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Catering in Devon and North Devon

If you are looking for caterers in North Devon we are a bespoke company offering a variety of packages

Afternoon Tea – includes everything you need to offer your guests a step back in time, from vintage china to music.
High Tea – more substantially based meal such a quiches, pies, pasties followed by a strawberry cream tea with the vintage china
Canapes & Drinks – we are licensed and can provide drink under a TENs at any location if you wish us to bring along bubbly, cocktails, etc.

Our staff love the vintage themed parties we cater for and are available to serve drinks, nibbles and lashings of tea.

We also have props available to hire for vintage, country and shabby chic styling and we can also style you event with our props, bunting, table cloths, etc. We have many different designs and inspiration to help you – just ask!

AND, when you need a private dining experience there is always our bistro in Barnstaple for private dining up to 18 guests.

Vintage Country Wedding in North Devon

When Emma came to us and asked for Afternoon Tea, would you be surprised that we said “ooh yes please, we would love to help you?” of course you wouldn’t, but that’s not because this is our job, it’s because we love vintage and afternoon teas. So here are some photos of the day and if you are looking for Afternoon Tea catering we have been supplying Afternoon Tea, Cream Teas and buffet catering for many years and we can also supply a high tea (yes there is a difference see our blog post HERE)

Here are some photos taken of their day.

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If you would like us to cater for your event whether it’s an afternoon tea or perhaps even private dining in our bistro in Barnstaple, please contact us. We have some fabulous packages available for small intimate weddings, anniversaries, hen parties and birthdays.

Vintage Country Afternoon Tea Wedding in a Village Hall Setting in Devon

I have always believed that if it rains on your wedding day it’s good luck! On Friday 1st of august it rained, actually North Devon REALLY rained, but this didn’t affect Hannah and Sam’s wedding plans. They were married in a lovely church in Bideford and held their reception at Weare Giffard village hall. They chose blues as their colour theme and hired our vintage china and blue and cream tablecloths. Hannah used simple jam jars with Hydrangeas and Gypsophila to create a country theme.

We supplied our Afternoon Tea with additional canapes. Hannah chose to have a cake table so that her guests could come and go for cakes as they pleased over the afternoon and evening. We brought along our traditional cakes, strawberries in bowls and macrons, and her mum made her wedding cake, the two top layers were biscuit cake and the bottom a lovely rich fruit cake as you can see from the photos it was really lovely and everyone enjoyed a slice.

Below are the photos we took of the hall and tables. Lydia (my assistant) and I had a lovely afternoon looking after all their guests and were really pleased to have been part of their special day.

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If you are looking for a traditional village hall venue in north Devon we can highly recommend Weare Giffard Hall.

January and February Vintage Weddings in Devon

The first two months of the year were busy for us with wedding catering, it’s always lovely to share in a wedding whether large or small.

Here are some images from weddings for inspiration, if you need it!

We have plenty more weddings this year from small and intimate to very large and will share photos with you as and when they happen. If you are getting married in Devon or considering a wedding here, please get in contact regarding catering. We don’t just do afternoon teas, but they are our speciality and we are very good at them, we can do BBQs, buffets and bespoke picnics.

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Cream Tea at the Double Locks for Jess & Nick

There is nothing like a Cream Tea on a wet day in Devon!    Thankfully all 90 guests were safely tucked inside the marquee at the Double Locks, Exeter when we catered for Jess and Nick’s wedding.  Despite the on and off rain it was a lovely day for them and the photos below show how Jess decorated the marquee and tables naming each one after famous historical couples, and the flowers were in kilner jars.  Jess also created a photo wall, which you can see in one of our photos and also used a vintage case for her cards and gifts to be placed in by the door.  We then added the china, scones, jam and clotted cream and lashings of tea and coffee.  We had a really lovely time with all their friends and family and would like to thank them all for making us feel so welcome and part of their day.

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If you are getting married at the Double Locks we can cater for your afternoon tea including china let us know we would love to help you make your day very special.

The Vintage Party Company

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Picnic at Millbrook Estate for Paul & Nicola

Congratulations once again to Paul and Nicola who married at Millbrook and chose one of our picnic hampers for the afternoon celebration meal  We don’t always get photos from picnics, but we asked Jim Wileman their photographer for a photo and he sent this beautiful one.

A very happy couple.

Millbrook Estate, Vintage Party Company, Jim Wileman

Here’s what they had to say in an email to us:
“Just wanted to thank you for our beautiful picnic hamper, after getting married me and Paul enjoyed all your beautiful homemade cakes and strawberries with a bottle of champagne. We struggled to finish it as there was so much but everything was so tasty and such good quality we enjoyed the challenge! Thanks so much Nic and Paul”

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For more information about wedding day or making memory photos of your event if you are coming to North Devon please visit Jim’s Website or Blog

For one of our hampers stuffed with Devon goodies, contact us via the link at the top of the page!

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Bretagne Butter Pastry

My husband has just returned from a trip to Brittany and I asked him to bring back some sort of pastries if he remembered; he did.  Below is a traditional Bretagne pastry made from butter and sugar. This cost about £8 so wasn’t a cheap pastry and it’s really heavy with layers of pastry and the top has caramelised sugar which is really crunchy

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It was purchased from the local patisserie to my brother-in-law at rochfort en terre in the Morbihan region. He says they often go in and just buy a piece to eat whilst walking along, or it can go down very well with a glass of local cider! It’s very dry to eat so I think would be great warmed up with a dollop of icecream.

Below are two other cakes, both have a biscuit base with chopped nuts in, then a layer of mouse cream and either a jelly on the top or chocolate fondant. I have to say very thin chocolate fondant, not the stuff we seem to think cakes should be thickly plastered in in the UK to hide a multitude of sins underneath!

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Do you have a favourite French pastry that you could recommend I look out for on the next visit?