Whether you’re planning an intimate dinner party with friends or an elaborate corporate function, getting the catering right is key to hosting a stress-free and memorable event, whatever the occasion.
From informal buffets and three-course feasts, to drinks receptions and summer barbecues, discover the right caterer for your party or event with our brand new Gloucestershire and Cotswold catering companies guide.
The lowdown: Jacks Kitchen is a Cheltenham-based catering company run by Alex Glen and Di Brindley, a Michelin-trained chef who has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry and has worked with an impressive troupe of culinary greats including Marco Pierre White. The business began life as Jacks Café in London, and evolved into private and event catering after the pair relocated to Gloucestershire. The family-run team specialises in creating innovative dishes made from seasonal produce, most of which is sourced from local farmers, growers, suppliers and producers.
Caters for: From small private dinner parties and hen parties, to photo shoots and corporate events, Jacks Kitchen caters for events of all types and sizes, and offers a bespoke service that brings restaurant-quality food to your home or holiday cottage.
Menu highlights: Whether you want a sit-down feast, dainty canapés or laidback grab-and-bowl-style food, Jacks Kitchen’s varied menu offers something for every palate. Sample dishes span a delicious pie and mash menu with choices including Longhorn beef steak and Cotswold ale; red king prawn curry; chorizo, mussel, chicken and calamari paella; grilled salmon with chilli, tomato and ginger soy glaze with sticky jasmine rice; and its hugely popular lemon tart. And, from summer 2017, Jacks Kitchen will be offering a range of pizzas and street food from its new wood-fired oven, affectionately known as Rita.
SoGlos loves: Alex makes all of the bespoke wooden boards and ceramics used to serve food on, and for larger events she designs and makes the pop-up spaces, with past projects spanning street food-themes and eye-catching neon signs.
To book: Call 07803 780564, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit jackskitchen.co.uk directly.
The lowdown: After 12 years of working in event catering, Wesley Birch founded his own Cotswold business with the launch of Birch Catering in 2012. Wesley, and his business partner Kylie Hughes, draw on their culinary backgrounds to create tempting dishes that use local and seasonal produce where possible.
Caters for: Whether you’re planning a dinner party, marquee event or wedding, Birch is skilled at catering, whatever the occasion and guest numbers.
Menu highlights: While Birch can create completely bespoke menus, sample dishes include starters of scallop mousseline with cucumber, stem ginger and chervil hollandaise; and wild mushroom and walnut ravioli with pumpkin purée and spinach velouté. The tempting main courses span grilled fillet of wild sea bass with fennel, saffron and lobster fumet; and roast rack of lamb with an anchovy, citrus and garlic crumb served with boulangère potatoes. The delicious dessert dishes range from pear and almond frangipane tart with clotted cream; and dark chocolate mousse with crème anglaise.
SoGlos loves: Birch Catering’s impressive canapés are perfect for drinks receptions, while its buffet menu is ideal for laidback gatherings, summer barbecues, or evening wedding receptions.
To book: Call (01453) 799613, email email@example.com, or visit cotswold-catering.com directly.
The lowdown: Based in Chipping Norton, Ross & Ross Food is an award-winning Cotswold catering company run by Ross Bearman and Ross Whitmill. The experienced team offers an uncomplicated approach to catering, focussing on seasonal produce, quality ingredients, and making the event personal, memorable and unique to each client. Ross & Ross tailors its menus to suit personal taste, budget preferences, and is also able to provide professional staff to ensure each function runs without a hitch.
Caters for: From classic three-course plated meals and sharing-board suppers, to festival-style barbecues and five-course feasts, Ross & Ross Food caters for marquee and venue weddings, formal dinners and a range of sized parties.
On the menu: To give a flavour of what to expect, the plated starters span dishes such as herb-seared tuna, with watercress salad and salsa verde; or English asparagus with hollandaise, while the sharing starters include grilled squid with green chilli sauce; falafel and tahini; and Cotswold pork pies. The plated main course options range from 10-hour slow cooked shoulder of lamb with pea purée, crispy potatoes and jus; to pan fried cod loin with lemon, mussels and saffron broth. Those planning sharing feasts can treat their guests to whole roasted lemon and thyme buttered chicken with spinach and watercress salad, tomato and shallot compote and herb new potatoes for main course. Round off your meal with English strawberries and shortbread; rhubarb and custard tart; and peach melba with vanilla ice-cream and peanut brittle, or opt for a make-your-own Eton Mess.
SoGlos loves: Ross & Ross also provides a bar service with a range of drinks packages to match the event size and theme; including a rustic palette-style for country weddings, to a sleek black bar for corporate events.
To book: Call (01608) 645503, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit rossandrossfood.co.uk directly.
The lowdown: Add a twist to your event with the help of Cheltenham’s Culinary Creative, a unique mobile bar business run by James Alexander who has more than 14 years’ experience in the hospitality industry. The mobile bar, housed in a converted 1979 Estafette campervan, is affectionately known as Gumpy and will certainly give guests something to talk about, and of course Instagram! In addition to the mobile bar, Culinary Creative has an 18-foot customisable box bar made from vintage wine crates which can be hired for a range of events.
Caters for: Everything from drinks receptions and summer barbecues to corporate functions and festival-themed parties.
On the menu: Culinary Creative’s aim is to only serve exceptional drinks and it can tailor its offering to suit any theme or occasion, along with working to suit a variety of different budgets. The fully stocked bar features drinks from near and far to offer guests the chance to sample more unique choices, including beers from Tibet and spirits from Russia. The business specialises in creating bespoke cocktails, ranging from a classic Old Fashioned to summery mojitos, and can design a menu of signature cocktails to make your event even more special. Or if you want to choose from a drink packages, there’s the option to treat your guests to Pimm’s and Prosecco, or go for the Grape and Grain choice.
SoGlos loves: Culinary Creative loves to add a quirky twist to the proceedings and serves its cocktails in jam jars and G&Ts in teapots.
To book: Call (01242) 520499, email email@example.com or visit
The lowdown: Relish is a specialist events catering company based in Cirencester with more than 20 years’ experience providing creative and quality dishes for a range of functions. The catering team is made up of an innovative team of chefs who use seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients where possible, to design bespoke menus.
Caters for: From private parties and weddings to sporting occasions and corporate gatherings, Relish provides catering for a range of functions, and has a team of event organisers who can help with ensuring you plan an event to remember.
On the menu: Relish prides itself on offering sumptuous, seasonal and tailored menus to suit your event, with sample canapé dishes including beef carpaccio skewer with yuzu dip; grilled courgette, pepper and halloumi roll; and wild mushroom risotto balls with black truffle cream dip. If you want to treat your guests to a three-course feast, you can expect starters of asparagus tartlet with Parmesan shavings, rocket and balsamic caramel; 28-day hung fillet of Hereford beef Wellington with rosti potato, purple sprouting broccoli and wild mushroom jus for main; and raspberry frangipane tart with crème anglaise. Relish also offers hot and cold buffets, an impressive barbecue selection, and a unique street food menu.
SoGlos loves: Relish’s picnic menu, served in hampers on the table, is a lovely idea for summer events and is brimming with seasonal salads, tarts, cheese and cold meats.
To book: Call (01285) 658444, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit relishevent.co.uk directly.
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The lowdown: R&R Catering is a family-run business that has been supplying catering equipment hire for events across Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds for 30 years. The business, based in Andoversford near Cheltenham, works with up to 3,000 different clients and prides itself on its flexible service that offers customers the chance to amend orders up until 72 hours before the event.
Caters for: R&R provides catering equipment for functions, spanning family gatherings, weddings, balls, anniversaries, and large-scale events such as Fairford Air Show, for up to 3,000 covers.
On the menu: Whatever the occasion, R&R Catering Hire can help with ensuring you have everything you need to run a successful event. Items for hire include a choice of china, cutlery, glasses, chairs, tables and much more, with both traditional and contemporary ranges available to ensure the tableware and furniture complement your event. R&R benefits from an extensive selection of linens in various colours and designs, with matching napkins also on offer to create a polished look. The business has specialist cooking equipment and electrical appliances that can be hired to create a professional kitchen set-up for marquee events and outside catering.
SoGlos loves: If you’re planning a special occasion, R&R’s celebration range is ideal, with items including cake stands, Champagne flutes, cocktail shakers, candelabras and wine coolers.
To book: Call (01242) 820100, email email@example.com or visit rrhire.co.uk directly.
Tuesday 29 August 2017
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