If you are looking for a caterers in Shropshire, Plyvine Catering can assist with your catering requirements. As caterers we have 35 years experience working with a wide range of Shropshire clients to make events of all shapes and sizes extra special.
Whilst planning an event, whether you are organising a wedding or a private gathering amongst family and friends, there is certain to be many things on your ‘to do’ list. However, by enlisting Plyvine Catering you can rest assured that one important aspect is handled professionally, efficiently and affordably.
As caterers in Shropshire, we deliver delicious food for every budget and our range of services ensure you have a lifelong catering professional that you can call upon and, most importantly, rely on.
Every wedding day should be a memorable experience for the happy couple and their guests. The reception is the perfect time for your guests to wind down so why not do this in style with a delicious menu served at a venue of your choice whether it is in a marquee or a village hall. You can be assured Plyvine can provide a quality and affordable solution.
Here at Plyvine Catering, we have helped lots of Shropshire couples turn their dreams into a reality, and as a result we offer a number of bespoke menu options for parties of all sizes. Whether you are searching for a caterer to supply a three course meal or a buffet later in the day, our catering team has the knowledge and skill to make your special day memorable.
Have a look at our Wedding Services page for more information. We are also approved function caterers at Ludlow Racecourse which is an excellent venue for all types of functions and is pictured above for one of our weddings there. Have a look at their website to see if one of their function suites could suit your event. Other Shropshire wedding venues can be found at the Shropshire Wedding website.
Catering for all types of Shropshire Events
We cater for all types of events through out the Shropshire area including finger buffets, weddings, hot meals and banquets, mobile bar service and larger events including corporate events and Balls and Dinners. We have an excellent reputation and have many letter of thanks, please visit our Recommendations page to see a few of our happy customers. We regularly cater for customers event is in Telford, Bridgnorth and Ironbridge to name a few.
Questions to ask a potential catering company in Shropshire…
This makes a fine opening gambit for the discussion with your caterer. Start off by asking them about the date and if they will be free, and if they will be taking on your event exclusively or otherwise. Basically, can they handle the work on the day, or will they be overstretched taking on multiple events that day?
Working out if you can afford the caterer is always useful. Start off by asking them for recommendations, depending on if you go for a classic meal or a buffet style. Request pricing, too. This can give you a rough calculation per head of the cost of the food for the event. This can make it easier to work out the next steps.
You should always look to find out if they know the venue. If they don’t, it’s best that they do so before the big day. The more a catering firm knows of the event, the better they can plan for the challenges ahead and prepare the required logistics.
Speak to any caterer about testimonials, and the best ones will be more than happy to oblige. Some will even help you by putting you into contact with previous customers. From how experienced they are in your event type to what people say through testimonies, you can find this really helps inform your decision.
While you might be impervious to allergies and deficiencies, others at the event won’t be. Ask any prospective caterer about their process for handing allergies, providing vegan and vegetarian options as well as their stance on gluten and dairy-free options. Do that, and you’ll ensure the catering is open to all at the event.
Quality costs, and you want to know that you are getting good value for money. Make sure that you can find out – with proof – where ingredients come from. Find out if they are to your standard and budget: are they local? Organic? Find out all that you can about their ingredients.
Another aspect of your event comes from somewhere for everyone to eat. If required, can your caterer help you source (and also set up) the furniture and tableware that you need? If so, please keep them in mind. They could be very useful for this particular purpose should it be needed.
When you throw an event, you’ll need have serving staff to handle the guests. How do you want them to be dressed? How many shall be provided? Who will be in charge of the day in terms of organizing staff? How will food arrive, be prepared and dropped off etc.? find out all you can on this very important part of the event.
Always find out everything from how they handle an excess to how the caterers would deal with less people turning than expected. How happy are they to be flexible if needed? Should things not work out, what do they provide in terms of cancelling the booking?
As ever, the more work that does into learning about payment, the better it is for all involved. Find out what the deposit is and when it has to be paid by. Also, speak to them about the payment dates, rates, deadlines and accepted forms of payment for easier management.
A caterer will often provide you with a specific or special dish. You should look to find out what kind of specific dishes they can provide you with. It might help you spice up the dishes on offer at your event with something different.
You might want to cut out the gluten on a certain meal, or have a special family recipe added to the menu. Find out if the caterer will be happy to try that out with you, if possible.
Never take health and safety for granted. Find out if they have the relevant licensing, insurance and protection to help make the evet as safe as possible.
Again, it’s good to just verify that they meet all professional Health & Safety standards. Verify this, as it’s a vital part of hiring a caterer with comfort and peace of mind.
Should the venue have a specific storage on-site area and a cooking location, you can find out if the catering team can work with it. If not, find out the costs and time involved for setup and preparation of the facilities they would need to work with your chosen venue.
Try and do all that you can to understand the full cost of the hiring. For example, some caterers will charge on-top of the catering for things like rental of furniture and cutlery. Work out what the full cost is, including their policy on things like tipping. This can make a huge difference to how the full pricing of your catering hire comes about.
You should also look to understand the number and uniform of staff. A caterer should be capable of giving you a good estimate of the staff numbers needed, and also let you know about how their staff dress so that they stand out.
Caterers will have in mind the kind of pricing platform that they use: is it a flat rate, or a per-person pricing platform? Work that out as it can play a big role in deciding what kind of caterer you choose in the long run.
You should find out if they are capable of handling the event, too. Discover if they have the manpower to handle your event alone, or if they will be taking it on with other events at the same time. The more that you can learn now, the better, as it will stop any resource issues developing pre-event.
If you can, make sure that you spend some time working with the caterer to handle vendor meals. While it might not be an immediate thought, it’s important that you look after all those involved at the event. Invest in vendor meals for the staff, and you can find it makes a big difference to the atmosphere of the event.
If you want to help get a more elaborate presentation style, then you should make sure the caterer can accommodate that kind of thinking. Always find out what kind of presentation they go for, and if they would be able to help out with a more specific or thematic style that you have in mind.