all about crab apple

Family Run catering in dorset

We are a local family business with a passion for quality catering using locally sourced food. We have been catering as a family team for over 12 years and pride ourselves on offering a personal touch. Our services can be fine tuned to suit your specific needs.

Our in-depth knowledge of the catering industry and each other means we efficiently work together, allowing us to focus on our skills.

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Dorset Catering Team

Meet crab apple caterers

Matt & Jordan are locally well known brothers and Julia married into the family. They have worked in the family food and hospitality businesses all their adult lives, developing strong work and service ethics.

Matt Tillman

Matt Tillman

Company Director

All Things Meaty and Cheesey

I started catering when I was just 15, doing my work experience in a kitchen, where I was offered a job. I stayed there for 2 years before moving on to another kitchen, completing a college course and staying on for another 10 years.

After this I went on to work with our dad at Swanage Dairy where I worked in sales before buying Crab Apple and rekindling my love for all things food!

I also started the Snack Shack at Burnbake Forest Lodges and Campsite which has now been running successfully for 5 years.

Jordan Tillman

Jordan Tillman

Company Director

Meat, Beer and BBQ’s

Like Matt, I fell in love with food straight from school, where I went on to complete a college course at Bournemouth College and worked in local kitchens to gain experience. I then worked in a local hotel kitchen where I learned the fine dining side of catering before moving to Crab Apple as a member of staff. 

We then had the opportunity to buy the business when the owners relocated and this is where my real love of food flourished. My skills are now honed towards all things meaty and I can often be found working at my smokers or mixing up the top-secret house rubs!

Julia Tillman

Julia Tillman

Company Director

All Things Baking

I was born and raised in Austria until 2012 when I traveled to Swanage for work experience. I started working in front of house until I fell in love with and decided that Dorset was the place to settle down.

I then started working in a local cake house where my love of all things sweet started. I now make all of the desserts and sweet treats at Crab Apple. I love nothing more than working on new recipes and creations and often get the biggest reactions for my mouth-watering naked-style wedding cakes.

Locally Sourced

Our tasty food is as locally sourced as possible. We pride ourselves on working with other local small suppliers. For example 8 Arch Brewery in Wmbourne and Wareham Trout Farm.

wedding catering

With over a decade of weddings and super happy brides under our belts we know exactly how to provide the rustic catering experience you have dreamed of for your big day.


Our quality, personal service and tasty food speaks for itself. We have hundreds of happy customers that rave about their wonderful dining experiences with Crab Apple Catering.

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We are very well known in our local community and our HQ is based in the middle of it in sunny Swanage, we have an amazingly equipped kitchen which gives us a base to create amazing things! Most of our preparation is done here but having a whole host of mobile equipment, we are able to set up a kitchen pretty much anywhere, believe us we have tried!

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I’m so glad we chose Crab Apple to cater for my birthday ‘festival’. You guys were so helpful and really got the vibe we were going for. And the food – so tasty and so much of it, everyone raved about you for months after. Thank you so much.

Ben Humphreys