Thank You Letters received in 2017....
"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)
"I can't express enough how amazing you all were on Saturday night. You did an absolutely fantastic job. From the very first e mail, way back when, to clearing up on Sunday, you all went above and beyond. You were professional, courteous and took all the organisational burden of the catering away from us, especially as this was our very first time organising a charity ball. On top of all that, the food you produced for 430 people was exceptional. My friend's sister, who was coeliac/lactose intolerant, said it was the best catered event she had ever been to. I have had so much positive feedback. I hope you are pleased with how things went. I really can't believe how hard you all work. James, your energy and stamina is unbelievable.
Thank you also for the wonderful auction prize you donated. I wanted to win that myself!! However, my friend was the lucky winner. I am sure she will be in touch in due course.
I will have no hesitation in recommending Benson's Catering. We will put a link to your website on our website.
Well, I do hope we will work together again and I hope Benson's Catering grows as you would like it too...
King regards and a huge thank you to you and each and everyone one of your staff."
C. & W. Wilkinson on behalf of The Mockingbird Trust - received via email (June 2017)
"Thank you so much for the enormous contribution you made to The Mockingbird Ball - the food was absolutely wonderful. We had a huge amount of feedback on how excellent the catering was; the beef was absolutely delicious, the starters were wonderful, as was the pudding, and you wowed the coeliacs! The breakfast rolls went down extremely well at the end of the evening too!
Could you pass on our thanks to Anton, for whom nothing seemed too much trouble.
You were so positive and professional and inspired us with confidence from start to finish. Your work helped to make it a wonderful event and extremely successful fundraising launch of the charity, The Anna Wilkinson Mockingbird Trust. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to others and will definitely be in touch if we are holding another event where we think you may be able to help."
C. & W. Wilkinson on behalf of The Mockingbird Trust Committee - received via post (June 2017)
"Absolutely fantastic experience from start to finish! La Belle Assiette were super helpful helping me pick a chef and couldn't have been more helpful. Our chef James surpassed our expectations and gave us the most incredible 3 course dinner even using herbs from our garden which was a lovely touch. Our kitchen was also spotless once he had finished! Absolutely first class!"
G. Sagen (June 2017)
"I just wanted to say a very big thank you to team Benson’s Catering for all their hard work at Field Barn (and Stanway) last weekend. The food was delicious and enjoyed by one and all. The house martins are very pleased to have the long shed back …. they must have found the BBQ very disconcerting indeed! It was such a relief that the weather was on side, over here in Herefordshire/ Monmouthshire, some friends who had a similar event taking place had a totally horrible time with wind and lashing rain."
A. Langton - Mother of the Groom (June 2017)
"We just wanted to write and thank you so much for the all the hard work that went in to catering our wedding and BBQ this weekend.
We have had so many people comment that it was some of the best wedding food they have ever had and their disbelief that it was all produced from one small catering gazebo outside!
Right from the start of the planning process nothing has been too difficult for your team and your agreement to all our weird and wonderful requests made our wedding day!
The waiting staff were fantastic – so professional even when negotiating a challenging venue and lots of excitable guests. James – I don’t know how many hours of sleep you and your team got on Saturday night but it can't have been many and yet you were back bright and early on Sunday getting the BBQ ready and producing more delicious food.
Everyone we dealt with at Bensons from the first contact with James over 18 months ago, through Anton and his meticulous planning, right down to Julie who worked so hard to clear up all the mess the following day has been attentive, professional and friendly and we couldn’t have asked for more. If you ever need a recommendation then please do feel free to contact me.
Thank you once again."
E. Wood - Bride (June 2017)
"We just wanted to say a huge thank you for your wonderful catering at our wedding - we had so many comments on how fantastic the food was! Everything was delicious, the serving staff were perfect, timing was impeccable and we have generally been so impressed with the whole process up until the wedding day, so thank you for all your hard work and time.
We will definitely be recommending you to our friends."
L. & R. Evans - Bride & Groom (May 2017)
"Just a message to say great job by you, Ross and the team on Friday. Everyone had a great time and has been so complimentary of the food and service.
Hopefully we'll get the chance to use Bensons again."
R. Lewis (June 2017)
"Just to say a big thank you for catering for my family. The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. The waiting staff were lovely
nothing was too much trouble.
Hopefully see you again next year."
M. Cracknell (May 2017)
"Very good food, and James was extremely pleasant and very flexible."
B. Ballednden (May 2017)
"Just a short note to say thank you for all the hard work behind the scenes that made Saturday night such a success.
James, Henry, and Ross created a wonderful evening, which will be much remembered and talked about for many years to come.
But without your patience addressing my never-ending series of questions and requests, it would never have happened.
(and hope to be in touch soon about doing something similar in the not-too-distant future - fewer questions next time, I promise!)"
A. Page (May 2017)
"I just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for the exceptional service your team gave our party! The food was amazing, the chef and waitresses were so lovely and professional. The communication in the run-up to the event was probably the best service I've ever received and was so organised and transparent, which when organising an event is really very much appreciated!"
V. Shirley (February 2017)
"Thank you very much to James Benson for cooking a delicious meal for us for our Dad's 60th birthday. We had the taster menu and every course was cooked to perfection. Each course was original, expertly presented and used fresh, local ingredients wherever possible. The asparagus was delicious, cooked in various different ways. We also particularly enjoyed the home cured braesola as well as the gin and cucumber sorbet. James had everything very well organised and left the kitchen immaculately tidy. ... Overall, we would thoroughly recommend."
E. Piotrowski (March 2017)
"Thank you so much for a wonderful dinner on Saturday evening at Hill House. The food was absolutely delicious and beautifully presented and made a very memorable 50th birthday for Laurence. The brunch you left us was also spectacular especially the eggs benedict and the granola! Everyone said how much they enjoyed it all.
A special thanks also to Sophie who was a great asset to the evening. How lovely to have the food served so nicely. She did a brilliant job.
We hope to be able to use you again when we are in the area and will highly recommend you to others."
S. Garrett (April 2017)
"Dear James, Shawn and team, I don't know how you do it but the food you provided for our party of 28 was phenomenal. Although one half of the family had experienced your amazing cooking many times before, I had said how good your team were BUT you surpassed yourselves with 2 amazing a la carte meals. The meal Shawn cooked and the girls who served was amazing and the Sunday meal you did was seriously the best I've ever eaten. The onion cream sauce you served with the apricot stuffed chicken was the highlight of the day. Saying that, the chicken liver pate was also close.
The family had a great catch up and played many games and had great fun but the thing everyone came back and talked about was your teams amazing service, stunning food and attention to detail. Many thanks again. Your craft in doing what you do is sublime."
D. & M. Cullen (May 2017)
"The buffet was absolutely superb and everyone commented on the lovely tasty food served by such friendly people.
We thanked James, Shawn ,Ross and Lauryn on the day but please pass on our most grateful thanks again.
And of course to you Anton as well -your advise during the planning stages was so helpful and very much welcomed.
A superb effort all round from The Benson's Catering Team. Well Done!
If we need catering again you get the business. And our recommendations to friends.
I've given the feedback to Kate and Tom's as well."
A. Mountjoy (May 2017)
"Just to say a big Thank You for such a lovely meal last Saturday night. Everything went to order , with no problems at all. Shashi was wonderful - as was the "helper" , whose name I have forgotten. Thank you for everything."
D. Duguid (April 2017)
"I wanted to send a note to thank you, James and the team for our wonderful catering service at The Boathouse last night. Everyone agreed that the food was delicious (left overs got polished off today) and the service was excellent - professional, unobtrusive and efficient. It really made the evening very special and I wish you every luck with business in the future - keep up the great work. "
C. Cumins (January 2017)
"Had a fantastic evening. James was very professional and friendly and we felt very spoiled. The food and presentation were amazing. A lovely treat after an awful year."
J. Kenwright (March 2017)
"I just wanted to say a big thank you to you both for the amazing food last weekend. All of our guests commented on how lovely it was and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
We hope to meet you both again - as soon as I can find another excuse to have private dining!"
C. Syrett (April 2017)
"Last week (7th January) one of your chefs came to our house in Stratford upon Avon to cater for us. The meal and service was fantastic- thankyou."
E. Ordway (January 2017)