend this restaurant to my friends and family.
We went to Sheene Mill on Christmas Eve for a birthday celebration. We have been many times before and it has always been lovely but the food this time was eve better than usual. Our waiter Sigmar, was charming as usual and helped make it a really special occasion. Definitely one of the best in the Cambridge area. Judy G (Cambridge)
We visited Sheene Mill last night, 22 November had a fantastic time, great food, excellent staff and a good night all round. Ian P (Welwyn)
Myself my partner and another couple went for dinner at the Sheene mill this weekend and had a fab meal. The staff are always very friendly and attentive. The atmosphere was lovely and the food was delicious. We had such a lovely evening and were made to feel so welcome we didnt want to leave. Will be coming back very soon! Francesca R (Cambridgeshire)
My friends and I visited the Sheene Mill for a midweek lunch. We were lucky with the weather and were able to sit out on the deck for our meal which was perfect as there were 4 ladies and 4 buggies so plenty of space! There was a set lunch menu which was very good value and offered a good selection of dishes! I will definitely be returning. HelenaM83 (Cambridge)
The grounds are stunning and the hotel is full of character. We finished the evening off with a pot of coffee at 12.30am in the snug after an evening of dancing. The rooms are lovely with fantastic views over the gardens (you just have to watch your head with the low beams!). If you are considering The Sheene Mill as a wedding venue , then look no further, it was perfect for us. Hadhams78 (Hertfordshire)
Had the most amazing wedding day at The Sheene Mill, the staff were just fantastic. Serena and Jordan went above and beyond with being so helpful and caring. It truly was a dream come true, the venue is so beautiful and Emma made sure the whole day ran smoothly and took all the stress away. I am just so glad I had such a fabulous venue for my fairytale wedding!! Thank you xx
If anyone wishes to book a wedding, you cannot go wrong in choosing this hotel. The location is perfect, splendid setting by a river. The food they supplied was fantastic, the conservatory was nicely decorated and Emma and her crew worked really hard to give us a fantastic wedding reception for our son and his new wife. Very well done to one and all. 10 out of 10. Alan N (Dereham)
Thank you to Emma, John, Jose and all the team who worked tirelessly and cheerfully to give us a magical wedding day. Our requirements were unusual – 17 guests for the ceremony and around 90 in the evening for the party. Many venues wouldn’t consider our request; the Sheene Mill accommodated perfectly and gave the best food! So glad we chose the Sheene Mill and wishing you continued success.
Really enjoyed a weekend stay there recently; the rooms, food, grounds are beautiful! Just as important, the staff were very helpful and friendly, nothing seemed a problem to them to try to accommodate your wishes. I certainly recommend the place and with family in the area, it will be my first option when i go back to the area in future. Just wish i could have stayed longer! stevebarr2015 (Coventry)
Lovely hotel in a peaceful setting; we were greeted by friendly and professional staff on our arrival. We then enjoyed a great nights rest and a delicious breakfast in the morning. Only stayed for one night but would have happily stopped off for more if time allowed. Highly recommended. Mr G (London)
Stayed for one night. Staff incredibly friendly, lovely room with a great view. Spacioos, comfortable beds and very clean. The food was great, quick service and high calibre, just what I needed! Would definitely stay again and plan to in the not too distant future!
I stayed here for one night with some friends. Had a great time, lovely food and the staff were really very friendly. Try and visit during the afternoon and enjoy the stunning scenery. Would recommend and will definately be coming back. Might even bring the wife. amiakeyorasemikey (London)
Normally I only visit the Sheene Mill at weekends but as I’ve always had such a great experience I took some clients, and once again the whole experience was throughly enjoyable. Thanks to all the staff for their help to make the evening go so smoothly! Kipz (Northamptonshire)
We stayed here for one night and had dinner and breakfast. All the staff were friendly and in the morning breakfast was spot on too, all high quality produce again cooked well. The room we stayed in was comfortable and big enough with a beautiful view over the gardens, couldn’t fault it. german_kermit (UK)
Have been eating at the Mill for over 25 years, a most beautiful setting which the current owners are making the most of with some very tasteful out door lighting and investment of monies on this quaint property of a bygone age, often see king fishers and asbo the lovely swan, great lunch time snacks, well presented well worth making a detour for. 891Timi (Cambridgeshire)
This was my second visit and both times had a great stay and love it there and staff make it. Greeted as per last time by a friendly girl who couldn’t do enough to help. Even remembered me from previous year. Everything is brilliant, comfy rooms can’t complain. Breakfast excellent as was the food which I sampled last time :). Keep up the good work and see you on my next business trip to royston. Peter H (Heysham)
We booked a table for 11 ladies for my best friends baby shower and it was perfect, Sheene mill could not have been more helpful or accommodating to us. On arrival we had our own waiter who looked after us, offered drinks on arrival and moved the tables in the conservatory to suit and added extra sided table for us. Would definitely recommend for any sophisticated party. Katie_marie1984 (Cambridge)
Superb and helpful check in-had a few drinks in the beautiful surroundings -staff very amiable and chatty-felt like being in a friends home rather than hotel-retired too our lovely spacious room too get ready for the evening event-food was amazing -taking into account the catering was for 100 or so it was delicious-the 80s band were amazing dance floor packed. Cant wait too go back!!! Debbie K (London)
Wonderful setting and location, atmospheric especially at night when the ambient lighting is on. Open fires and coziness a plenty. Staff great and nothing too much trouble – even finding a you tube demonstration on how to tie a cravat! The old mill pond is staggering at night with clever lighting . Les M (Cambridge)
We had a great time at Sheene Mill and the food was amazing. Sieg was very attentive and welcoming. The garden is beautiful especially on a summer’s evening. I love the fish dishes. I would definetly recommend it and we will go again soon. Thank you! tammylucy (Huntingdon)
This was a most charming and pleasant surprise, all of the staff were helpful, courteous and pleasant right down to the KP. The food was fabulous – beautifully presented, well cooked and served with pride. The accommodation its self was a great place to relax, chill out and offered an ideal spring board into Cambridge or surrounding countryside for a variety of activities. Andy L (Maidstone)
I just wanted to write to say a rather belated but massive thank you for everything you did to make our wedding the best day ever. We had a fantastic time, and we couldn’t have done it without all your advice and help on the day, and of course in all your detail and organising in the run up to the big event.