Catering

COOK - Remarkable Frozen Meals

What COOK do is supply, just as they say, remarkable frozen meals. If you order in advance from their website they'll deliver to your door; all you have to do is pop the meals in the oven - a great idea for that first night at your big holiday house, for when you've had a long day out, or for when you're celebrating something significant. They have dinner party menus, canapes, kids meals, and of course, they cater for all diets. Convenient - and very tasty.

https://www.cookfood.net/shops/taunton

Devon Catering

Somethings in life are worth celebrating and if you're going to do it properly you need good food. Leaving it to professional caterers is one way of making sure that's what you get. Devon Caterers will come to your big holiday house and serve you canapes with your cocktails, a lipsmackin' 3 course dinner, finger food, a buffet, whatever. All dishes are made using the finest, freshest local ingredients as you'd expect. Top notch food, excellent service, a superb way to raise a glass to that stag or hen weekend, big birthday, anniversary or reunion. 

T: 01271 858505
E: enquiry@devoncatering.com
https://www.devoncatering.com/

Feast Without Fuss

Feast Without Fuss offer bespoke catering for all occasions, with dishes made from the freshest local ingredients they can find - hence there's a big focus on what's seasonal. Lucie, who runs this show, does drop off suppers, or she'll come to your big holiday house to cook you canapes, a buffet, a hog roast, buffets, or a 3 course dinner - whatever you want. She'll bring a bar and staff if necessary, even flowers and bunting and that if you're marking a significant birthday or something. 

T: 01398 332011 or 07586 354278
E: lucie@feastwithoutfuss.co.uk
http://www.feastwithoutfuss.co.uk/

LAP Food & Bars

This well respected catering company are based out in the Blackdown Hills but they'll happily travel to your big holiday house to create a feast fit for a king when you're celebrating a significant event, be it a hen or stag weekend, a very special birthday, a big anniversary, or just because. Their Executive Chef has several accolades to her name and LAP have covered some of the most prestigious venues in the South West. The best local ingredients are used to produce the tastiest food so whether you want a buffet, canapes, or a sit down dinner you can be assured of top quality fare and professional service. 

T: 07974 433186
E: lin@lapfoodandbars.co.uk
http://www.lapfoodandbars.co.uk/

Stefano's Home Made Food

UPDATE AUGUST 2020: Due to the current situation Stefano's Food are only offering a Takeaway Buffet service until further notice.

If you like authentic Italian food you should give Stefano a call when you're looking for a private caterer to come and cook you all a feast in honour of that big birthday or anniversary. This family run business brings a taste of the Amalfi coast to Somerset and Devon, which sounds good; olives and antipasti, stone baked pizzas, all the Italian classics for a dinner party. They'll even deliver a takeaway buffet. Buon cibo!

T: Stefano: 07923 384261 or Jules: 07714 328712
E: hello@stefanosfood.co.uk
https://stefanosfood.co.uk/

Thai Gourmet

You know how gorgeous proper Thai food is - all those mouth watering aromas, and the flavours; well, you can have that in the comfort of your large group holiday house when you hire Thai Gourmet to cater for you. Whether you're enjoying a hen or stag weekend, celebrating a momentous anniversary or birthday, or just having a big feast because you're all there together, the team at Thai Gourmet will do you proud. The head chef grew up in Thailand and knows all the traditional ways of Thai cooking, waitresses wear beautiful sarong dresses. Buffets, finger food and banquets, all diets catered for.

T: 01935 473089
E: tours@engagingthailand.com
http://engagingthailand.com/thaigourmetupdatepage.html

Dine Indulge

If catering for a big group gives you the jitters, stop right there! You can hire a private chef to cater for you at your big holiday house with Dine Indulge; what you get is impeccable service and restaurant quality food, and your chef will even do the shopping and cleaing away. It's not as expensive as you might think either, that's the idea, it's affordable and accessible to everyone. A great idea for corporate groups staying at one of our self catering large group holiday homes for hospitality or team building.

T: 0330 111 03 61
https://www.dineindulge.co.uk/  Use Blackdown Luxury Lettings as your reference code. 

Soul Food - Marc Jerem

Marc started up Soul Food a few years back and he still runs things from where he lives in the Blackdown Hills so he's happy to come and cater for you at your large group holiday house. Hire him to come and create a delicious three course dinner for that special celebration, or a cream tea, or a buffet, a barbecue, canapes, whatever, and if you want him to feed you all throughout your stay, it can probably be done.
He can even bring the Soul Food van along, bedecked with homemade bunting, and rustle up some seriously good street food, fish and chips, burgers, pulled pork, etc. - just let him know what you want and he'll do it, but expect his own twist on things because Marc likes to make as much as he can himself, including bread, scones, jam, chutney, houmus, the lot. The ingredients he uses are either sourced locally or foraged in the woods and fields near his home.
Marc's catering background includes some well known names - Marc Hix, River Cottage, the Castle in Taunton, The New Angel at Dartmouth, to name a few. That's the kind of places where he cut his teeth so you know he's had some topnotch training and certainly knows his stuff when it comes to great tasting food.  


E-mail: marc@soulfoodhub.co.uk       T: 07710 010595

Joe Draper

Clean, fresh and rustic. That's a very accurate description of the amazing food that Joe Draper cooks; another is exquisite. Book him to come and cook for you at your large group accommodation and you'll find out for yourselves. Joe has heaps of high quality experience behind him having worked as a chef for River Cottage and Marco Pierre White, among others. It's always good to know that people like him are actively supporting local communities by sourcing ethical, sustainable and organic ingredients locally. He also likes to use wild and foraged food where he can; when he's not out and about seeking produce he's busy working as a consultant chef all over the world. 

E: joedraper@kitchenconsultantchef.co.uk        T: 07811 120350

River Field and Forest

Being on holiday is all about spoiling yourselves and stacking up the treats, isn't it? If smoked food falls into that category you should take a look at the website for River Field and Forest and place an order to be delivered to your large group holiday house. They have new products coming on all the time, but with everything they sell, the emphasis is on quality, with food sourced from artisans in remote corners of the British Isles - people who are passionate about what they do, which is why it all tastes so good. As well as the most delectable smoked salmon, trout and gravadlax, you'll find things like venison haunch steaks, venison for a casserole, smoked duck and smoked goose. A wonderful treat for your holiday - imagine rocking up and having that kind of thing to tuck into! Get your order in!

E: info@riverfieldandforest.co.uk     T: 01460 55538

River Field and Forest Website

Kinori - Not Just Sushi!

The West Country is possibly the last place you'd expect to have a professional chef cooking you authentic Japanese food, but there we are, life is full of surprises. Kinori is run by Hideki Koike who was born and raised in Japan and came over to England aged 21; he then went on to rack up a lot of catering experience at award winning restaurants before returning to the food of his homeland  and starting up Kinori. And yes, there really is so much more to it than sushi, so give it a whirl, book Hideki to come round to your group holiday house and cook you up a treat. If you want a low key garden party he can bring his Yatai kitchen, and great for corporate groups, he does cookery lessons too; the bonus is that Hideki is a huge and very entertaining character, so you're guaranteed a good night all round. 

E: enquiries@notjustsushi.co.uk           T: 07715 472332

Entertainment

After Dinner Tango Lessons

Well here's something different that'll bring a lot of fun to your private event or celebration - tango lessons in your big holiday house. Ruth who runs Tango Oblivion has been teaching the tango for 20 years so she knows her stuff and it shows; you should see how she does it! She'll teach you all about this vibrant and playful dance - the steps, the posture, and because tango comes form the heart, about finding that vital point of energy within you; then you'll be away, dancing your little socks off. 

T: 07811 520038
E: ruth.rozelarr@gmail.com
http://www.tangoindevon.co.uk/?LMCL=OccSPG

Clayzer

Woah, what a great idea! Brilliant for corporate groups, stag dos, hen weekends, or just because there's a group of you staying at one of our big holiday houses. Clayzer will bring mobile laser clay pigeon shooting to you, with 3 systems allowing up to 15 people being able to shoot at the same time; it's safe, it's fun and anyhow, you'll have a qualified instructor on hand. You never know what you're good at till you give it a try.

T: 07983 979696 or 07887 626522
E: info@clayzer.co.uk
https://clayzer.co.uk/

Dance In Devon

Ooh, we like! This is another fantastic thing to do on your hen weekend at one of our luxury big holiday houses. Learn to dance - Flamenco or Bollywood! Karina, who'll be showing you what to do has Spanish origins and her love of Flamenco is contagious, but equally inspiring are the Bollywood moves. She's got heaps of experience as a regular performer and dance teacher, with classes throughout the West Country. Go on, push the tables and chairs back and give it what you've got, you'll have a great time!

T: 07813 990937
E: danceflamenco@live.com
https://www.facebook.com/KarinaGraciaDance/

Nude Life

Another one for hen parties, and this time a rather cheeky one! Life drawing! That's something the bride-to-be and her buddies won't forget in a hurry! Your model comes along to your big holiday house, wherever you are, gets his (or her) kit off and poses for you; you pick up your pencils and put your artisitc skills to the test. Nude Life sessions can be tailored to whatever you want, within reason of course! Your model can provide a butler service before you pick up your pencils, and he can add a cheeky game or two into the workshop. All materials are provided, and all models vetted.

T: 0208 108 0303
E: hello@nudelife.co.uk
https://www.nudelife.co.uk/

The Bartender Hire Company

Well how about this? Your own private bartender. In your big holiday house, mixing you cocktails; shaking your Cosmopolitans, stirring your Manhattans. All the gear is supplied and it's up to you if you supply the booze or if you want them to bring that too. Another thing they do is Cocktail Workshops and Cocktail Clinics for groups, which is a good idea for corporate groups, hen and stag dos, big birthdays and significant anniversaries. Shake it baby!
 

T: 01179 415 825  
E: info@thebartender.co.uk
https://www.thebartender.co.uk/

The Crafty Hen

Make memories together with The Crafty Hen, the perfect activity for your hen weekend at one of our luxury big holiday houses in Devon or Somerset. Their award winning craft workshops are relaxed and they're fun; materials used are high quality, service is friendly and helpful. What's more, they really don't mind tailoring things to suit you, so don't be afraid to ask. Choose from their long list of things to do - make bunting, fascinators, flapper headbands, cocktail rings, flower crowns, pompom crowns, garters memeory books, and lots more. Have a week peek at their website, that's what we suggest.

T: 0330 122 9436
E: info@thecraftyhen.co.uk
https://www.thecraftyhen.co.uk/

Travel & Taxis

Trains

Our luxury large group holiday houses tend to be tucked away in peaceful, unspoilt countryside so you won't find a train station within reasonable walking distance. However, there are reliable taxi services in these parts; sometimes taxis are available from train and bus stations but we would always recommend booking ahead.

The nearest train stations to our properties are:

Millgrove House: Taunton approx. 1.8 miles

Wayside House: Tiverton approx. 7.9 miles or Honiton approx. 10.2 miles

Foxhill Lodge: Tiverton approx. 8.2 miles or Honiton approx.10.7 miles

Herons Bank: Tiverton Parkway approx. 5.6 miles

Buses

There are bus services in this neck of the woods but be aware that they may not be as frequent as you are used to, so booking a taxi to collect you from the bus station and take you to your large group holiday house is probably a better option. The bus stations nearest to our properties are:

Millgrove House: Taunton approx 1.9 miles

Wayside: Tiverton approx 13.3 miles

Foxhill Lodge: Tiverton approx. 13.5 miles

Herons Bank: Tiverton approx 6.6 miles

Taxis

Because our luxury large group holiday cottages are in quiet rural areas public transport isn't always the best option. We suggest using the local taxi services and would recommend booking in advance. Here's a few numbers that should be helpful:

Taunton

Taunton Mini Buses: 01823 257180  www.tauntonminibuses.co.uk
A1 Ace Taxis: (next to railway station) - 01823 332211   https://a1acetaxis.co.uk/
TL Taxis: 01823 444444  https://www.tlctaxis.co.uk/
Knight Brothers Travel Ltd: 01823 442205 (bespoke minibus hire)  https://www.knightbrotherstravel.co.uk/

Honiton

Sparkys Taxis: 01404 47670  http://www.sparkystaxis.co.uk/
K Cars: 01404 47699   https://www.honiton.com/directory/services/taxis/kcars

Tiverton

Frankies Taxis: 01884 255333  http://www.frankiestaxis.co.uk/
Jolly Jaunts Taxis: 01884 840979 0r 07976 827762   https://www.jollyjauntstaxis.co.uk/
Parkway Taxis: 01884 38899  http://www.taxidevon.co.uk/tiverton-parkway-station-taxis/

 

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