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"What a super evening we had on Saturday, for all the right reasons! It was great to meet up with James and Ross for a re-run of last year. You guys truly are in the business not just of making meals, but of making memories.
The food was excellent once again. Particularly standing out this time for me was the loin of pork, which was delicious even before I discovered the chestnut stuffing, at which point it moved up several gears to magnificent.
Other special things we enjoyed this time around were James coming out to describe the thinking and ingredients behind each dish. I'm sure logistically that must be a nightmare, when there is so much to be done in the kitchen - but it really made the evening unique and personal. The Asparagus and Prawns were really good in the Oyster sauce - I didn't appreciate what an impact that would make, in terms of giving the dish a wonderful Thai feel. The Gin and Tonic Sorbet worked really, really well with the non-alcoholic gin (Seedlip Garden 108) that I'd been given for my birthday - strongly recommend you guys consider offering that as an option. Of course, I'm sure the sorbet was good with the alcoholic gin as well! Everybody loved the desserts - enough said. And I appreciated James coming out and introducing the cheeses, with no preparation or notes.
And of course all of that wouldn't have been possible without your patience answering my interminable questions once again - and recording all the requirements, so that everything went smoothly on the night. I'm sure your heart must have sunk when back in January I sent you that mail suggesting we do it all again for 50+1. But that never showed, and your enthusiasm and experience were invaluable - from guessing that your side plates would fit around our table (they did), to advising on the use of pastry forks for dessert (we didn't - you were right!). THANK YOU!"
A. Page (May 2018)
Thank You Letters received in the last 12 months....
"Your team did a great job Friday and Saturday nights and the food was excellent."
A. Iwaniec (December 2017)
"Just wanted to say thank you for catering this weekend. All of our guests said that the food was delicious and we will definitely book you again. Polite, clean and efficient! My daughter confessed that the dogs did have a snoop around the kitchen at one stage which I apologise for!"
J. White (November 2017)
"Just a quick thank you for catering for our birthday weekend.
The three day package was perfect. Tony the Chef and Sophie the waitress were superb, the food was delicious and plentiful. We thoroughly enjoyed it."
S. Duggan (November 2017)
"Thank you so much again for a wonderful meal on Friday night! We were all incredibly impressed with the way you managed with a challenging small space, and all of us in the same room…the food was absolutely delicious - the lamb was meltingly wonderful, puddings were superb (jury’s out on which was the best, all of them got votes!) and the starter plate looked and tasted lovely. Our gluten free child practically licked every plate clean, and our 80 year old birthday boy was similar, so all generations suitably impressed.
Thanks once again for a really superior service – I look forward to booking another weekend in the Cotswolds just for the next opportunity to eat your food!"
H. Alexander (November 2017)
"I just wanted to follow up on the event at Marsden Manor a few weeks ago. The client had a fantastic weekend and they thought the food was delicious. They send their special thanks for James on how impressive the beef was."
P. Hexton - Event organiser on behalf of her client (September 2017)
"We would like to thank you for the excellent service provided for our party at Churchill Wood. Shawn and Shannon were fantastic the service and the food was of a very high standard. The timing and pace was faultless and appreciated by everyone. We would have no hesitation in using your company again and would strongly recommend your company to friends and relatives."
R. Cox (September 2017)
"This is just a note to show appreciation for the meal provided on 30th September was excellent. All 3 courses served to 85 diners were of top quality, which is rare. Usually, restaurants are not able to to deliver universal quality."
P. Bartlett - Host of a formal Retirement Dinner (September 2017)
"Thank you for a lovely meal at the weekend, the staff were lovely and the food far exceeded our expectation."
K. Wike (September 2017)
"Thank you so very much to you and your team. The food provided on both evenings at Pedington was perfect and thoroughly enjoyed by all the family.
The level of service was so professional, leaving us free to enjoy our evenings with no hassle.
I would have no hesitation in recommending your company and have already emailed “Kate & Toms” to say the same!
Can’t wait to do it all again!
P. Bennett (September 2017)
"Just a quick email to say that Benson's Catering made our celebration weekend perfect. The food was delicious and having James and his team in to cook for us was such a luxury.
Please pass our thanks on to all concerned for the delicious food and professionalism.
If we return to Wellacres or the area we shall certainly be in touch."
C. Williams (September 2017)
"Please pass on my thanks to everyone who made our Sunday Lunch a great success. We all thoroughly your food, when I saw how quickly the appetisers had vanished I realised we were in for a treat!
Thank you very much for my initial meeting with James and you, very professional just what was needed, I left feeling very confident and pleased Rural Retreats had given me your information.
Best wishes to all the team."
S. Montague (September 2017)
"Also wanted to (belatedly) say a huge thank you for such a wonderful meal on the 2nd. All 24 Hens and the Bride really enjoyed it. I hope we weren't a tough crowd for you?! Thanks again - it was delicious food."
S. Weiss (September 2017)
"I am writing to express my appreciation for the buffet meal delivered for our Saturday evening event.
We received many compliments on the catering, and there was more than enough for the number catered for: We thought the quantities were generous and the quality excellent, and would happily recommend your company to others.
Please pass on our apologies to the delivery driver - it seems we may have given you the wrong post code so he had a little trouble finding us, though nevertheless arriving within the time slot you had given."
G. Chowns (August 2017)
"K and I are back from our honeymoon and wanted, as a priority, to write to thank you, James and the team at Benson's for everything you did to help my our wedding such an amazing event. I am more than happy for you to use what I write below as a testimonial on your website: I would recommend you to anyone.
The entire process of working with Benson's has been a real pleasure. From the initial contact and query, to wedding itself, I have not once experienced anything less than amazing customer service. Anton has been incredibly efficient and clear in answering innumerable queries and emails, helping us to make decisions, and frequently updating quotes and function sheets as our requests evolved. Organizing a UK wedding while living in ... has not been easy but it has been made significantly easier by the way in which Benson's has communicated with us so effectively throughout the process.
I would like to thank Julie for her incredibly hard work getting the event set up and packed up. Her work was remarkable: including sleeping in her van in a car park by the site so that she could complete her set up in the morning - quite incredible really. And so helpful and friendly throughout our contact with her. It is rare to meet someone with such a willing, uncomplaining, "can-do" attitude.
The entire team who catered on the day were fantastic - chefs, wait staff, front of house manager, the bar staff - looking after our every need and making sure all our guests were looked after, fed and watered. They were brilliant and left us to relax and really enjoy ourselves without having to think at all about the running of the event.
Finally, the food. We thought the food at the tasting was delicious but we had mentally prepared ourselves for a drop in quality for the event itself when it was scaled up to feed 110. We were completely wrong. The food on the day was as good, if not better, than we remembered: it was really really delicious and so so many of our guests commented to us or our parents that it was the best wedding food they had ever had. It made us feel so glad to have fed our friends and family such an amazing feast. The pea and mint soup in the bread bowl was a great talking point and completely delicious, and then the bbq meats and salads were simply delicious. A few of our vegetarian guests also commented on how they had never been so well catered for at a wedding as they were with the salads and the aubergine. Please pass on our thanks to James who is clearly an incredibly talented chef and caterer.
I don't think we will be having a big party like this again for many many years but if we ever did you would be the immediate choice to cater it. And I would, and will, recommend Benson's to anyone having an event or a wedding in the future.
Thank you again so much."
J. Lloyd - Groom (July 2017)
"We're back from our honeymoon now so wanted to say a quick thanks for doing our catering, everyone loved the carving joints!"
K. Jones (August 2017)
"We want to ask you to pass on our thanks and appreciation to James and the team for their very good work on Saturday. Everyone was very complimentary and delighted by the quality of the food, both canapes and the supper itself. We had many compliments, which we would like you to pass on to James and the Sous Chefs. We also want to compliment you on the serving staff, they were friendly and efficient and again, did a great job!"
L. Allen (August 2017)
"Thank you very much for our BBQ selection on 9th September.
We all enjoyed the menu in particular the Harissa Lamb and Pineapple with Malibu ice cream.
The waiting staff were lovely and a real asset to the evening.
All in all it was a great success and I would happily recommend your company."
K. Williams (September 2017)
"Thank you so much for help making our event a success! Everyone enjoyed the delicious food and were impressed by the high quality and professionalism of the staff. Robert and I would like to write a positive review and were wondering if you could forward the link(s) for specific websites that you would like us post this review on.
Thanks again for everything!"
A. Teng (August 2017)
"I have been intending to send you a message, to say just how incredibly pleased we all were with the exceptional standard of the catering and how much this contributed towards the overall enjoyment of our daughter’s wedding day and that even now, we are still continuing to receive so many appreciative comments and cards from guests.
Everything from the canapés, through each of the courses has been commented upon and the one and only negative comment that we had was from one guests, who said that unfortunately he had only been able to eat one of the three desserts, no reflection on the food at all, it was just that his young daughter had managed to devour two from his own plate, before she proceeded to eat her own dessert, which she completely refused to share.
We will most definitely be using you again and also recommending your company and services to everyone we know…"
J. Fairchild - Mother of the Bride (August 2017)
"We wanted to thank you so much for making July 17th (2017) such a fantastic evening dinner party. We didn't really know what to expect when having a 'home chef' but it was everything we could have wished for and more.
The Oxford Blue soufflé was just divine, the Ballentine of Duck so tasty, tender and complemented perfectly with the most amazing cherry sauce. The Assiette of Desserts was what originally attracted us to Bensons did not disappoint and looked spectacular on the plate and tasted even better !!!
We loved the way you introduced each course and made us feel like we were in a fine dining restaurant. All present said they believed it was one of the best meals they had ever eaten. One of the guests was our daughter who was visiting from Australia where she owns and runs fine dining restaurants in Sydney.
We also really appreciated how you left the kitchen cleaner than you found it !!!
We will definitely use you again for another special occasion."
B. Gardner (July 2017)
"I just wanted to say very many thanks for doing the Saturday night meal and Sunday BBQ at Fairoaks. Everything was delicious and everyone was very complimentary of the food - the beef wellington is still being talked about! Thank you for working so hard and for being so professional and friendly to deal with. Please pass on my appreciation to all those involved and thank you again for helping to make the weekend so relaxing and memorable for us.
Kind regards and many thanks again."
T. Rice (August 2017)
"I wanted to let you know how pleased we all were with the meal Sean and his helper did for us. The whole evening was a great success."
M. Lee (July 2017)
"Thank you for all your hard work on Saturday evening-your menu was delightful and every course was delicious. Our family and friends were all suitably impressed and enjoyed it all. We did enjoy hearing from you about all the food sourcing -it adds to the experience. Please thank your waiting staff they were very skilled and efficient too.
I would have loved to have watched you work (I'm sure this is the last thing you would want) but my son was explaining how you were doing the caramel hazelnuts which seemed amazing. Hope we didn't interrupt you too often in the kitchen.
It all made for a lovely evening -I could get used to having a birthday like this."
B. Chesney (March 2018)
"Please excuse my delay in writing to thank you for catering for my mother in law's 75th birthday ...
You presented an amazing celebratory meal - it really was restaurant quality food in the comfort of our own home.
It was wonderful for all of our family to celebrate together without one of us having to disappear to prep, cook or wash up. It was also great that the children were free to come and go as they pleased and I know Katie appreciated her plate of tomatoes - it was lovely that you could accommodate her request!
A real family celebration - with amazing food!"
E. Ferguson (February 2018)
"The meal James cooked us on Saturday night was fantastic! It was a great experience, he was very friendly and his waitress was lovely also. The food was sensational and we all loved every minute."
C. Burns (February 2018)
"We are finally home from my husband’s birthday week away and I have chance to send an overdue message of thanks.
We were truly delighted with the celebration meal you provided for our family at Fairoaks Barns on Saturday. Having chosen from your excellent range of menu options we found each course was just as delicious as we hoped it would be.
Henry and Esme both did a wonderful job preparing and presenting a really wonderful dining experience. They took care of us extremely well.
Please pass on our thanks to all of the team responsible for helping to make it such a special evening."
S. & A. Ulyatt (January 2018)
"Just a quick email to thank you for a wonderful meal on Saturday night.
The food was delicious throughout and your talks between courses really made the occasion something special."
L. Hunt (January 2018)
"On behalf of all our group I want to say what a wonderful meal we had at Wellacres house last Sunday. We were delighted with everything and Ross, the chef, and both the young ladies who were helping and waiting on could not have been more helpful. They were also very well organised and left no mess whatsoever.
We have used you before at Meadowbank near Chipping Camden which was also a great experience and you have equalled or even excelled it."
S. Evans (January 2018)
"Hi just a note to thank you for a delicious meal James served us on Saturday. Thanks to Sophie as well. Everybody enjoyed the meal and were surprised how unobtrusive it was, James and Sophie just got on with preparing, cooking and serving us quietly and efficiently. Once again many thanks. I have passed on my thanks to James personally."
H. Lowe (January 2018)
"A Very Good Morning! Bright and early, I wish to express my gratitude for the excellent meal which you provided for me for yesterday evening. The quality and quantity first class, empty plates all round and favourable comments all round.
Indeed the whole experience of dealing with you has been positive- your clear web site, helpful telephone advice, punctual delivery and clear instructions. Also many thanks for honouring the commitment after you discontinued the delivery option.
Many thanks again — it has been a pleasure dealing with you.
C. Melhuish (December 2017)
"James Benson was our chef for the evening. The food he prepared was outstanding, the quality and presentation was top class. The canapes were exceptional as were the following 3 courses. I would have no hesitation in recommending James who worked very hard in making our celebratory dinner so special. The kitchen was left immaculate when he left, you would never had known he had been there! Thank you James, it was very much appreciated.
Our experience could not be improved, everything was perfect! Thank you James, you worked very hard to make our evening perfect!"
J. Longley (April 2018)
"Just a quick email to say how superb the food was that you provided for my 50th this weekend. Saturday’s dinner and this morning's brunch were brilliant. More importantly Ross and the team that looked after us last night were helpful, friendly, patient and very tidy - they made the evening!
We’d highly recommend you and hope to see you next time we’re in the Cotswolds."
C. & F. Evans (April 2018)
"Just wanted to drop you a note to say a Massive Thank you!!
From start to finish the whole process was smooth, efficient and professional. The tasting session was excellent and helped us decide our choices and gave us the confidence that we had picked the right company for the job.
On the day the whole operation was super-efficient and the food was just as good as at the tasting. The portions sizes were generous and the extra touches helping us with the bar and desserts were really appreciated.
A big thank you to the girls that helped with the drinks and clearing away too, they were very professional and friendly (no standing around playing on their phones!)
It really helped make our day special."
J. Godfrey - Bride (May 2018)
"We just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic service and food we received on Saturday evening at Hill House. From the moment Shashi arrived all went to plan. We had a fantastic time and felt relaxed and well looked after.
Should we ever need caterers again for such an event I shall certainly be contacting you again."
R. Sanghera (June 2018)
"Family parties all just over and everyone has left.
Time to email you and say what a wonderful spread you laid on for us - all the guests were so complimentary about the delicious afternoon tea.
The service was brilliant too. Thank you so so much."
L. Raison - Mother of the Bride (June 2018)
"We had a LOVELY meal prepared by Chef James. He arrived early (and cleaned up some of the mess we had in the kitchen!) then got to work preparing our meal. Everything was delicious but we had a particular liking to a twice baked cheese souffle. I would definitely recommend Chef James!"
J. Safir (April 2018)
"Just wanted to say a huge thank you to you, Esme and all the help behind the scenes that went into creating our magnificent feast. It was truly exceptional. I will leave a review with la belle assiette however I wanted to thank you personally too.
Honestly, I could not have hoped for a more sublime and sensational experience for Shari and all of us. The food was beautifully presented and absolutely exquisite. Esme was so helpful and you both went with everything without fuss or stress (wine pouring, running late). Everyone, absolutely everyone commented on how wonderful you were - passionate and humble. It was a night that we will remember. And if the food wasn’t enough, you worked so hard clearing up too. Thank you."
M. Hatchman (April 2018)
"Just a quick note to say thanks v much for everything you guys did over the weekend, the food and the staff were superb!
Many thanks indeed."
P. Rampton (May 2018)
"I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the dinner you catered for me at Norton Hall on Saturday.
The food was delicious and beautifully presented and your staff were delightful.
All together a great success. Thank you."
J. Lake (May 2018)
"Just wanted to say how wonderful Ross and Paula were last weekend.
Everyone had a wonderful time, the food was amazing and both Ross and Paula so professional but also so friendly.
Thank you so much for helping make my husband’s birthday even more special."
M. Green (June 2018)
"You guys were a huge help and we loved our evening thank you. ...
Thx again really happy with everything."
O. Palmer (June 2018)