Sun Rising
Natural Burial Ground and Nature Reserve
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The ToastLocal Pubs, Hotels and other Venues

For families organising funerals at Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground, or wanting a place for a quiet drink or something to eat when visiting the site, here are a few local resources that may be of value.

We are happy to add any recommended businesses. Any that have been recommended by families using Sun Rising are marked **. Please do let us know.

Local Country Hotels

Ettington Chase Hotel, Ettington **
Tel : 01789 740000
A country hotel and conference centre that would meet the needs of a funeral party beautifully if organised in advance. The hotel is around 10 - 15 minute drive north of the burial ground, and can cater for anything from tea and cakes in the public lounge to a full meal in a private dining room.

Charingworth Manor, nr Chipping Camden **
Tel : 01386 593555
Fourteenth century manor with over 50 acres of beautiful countryside, this country hotel is an expensive but exceptional venue. Some 14 miles west of the burial ground.

The Halford Bridge, Halford **
Tel : 01789 748217
An elegant country pub with a quiet private function room, with beams and courtyard. The staff are friendly and helpful, with a flexible attitude. The accommodation is spacious if staying overnight would make things easier. It is simple to find on the Fosse Way, just 7 miles from the burial ground.

Mallory Court Hotel, Harbury
Tel : 01926 330214
A beautiful country house hotel in ten acres of tranquil grounds around 15 miles north east of the burial ground. An expensive option which may suit some funeral parties perfectly.

The George Townhouse, Shipston on Stour
Tel : 01608 661453
A newly refurbished country pub in the heart of the small market town of Shipston, about 10 miles west of the burial ground, quiet, spacious and elegant.

Local Hostelries and Pubs

NB: some country pubs are closed on Mondays, and may be closed at lunchtime during the winter months. However, this may mean they are willing to do a private function for you when otherwise they would be closed. Do call in advance.

The Bell, Shenington **
Tel : 01295 670274
A lovely small old fashioned Cotswold pub with very good food and comfortable B&B accommodation. Around ten minutes drive south of the burial ground.

The Castle Inn, Edge Hill **
Tel : 01295 670255
An eighteenth century castellated pub above Radway on the cliff top looking out over the civil war battle grounds of Edge Hill. Under new management since September 2013, it offers space for a meal or tea in side rooms overlooking the glorious Warwickshire view. The pub is around five minutes drive, up the hill, south east of the burial ground.

The Chequers, Ettington **
Tel : 01789 740387
On the A422 heading towards Stratford, just past the Fosse Way, this is a well managed pub with excellent food and a good wine list. About 5 miles or ten minutes drive from Sun Rising.

The Falcon, Warminster **
Tel : 01295 692120
A comprehensively refurbished pub, which used to be The Wobbly Wheel, located on the B4100, about 6 miles from Sun Rising. Spacious with its own style, with small rooms, open areas and a large garden.

The Inn, Farnborough **
Tel : 01295 690615
Just the other side of Edge Hill to the east of the burial ground, this is a lovely country pub with verygood food and B&B accommodation. They are flexible and happy to cater for funeral teas.

The Peacock Inn, Tysoe **
Tel : 01295 680338
A friendly informal pub in the nearest village to Sun Rising, just a mile to the west of the site.

The Peacock, Oxhill **
Tel : 01295 688060
A country pub in the style of a new bistro pub, the proprietors are very happy to cater for funerals. Newly refurbished in a beautifully clean and simple way, this pub does a short but delicious gourmet menu. A few miles north of the burial ground.

The Rose and Crown, Ratley
Tel : 01295 678148
Another twelfth century pub, in the rich golden Hornton stone, this is a small and cosy place with big fireplaces and a sense of local community. It has a simple pub menu. Around ten minutes drive south east.

The Royal Oak, Whatcote **
Tel : 01295 680319 / 0781 7549998
A twelfth century pub with an open fire and small restaurant with simple good food and Hook Norton real ales, around 4 miles north west of Sun Rising. About ten minutes drive northwest.

Country Houses

Compton Verney ** is a beautiful Warwickshire country house just six miles from Sun Rising, offering a very special venue for a funeral, either for a non-religious service or for a gathering after the committal. Don't be put off by its apparently grandeur: there are four options, from the main hall that can hold 120 people, to a small room for a more intimate tea. In summertime, you can also use the lakeside lawns. Compton Verney has its own caterers, with a good range of options at different prices, and is licensed with its own bar.
Tel : 01926 645521

The Royal Pump Rooms & Jephson’s is on The Parade in Leamington Spa (CV32 4AA), and offers space for funeral teas or more substantial meals. Have a look at this pdf they have sent us, but do call - the pdf may be out of date.
T: 01926 311978
Pump Rooms Funeral Package

Other Good Ideas and Tysoe Tea RoomsPossibilities

Tysoe Tea Rooms ** is a wonderful place in the centre of Tysoe, between the village stores and The Peacock pub, which opened in June 2012. For families coming from a distance, it is an ideal place for a cuppa and slice of cake, inside or in their little garden at the back. NB: the place is also open for funeral teas, where a gathering can be catered for with beautiful English country style. Opening hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 9am until 5 pm, and Sunday, 10.30 pm - 4.30 pm. The tea shop is not open on Mondays, but arrangements for funeral teas are possible for Mondays.
Tel : 01295 688333

Redwings Horse Rescue Centre ** can be found along the main A422, a few miles north of the burial ground. Not only a good place to stretch legs, letting tired children stroke the horses, donkeys and ponies, but the Rescue Centre has a little cafe as well, selling simple snacks and drinks. It is open everyday from 9 am - 5 pm from April to the end of October, with restricted opening hours (9.30 am - 3 pm) in November to March, closed on Thursdays and Fridays.
Tel : 08700 040 0033

The Tysoe Village Hall ** and Reading Rooms are another option, for a simple funeral or smaller budget. There are kitchen facilities so you can cater for yourself, or alternatively bring in a caterer. The main hall and kitchen are the most expensive option at around £11/hour, but the smaller committee room is less, and the reading rooms have a little more character but may only fit 20 or so. Suitable for funeral services, booked in advance or even perhaps at short notice if the weather is dreadful, or just for the gathering afterwards.
Village Hall enquiries to Jackie Franklin on : 01295 680632 or 680051 (eve)
Reading Room enquiries to Yvonne Dillon on : 01295 680567

The Old Methodist Chapel ** is a beautiful former chapel in Oxhill, 2 miles from the burial ground. It is no longer used as a consecrated building, but retains the serenity and grace. It is available for religious and non-religious services, funeral receptions and memorials. Contact Rev Jill Tucker on 01295 680663 or