Our black book

It’s not just about food. We are fortunate to work alongside some excellent providers and we’re happy to pass on the details of our little black book to help make sure your event goes with a swing.

Marquees, party tents and tipis

If you’re looking for shelter for your event, we heartily recommend the following three local companies:

Marquee hire.
Anglia Coastal, Hungarian Hall, Pettistree IP13 0JF

Marquees, party tents and stretch tent hire.
Suffolk Marquees, Ipswich IP2 8EJ

Giant tipis and sailcloth tent hire.
Events Under Canvas, Capel St Mary IP9 2JX

Other services

Makeup, hair and nails.
Clare at Cherry Pie Makeovers is simply splendid.

If you’re after a beautiful, bespoke hand-made vine, tiara, fascinator or hat, speak to our friend Magda at Madge Hatter.

Stunning cakes.
We recommend Jess at Pickacake.

Lighting, staging and sound.
Richard Garrett at Sound4Pro Audio

Red carpets, velvet VIP ropes and fairy lit topiary.

Our friends at Archway Carpets in Woodbridge also offer a range of coloured carpets to hire to take your event to the next level.


We are fortunate to cook at some beautiful venues in Suffolk and Essex. Here are our favourites, ideal for a relaxed weekend away, a party or a wedding:

Pettistree House, Pettistree. www.pettistreehouse.co.uk

The Old Neptune, Ipswich. www.theoldneptune.co.uk

East Green Cottages, Kelsale. www.eastgreencottages.co.uk

Browning Brothers, Chalkney Water Meadow and Teybrook Orchard. www.browningbros.co.uk

Letheringham Lodge, Letheringham. www.letheringhamlodge.com

What our clients say

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"We regularly recommend Ruth and her team to our clients who are always delighted with her service so we knew we wouldn’t be disappointed." Events Under Canvas
"The food was delicious and I really appreciated your relaxed and friendly manner despite all my guests arriving late! It was the perfect start to my birthday weekend."
"The day was truly magical, with everything going according to plan. What made it fantastic for us was feeling secure in the knowledge that you would be there at all the right times and in all the right places. "
"Everyone commented on how lovely the evening was, perfect food for the occasion and lovely people serving."
" I just wanted to say a massive thank you for Sunday. We couldn’t have been more delighted with you all or your Paella, it was all perfect, delicious and you were all delightful." Lucy
"A super huge huge thank you to you, Nick and Ruth for helping to make Saturday such a success! We had an absolute ball and everyone loved the tapas and the paella. Great service, great food" Jane
"Would recommend Ruth and her team without hesitation. Ruth was fantastic from the very beginning of our conversations and it was clear that she was on top of things at all times. She ran things so smoothly on the day, which took any stress away and allowed us to just enjoy our big day. " Amelia and Simon
"I was so confident that our catering would be perfect with Ruth. She had everything under control and project managed every part of the catering. I can't put into words how much easier this made the months and days leading up to my wedding day." Danielle
"The team were wonderful and thanks to you we had the most fabulous evening for my husband's 40th birthday party" Estella and Sam