Ben's Bar (first floor)
Ben's Bar adjoins the Portland main hall and offers a private bar or refreshments area for large events, or an adaptable break out area for meetings and seminars. It features a mixture of small tables, chairs and sofas which can be arranged to suit your needs.

Towards the rear of the building on the first floor, it typically supports large events such as wedding receptions, fairs, concerts, theatre, and large community group functions.

Features include:
  • 20 Guest capacity (when formal theatre style)
  • Wheelchair access (from car park rear entrance)
  • Serving hatch access to/from commercial kitchen
  • Mix of tables/chairs and sofas
  • Natural lighting
Please call us on 0115 963 9633 or email the John Godber Centre for more information or to arrange the viewing of our rooms.

Bar and lounge furniture in Ben's Bar
Browse this section to see how the John Godber Centre can make your next event a truly special and memorable one, for you and your guests.

Follow these links to check out our fantastic range of packages for: Or if you'd prefer just to book a space for your next event and handle things yourself, see our room only hire prices.

Did you know? The room takes its name from Victorian bare knuckle boxer Benjamin Caunt, after whom the famous bell Big Ben is reputedly named. Ben Caunt became the Heavyweight Champion of England and had an international career, before retiring and becoming a publican at the Coach and Horses pub at St. Martin's Lane, Westminster, London. He is buried, along with his children, in a grave on the North side of St Mary Magdalene church, next door to the Centre.