Namings in pubs

One of the joys of secular naming ceremonies is the freedom to hold them in almost any venue you like. As more pubs become gastropubs and improve their function spaces, these can be great choices for relaxed ceremonies, especially if you want to make catering as easy as possible.

Towards the end of last year I conducted two ceremonies in local pubs. One in the Victoria Stakes in Muswell Hill and one in The Pineapple in Kentish Town. Both ceremonies hit the sweet spot of informal without being overly-casual which suited the families down to the ground.

Function room at the Victoria Stakes pub, Muswell Hill.

Function room at the Victoria Stakes pub, Muswell Hill.

The Victoria Stakes is modern and clearly refurbished. It has a large, light, bright function room with pretty, pale blue chairs. The function room is used for wedding receptions and you can see why. I didn’t try the food but it looked good. The other facilities were clean and well-kept.

The family who had their ceremony at the Victoria Stakes wanted a very family focused ceremony with lots of music. The grandmas did a duet and there was a singalong too. The baby clearly loved every minute of his musical ceremony and even demanded to be put down for a dance around at one point.

Function room at The Pineapple pub, Kentish Town.

Function room at The Pineapple pub, Kentish Town.

The Pineapple is more of a traditional, local pub. The function room has a warm colour-scheme, well-worn, polished wood furniture and a general air of a comfortable living room. The fire place makes a natural focal point in the room. There are some good beers on tap, if that’s your thing. One thing to note is the winding staircase which may make access tricky for some guests. There’s also a conservatory, but I’ve yet to have a chance to look around it.

The family who had their ceremony here wanted a candle-lighting and the mantlepiece meant there was somewhere unobtrusive but visible to put the candles ready for use. There were at least fifty guests at this ceremony, meaning it was pretty cosy with everyone in, however that created a jolly, familial atmosphere.

Staff at both pubs were very friendly and helpful during planning and on the day.

N.B. No one has paid me to say any of this, but I get asked for venue suggestions and I’d happily recommend either of these.