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

  • 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

    They catered for our wedding, both a daytime meal, evening buffet and a breakfast for the morning after. In short, everything was perfect. Food was delicious, servings were generous and all the staff worked diligently to make the event feel as special as possible. Wholly recommended.

    Erlingur Gretar Einarsson Avatar Erlingur Gretar Einarsson
    January 9, 2019

    The Crab Apple Team were great. Good Communication to organise our event which was a smart bbq at a rented holiday house for 12 of us to celebrate some birthdays. Superp freshly prepared food. Something for everyone. They really did make it a very relaxing evening by taking care of everything. Highly recommended.

    Tim Davies Avatar Tim Davies
    October 9, 2022
  • You guys at Crab Apple Catering were simply amazing at our wedding...the food was incredible and I can't tell you how many people told me it was the best wedding food they had ever had. But not only was the food great, but you guys were great too. Emma - you were a super star and so helpful throughout the day, even fixing issues that really weren't any of your responsibility but your help was utterly appreciated. I couldn't recommend you highly enough.....the full and perfect package with excellent service from the first day we contacted you.......thank you for helping to make our day as wonderful as it was

    Anna Saillet Avatar Anna Saillet
    January 9, 2018

    Crab Apple catered our wedding in July this year. They did a fantastic job at Durlston Castle covering Canapés, sharing platters and cheese board in the evening. The weather conditions were super challenging on the day, but they have such an awesome, proactive team who were able to cope and change their plans on the go. A great team delivering great food! Cannot recommend highly enough.

    Amber Morley Avatar Amber Morley
    August 28, 2023

    Attention to quality, local produce and homemade, will go out of their way to make your day, great gang of enthusiastic people 🍏🍏🍏🍏🍏

    Gilly Lewis Avatar Gilly Lewis
    January 9, 2017
  • Crab Apple recently catered our wedding and I cannot express how amazing the food was and how unbelievably helpful Emma and Carl were, nothing was too much trouble in the lead up and on the day. The food was utterly delicious, we had such great feedback from all our guests. Thank you again for everything that you did to make our day so special

    Sam Dan Avatar Sam Dan
    January 9, 2019

    Such a straight-forward yet helpful service for my Mum's wake last Sunday. A perfect buffet selection chosen and confirmed swiftly, with food being delivered and laid out on the day without any fuss at all. The food itself was incredibly good quality and just about everybody commented on how good it was, from staunch traditionalists to vegans. We took a lot of leftovers home and got through as much as we could so as not to waste any of the deliciousness. Beyond that, they took a lot of the weight off of my shoulders during a particularly difficult time. Thank you!

    Ryan Lowe Avatar Ryan Lowe
    February 28, 2023

    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

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