Venue Review: Trunkwell House, ReadingWritten by Paul May 13 2015
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Just to the south of Reading, hidden away in 34 acres of leafy Berkshire countryside you’ll stumble upon Trunkwell House, a 19th century Victorian mansion house, now used as an events venue.
Unlike many country house venues Trunkwell doesn’t offer much event space inside the main house. There’s a small bar/snug area and a larger dining room for intimate dining events and board meetings. Walk through the back though to the impeccably manicured gardens and you’ll find one of the most impressive marquee venues in the country. In fact to use the term marquee does it no justice, offering one wall comprised entirely of floor to ceiling windows/doors offering views across the lawns and a floor more solid than many houses have. Inside is beautifully lined & decorated, and can seat over 200 people for gala dinners.
Walk through to the paddock and you’ll find another surprise, a marquee that dwarfs most warehouse and that can seat 600+ guests. Complete with separate reception area, it’s own lawn and timber decking, this venue is ideal for large summer parties, Asian weddings, and at Christmas is transformed into a festive wonderland for 700 guests.
The owner of the venue, Bob Walton, is a trained chef and president of the Restauranteurs Association, so as you can imagine food plays a huge role in what Trunkwell offers. I’ve attended 3 weddings here and 2 xmas parties, where they’ve served in excess of 500 guests and the food is superb. Restaurant quality on a military scale.
As a venue they can cater for virtually any event. They tend to specialise in weddings, Xmas and summer parties, but are equally at home dealing with conferences and smaller meetings. A real venue for all seasons, and at very healthy prices.