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A lovely riverside wedding

Last weekend we had a great time catering for a wedding at the spectacular Westminster Boating Base. The scene in Love Actually where the canapes are ‘a bit dodgy’. Happily we can report that that ours were completely delicious and really enjoyed in the beautiful venue on the banks of the Thames.

The guests arrived at the venue by Champagne-laden boat, and proceeded to the gardens where we served a selection of canapes, including a popular favourite, the macaroni cheese fritter with homemade hot sauce.


Dinner was served in the glass walled main room of the venue, with great view up and down the Thames.  Each table was served a chicken, mushroom and thyme pie with a filo pastry top, and two beautiful salads, and everyone helped themselves.  It’s a brilliant way to have good food in a relatively informal setting, and has been quite popular this year.


Here’s one of the salads; with tenderstem broccoli, peas, and edible flowers…


For pudding there was a rich but light chocolate torte, served with the last of the autumn raspberries and cream.  This was plated and served individually.

There followed drinking and dancing, and some rapid clearing up before the hire collection arrived at 1am.  Our efficient staff ensured that we were all home and tucked up before 3am which we felt was quite impressive, having just set up and dismantled a wedding for 130!

Are you getting married soon?  Do get in touch if you would like to talk through any options.  We look forward to helping!


Barbecue buffet on the port bow sir!

This is definitely one of the more awesome venues we’ve worked at!  A large and very glassy houseboat on the Thames at Cadogan Pier.  We have been there a couple of times in the last week for different events.  The first was a barbecue for 25 people.  The evening started with Pimm’s, rosé, and our home made pink lemonade out on deck…


We barbecued a marinated butterflied leg of lamb, some home made burgers, some halloumi, and accompanied it all with delicious big salads.

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Pudding was a lovely Amalfi lemon, polenta and almond cake.


We returned for a smaller dinner including canapés at the weekend, and following the success of the barbecue earlier, we did another one!  This time it was Aberdeen Angus steaks and lamb kofta along with salads and nice lemon tart for pudding.

It’s been lovely working on the river, especially as we also live on a boat a bit further upstream.  With any luck we will be asked again and can turn up to work without our feet touching land!

A slightly more formal wedding reception

This was a slightly more formal occasion at Brompton Oratory last month.  It was a plated lunch for 90 with lovely linen and tableware, and lovely old fashioned champagne saucers.

Immediately following the service was a champagne reception with canapes:

Beef fillet carpaccio on crostini with truffle oil and Parmesan
Char grilled courgette ribbons with ricotta and sun dried tomato
Chilli spiced crab with avocado and lemon in crispy cups
Asparagus and quail’s egg tartlet


The lunch was:

Salmon mousse wrapped in smoked salmon with fresh bread and butter.

Rack of lamb with juniper and claret jus, dauphinoise potatoes, French beans, and crushed pea and mint purée.

Panna cotta with caramelised oranges and shortbread fingers.

Stilton, Cheddar, Caerphilly, and Tunworth, served with water bioscuits, grapes, and sliced figs.


This was accompanied by fine wines and attentive service, and was thoroughly enjoyed by all!


We are pleased to announce that we now have our own wine list available for any of our events, and can offer a food matching service to help you make the perfect selection.

Here is a small selection from each category.


Champagne Pannier EV Brut NV, Ch. Thierry
A classic champagne that is well balanced, elegant and easy to drink

Nyetimber Reserve Brut 2009, West Sussex, England
Full of strawberry and almond aromas, developing flavours of glazed pastry with a pleasant fizz and a silky finish.

Prosecco, Spumante, Enrico Bedin NV, Veneto, Italy
Beautifully balanced and fresh, with flavours of apple leading to a really refreshing finish


Clarence River Sauvignon Blanc 2014, Marlborough, New Zealand 
Intense elderflower aroma and complementary flavours of crisp granny smith, grapefruit and gooseberry together with a fresh finish

Goleta Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Central Valley, Chile 
Very easy drinking with fresh, ripe citrus and green apple flavour

War Horse Chenin Blanc 2014, Stellenbosch, South Africa 
By top producer Simonsig this is very refreshing with sun kissed apple that is great on its own or with fish and salads


Pinot Grigio Sentito Rosato 2013, Veneto, Italy 
Flavours of strawberry and raspberry on the palate, this crisp, flavoursome wine is ideal for summer drinks


Villa Ste Croix Pinot Noir 2013, Pays d’Oc, France 
Wild strawberries, redcurrants and a touch of smoke. These delicious aromas follow through on to the flavours with a touch of menthol. Great on its own or with food.

Maison de la Paix Carignan 2013, Vieilles Vignes, Pays d’Oc, France
Fabulously lush and spicy with red cherries and raspberry flavours, hints of plum, a full body and warming, smooth finish

Nero d’Avola 2013, Angelo Rocca, Sicily, Italy
Redcurrant and plum flavours with a warm spicy finish.

Brunch for 300 at Sotheby’s to open Orientalist & Islamic Week

Guests at the opening of Orientalist & Islamic Week at Sotheby’s were treated to a selection of brunch canapés along with Mimosas and Bloody Marys.


We were catering for 300 guests over 2 hours, surrounded by some rather valuable artworks and antiquities.


The menu included little home made granola yoghurt pots with fresh compote, Quail’s egg Florentine, little spoons of kedgeree, and sweetcorn fritters with avocado, lime, and slow roasted tomato.


Simpkin & Roses provided the full service including the glasses, staff, and drinks, exhibiting our ability to manage events from conception to delivery.  There was no trace of our presence by 2pm!