Picnic in Devon for weddings, parties and anniversaries

As many of our customers will tell you we have some fabulous picnic hampers available and they suit anytime of the year.

Our menus include both hot and cold foods and drinks.  We can deliver anywhere in North Devon and from Easter 2014 picnics can be collected from Maybray’s on the High Street in Barnstaple. We can also offer advice on places to have your picnic if you are unfamiliar with the area.  With some of the most fabulous beaches, great places on Exmoor with woodlands and cycle trails like the Tarka Trail you are spoilt for choice for places to take your picnic.

You can also hire picnic baskets, cool boxes, windbreaks, plastic backed rugs from us. We have large wicker hampers suitable for only short walks from you car to the beach or moor, or backpacks if you are heading off walking the coastal path or cycling. If you want to remember times gone by we also have vintage and retro hampers. If you prefer we can deliver all of your picnic in completely biodegradable packing that you can put into any normal dustbin and it will safely decompose in 180 days.

For more information, food and prices please visit our sister website –

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more infomation:
Tarka Trail Maps

Afternoon Tea Parties in Devon for Your Wedding, Anniversary, Birthday or a Hen Party

Who doesn’t love a tea party?

Depending on your venue location we can provide you with a fabulous afternoon tea party for you and your guests.

We supply you with the following:
Staff to look after you and your guests
Vintage china, cutlery, linens and bunting
Sandwiches with a choice of fillings
Hand-baked scones with locally produced jam and Devon clotted cream
Lovely hand-baked cakes
Tea and Coffee

We also have lots of additional props you can hire and put you in touch with colleagues who have more extensive vintage ranges available.

Price vary depending on location and how far we have to travel and also how many guests you are having. For example we cannot travel to Brixham for 2 people!

Take a look round our blog for inspiration through the months under Archives on the right-hand side, and also visit our flickr page where we post photos of previous bookings. If you would like to discuss your event further please email us via the Contacts Page above.

Many thanks,
The V.P.C.

Afternoon Tea and Vintage China At Country Ways in Devon

Last Saturday we catered for a wedding at Country Ways in North Devon. If you are not familiar with Country Ways it’s a lovely complex of holiday cottage to hire with great wedding facilities such as the Corn Barn which seats up to 60 people. There is space in the grounds for marquees and today there was even a bouncy castle for grown ups and space hopper racing!

We took our afternoon tea package, lashings of cake and scones and cake, cake and more cake. The room was decorated with a vibrant blue as you can see in the photos.

If you are thinking of holding your wedding or event at Country Ways and would like us to style it with any of the following:
Vintage China
Table Dressings
Shabby Chic Items
or just provide you with an afternoon tea and china please email us for ideas that work well there.

If you are looking for a wedding or party venue, or just a place to come and stay here in North Devon, visit their website for more details:

Country Wedding at Millbrook Estate

If you are looking for a country wedding package then we can create one for you. The photos below are taken from a fabulous day we had at Millbrook Estate for the wedding of Linda the wedding co-ordinator that many of you who read this blog will know very well. Linda came to us last year and asked for a country style in the Retreat so this is what we created for her with lots of help from Lisa at Millbrook who kindly lent us some of her own personal items. Linda was banned from seeing it, (despite her making attempts in the evening to take as sneaky peak) until she arrived in the UTV (which had been decorated with Flowers) with Bob, Kate and ring bearer Iszy. The sun shone, Dave cooked us a fabulous BBQ and we had a really lovely day, even my daughter was there to enjoy the fun with Lisa’s children and Iszy.

For those of you who are getting married either at Millbrook or looking for a country wedding package in North Devon contact us for prices as we can do all the hard work for you, all you need to do is arrive and say “I do.”

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Thanks Linda and Les for a great day 🙂

Vintage Afternoon Tea at Ash Barton Manor, Devon

In March we were asked to cater for a large wedding at Ash Barton manor in North Devon. We provided our vintage china and afternoon tea catering services. There is so much space in the barn at Ash Barton that you can lay tables on one side, include a large bar, a chill out zone and even have lots of room left for dancing or a band. Whatever the weather outside you can fit everyone in. It’s a great place for a large wedding and highly recommended for parties too.

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The Bride and her mum decorated the barn with simple gypsophila flowers, pretty lace chair sashes and even had time to create a lovely shabby chic sweety table to keep the children entertained. Along with other pretty shabby chic dressers and stands dotted about the room was transformed and look fabulous.

If you would like us to cater for you at your wedding or party please get in contact with us.

Vintage Birthday or Anniversary Tea Parties in Devon

If you visit our website you would probably think all we cater for is weddings, however we have catered for some lovely afternoon tea parties designed to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Whether it’s at your home for an intimate party of just a few relatives and friends or a much larger party in a village hall, we can supply you with the following:

Afternoon Tea Package:
Sandwiches with various fillings cut into dainty tea fingers
Traditional Cakes
Scone, Jam and Clotted Cream
Tea & Coffee
All the vintage china, linens and cutlery needed
Staff to set up, make tea and look after you and your guests.

So rather than having to source all your Afternoon Tea party items from different parts of Devon or trawl through the charity shops trying to find pretty china at bargain prices (good luck with that!) Our package above has it all. Our prices vary depending on your location and how many we are catering for.

Email us at and tell us how many, where and when, and we can give you a quote.

Thanks for looking
The V.P.C.


Vintage Afternoon Tea in Devon

There is nothing more lovely than an afternoon tea and ours are a delightful way of spending time with your friends or loved ones.   Whether you are celebrating a special occasion or just fancy tea with your mum or gran we can deliver a vintage afternoon experience to your home or holiday cottage in North Devon and transport you all back to a bygone era of elegance and sophistication with trained staff and wonderful 1920s and 30s music.

Afternoon Tea Package Includes:

  • Afternoon Tea set up in the comfort of your own home, holiday cottage or a venue of your choice (or a marquee in the garden if for more than 10)
  • Enjoy freshly prepared sandwiches with Smoked Salmon and Lemon Cream Cheese, Egg and Cress, Ham and Tomato fillings
  • Traditional handmade Victoria Sponge Cake and Lemon Drizzle Cake
  • Scones, Jam and Clotted Cream
  • Lashings of Tea
  • All served on vintage china with our staff to look after you for the duration of your tea.

If you would like to book our Afternoon Tea package delivered to your door we have a special offer available from October 1st to March 31st – email us to find out more.   You can also purchase a Gift Voucher from us as a Christmas or Birthday gift.   Delivery of our tea is an additional costs depending on where you are in North Devon (some areas, as you may well know, are harder to get to than others!)

Please contact us for details of prices as you may wish to choose alternative fillings or cakes and we like to make your experience unique and bespoke!

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