We now charge varying levels of Corkage according to size of bottle and alcohol content etc, to link corkage as much as possible to the margin we would otherwise make on the standard Hotel mark-up on its own direct sales of all beverages.
Advice given by Tanners Wine Merchants on bottle sizes:
1. A ¼ bottle is called a ‘split’, but that’s a term more recognisable with minerals (split = 200ml).
2. A ¼ bottle is a Quarter or 'Single Serve's. These are 187ml or 18.75cl for still wines and 20cl/200ml for sparkling wine.
3. Port you can by in 5cl miniature bottles.
4. Melchior is larger than Nebuchadnezzar, equivalent to 18 litres/24 bottles, versus 15/20 for the Nebuchadnezzar.
5. Imperials: some bottle names change depending on where they come from, there can be overlap too. Imperials are usually 6ltr in Bordeaux, but can be 4.5 litres from elsewhere (4.5L is Rehoboam in champagne). Corkage rate by negotiation on Imperials.
6. Any unusual sized bottle, refer to Wedding Planner who will cross reference with our own sale prices and margins to come up with a bespoke corkage rate depending on the lost mark-up to the castle.
Portable Bar set-up
in Conservatory for Evening Parties
held in Conservatory
As there is no permanent bar in the Conservatory, this means your guests will use the main bar in the evening, even if your Evening Party is held in the Conservatory.
For a smaller more intimate wedding party you may not want your guests migrating from the Conservatory to the main bar, as this will split the wedding party up over different rooms on the ground floor. This may not be a good idea if you have a small wedding, as it will deplete the number of guests in the Conservatory.
Also we may have other non-wedding guests using the main bar, if you are not hiring it exclusively or do not have this additional area exclusively under your wedding package.
We can set up a dedicated spirit and bottle bar* in the conservatory for you for the evening of the wedding if you wish. There is a £100.00 charge for this to set it all up, stock it and to properly staff it with a dedicated bar person on the night. However the provision of this Portable Bar is available free under the Midweek Wedding Package if required.
* Under the licensing regulations we are only allowed to 'sell' alcohol at the main bar (Patti Bar), but we can 'serve' alcohol paid for in advance to any location within the building. So we cannot take payment from guests for drinks at the Portable Bar. What this means in practice is that use of the Portable Bar is conditional on it being a pre-paid bar. So if you wish to use the Portable Bar in the Conservatory, please decide how much you would like to put behind the bar for your guests, so it becomes a pre-paid bar.
Alternatively you may decide to use the portable bar as a Gin Bar, Specials Bar, Soft drinks bar, or Wine Bar - again with the drinks pre-paid by you as the wedding client. Those guests who wish to buy other beverages, such as ales and lagers, would then go to the main Patti bar and buy their own choice of drinks there.