FAQs

We would like you to fully understand how Hunger Pangs Catering and the Old Barn venue work for you. Detailed below are some frequently asked questions with detailed answers.

Please take a moment to read through them and if there should be anything that remains unclear, please telephone us to discuss on 01273 843302.

How many people can Pangdean accommodate

How long have you been in business?

Can we hold a Civil Ceremony at Pangdean?

Can I get married outdoors at Pangdean?

What time can our party finish?

Can we bring our own alcohol?

Can we rent the venue and use a caterer other than Hunger Pangs?

Can you recommend florists, car hire, DJs, photographers etc?

Does the venue charge include tables, chairs, linen, glasses, cutlery?

Do you charge extra for cake stands, use of your PA system, car parking?

Can guests camp overnight?

Can cars be left on your premises overnight?

Do you cater away from Pangdean?

Do you attend every event personally?

Do we need a Toastmaster?

I’d like a Stable wedding breakfast for immediate family, then a party with more people arriving just for the evening. They will want to eat too, what can you recommend?

Can you cater for special diets?

Can I have a winter wedding? Are you open all year round?

Can I have a wedding other than on a Saturday?

Are children welcome at the venue?

What happens if the weather is too wet to have drinks and canapés in the garden?

Can buses and coaches access the venue?

Are there any noise restrictions?

Can we have a firework display?

Can I organise a food tasting to help decide on my menu?

Can we let off Chinese Lanterns up into the night sky?

Can you supply a wedding cake?

Can we dress the venue to theme it, Moroccan style say?

Can you recommend overnight accommodation for guests?

Do you have set menus?

How much does it cost to hire the venue?

What is your smoking policy?

How does the venue cost compare to renting a marquee in our own garden?

We would like to provide the wines and champagne for our guests with the meal, but after that we would like a pay bar, can you arrange?

How far are you from Central Brighton?

Do you dress the barn with ivy and greenery?

Do you insist on us using specific suppliers, florists for example?

I want to use a wedding organiser, is that OK?

How much deposit is required to secure a definite date?

Do you accept credit cards?

Can we load an i-pod/MP3 player with our favourite songs and play them through your sound system while we are seated?

Are there any hidden extra charges?

Do your prices include VAT?

Are you fully insured?

Is the farm muddy and track potholed?

You have two rooms licensed for ceremonies, how do they differ?


How many people can Pangdean accommodate?

The Old Barn at Pangdean comfortably seats up to 190 people. It is a very large space and parties of less than 50 could look a little lost in it. The Stable is ideal for 20 – 50 people seated.  In total, for the informal part of the evening, 300 guests is the maximum.

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How long have you been in business?

Nicky started Hunger Pangs Event Caterers and using Pangdean as an event venue in 1990.

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Can we hold a Civil Ceremony at Pangdean?

Yes, we are licensed to hold wedding ceremonies at Pangdean in the Old Barn and Stable.

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Can I get married outdoors at Pangdean?

Yes, subject only of course to the weather. By law, you must be married in a solid structure with a roof. It is actually your guests who will be outside. That said, we have built a beautiful oak shingled building specifically for weddings to be held in our beautiful garden. Our gazebo nestles into our 500 year old Mulberry Tree and even has branches of the apple trees growing through the roof! It affords fantastic views across the garden and up onto the South Downs beyond. It has been named Mulberry Lodge and it has become hugely popular. A dedicated lighting and sound system ensure that you will be both seen and heard. The ceremony table is made from a 300 year old piece of Elm and the front is covered in coppiced horse chestnut. Please see the Mulberry Lodge page on this site under ‘The Venue’ button.

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What time can our party finish?

We have alcohol and music licences that run until 1.00am. However, we recommend that we discuss the ideal duration of the day so that the party finishes ‘on a  high’!

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Can we bring our own alcohol?

Most definitely, yes.  We do not charge corkage. We will store, chill and serve for you. The cost savings to you are considerable and we would ask you to offset these savings against the charge to hire the venue. You also have the option to install a cash-bar for the evening.

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Can we rent the venue and use a caterer other than Hunger Pangs?

No. The venue and the catering are too closely linked for us to risk our reputation in this way.

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Can you recommend florists, car hire, DJs, photographers etc?

Yes, we can provide a list of people who have worked here at Pangdean. Please use the “Directory” button on this website. We do not actually recommend anyone and you should make your own arrangements direct with them. Nor do we accept commission on any of the external services provided.

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Does the venue charge include tables, chairs, linen, glasses, cutlery?

Yes. There are no hidden extra charges at Pangdean. We do not include floristry, music or alcohol, but virtually everything else is included and will be clearly shown in your quotation.

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Do you charge extra for cake stands, use of your PA system, car parking?

No. There are no hidden extra charges.

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Can guests camp overnight?

Yes, there is a field for camping for a few guests, it is free of charge but it should be emphasised it is a sleeping facility and is not for carrying on the party until 4.00am! There are cloakrooms (but not a shower) specifically for campers.

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Can cars be left on your premises overnight?

Yes, entirely at the vehicle owner’s risk, and free of charge.

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Do you cater away from Pangdean?

Yes, we regularly work away from Pangdean. All our professional catering equipment is fully mobile and we can set up a fully functioning kitchen almost anywhere. The same extremely high hygiene standards apply wherever we are working.

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Do you attend every event personally?

Nicky likes to be at every event. She is usually overseeing the kitchens and the food. We have two Event Managers, one of which will be with you throughout your reception to ensure your day runs to plan.

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Do we need a Toastmaster?

On balance, the answer is usually no. We will agree a detailed running order for your event and our events manager makes sure that timings are adhered to. He will also be happy to make announcements on your behalf.

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I’d like a Stable wedding breakfast for immediate family, then a party with more people arriving just for the evening. They will want to eat too, what can you recommend?

For evening guests we can provide a Hog roast, a BBQ, curries, Thai curry, bacon and scrambled eggs, a stunning ploughman’s platter, even bacon butties. All are treated with the same care and attention as the main meal and only the very best ingredients are used.

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Can you cater for special diets?

We regularly cater for vegans, vegetarians, gluten free, allergies and special diets, we simply need to know at least a week in advance what the requirements are and who they are for.

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Can I have a winter wedding? Are you open all year round?

Pangdean is open all year round and winter weddings are very popular indeed. The barn has been completely re-roofed and is fully insulated. All guest areas are fully heated and very comfortable. Obviously, the use of the garden is usually not practical but the milking parlour and barn entrance area can be used for canapés and drinks.

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Can I hold a wedding reception on other days of the week, not just Saturdays?

Yes, Fridays especially and even midweek weddings are becoming more and more popular.

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Are children welcome at the venue?

Children are very welcome at Pangdean. The garden is equipped with our own children’s toys and can be used by guests’ children, under their parents’ supervision and at their own risk.

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What happens if the weather is too wet to have drinks and canapés in the garden?

We set up the drinks reception in the Stable and the entrance to the Old Barn.

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Can buses and coaches access the venue?

One of the advantages of the farm is that there is easy access for large vehicles throughout the complex. Buses and coaches have plenty of room to manoeuvre.

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Are there any noise restrictions?

Within sensible limits, no, none.

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Can we have a firework display?

We are afraid not. This is a farm and our neighbours are farmers too. There is too much livestock around us and we cannot frighten them. We hope you understand.

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Can I organise a food tasting to help decide on my menu?

 Yes. Pangdean’s reputation for producing outstanding food usually makes a tasting unnecessary but on occasion a full tasting is requested. Since we are not a hotel or restaurant we would need to prepare this completely from scratch so we ask for a £100 (+VAT) contribution towards costs for this. If it is simply to help you decide between say, a choice of two sauces, with your main course, this would be free of charge.

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Can we let off Chinese Lanterns up into the night sky?

Unfortunately not. With so many barns, stables and other farm buildings around us and the proximity to the A23, we have decided that the burning element and the wire frame of these hot air lanterns make them just too much of a hazard for Pangdean.

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Can you supply a wedding cake?

We can suggest people that can. But you might be interested in our own speciality, meringue or profiterole towers. These make a stunning, reasonably priced alternative to a traditional wedding cake. Please ask for further details.

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Can we dress the venue to theme it, Moroccan style say?

Yes. We would like to be kept informed of your plans and how they might impinge on our buildings.

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Can you recommend overnight accommodation for guests?

Please see the Directory page on this website for some suggestions.

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Do you have set menus?

No. Every event is treated individually and menus are suggested appropriate to your tastes and your budget. Some menu suggestions are available in the ‘Food’ section on this website and we can send you suggestions and ideas so that you may pick and choose..

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How much does it cost to hire the venue?

Cost depends on two main factors, the time of the year and the day of the week. A mid-summer Saturday will be the most expensive while a mid-week winter date less so. This can be fully discussed with you by telephone.

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What is your smoking policy?

We are governed by the legislation. There can be no smoking in any of the buildings. Provision is made for smokers to smoke in the courtyard and a gazebo can be erected in the event of poor weather.

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How does the venue cost compare to renting a marquee in our own garden?

It is almost invariably much less expensive to hire Pangdean than erect a marquee in your garden. It is certainly a lot easier on the hosts to be at Pangdean where every last detail is taken care of, including the clearing up which is a job that should never be underestimated!

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We would like to provide the wines and champagne for our guests with the meal, but after that we would like a pay bar, can you arrange?

Yes. We can run a pay bar for you.  There is no set up fee and drinks are sold at very reasonable prices.  Please ask for a bar list.

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How far are you from Central Brighton?

We are 5 miles North of Brighton, literally just off the A23. Do check out our directions page and please do not rely on your Sat Nav to find the farm entrance!

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Do you dress the barn with ivy and greenery?

Pangdean includes some troughs of ivy and some olive trees to help you decorate the venue. It is a stunning building and leaves you free to decide how much floristry you  really need or wish to budget for.

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Do you insist on us using specific suppliers, florists for example?

Absolutely not! You may engage whomever you please. It is your event after all.

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I want to use a wedding organiser, is that OK?

It is, but unless you want a complicated themed affair, it is probably not absolutely necessary. Nicky and the event managers have lots of experience that you may freely tap into and are always pleased to advise.

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How much deposit is required to secure a definite date?

£1,000 (+VAT) for a larger function and £500 (+VAT) for Stableer events. It is not refundable in the event of cancellation and we would refer you to our Terms and Conditions page on this website.

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Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, all major credit cards, including American Express, are accepted. Please note that we do levy a 2% charge for payment by credit card while bank debit card transactions are free of charge.

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Can we load an i-pod/MP3 player with our favourite songs and play them through your sound system while we are seated?

Yes, please supply your own music. Our PA system copes well with this, and also the lapel microphones for the speeches and announcements, but it does not go loud enough for dancing later in the evening. DJ’s and bands would of course bring their own equipment.

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Are there any hidden extra charges?

None. Eight weeks before the event you will receive an itemised costing and the only variables will be for the amount of soft drink, punches and table waters consumed. There is also a breakages clause, but this is rarely implemented.

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Do your prices include VAT?

No. Any prices quoted to you exclude VAT. When written, this is clearly shown.

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Are you fully insured?

Yes. We have a very substantial comprehensive policy with the NFU, including £10 million public liability cover.

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Is the farm muddy and track potholed?

Not at all. All roads and farmyard areas are fully metalled and in very good repair.

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You have two rooms licensed for ceremonies, how do they differ?

Mainly in size and the number of seated guest they can accommodate. The Stable will seat up to 70 guests and has a very informal, low key atmosphere. The Old Barn can seat up to 180 guests and is a very impressive space, with more grandeur and gravitas about it than The Stable.

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