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Emmanuel College St Andrews Street, Cambridge CB2 3AP


Emmanuel College was founded in 1584 by Sir Walter Mildmay, Chancellor to Queen Elizabeth I, on the site of a former priory of the Dominican Order, also known as the Black Friars. Situated in the heart of Cambridge the College has extensive and tranquil gardens and a beautiful Chapel by Sir Christopher Wren. Our impressive public rooms and gardens make an ideal venue and our staff work hard to make a wedding at Emmanuel College an unforgettable experience.


Rooms Available for Weddings The Main Hall A splendid and historic venue for a Wedding Breakfast, seating up to 130 on either traditional benches or chairs. Enjoy the authentic atmosphere of College life with the Minstrel’s Gallery available for additional seating or musical accompaniment. The Old Library Originally the College Chapel the Old Library is an atmospheric oak paneled room lined with oil paintings which is an ideal venue for an evening reception or party. The Upper Hall A refurbished Hall this room can be used for evening entertainment, with the adjoining Robert Gardner Room available for a buffet or quiet room. The College Gardens Spacious and relaxing, the gardens are available as a superb setting for a champagne reception and your wedding photographs. The Chapel Cloisters The Cloister offers a sheltered location for your wedding photographs or for a champagne reception in cooler weather. A Guide to Catering for your Wedding Post-Wedding Drinks The location for these will depend on the weather: they will be served in the Paddock if sunny, the Chapel Cloisters if the weather is mixed, or the Old Library if wet or cold. Drinks will be served from a table and will also be circulated by staff. Suggested drinks include Champagne, sparkling wine or sherry, along with Pimms in the summer or mulled wine on a colder day. Soft drinks including fruit punch and parkling elderflower pressé are available. A selection of 4 canapés and salted nuts at £7.00 + VAT per head may be added. Your guests will be requested to move forward to the Hall, usually by 4:30pm.


The Wedding Breakfast The table setting in the Hall includes: • White standard tablecloths, College crested napkins & candles • Menu cards supplied by the College • Chairs or benches according to your table plan • Y  our wedding cake will be set upon the College silver cake stand and placed on a table in the Hall. The final table plan should be delivered a few days before your wedding together with place cards. Flowers can be delivered on the morning of the wedding and will be set according to your instructions. The wedding breakfast will begin at about 5.00pm. After clearing the first course your choice of wine will be served to announce the main course and during the meal staff will circulate to refill glasses. The Bride and Groom will cut the cake after the main course has been cleared and before the speeches. The cake will be taken away, cut and served with coffee and mints. A glass of Champagne for the Toast is customary to announce the speeches. Evening Reception For your evening reception a cash bar can be set up in the Old Library (or Upper Hall). The bar will serve until 11.15pm and will offer: • Bottled lager • A selection of spirits • White and red wine • Soft drinks Other drinks can be made available on request. We can also offer a selection of evening buffets, and we will be happy to discuss your requirements with you.


Please note: The tables in the Hall cannot be moved from their positions on the plan which will be provided. Your florist will set the tables for you and any changes after the wedding ceremony must be carried out by one of the wedding party. Special dietary requirements can be catered for – please inform us of any guests with allergies (nuts, lactose, specific products, etc). We can invoice only to one main account: this includes any associated accommodation booked in College. Members of the College can be invoiced to their personal accounts. Our Head of Catering, François Reverchon will be happy to discuss your catering arrangements and can offer expert advice on wines, menus and procedure. Francois can be contacted on 01223 334277 or by email at fr205@emma.cam.ac.uk. Smoking is not allowed in Public Rooms Car Parking: This is limited in College but there is ample parking available in the Grand Arcade car park which is two minutes walk from the College.


Booking Conditions Booking a wedding at Emmanuel is easy. If you wish to get married in the Chapel this must be agreed at a meeting with the Dean and Members of College should be able to obtain the necessary license without difficulty. A connection with the College is compulsory in order to marry in the Chapel – the College does not hold a Civil License. Arrangements will then be discussed with the Conference and Catering offices at the College. There is a Venue Charge of £2000.00 plus VAT (with a 50% reduction for Members of College) which covers use of the College rooms and gardens, and includes the use of the College silver cake stand, a room for the Bride on the day and all service charges. The maximum number of guests is 130 and we look for the minimum number of 100. To confirm the booking the College requires a non-returnable deposit of £1000.00 plus VAT. After your wedding a single account will be sent to the given address (less the deposit) and this should be settled within 28 days. Your choice of menu and wines should be confirmed at least one month before the event and final numbers of guests 15 days prior (minor adjustments may be made up to 48 hours prior and this number will be used for final invoicing). We reserve the right to move the event to a more suitable room if numbers should drop by more than 20% of the original estimate. Please note that confetti is not allowed and there should be no walking on the lawn in Front Court. There are a number of large ponds in the College grounds and children must be supervised at all times. Guests are asked to leave quietly by 11.30pm so as not to disturb members of College in residence. VAT at the current rate will be added to the final bill.


Wedding Breakfast Menus On the following pages are our Wedding Menus specially created by Matthew Carter, award winning Head Chef at Emmanuel College. Please note: We are not able to arrange tastings for any of our menus. We try to be flexible with regard to small changes to the following set wedding menus, but we are not able to agree to prices which are lower than those published in the following pages.


Wedding Menu 1 Terrine of Duck Liver with Pomegranate & Lime Vinaigrette

Roasted Fillet of Lamb Marinated in Moroccan Spices served on Lemon Couscous Selection of Vegetables & Parisienne Potatoes

Apple & Blackberry Crumble with Lemon Curd Ice-cream

Coffee and Mints

£39.50 + VAT Add a Sorbet £2.75 plus VAT Add cheese & biscuits £5.85 plus VAT


Wedding Menu 2 Warm Goats Cheese Salad with Pickled Walnuts on Seasonal Leaves

Pan-fried Medallions of Beef with a Cream & Gorgonzola Sauce Selection of Vegetables & Chateau Potatoes

Baked White Chocolate Cheesecake with Seasonal Berry & Orange Sauce

Coffee and Mints

£39.50 + VAT Add a Sorbet £2.75 plus VAT Add cheese & biscuits £5.85 plus VAT


Wedding Menu 3 Smoked Salmon & Watercress Terrine with Watercress Crème Fraiche

Pan-fried Fillet of Lamb Marinated in Rosemary & Sea Salt served with a Fine Ratatouille Selection of Vegetables & Forestiere Potatoes

Vanilla Pannacotta Milles Feuilles with Spiced Plum Compote

Coffee and Mints

£39.50 + VAT Add a sorbet £2.75 plus VAT Add cheese & biscuits £5.85 plus VAT


Wedding Menu 4 Marinated Aubergine, Artichokes & Pimento served with Rocket & Shavings of Parmesan Cheese

Roast Salmon Fillet Marinated in Sweet Ginger & Chilli served with a Tomato Salsa Selection of Vegetables & Gratin Dauphinois Potatoes

Rum Baba with a Carousel of Seasonal Berries

Coffee and Mints

£34.95 plus VAT Add a Sorbet £2.75 plus VAT Add cheese & biscuits £5.85 plus VAT


Wedding Menu 5 Medallions of Monkfish in a Cucumber Cream Sauce

Pan-fried Beef with a Course Mustard Sauce Selection of Market Vegetables & Chateau Potatoes

Iced Fig Tart & Emmanuel Port Sorbet

Coffee and Assorted chocolates

£41.25 + VAT Add a Sorbet £2.75 plus VAT Add cheese & biscuits £5.85 plus VAT


Wedding Menu 6 A Gateau of Indian Spiced Crabmeat, Pimento & Basil with Mango Salsa

Pan-fried Venison Medallions served on a Dijon Mustard Scented Parsnip Purée with Game Jus Selection of Vegetables & Parisienne Potatoes

White & Dark Chocolate Cigars with Passion Fruit Sauce

Coffee and Mints

£44.50 + VAT Add Sorbet £2.75 plus VAT Add cheese & biscuits £5.85 plus VAT


Emmanuel College St Andrews Street, Cambridge CB2 3AP


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