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

  • 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

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

    Megan Ozzard Avatar Megan Ozzard
    January 9, 2017

    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
  • Crab Apple catered my wedding and ran the bar. They were an integral part of a perfect day! The food was absolutely amazing, everyone loved it. The staff were friendly and helpful and they made sure everything ran smoothly. We couldn't be happier, definitely hire these guys for your next event.

    Kris Chamberlain Avatar Kris Chamberlain
    September 28, 2023

    Amazing staff and absolutely amazing food!! Would recommend to anyone and everyone.

    jeremy lea Avatar jeremy lea
    January 9, 2017

    Crab Apple catered for my wife’s 60th birthday at a farmhouse we had rented near Corfe Castle. Arranging it all in advance was easy. On the day they arrived on time and served up on time. The service was excellent and the food was absolutely delicious. We had a varied menu for over 20 people, and they managed the whole thing perfectly. I would recommend them for any occasion. Five stars.

    John Walton Avatar John Walton
    August 28, 2023
  • Crab Apple catered our wedding and they were absolutely amazing. We had many tasting sessions and they listened to everything we wanted but also gave advice when asked. I 100% recommend Crab Apple and can’t thank them enough for not only the amazing food but for the numerous small details that made our day so special. We are already thinking about when we can use Crab Apple again. We actually miss hanging out with them!

    Fay Dawson Avatar Fay Dawson
    January 9, 2019

    Unbelievable wedding food, absolutely out of this world! Staff are really helpful too. Would definitely recommend for weddings and events.

    Carly Aviss Avatar Carly Aviss
    January 9, 2017

    Awesome food and drink what an amazing team you have, highly recommend.

    jordon lock Avatar jordon lock
    January 9, 2017

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