12 Of The Best Small Catering Companies In London

The right caterer has the power to make or break an event – no matter whether it’s an intimate meal
or full-blown party. And alongside the reliable big names, there are plenty of lesser-known
companies in and around London all ready to serve delicious and interesting dishes, from three-
course dinners to simple, fun canapés. Whatever you’re after, these are the smaller names to know.
By Heather Steele /

Berry & Brie

Berry & Brie is one of London’s go-to grazing companies. The team’s great-looking creations can take the form of a bespoke grazing table, where the team come to you and set up and style a display of cheese, crackers, meats and fruit or customers can opt for a DIY grazing table – just order from its ‘ready to serve' menu, and platters will be hand-delivered ready to serve right away. For something smaller or branded, look to its graze cups – a collection of individual, single-serve cups filled with cheese and accompaniments.

Visit BerryAndBrie.com

Honey & Co

Owned by husband-and-wife team Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich, Honey & Co is a collection of family run restaurants serving delicious Middle Eastern food – its roasted mauve aubergine with a BBQ tahini crust and jewelled rice salad is full of flavour and the kitchen makes some of the best baklava in town. These days, the kitchen also caterers for everything from intimate dinners at home to weddings and meetings. They can provide canapés, dishes from the daily restaurant menu or a bespoke picnic, breakfast or party menu. Planning a dinner party and don’t fancy cooking from scratch? You can also order food to heat up at home.

Visit HoneyAndCo.co.uk

Rosanna Etc

Rosanna Stevens is a trained chef who creates all sorts of dishes and menus – alongside wine pairings and plating suggestions – which are then posted on her website, Rosanna Etc, for readers to recreate at home. However, she also occasionally caters herself – recently she cooked up a delicious selection of salads for a SheerLuxe working lunch, so we can attest to the excellence of her courgette ribbon, orzo and whipped ricotta salad; and shredded chicken in cucumber yoghurt dressing.

Visit RosannaEtc.com

The Artisan Cookery

The Artisan Cookery

The Artisan Cookery creates beautifully packed boxes of ready-to-serve food. The menu includes fresh salads, afternoon tea grazing platters, breakfast boxes and more – all delivered to your doorstep. The team can also set up a creative buffet using beautiful props and floral displays to really make an impact. The menu can be completely bespoke and designed with any themes your gathering might have in mind.

Visit TheArtisanCookery.co.uk

Humdingers

Humdingers Catering is an independent caterer and event planner based in Hoxton. Like many, Humdingers struggled when the pandemic hit. Despite that negative impact, it used the profits of its catering business to open a soup kitchen to feed the local community – and in 2020, founder Robert was awarded a British Empire Medal by the Queen for his work to provide food for people in his community. Humdingers has since flourished into a popular catering company for weddings, events, location shoots, fashion houses, studios and companies across London. Its Bakery and Soup Kitchen is on Hoxton Street and the team has recently expanded its bakery and café to London’s Museum of the Home.

Visit Humdingers.org.uk

Rose & Food

Using seasonal ingredients, Rose & Food aims to create menus that fit both visions and budgets. The team covers everything from corporate lunches, private parties, small weddings and events, and can create canapés, sit-down meals, afternoon teas and cocktails. As well as focusing on taste, Rose & Food like to take a visual approach and are more than able to make its dishes pop on Instagram if image is your goal – ideal for brand launches.

Visit RoseAndFood.co.uk

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Arnold & Henderson

Melanie Arnold and Margot Henderson – the duo behind the ever-popular Rochelle Canteen restaurant in Shoreditch – produce parties and events of all kinds and in all sorts of places, even catering for one of Kate Moss’s bashes. Each menu is informed by the season and character of the event, making the food as memorable as the occasion. The company can do canapé parties, charity fundraisers, cocktails, dinners, launches, openings, shoots, weddings and more. Even the canapés sound amazing – think radishes and celery salt, anchovy toast and salsify and parmesan crisps.

Visit ArnoldAndHenderson.com

North Street Deli

Often, catering options can be an array of overpriced, pre-made, plastic-wrapped platters. At North Street Deli in Clapham – which also happens to be one of the SL team’s favourite lunch spots – an authentic, Italian-inspired selection of sandwiches, salads and spreads are available – ideal for meetings, birthdays and BBQs. Using seasonal ingredients, its menu changes throughout the year, but expect to be able to order the likes of hearty grain salads featuring roasted pepper, borlotti beans, sweetcorn, paprika and herb dressing and pasta such as beef ragu.

Visit NorthStDeli.com

Pasta E Basta

Pasta e Basta is a fresh pasta company based in Hackney. The team makes pasta, gnocchi and ravioli using freshly cracked free-range eggs and organic Shipton Mill semolina, while its pesto, sauces and ragus are always made from scratch using seasonal ingredients. If you’re organising an event for your staff or clients, Pasta E Basta can take care of the food, from small bites to big dishes. Its excellent-sounding canapé menu features ’nduja croquettes and smoked mozzarella arancini, followed by bowls of homemade pasta, such as its well-loved beetroot gnocchi. Antipasti boards are another speciality. 

Visit PastaEBasta.co.uk

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Peapod & Co

Peapod & Co is a luxury caterer that works in London, Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, Sussex and Oxfordshire, offering sustainable menus and event planning services for all sorts of occasions up to 2,000 guests. Whether you’re looking for stylish canapés, a seasonal lunch, a three-course dinner or themed stations, the team can help. Best of all, as well as its event catering services, the team can source venues, marquees, bands, luxury florists, photographers and other top party suppliers.

Visit PeapodAndCo.com

Sophie Wright Catering

Sophie Wright Catering launched in 2007 and has since catered events of all sizes – from intimate private dinner parties to events at Buckingham Palace. Trusted to deliver great food and service, Sophie and her team have been the in-house caterers for fashion designer Tom Ford as well as numerous celebrities, banks and corporate clients, and she loves to find chefs to work in private houses and holiday homes.

Visit SophieWrightCatering.co.uk

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