With over 40 years’ experience, Moodies is a long-established catering company located on the Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex border. They deliver bespoke wedding catering, at a range of venues including marquees, stately homes and dining rooms.
They provide a high-quality service, with excellent attention-to-detail. Their dishes are created using organic and free-range ingredients, with their chefs preparing everything on site on the day. They can cater for a wide range of dietary requirements and will design menus accordingly.
Their professional and experienced team of event managers and waiting and bar staff, who have worked with Moodies for many years, and will be on hand to ensure your wedding breakfast runs perfectly.
From your initial complimentary meeting, through to the big day, they will guide you though everything, ensuing nothing is overlooked. No matter how big or small, you are given the same unrivalled service from start to finish.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do we arrange an appointment with you to discuss our wedding, party or event catering?
Call or email us and we will arrange a meeting to suit you – either at our premises, or we’ll come to you or your venue. We know you’re likely busy with work as well as wedding planning and are happy to arrange meetings for evenings or weekends if required.
What do we discuss during the meeting and what happens next?
We will talk through your plans and your menu and event ideas and get the shape of the day, and afterwards, we’ll send you a much more detailed initial plan and quote for your day, together with any suggestions we have. Should you want to book with us, we will send you a deposit invoice. Once this is paid, that date is reserved for you.
Do you charge corkage?
No. We do not charge a corkage fee.
Will you be able to work in our kitchen? It’s a bit on the small side!
We have worked in many kitchens – if yours isn’t suitable, it’s no problem, we can provide a kitchen tent to the side of a house, for example, and bring in all our own equipment. When we work in your own kitchen, you can rest assured that we will leave everything clean and spotless after we’ve finished.
We’re not getting married until next year – will you hold your price?
The price stays the same as what we agreed when you paid your deposit.
Do you offer tastings?
Absolutely and you would be very welcome to come to one of our tasting events. Please get in touch to find out when these are.
Do we have any other meetings or chats between our initial appointment and our big day?
We are always here to speak and will meet with you a month or so before to tie any loose ends up.
When do we need to confirm final numbers and menu choices?
We will start asking you for your guest numbers a month before the wedding and will need to know your final numbers two weeks before the day. Any changes made after this point may be chargeable.
What time will your team be at the venue on the day?
Usually we will have an early kitchen team to set up any equipment needed and set up tables, who will arrive by 9am. Sometimes we will be able to do this the day before, if we have access. Chefs, again, usually arrive at 9am and our main staff team and event manager will arrive approximately 3 hours before guests are due to appear, to set up tables, bar etc. We will discuss your requirements with you prior to the event and are happy to arrange things differently if necessary.
Can we tailor the menu?
Of course! We’re very happy to tailor our menus to suit your dream day and to discuss ideas with you.
Can you cater for special dietary requirements?
Yes, absolutely. We will ask you about these when we ask for final numbers and suggest any menu alternatives or adjustments necessary. We will provide a form at this time for all dietary’s to be included.
Can you provide a hog roast or BBQ for our main meal or evening food?
We certainly can! Please do be aware that some venues have equipment restrictions, so it's worth checking with them first.
Can we choose different colours of linen/styles of cutlery and crockery?
Yes you can! Our price includes white tablecloths and napkins, all our crockery is plain white and stainless steel cutlery. If you would like any other colours or styles, please get in touch and we'll be happy to talk you through all the options.
Do you run cash bars?
We can supply and run a large variety of bars of our own or others. If you would like to supply the drinks, our bar staff will serve them, or we can supply all alcohol, bar and bar staff for a cash bar.
We need a marquee too. Can you help?
Yes we can! Our sister company One Six Events supply beautiful traditional petal pole marquees as well as clear span structures offering a variety of options for your big day! We can arrange to coordinate this for you so everything can be handled by one contact if you would like. Alternatively, you can reach the team at One Six Events on 01425 466 or firstname.lastname@example.org. They'll be excited to help answer any questions you may have. Check our their Hitched profile for more details
How long does a three course formal meal take?
Approximately two hours, plus speeches if you are having them, but there is an element of play-it-by-ear – every wedding is different, all guests are different. Sharing-style meals can take a little longer than plated meals, for example.
9 Reviews for Moodies
Recommended by 100% of couples
Steph · Married on 06/07/2019
Delicious food, professional service and exceeded every expectation
The Moodies team were fantastic from the very first phone call. Rich and the team were always on call to support with any questions I had throughout the process. The tasting was delicious and there we so accommodating to answer all of our niggly questions. On the day, we arrived to find smart, smiley waiters serving our guests and a Pimms was swiftly popped into my hand. The attentive service continued throughout the day right up to the very last pint poured. The food arrived on time and there was plenty of it! The food was delicious, we had so many compliments throughout the day, Evening food is often an afterthought but not with Moodies, our bowl food was so good and accommodated everyone! Food and drink was very important to us and Moodies truly made our wedding! We would most definitely recommend and look forward to using them again in the future!Sent on 23/03/2020
We were worry-free from very early on
“Following a local recommendation we chose Moodies (otherwise unknown to us) to help us run my wife’s 70th Birthday lunch party. We had access to some local friends marquee but Freddie and Rich were very creative in providing additional canvas to connect the marquee to the house and in the process created a dance-floor! We provided the drink but Moodies provided everything else and we were worry-free from very early on with their very smooth and friendly operation. Our kitchen which they used, was returned to us in absolute pristine condition. We would not hesitate in using Freddie and Rich again and happily recommend them to all comers” Trevor F – May 2019Sent on 23/03/2020
I would 100% recommend these guys
“What a team! Moodies did both my catering and marquee hire (sister company One Six Events) and the whole process was smooth and stress free! Rich and Freddie were lovely to work with, and they were able to accommodate a multitude of dietary requirements without fuss. I would 100% recommend these guys for weddings, corporate events and birthday parties as they were a joy to work with.”Sent on 23/03/2020
Louisa M. – May 2019