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No party is complete without fabulous food. Be it a hog roast, barbecue, canapés or bowl food, these are the nest tastemakers in the UK

The Admirable Crichton

Known for the outré nature of its parties, The Admirable Crichton is the perfect choice if you’re planning to host a real blow-out event. With a 36-year heritage, plus a Royal Warrant, this is an outfit that’s used to throwing big-scale soirées. Ingredients are ethically sourced and seasonal where possible and come from UK farms and seas. admirable-crichton.co.uk

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BEST FOR: DIY DESSERTS

GUESTS: 2-10,000

PRICES FROM: £40PP

All In Hand

For an event that requires a relaxed, cold cut-led buffet at a good price, you’ll find no better. Choose from roast sirloin of beef, poached salmon with prawns and a gamut of globetrotting salads. allinhandcatering.co.uk

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BEST FOR: BUFFETS

GUESTS: 20-200

PRICES FROM: £9PP

Ampersand Events

The guys at Ampersand create a new menu for each season, focusing on in-vogue, in-season ingredients. We love the sound of roast guinea fowl, confit leg, served with clementine, fondant potato and creamed savoy cabbage. ampersandevents.co.uk

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BEST FOR: SEASONAL COOKING

GUESTS: 30-3,000

PRICES FROM: £45PP

The BBQ King

One of the best-value options on our list, The BBQ King is based in the South East and brings tasty grills to your garden. The wild boar roast with mushroom stuffing is excellent, and the surf and turf selection with king prawn and tuna steak will please all the party. thebbqking.co.uk

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BEST FOR: BARBECUES

GUESTS: 10-80

PRICES FROM: £16PP

Bubble Food

The molecular gastronomists of the UK catering scene. Bubble’s modernist canapés are popular for film premieres, although it’s equally well equipped for home events that require an element of theatre. The smoked salad niçoise is exquisite. bubblefood.com

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BEST FOR: MOLECULAR PARTY FOOD

GUESTS: 10-2,500

PRICES FROM: £1,000

By Word of Mouth

Established nearly 40 years ago, BWOM caters for international events as well as celebratory dinners. Its signature dishes of Keen’s Cheddar soufflé with orange chutney and toasted brioche, and Serrano-wrapped monkfish are standout. bywordofmouth.co.uk


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BEST FOR: SUNNY SUMMER PARTIES

GUESTS: 10-20

PRICES FROM: £POA

Cellar Society

As well as providing beautiful bars, Cellar Society’s food is some of the best in Europe. It’s not cheap and all the events it caters are bespoke, but quality is superb, as clients such as Tom Ford, Rolex and Rolls-Royce attest. cellarsociety.com


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BEST FOR: GLAMOUR

GUESTS: 6-2,000

PRICES FROM: £POA

Chopping Block

Owned by a group of brothers who grew up on their family farm in Warwickshire, good animal husbandry and responsible practice are at the heart of the company. Use them for some of the best roast dinners in the UK. choppingblock.co.uk

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BEST FOR: ROASTS

GUESTS: 10-1,000

PRICES FROM: £43PP

Eden Caterers

As a one-stop shop for year-round food, Eden does it all. From equipment hire and staffing to sourcing the best seasonal produce and offering ideas for menus and events, you’re in safe hands. edencaterers.london

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BEST FOR: ALL-ROUND EVENT CATERING

GUESTS: 10-1,000

PRICES FROM: £15PP

Game & Flames

Specialising in some of the UK’s finest rare-breed meat and game, G&F will create the ultimate barbecue or outdoor event. Pit-roast lamb, braised rabbit, game burgers and wild-boar goulash cooked over a custom-built fire pit are among its most popular dishes. gameandflames.com


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BEST FOR: WHOLE PIT-ROAST LAMB

GUESTS: 5-50

PRICES FROM: £15PP

Payne & Gunter

Dating all the way back to 1786, P&G has a long and illustrious history that includes catering the infamously debauched Brit Awards afterparty for over a decade. High-end ingredients (such as scallops or Wagyu beef ) are respectfully treated. payneandgunter.co.uk


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BEST FOR: BIG PARTIES

GUESTS: 50-4,500

PRICES FROM: £1,000

Sausage & Pear

Dorset born and bred, and ready to make use of the tremendous produce from the region, these guys major in hearty meals for dinner parties and events of under 100. Its fine pies are stocked in Harrods and Fortnum & Mason. sausageandpear.co.uk

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BEST FOR: PIES

GUESTS: 10-100

PRICES FROM: £10PP

Spinning Porkies

If nothing but a hog roast will do for your party, Spinning Porkies won’t let you down. It uses British free-range pigs and flavoured with lemon and salt, garlic and herb or cider. To keep costs down, you can hire the hog-roast machine for £195 extra and DIY. spinningporkies.com


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BEST FOR: HOG ROASTS

GUESTS: 25-200

PRICES FROM: £350

Spook

Specialising in weddings, but equally geared up for parties, Spook is modern to the core, from the pared-back food presentation to the seasonal ingredients. Butterflied leg of lamb with pomegranate is absolutely delicious, as is the aged venison tartare. spookcooking.com

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BEST FOR: WEDDINGS

GUESTS: 70-400

PRICES FROM: £1,500

Tonic

All Tonic’s chefs have worked in top kitchens, so bring real professional flair to your party. Its menus are also well travelled. We’re fans of Seville orange and salted duck skin, and the zesty crab starter. tonicfood.co.uk


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BEST FOR: MICHELIN- GRADE PARTY FOOD

GUESTS: 8-4,000

PRICES FROM: £45PP

Top Hat

This company’s attention to detail is second to none. Specialising in canapé and bowl-food parties, everything it creates is visually bold and stimulating – and tasty. Go for braised pigs’ trotters with aged balsamic and parmesan. tophatcatering.co.uk

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BEST FOR: INTIMATE DINNERS

GUESTS: 10-500

PRICES FROM: £55PP

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