A stalwart on the London catering scene, Rhubarb is the brains behind the food at 70 of the capital’s big-name venues: Royal Albert Hall, Madame Tussaud’s, Sky Garden and Abbey Road Studios are just some of them. Luckily for us, the team also caters for weddings and private functions, planning everything from canapés and food stations through to seven-course dinners. Hits from its current menu include lobster salad served in a filo tart with quail's egg, mustard leaf, citrus aioli; and wild sea bass with mussels and shoreside vegetables.
The Hill Food Company
Whether it’s an intimate dinner, product launch, press day, wedding, milestone celebration or themed party you’re planning on pulling together, the team behind The Hill Food Company has big ideas when it comes to catering. As well as creating sharing boards brimming with bold and colourful flavours, canapés to match a brand or theme, or traditional three-course dinners, the team can provide a seasonal wine list and comprehensive cocktail menu.
From Alice In Lobsterland pop-ups through to a dating event called Lobsters For Life, catering team Dirty Lobster has a tongue-in-cheek approach to cookery. Serving up its eponymous meat in the form of lobster rolls, Thermidor, mac ‘n’ cheese and served whole with chips, the team can show up to events, shoots and parties to keep appetites sated. Beef and chicken burgers, plus truffle and chilli fries will keep non-seafood fans happy.
Founded by Alex Head, Social Pantry is a catering company with a café on Lavender Hill serving up fresh, seasonal and delicious food. With a dedicated team of chefs, event planners and waiting staff, the company is partnered with a number of charities, and has served food to the likes of Rihanna and Gigi Hadid. As well as catering for corporate events, weddings and drinks parties, the team can also rustle up private brunches and dishes for five-course dinner parties.
A family-run boutique catering company, since 2000 Rocket Food has grown to specialise in large-scale events in grand locations – recent parties have taken place in the British Museum, National Gallery, Central Saint Martins and The Shard. Mixing culinary tradition with cutting-edge cookery techniques, the menus feature the likes of oak-smoked SW8 trout, sour yoghurt, smoked roe, pickled cucumber and dill seaweed crackers; and sautéed black bream with Café de Paris butter, grilled fennel, Israeli couscous, parsley and capers.
Created in 2008, Chilli Bees is a south west-London based caterer headed up by Ellie Short. Focusing on fresh, seasonal dishes, Chilli Bees works well for supper clubs and informal dinners – sharing dishes on its menus include the likes of fillet of lamb with pea puree and sharing salads – and delivers inventive canapés, bowl food and desserts, such as deconstructed lemon and strawberry cheesecake with limoncello: summer on a plate.
Rose & Food
Headed up by private chef Sophie Rose, Rose & Food is a London-based catering company that focuses on creating sustainable, seasonal dishes. A hit with the fashion crowd – her clients include Rixo and Vogue – Rose can offer anything from private cheffing and event catering to recipe writing and testing. Sample dishes include the likes of scallop carpaccio with truffle vinaigrette; and buttermilk lemon meringue pie with basil oil and micro basil.
Described by Sienna Miller as purveyors behind “the best food in London” Lucy Carr-Ellis and Jemima Jones are the pair behind Tart London, a boutique catering company that develops healthy but delicious feasts for fashion shoots. Weekly ES Magazine recipe columnists, the duo also know how to throw a party – hits from their feasting collection include Middle Eastern whole chicken and spiced lamb meatballs with orzo, feta and pine nuts. Keep an eye on Eccleston Place, Belgravia, where the pair will launch their first permanent venue later this summer.
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