When we use cheese in our sandwiches and nibbles it will always be real cheddar cheese, and normally a medium strength to ensure the best taste, unless of course it happens to be a brie and bacon sandwich. What you'll never find in any of our menus is "cheese alternatives" or cheese analogue as demystified by Wikipedia. No doubt cheaper, but just not as tasty as real cheddar cheese, and we believe that if you ask for a cheese sandwich that's exactly what you should get!
Ten great reasons to use Ham and Pickle Catering for your buffet event...
1. Our menu is super flexible. We can go above and beyond to make sure you get exactly what you want, if you don't see it on our menu we can normally add it just for you.
2. Buffets are prepared on our premises, by us. We know what's in our food and we try and make our buffets as close to the serving time as possible to keep it fresh.
3. We're allergy friendly. Whether it's vegetarian, coeliac, raw vegan, nut averse, or gluten intolerant - we can tailor something to suit, don't worry if you don't see it on the menu, just let us know when you book.
4. We're excellent value, you get plenty with a Ham and Pickle buffet, and even more when you quote our voucher codes!
5. Our personal buffet service is second to none. You'll deal with just one of our team, from the moment you enquire for a buffet through to booking and delivery.
6. We use our own local suppliers. We really rate our local independent suppliers, ok we can't always get everything we need from them, but if we can source our ingredients locally we will.
7. We can help you find and arrange a venue. We can put you in touch with a range of venues, and can even help you organise your event, nothing worse than finding you've forgotten something at the very last minute.
8. We can provide waiting staff. Often at no additional cost for larger events when you book a buffet with us.
9. We're local and independent - doing our bit to maintain the rich fabric of small independent businesses in the North West, you'd miss them all if they weren't around.
10. Free delivery and setup is all included in the price, currently our buffet territory extends across Cheshire and Manchester.
Just need sandwiches? Then visit our new sandwich platter page and pick from our selection of just sandwich platters - perfect for a light lunch or when you just don't need a full buffet spread.
Tis the season for cucumber sandwiches, and consequently also the season for said sandwiches to be served sans-crust, for the daintiest afternoon tea experience. Generally speaking, it is perfectly acceptable to have crusts on buffet sandwiches, particularly in light of the revelation that consumption of bread crusts is not linked to curliness of hair. The buffet consumer really is the winner here as the choices are delightfully simple - crust on, or crust off. However it is important to be sure, as once the crusts have been removed it is normally irrerversible.
For no reason other than enjoyment of a good "top 10 list", here are the most popular buffet sandwich fillers that our customers request, feel free to disagree of course...
10. Shredded Lemon Chicken
9. Ham Salad
8. Prawns in Mayonnaise
6. Ham and Pickle
5. Roast Beef & Mustard
4. Cheese & Sliced Tomato
3. Tuna Mayonnaise
2. Shredded Sweet Chilli Chicken
1. Egg Mayonnaise & Cress
Ah the forlorn paper doily, won't see one of those on a Ham and Pickle buffet, not now, not ever. Wikipedia attributes the invention of the crocheted doily to Margret Douche (1823 to 1904) and notes that the use of the paper doily took off in the 1950s and was considered a sign of "upward social mobility," how times have advanced. Happily the wretched paper doily has been in terminal decline, and with any luck will totally disappear from the food service and buffet industry altogether in short order, and thereafter with any luck all of existence. Crocheted doilies on furniture will defend against scratches, a paper doily on a buffet attaches itself like a limpet to the underside of a tuna and cucumber sandwich or welds itself on to a delicious smoked salmon and cream cheese puff, or is absorbed into a slice of very nice chocolate cake. Liberate your buffets, burn the wretched doily!
Our proprietary guide to getting the best buffet experience:
1. Choose your venue (can't have a buffet without a venue) - think beyond the obvious and explore your local golf clubs, cricket clubs and tennis courts - they all have clubhouses with acres of floor space and often a bar. The room rates are realistic and outside of sporting seasons private events are a vital source of income for these venues. Or for even cheaper venue ideas go and research your local working men's clubs.
2. Select the caterer - Ham and Pickle Catering obviously... 0161 494 7666 or en
3. Pick the right menu. So what do you want, finger buffet (no cutlery necessary) fork buffet, or hotpot buffet, or full on sit down experience. Some caterers will offer a range of these options, others will specialise in one area.
4. Confirm the extras. Speak to your caterer , what will they be providing - plates, forks, cups for drinks - make sure you know what you are getting, nothing more annoying than having soup at a buffet and suggesting your guests make do with a spork...
5. Sort the drinks - if your venue has a bar then a lot of this will be taken care of, but make sure you know what the drinks will cost, and are your offering a free bar or are your guests going to need cash. Smaller buffets you are more likely to provide the drinks yourself - and that is going to mean a trip to the cash and carry, or your caterer can do this for you.
6. Invite the guests. Unless you want to eat alone. Also a good time to check for gluten intolerances, vegetarians, and people who just don't like quiche.
7. Let the evening commence. Enjoy the food! Keep an eye on the buffet table, always worth putting leftovers in the fridge or getting the doggy bags out and packing your guests off home with the spoils at the end of the evening. At larger buffets your waiting staff will take care of all this for you anyway.
So times have changed, the world spins on its axis, and the Ham and Pickle Catering website has been relaunched, yeah so what? Well two things really, first of which is to say that the old website was a bit 2011 and that's old. Secondly and more importantly, there is a celebratory DISCOUNT VOUCHER available (woo hoo) for use against any bookings made in June, making an already great deal irresistible.