Dorset caterers

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As Dorset caterers, we believe that wedding and event catering should be stress-free. Our tasty food is designed to impress and our personal service doubly so.

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About Crab Apple Catering

We are a family run catering business based in the heart of Swanage in Dorset. Matt, Julia, and Jordan Tillman have been specialising in wedding and event catering for over a decade. Our in-depth knowledge of the catering industry and a lifelong passion for mouth-watering, home-cooked food are combined in our extensive catering services.
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Tasty food should not only be high quality but served in good quantity. Our catering services and menus can be easily fine-tuned to suit your specific needs.

Matt Tillman


A variety of catering services

We offer the highest quality catering and food service for almost any event. Be it a wedding breakfast, birthday BBQ, festival food truck, fully stocked mobile bar, or celebratory hog roast.

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wedding catering

Your wedding food should be impressive and taste amazing. We provide you with as much support as you need for your wedding catering.

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party catering

Mouth-watering food for celebrating any occasion. Our party catering service is highly flexible, no party is too big, too small, or too unusual!

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food truck

Our fantastic food truck Hettie can be hired for any sort of event or party. With a wide range of culinary options, the choices really are endless.

event and wedding bar hire services

Bar Service

Our Horsebox Bar or The Freestanding Bar can be ‘self-stocked’ by you or fully stocked with a vast variety of drinks by ourselves. Either way, we provide you with experienced and friendly bar staff.

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Event Staffing

Almost as important as the mouth-watering food itself are the staff serving and the catering logistics. Our friendly and experienced, professional staff are perfect for any event, party, wedding, festival, funeral, etc.

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bbq catering

Whether it’s for a wedding, birthday party, or just because who doesn’t love a BBQ? We specialise in creating tasty gourmet BBQs in buffet format or delivered directly to your table on rustic sharing boards.

Dorset Caterers Menus

We love creating exciting menus and can help you design something completely unique or adapt our menu suggestions to suit you.

gourmet bbq examples

  • Piri Piri Chicken
  • BBQ Scotch Eggs
  • Cherry Smoked Pork Belly
  • Whole Tandoori Dorset Trout
  • Lemon and Chilli Prawn Skewers
  • House Marinated Chicken Schwarma
  • Butchers Sausages
  • BBQ Jackfruit
  • Beetroot Carpaccio
  • Vegetable Kebab Skewers
canapes examples

  • Sticky Sausages
  • Beef and Horseradish Yorkshire Puddings
  • Mini Quiches
  • Garlic Mushroom Tarts
  • Salmon Pate Crackers
  • Smoked Salmon Blinis
  • Mini Steak and Ale Pies
  • Garlic and Lime Chilli Prawn Skewers
  • Tomato and Basil Meatballs
  • Bacon and Eggs
  • Falafel Balls
  • Tomato and Olive Skewers

event menu examples

  • House Marinated Beef Brisket
  • BBQ Pulled Pork
  • Korean BBQ Beef Bavette
  • Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Lamb Leg
  • Whole Beer Can Chicken
  • BBQ Chicken Schwarma
  • BBQ Side of Salmon
  • Marinated Spatchcock Chicken
  • Various Flavoured Sliders
  • Harissa Butternut Squash
  • Vegan Moussaka

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Recommendations For Dorset Caterers

  • Superb 4 course birthday meal for 15 people - perfect food and professional service that was attentive without being intrusive. The Crabapple team were always friendly, helpful and easy to deal with during the planning stage - highly recommended for private dining

    ANGELA Watkinson Avatar ANGELA Watkinson
    January 9, 2022

    Crab Apple provided the catering for my hubby’s 70th birthday party. Both the lunchtime buffet and evening meal were absolutely delicious. It was great to have the team looking after us so we could really enjoy the day. Our guests were very impressed with the sleek service. We wish them all the very best and will defo use them again. Thank you all.

    Sue Chaston Avatar Sue Chaston
    February 5, 2024

    Carl and his team did an amazing job for my dads birthday party the food was delicious we will certainly be booking them again.

    Matthew Vernon Avatar Matthew Vernon
    January 9, 2017
  • These guys did a great job for our wedding buffet, which had lots of variety and went down really well with guests. The salads were made just before so they looked (and were) really fresh. Emma helped us design the menu and the set up of the catering area and was really helpful and practical, good at logistics. She was really friendly and generous with her time too, which made it a real pleasure to work with her. Thanks very much again!

    Anna Avatar Anna
    January 9, 2017

    Incredible food, lovely people. Very professional. We booked crab apple for a delayed wedding party and 40th birthday. Our guests raved about the food, it was delicious and looked fantastic. Thanks so much for making it such a great day.

    Sally Pritchard Avatar Sally Pritchard
    July 9, 2022

    We literally couldn’t have wished for more delicious food and excellent service at our wedding!! The crab Apple guys were absolutely fantastic, the food was so scrummy and the drinks were flowing. They were so friendly from the onset and couldn’t do more to accommodate our wishes throughout. Our guests loved the food and said the service was brilliant! We couldn’t have wished for more - thank you so much!!! 100% recommend for any event, these guys were absolutely brilliant 👌🏼

    Soraya Allen Avatar Soraya Allen
    August 9, 2022
  • Crabapple catered for my wedding in early August 2022 and were excellent to work with. From the beginning the team were very flexible and personal with their way of working. We had an excellent tasting session with plenty of options and discussion on choosing our final menu. On the day everything ran very smooth with timings, taste and service on plan! Many thanks to Matt and team for what you delivered!

    Max Charron Avatar Max Charron
    September 9, 2022

    Fantastic Catering service based in Purbeck offering a fresh and innovative approach to outside catering whatever the event! Highly recommended.

    Owen Relfe Avatar Owen Relfe
    January 9, 2017

    Excellent service is a understatement.... provided onsite catering at Silverstone for our 24hr race team and the food was amazing. All prepared and cooked fresh providing 3 meals a day for 3 days.... Seriously don't looking any further for your catering needs.

    Simon Green Avatar Simon Green
    January 9, 2017

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