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New Clients

Although January 2017 started quietly, by the middle of the month we were extremely busy.  It has been a exceptional month for new clients.

One of our new corporate clients emailed the following to us:-

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you for your incredible catering service! We couldn’t quite believe how delicious the food was and such good quality as well. We would definitely like to continue having you cater for us at our Mawsley training days”

 

Winter 2016

Both the autumn and winter of this year have been very busy for us.  Whilst we did not tender for the 2016 Christmas Parties at the Guildhall we quickly filled the vacuum with other events with several new contracts and corporate clients.  One of the busiest weeks on the calendar was the week beginning Monday December 12th with round the clock working for most of our staff.  Two thank you emails were as follows:

“Just wanted to drop a line to say thank you for the amazing buffet you supplied on Friday evening for our Christmas Party. Everyone who ate commented on the quality and variety of the food. We will definitely book your service again in the future”

Kind Regards
Tara Dee

“I wanted to thank everyone for the efforts on Friday, everyone here loved the event and the food was fantastic”

Thanks again
Beth Dudley

Cloverdale Retreat

We first opened our Café at the Priory Country Park, Bedford on 30th July 2016 naming it the ‘Cloverdale Retreat’.  To date many customers have commented on the high standard of food and service received there.

The official opening by the Mayor of Bedford followed on the 6th September 2016.

Our aim is to cater for the requirements of all types of visitors to the park and to attract others to the park (including organisations) by way of special promotions and events.

We hope that the Cloverdale brand of excellence will help make the Café a great success.

A dedicated website for the Retreat is currently under development and could be launched in October 2016.

Christmas 2015

Following the great success of the Christmas parties during 2013 and 2014 at the Northampton Guildhall, we went on to complete another series of parties throughout December 2015.  We received very favourable feedback each year and 2015 was no exception.

One thank-you email regarding the party of December 19th 2015 was as follows:

“I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful night out at the Guildhall yesterday evening.  All the staff were extremely polite, friendly and helpful from the security on the door, the bar staff and waiting team.  The venue looked superb as did the food.  It was by far the best Christmas meal out I have had including venues in Central London”

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Big Corporate Buffet

We deliver corporate lunches daily around the county and beyond and have been doing so for 29 years.  Some days the overall total can be very high although a typical single order is only for around a dozen people.  Our fleet of refrigerated vans radiate in all directions each day doing numerous drops.  However on one weekday back in July 2014 a single company ordered a regular finger buffet lunch for no less than 1000 people!  We took this to a business park in Warwick which is well outside of our usual radius for daily deliveries. The food was presented on 30 large tables in a huge air-conditioned venue. Another 10 tables accommodated the drinks.

The internationally based client was clearly impressed on the day and we received very positive feedback on the quality of the huge spread.

Royal and Derngate Theatre

We catered for a large event at the famous Royal and Derngate Theatre back in June 2013.  We served a formal hot menu to around 350 guests.  The occasion, named ‘Celebrating Success’ for Northamptonshire County Council included the presentation of various awards and a disco at the end of the evening.Derngate - 27-06-13

The event took place in the Derngate Auditorium which is transformed for such occasions by installing a false floor above the stalls to create a large area which can accommodate numbers of up to 1,150 guests.  Lighting effects complete this striking transformation of the venue.

Royal and Special Visits

Back on 5th April 2013 we catered for His Excellency Mr Gordon Campbell, Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.  The catering was for a reception at the Northampton Guildhall which was for the promotion of new development plans for the town. The High Commissioner was accompanied by Michael Ellis the MP for Northampton North. A drinks reception at midday was followed by a 3-course lunch served in the Courtroom. The Guildhall reception followed an earlier visit to KAB Seating, a commercial vehicle seat manufacturer with an excellent record for exports.

We were honoured to cater for Her Royal Highness Princess Benedikte of Denmark during her visit to Northampton on the 1st August 2012.  Her visit, which was to mark the strong trade links between Denmark and Northampton, began with a Drinks Reception at the Museum & Art Gallery where we served to Her Royal Highness and Guests a selection of Cloverdale Canapés and Wines.  Her Royal Highness then went over to the Guildhall where we served her a two-course hot luncheon from our popular selection of hot menus.  Her Royal Highness, who is a cousin of The Queen, followed this event with a re-visit to the Carlsberg Brewery which she opened back in 1974.  The event, which was a great success, comes after us previously catering at Barker Shoes, Earls Barton during a visit by Her Royal Highness Princess Anne and follows a succession of Royal events catered for by Cloverdale Catering over the years.

Our Food Suppliers

We are very pleased to announce that there is full traceability in all our food supply chains. Our clients can therefore rest assured that all ingredients in our products are exactly what they would expect. We successfully qualified for the Oval Health Mark back in 2006 so are obviously very aware of the importance of traceability.  We will continue to use safe British and indeed local produce wherever possible.  The reputation of Cloverdale Catering has, of course, been built on our own very popular, delicious hand-made products using only the best fresh ingredients.

Scores on Doors

Every year we have been awarded the maximum rating of 5 for food hygiene practices at our Outside Catering Base, the Finedon Catering Unit.  We also have the maximum score of 5 at our Northampton Guildhall Kitchen and also 5 at our Frontier Centre Kitchen. In recent years we have also added scores of 5 in a Corby client’s premises and at our Bedford Cafe the ‘Retreat’.  The different locations cover 5 different councils namely: Wellingborough, Northampton, East Northants, Corby and Bedford. Note that the original ‘Scores on Doors’ initiative which was introduced in Northamptonshire in 2007 has since been superseded by a similar scheme which has been introduced by the Food Standards Agency in recent years. The actual scores are still based on the local councils periodic inspections. The Award is an indicator of how robust the food safety management procedures of the caterer are. More information about the award can be found on the website: www.food.gov.uk/ratings.

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