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In addition to creating wonderful meals, cakes and bakes, we love talking about food, glorious food! Read all about the latest trends in catering, sustainable ingredients, our cookery hacks, and maybe even we’ll post the odd recipe or two. We want to whet your appetite for the kind of delicious seasonal food we work with every day – we regularly update this page so make sure you come back for seconds!

How to take the stress out of birthday catering

Special birthdays deserve special treatment, and it’s great to organise a get-together or party so family and friends can come together and celebrate.

But organising parties and celebrations can be stressful. You’ve got …

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Five business breakfast catering ideas that will surprise you

Given that the ‘normal’ way to start the day in the UK can be anything from sugary cereals to sausage, egg and beans, there will probably be few breakfast catering ideas that …

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Themed wedding catering ideas

When it comes to themed wedding catering, there are a huge number of options to choose from. Depending on where you’re holding your reception and how far your budget can stretch, there’ll …

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7 Unique Party Catering Ideas

If you’re throwing a party, you must have a really special occasion to celebrate and that means that you’ll be inviting all of your friends and family to join in the celebrations …

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Young Staff Leading the Team

It is very typical within the catering industry to rely heavily upon part time staff due to of the nature of having varied and peak seasons. Over the summer and holiday periods …

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What can restaurants do to help customers with allergies?

Importance of Allergen Menus

This very interesting article from the BBC investigates what restaurants can and must do to ensure the safety of their customers from allergies. After the tragic death of Owen …

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Creating the wow factor with your business catering

The month ahead provides loads of opportunity for creating the wow factor with your business catering. Here’s a few tips for making your catering memorable and stand out…

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How to get the most out of your vegetables and eliminate waste!

Don’t waste the stem!

As all of our recipes are made using fresh produce it’s important to us to make the most out of everything we have lying around. Just like using every …

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Cakes, anyone can do it

It’s strange to think that until opening Hopleys over 7 years ago I had really made very few cakes in my life! This is somewhat of an admission for a Chef / …

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Trends in wedding catering – the sharing platter

We’ve noticed that sharing platters have become an increasingly popular form of wedding and party catering. Over the last couple of years, more and more people have asked us to include an …

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Vegetarian catering

It’s estimated that one in eight people in the UK are vegetarian or vegan, and 21% consider themselves to be ‘flexitarian’, i.e. they eat a largely vegetarian diet but will occasionally have …

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