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

  • Amazing food created by amazing people!!

    jenny wood Avatar jenny wood
    January 9, 2017

    Perfect every time!

    Sean Phillips Avatar Sean Phillips
    January 9, 2017

    We won't ever be able to truly thank Crab Apple enough for everything they did for us to make our wedding so perfect. To echo other reviews, all of our guests have said that it was the best wedding food they have ever had...and not only that some have gone one step further and just said ever! Emma was on hand throughout the whole process designing menus together, having a fab tasting session and going completely above and beyond being 'just the caterers'. They stepped in at the last minute (less than 2 months from d-day) and saved our skins after our bar hire company unceremoniously cancelled on us! They pulled together booze for the whole day and Karl put on a fabulous bar service to the wee hours after all the amazing food. We were lucky enough to be catered for our post wedding celebration on the Sunday. We had a BBQ and chilli con carne in the evening and both were as sublime as the wedding breakfast. Haven't got a bad word to say and you'd be mad to use any other catering company for your big day. My parents are even trying to find excuses to have enough people round their house so that can 'get the caterers in'. Thank you so much Crab Apple!

    Ashlie Thurston Avatar Ashlie Thurston
    January 9, 2018
  • Local produce; simple, innovative and delicious food; and excellent service. It is harder than you would think to find decent food in Dorset but these guys have got it cracked. Definitely book them. You won't be disappointed.

    Kate Forbes Avatar Kate Forbes
    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

    Great company, fabulous food, available for many different occasions and events. Would definitely recommend!

    Megan Ozzard Avatar Megan Ozzard
    January 9, 2017
  • Amazing staff and absolutely amazing food!! Would recommend to anyone and everyone.

    jeremy lea Avatar jeremy lea
    January 9, 2017

    Fantastic Father's Day and birthday meal. Thank you so much. The steaks were delicious and the cake was awesome. All done following social distancing rules. Highly recommended.

    Sheila Tillman Avatar Sheila Tillman
    January 9, 2021

    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

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As Dorset caterers we pride ourselves on the best, personal customer service, getting to know and exceeding your exact catering requirements.