Your Barn Wedding Food
What do you think when you hear the words wedding food? Does dry chicken and profiteroles spring to mind? If so, you must read on! Wedding food – or wedding feasts, as I feel this is a more accurate term – have come a long way since the day of the dry chicken.
For that reason, I would urge you to think about the style of food you would like to see on your wedding day, at the start of your wedding planning. You would in all likelihood have spent a great deal of time considering the style of venue (hello, barn wedding!), your dress and suits, your bouquet and flowers, among a host of other styling elements that reflect you as a couple. You will also, no doubt, have thought of what your guests will enjoy seeing and doing on your day.
Think about your food
With that in mind, I would like you to consider what you would like to eat on your wedding day. What kind of food do you enjoy as a couple? Is there anything in particular that would work really well with your barn-wedding theme? What would your guests enjoy?
I would, at this stage, also like to point out some statistics for you. On average, 50% of your wedding budget will cover your food, drink and venue. That’s a huge chunk of your money, so it’s worth spending it on something you love. Your wedding guests will also, on average, spend three hours eating during your wedding celebration. That’s a lot of time focussed on food – which tends to be the one thing (along with the ceremony, of course!) that guests remember.
So how can we make that money and that time truly special?
At Stratton Court Barn we have six approved caterers. Each caterer specialises in their own unique style of food and vibe, which means you can really find a true fit to you and your wedding. Limiting the choice to seven, means we can be 100% confident of the service, delivery, quality and seamless integration with us here at the venue.
We believe in plant power! S&J Cuisine, Lemon Zest, Ross & Ross Events and The Wild Oven all have full vegan menus to choose from. Much like that dry chicken, gone are the days when vegan or gluten free meant gloopy fruit salad as dessert! (Thank God!)
Let me introduce you to our wonderful caterers:
Sally and Jasmine are the loveliest people you’ll ever meet. Needless to say, they’re amazing cooks too. Whipping up a storm in their home kitchens (which are licensed), they serve true comfort food that tastes as delicious as your favourite country pub.
Our favourite S&J menu: Nacho starters, Mexican fajitas mains with all the trimmings, Lemon Meringue pie as dessert. (Can be made fully vegan too!)
Lemon Zest Cuisine
Based in Brackley, so only 15 minutes away, the Lemons have worked with us the longest. Specialising in contemporary cuisine, their chefs are always creating the most beautiful dishes, while Emily, Charlotte and Charlie – their event coordinators – make sure each event is completely streamlined. We love their beautiful crockery and cutlery too!
Our favourite Lemon Zest menu: Ripe Brie, Roasted Red Pepper, Caramelised Onion Tartlet
Cider Infused Pork Belly, Crispy Crackling, Herb Mash Potato, Rhubarb & Apple Jam
Burnt Honey Panna Cotta, Basil Syrup, Lavender Shortbread
Caroline & Nick are a husband and wife duo, who’ve been catering for large and small events for the last 30 years. Well established in the farming community, they support their local farmers wherever possible.
Favourite NG Catering menu: Any meat served with Nick’s dauphinoise! Followed by Eton Mess.
The Wild Oven
These guys add theatre, a talking point, and a fabulous British feast to your wedding celebration! They rock up in a converted horse box, complete with wood fired oven, and this is where your guests can see much of your food being cooked in front of you. Mouthwatering and fun, in equal measure!
Favourite menu: Starter boards with hard cheese drizzled with honey, grilled aubergines & peppers, and charcuteries. Main sharing boards with Cotswold lamb cutlets served with beautiful bowls of salad, finished with a brownie stack.
Ross & Ross Events
Ross and his team are the bees’ knees; there is no doubt about it. From sharing feasts to plated fine dining experiences, they are exceptional at what they do.
Duck salad. Crispy skin. Cucumber. Pine nuts and plum dressing.
10 hour slow roasted blade of beef. Caramalised shallot puree. Crispy pancetta. Smoked salt and thyme roasted new potatoes and jus.
Chocolate fondant and whipped cream
The Chipping Norton Tea Set
Quintessentially British afternoon teas, including vintage crockery and delicate vintage napkins – Victoria and her team certainly know how to do teas with a difference!
Favourite menu: Fluffy scones with cream and jam, delicate finger sandwiches, mini tartlets, cupcakes, Viennese fingers and macarons.
There you go – our six approved caterers! Tell me, which caterer reflects you and your partner’s choice in food? I would love to know!
To see further sample menus from our approved caterers, head to the Food & Drink page on our website.
And for those still reeling at the budget figures, here is some very helpful articles that are worth reading: