Julie Abbs Catering

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An entirely bespoke catering company providing the highest quality food and event curation. We specialise in creating outstanding celebrations for those with discerning culinary tastes.
Pricing & Costs

Prices start at

£10000
Details

General Services

Tastings
Wedding Cake
Last-Minute Orders
Tables and Chairs Provided
Pre-Wedding Consultation
Sharing-Style
Midnight Treats
Tableware Provided
Set-Up
Canapes
Clean-Up
Staff Provided
Alcohol Provision
Seated Meal
Physical Kitchen Premises
Bartending
Marquee Catering
Buffet-Style
Linen Provided

Food Type

Asian
Caribbean
Western / European
Latin / South American
Hog Roast
Chinese / Japanese
Middle Eastern

Dietary Options

Gluten-Free
Dairy-Free
Nut-Free
Vegan
Vegetarian
Full Description
We are a family-run catering company based in the heart of the Norfolk countryside, devoted to providing the highest quality in catering and event production. We benefit from over two decades of experience to offer our customers bespoke food of the highest standard. Whether it be a wedding for 100 to 200, an intimate dinner for 10 or a corporate event for over 500 we have a wealth of experience to bring to the table to ensure your event is a success. Our rural surroundings provide the inspiration for the fresh inventive dishes we create. Naturally, with such an abundance of produce on our doorstep, we can ensure that our recipes are fortified with the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. Whatever the event, we pride ourselves on providing a memorable culinary experience for all involved. We work with you to create exciting menus that are truly personal, reflecting your tastes through our dishes. We would be delighted to see what we can create for you!

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Tristram Abbs
Hi There, I'm Tris, father of two and husband to my awesome wife Poppy, married in July 2012 in a beautiful Morton Events marquee in the garden of Lodge Farm where our company is based. I am passionate about creating beautiful food for events which truly reflects my clients. I will work tirelessly to make your event incredible. I look forward to hearing from you to start the journey!

Experience

No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
true
No. of People In Team
6
Reviews
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Mr & Mrs Farrell
Married in October 2017
December 2017
Thank you so much for the incredible food!
Hi Tris Just had to send a quick email before we fly off to say thank you so much for the incredible food! Literally everyone commented on how good the food was, from the table food to the canapés. We were so happy and very impressed, it actually exceeded our expectations if I'm honest! Holly and the team were amazing too. Zero fuss and we hardly realised they were even there! They were great. Thanks so much! Ed & Daniela
Sarah
Wedding: September 2017
December 2017
Tasting Menu
Hi I believe you were the caterers at the wedding of Anna and Mike at Spixworth Cottages last Saturday? I just wanted to send you a massive thank you. It is for health purposes that I am on a plant based diet so I was the vegan. My experience of plant based eating when eating out is that specialist veggie/vegan shops know what they are doing, the majority of places have some 'token gesture' options which are pretty bad and some places get it 'sort of' right which is pretty average. There was no 'token gesture' or 'sort of right' on Saturday for me! It was an incredible fine dining experience which had been carefully considered and constructed and which totally blew me away! I can't thank you enough. I rarely eat out and have something that I wouldn't/couldn't do better at home. It was incredible! Thanks again Sarah
Mr & Mrs Harman
Married in August 2017
December 2017
The food was delicious and amazingly presented
Hi Tris We wanted to say the biggest thank you (all the way from Tel Aviv) for your absolutely fantastic work on Saturday night. We have the most magical weekend and the food had a huge part to play in that. The food was delicious and amazingly presented throughout. This was something a large number of people commented on. We knew the food would be a big priority for us at the wedding but it far exceeding our expectation in creativity, taste and presentation. People warned me I wouldn't eat much on the day and I kept saying to people "trust me, when you know it's this good you will!" And I am so glad I did! No canapé escaped me! I also wanted to say a huge thank you to your wonderful and attentive staff and for your involvement in the smooth running of the day (including some fantastic espresso martinis!) You (or a member of staff) were there at all the crucial points when we needed you the most. For example, As we arrived at Mannington as husband and wife (slightly overwhelmed) and even when Alex and I had slight sense of humour failure after about an hour (or more) of family photos and were in need of a drink! We both wanted to say a big thank you again and will try and send some formal photos through once they arrive! Best wishes Hester and Alex
Diane Stewart
Wedding: July 2017
December 2017
What an incredible feast you created
Hello Tristram I am so sorry that I didn’t get to thank you personally on Saturday but Tristram what an incredible feast you created for the wedding. The day was so special and I have such beautiful memories of my son’s wedding which will stay in my heart forever. Every part of the day was perfect which included your amazing food. It was lovely to see you, even if it was brief during the morning as I was frantically ironing the table runners! Many, many thanks to you once again With my very best wishes and best regards to your mum Diane xx
Mr & Mrs Williams
Married in July 2017
December 2017
The beef was cooked to perfection
Dear Tris Thank you very much for providing such amazing catering on Saturday. Everyone we spoke to has commented on the food, a number outlining that it was the best food they have ever had at a wedding. The beef was cooked to perfection - I am not sure whether any was sent back to be cooked slightly more? You and your team all worked incredibly hard to ensure the evening ran smoothly. Diana and I had a fantastic day. You were also really kind to make Diana some extra canapés; it was very much appreciated. I suspect you may have some bookings from a number of our friends in the future. We will definitely use you again if we have another event - hopefully not a wedding though! I hope the rest of the wedding season all runs smoothly for you. Kind regards Nick & Diana
Mr & Mrs Plummer
Wedding: July 2017
December 2017
The canapes were excellent
Dear Tris Just a quick email to say how pleased we were with everything last Tuesday, the canapes were excellent and your staff all very friendly and efficient. The only thing that could have been better was the weather but that is beyond our control!! We trust everything went well at the Norfolk Show, we visited on the Thursday and were surprised how dry it was underfoot, we did avoid the EDP tent though as that looked very busy, clearly you were all doing a good job! Thank you once again and you never know you may hear from us again one day!! Best wishes Ian and Elisabeth
Location & Contact Details

Address

Lodge Farm Cottages, East Lexham, Norfolk, PE32 2RZ, England

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FAQ
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What is your most memorable wedding?

Apart from my own :) it must be working alongside the awesome Michelle Kelly (http://www.pocketfulofdreams.co.uk) at The Wilderness Reserve in 2016. So beautiful, complex and personal with a truly international guest list, many of whom I would love to name-drop. Perhaps when I retire!

Describe your style in 5 adjectives.

Personal, Bespoke, Detailed, Fun, Reliable

What about your business are you most proud of?

The fact we say YES and deliver. I so seldom say no to a client's ideas, in fact I don't think i can remember the last time I did! We love a challenge and are constantly pushing the boundaries of event catering. Perfectly rare beef wellington to 185 guests in a marquee, trio of game (partridge ballotine, venison slider & pan-fried pigeon breast) to 270 at the EDP Food and Drinks Awards and medium-rare rib-eye steak & straw chips with béarnaise sauce for 220 come to mind.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Start early and take it easy.

What is your favourite personal touch you have seen at a wedding?

A personally dedicated book for every guest, that makes sure you only invite people you like! Oh, and also a full-sized BB-8 droid cake as a surprise for the Star-Wars mad groom.

Describe your typical process with a couple.

Initially talk over the phone or in person to get together the basic details for the event (itinerary, themes, plans, location, food tastes & plans). From this point I create a tailored quotation based upon these details. From this point on there is a pretty representative price and guide for the day which can be honed to suit your exact needs. We provide a menu tasting when we can discuss and adapt the menu and smooth over some further logistics. Within a year of the wedding we arrange a site visit, even if we've already done one already, to make sure we are all 100% on the same page. Me and my assistant are at the end of the phone to answer any questions you have, however trivial you think they might be, a calm couple is a happy couple! We take final numbers and dietary requirements 21 days prior to the event and then lock in all the details for your day. Then we're there, making the magic happen at your event. Simple really :)

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