Dinners & Receptions at the Assembly Rooms

Those looking for a venue that is quintessentially Bath will be delighted with the Assembly Rooms. This Grade II listed venue is spacious and sophisticated, perfect for dinners and drinks receptions.

Centrally located, but away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, the Assembly Rooms is effortlessly elegant, and home to the largest Georgian interior in Bath. The venue opened in 1771, and with its nine Whitefriars crystal chandeliers, high ceilings and intricate plasterwork, the venue wows its guests today as it did then.  Four interconnecting rooms allow guests to move seamlessly from arrival reception to dinner, as the Georgians would have done when they attended balls or concerts. With entertainment at the heart of its design, the Assembly Rooms today offer practical, flexible and stunning space for drinks receptions, dinners and dancing. Rooms may be used individually, or in combination to provide hospitality for up to 450 guests.

At the Assembly Rooms, catering is provided by our in-house caterers Searcys.  Founded in 1847, Searcys cater in a whole host of historic venues, including Blenheim Palace, St Pauls Cathedral and Vinters’ Hall. With their excellent reputation, innovative menus, and use of the finest local ingredients, Searcys are the perfect choice for the Assembly Rooms. From a small drinks reception, to dinner for 450, their helpful team will help you achieve your event vision.

Great Octagon

Up to 120 guests for a dinner
Up to 250 guests for a drinks reception
Available all day
From £1,100 inc VAT (or £235 per hour pre-dinner)

At the heart of the venue, with doors leading to the Ball Room, Tea Room and Card Room, the Great Octagon is the perfect place to start your event. It’s ideally paired with either the Ball Room or Tea Room for pre-dinner drinks, but is also a lovely location in its own right for smaller dinners. It is home to the largest chandelier in the collection, and its yellow colour is warm and inviting.

Image: Pre-dinner drinks in the Great Octagon, Paola Ferla
Pre-dinner drinks in the Great Octagon, Paolo Ferla

Tea Room

60 - 120 guests for dinner/dancing
250 guests for a drinks reception
Available all day
From £1,975 inc VAT

If you visit the Tea Room, you will understand why it is one of the most popular rooms in our collection. It is elegant in its simplicity, with a double columned balcony, three chandeliers and original fireplaces. Its south facing location means it always feels bright, airy and welcoming and its neutral colour suits many event themes.

Ball Room

310 guests for dinner
280 guests for dinner & dancing
500 guests drinks reception
Available all day
From £2,000 inc VAT

This characteristically Georgian room once played host to balls for over 800 guests, its high ceiling providing ventilation, and high windows providing privacy. This magnificent room is ideal for large scale events, such as awards ceremonies, company celebrations and conference dinners. The room has natural daylight as well as full blackout, and the five chandeliers are dimmable. It may be paired with the Tea Room or Great Octagon for an event that is sure to impress your guests.

Image: Conference Dinner in the Ball Room
Conference Dinner in the Ball Room

Find out more:

For further information about drinks receptions and dinners, please call 01225 477786 or complete our enquiry form.