ALL_OTHER_AREAS_strawberry-1Wedding Food & Drink
in Devon & Cornwall

It’s better to entertain fewer guests well than throw an enormous wedding reception and find your budget won’t stretch. Remember it has cost your guests time, effort and no small amount of cash to help you celebrate your big day.
Choosing your wedding menu is important, whether you’re planning a buffet or a sit-down meal. Try to reflect the style of your wedding in your choice of food – formal weddings, for example, might start with canapés to nibble as your guests arrive then continue with starters of smoked salmon or roasted vegetable tart followed by roast duck or lamb or poached salmon and finish with raspberry mousse or ice cream and brandy snaps.

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More informal gatherings might have a carvery or a good fun main course like sausage and mash, or cross your fingers, pray for a good day and plan a barbecue!
Don’t forget to include some vegetarian options and make sure you know well in advance if any of your guests have food intolerances which have to be catered for.

Most venues will have plenty of suggestions for you to choose from or, if you’re having caterers, you can ask them to create a unique menu, perhaps all based on a specific theme. Do try to sample the food before you make a final decision. Everything looks delicious when it’s described on a menu, but you want to make sure it tastes just as good when it’s on your plate.

Drinks for your guests take up a large part of your budget. It’s reasonable to assume each guest will drink one or two glasses on arrival at the reception, three or four glasses with the meal and another one for the toasts.
For reference, you will get between 10 and 12 glasses of sherry from each bottle and from six to eight glasses of wine or champagne.

Though Champagne is the traditional wedding drink, you could offer Pimms or Bucks Fizz on arrival and wine with the meal, saving the Champagne – or equally good sparkling wine – for the toasts.

Do remember to provide plenty of soft drinks for children and adults who prefer them or who may be driving. Allow between half and one litre per person.

CHOCELLA

35 Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8AA
Tel: 07866 392461
Email: [email protected]

Website: www.chocella.co.uk

Exquisitely handcrafted chocolates, luxurious wedding chocolate balls and wedding favours are the speciality of Chocella, whose owner Tracy Clarke creates real chocolate magic. With every flavour you could imagine, not to mention specialised gin and Champagne chocolates, they make perfect favours or gifts and there are even doughnuts and sweet bags and cones to add to the mix. And, if it’s a hen party with a difference you’re looking for, try Chocella’s chocolate and cocktail workshops!

If you want to sample for yourself – and who wouldn’t? – call into Chocella at Ella’s Chocolate House shop and tearooms in Brixham.

 

THE COWLICK CREAMERY

South Devon-based
Tel: 07786 948642
Email:

Website: www.thecowlick.com

Scrumptious ice creams and vegan sorbets are the speciality of the family-run Cowlick Creamery – and they’ll bring a freshly churned selection of flavours, served from a beautiful ice cream trike, to your wedding reception.

They already supply a wide range of customers across the UK, from Michelin star restaurants and leading food outlets to indivuduals looking for indulgent, artisan desserts for their guests and their ice creams use locally sourced organic cow’s milk, organic double cream and an abundance of carefully selected ingredients. There’s a wide range of tempting flavours, all made by hand, by real people, with creative minds and an obsession for quality produce. And they’ll even tailor-make a flavour especially for you!

The Cowlick’s beautiful hand-crafted Pashley vintage tricycles – Maisie and Daisy – are available to hire and can be placed inside or outside, depending on your requirements and of course, the great British weather!

GERT LUSH BARS

Exeter-based
Tel: 07947 319456
Email:  [email protected]

Website: www.gertlusheventbars.co.uk

There’s free hire and no minimum spend when you book a Gert Lush Event Bar for a reception with 50 or more adult guests that lasts for at least four hours.

Their personalised, bespoke mobile bar hire is available across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset offering a range of premium spirits and their own cocktails with a twist, as well as draught beers, a range of bottles and soft drinks. They can even provide hot drinks and mocktails. Payment options are completely flexible from a cash bar where guests pay for drinks themselves to a contribution bar where you place an amount behind the bar and your guests only pay when that has run out.

Choose the Horsebox Bar with its rustic, country feel or the Enchanted Bar with its beautiful foliage and fairy lights.

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TRAILER MADE DEVON

Churchstow, near Totnes
Tel: 07973 205383
Email:  [email protected]

Website: www.trailermadedevon.com

Are you thinking about hiring a mobile bar but worried about the cost? Trailer Made doesn’t charge a setup fee for the bar! They’ll come to your reception at no cost to yourself – they just charge for drinks (you will have to pay £25 for the temporary event notice that is required by law so they can legally sell alcohol on the day).
You’ll get a fully licensed bar, rustic whisky barrels with a 6ft bar top, ice machine, two large fridges, enough room for three kegs on taps – and they have their own generator so they don’t need power.
Trailer Made also offer a wide variety of items to hire including a sweet cart, garden games, centrepieces, chair sashes and much more.

 

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