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April 2017

Dear Alan and Paula

Just a quick note to thank you once again for your efforts in Faversham. We very much enjoyed your excellent buffet and it added to help make a memorable occasion.

It was very impressive watching the 2 of you going to so much trouble setting up the wonderful display on the Saturday afternoon.

With renewed thanks.

Best wishes david

March 2017

Hi Alan and Paula,

Thank you so very much for the fabulous food and attentive service that you provided for the Ethelbert Road Primary School Dinner & Disco again this year! The menu sounded delicious when we read it at the planning stages of our event and when we published the menu for our guests we had many, many positive comments - and that was before people had seen the beautiful presentation of the food or tasted it! Your staff were friendly and helpful yet offered discreet service. We were extremely impressed with your professional approach to the whole event - from the early planning stages to the event itself - everything was considered and discussed with us beforehand with the result that the evening went smoothly from beginning to end.

Thank you again. It has been a pleasure working with you.

With the very best of wishes,


July 2016

Celebration Barbeque
Teddies Pre School

"Alan & Paula" Just to say a huge THANK YOU for everything you did.
The food was amazing & so professionally put together.
Every one was so impressed with your service & even your smart catering facilities, you both coped so well on what was the hottest day of year so far.
I will certainly be promoting you & will be thinking of possible future events, so we can sample more of your lovely food.
Very best of wishes to you both & thanks again.

Helen & Alister

July 2016

Buffet Tea

Thank you for the buffet tea you provided us with for a recent business meeting.
Every one loved it & all commented on the presentation & how different it was from the "Normal Meeting" food they have had else where.

Interpreting Matters

June 2016


We just wanted to say thank you to you for the catering on our wedding day.
The food was absolutely amazing, the fish & chip shop theme that you designed for us was just perfect, with all our guests in awe of the food & the presentation with them all saying they wished they lived closer to sample more of your delights.

Thank you once more
Christine & Mark

May 2016

40th Birthday

This was the 2nd time we have used eSSence caterers. Again faultless, fantastic food, beautiful presentation & perfect service.
Thank you

Sharon Underwood

March 2016

Dinner & Disco

Thank you so much for the delicious food & fabulous service that you provided again for this years Ethelbert Road Primary School "Dinner & Disco" The menu you suggested was perfect for our event & we received many many positive comments about the food you supplied.
I would especially like to thank you for the slight adjustments you were so happy to make to your original menu for those with food allergies.
Your waiting staff we’re polite, friendly & professional & although you were catering for over 100 guests the service we received was seamless & the food on each plate was presented beautifully.
The service you provided really added to the ambience of our event & we are looking forward to working with you again in the future.

Jeni Smith
Head of Fundraising
Ethelbert Road Primary School

August 2015

Hi Guys

Thank you so much for our fantastic catering   for such friendly   supportive service, your attention to detail   flexibility was truly appreciated. As for the food utterly wonderful! Beautifully presented   of fabulous quality   flavour, we have had nothing but glowing compliments from our guests have raved about it. Thank you so much for helping to make our wedding reception truly memorable   taking away all the stress, you we’re both amazing as was the food.

Much love
Russ   Sarah

Dear Alan and Paula

Where do I begin. Your fantastic display and gorgeous food was outstanding, first class. Everything was detailed to perfection, you had thought of everything.

My guests haven't stopped talking about the food! Every time I speak to friends and relatives they mention the party food again and again, especially my neighbours from across the road!

You both deserve every accolade that is going. Because of your brilliant catering you made my birthday party absolutely perfect.

A big thank you again for agreeing to my fussy choices, nothing was too much trouble. This was the reason I went with you in the first place as the other caters were not flexible enough, and to confirm my choice (after I engaged you) Lynsey at the Alexander said I had made a good choice as she had seen your food displays and heard excellent reports.

I wish you every success with your brilliant catering company and I shall definitely be spreading the word.

Best wishes
Gill Pinder

May 2015

"Thank You"

The food was simply so light, fresh & so beautifully presented, from tasty little cakes, to those amazing Sausage straws not too mention the mini Quiche's, every one commented on the quality of your food & presentation of your work.

Funeral Tea

I recently used Essence Caterers for a birthday party. The level of service and attention to detail was beyond my expectations, the food even better. A number of guests commented on how lovely the food was I only wish I could have passed it off as my own! The added bonus was to be able to sit back and enjoy the party without any of the stress.

Sharon Underwood

March 2015

Thank you very much indeed for the superb job you did of the catering for this years "dinner & disco".

After the fantastic food & professional service that we received from you last year we were eager to book you for our catering again – we knew that we would be able to relax & enjoy the evening – we were defiantly not disappointed!

The menus you suggested were ideal, the food was delicious & your staff were friendly – our meals & the service you provided were both prefect for our event. We hope that you will be available again for our "dinner & disco" next year!

Jeni Smith (Ethelbert Road Primary School Fund Raising Team)

January 2015

Thank you for catering for our Celidh evening at Sellindge village hall.

With this being the second time that we have used your services we were once again bowled over by the buffet you provided.

The menu variety was amazing, the thought that you must have put into the whole thing was so impressive, from sourcing an artisan bread roll to hold a portion of "Neep & Tattie" soup is was so clever, the Haggis croutons we have never seen before, then the interim buffet was served, followed by the “presentation of the Haggis” which was served with shots of Whisky, all was then finished by the individual Cranachans, simply sublime.

Thank you so much

The Junior Doctors Mess (WHH Ashford)

December 2014


eSSence provided refreshments for our school Christmas Fete, the Xmas burgers you created for us went down very well indeed!! Even if they did sell out before the afternoon had ended, they were that popular!!!

Freshly brewed tea & coffee, to the cakes & pastries everyone commented on how delicious every thing was.

Thank you, Selling Ptfa

November 2014

We just wanted to pass on our thanks to you both for the fantastic food you provided us to celebrate my husbands birthday.

The creative presentation was stunning & the roast potatoes in the Sack were gorgeous.

Again thank you so much, its without question that we will recommend you to all our friends.

Mr & Mrs C (Ashford)

October 2014

Just a little note to say 'Thank you' we were all so grateful for the way in which you looked after us, it was always going to be a difficult day for all the family.

The food was delicious & the presentation was absolutely beautiful, I am sure we will book you again in the future

Thank you Mrs Brown (Ashford)

July 2014

We would just like say thank you for the marvellous BBQ you provided for the William Harvey Doctors Mess.

It was far & beyond what we were expecting, the presentation alone was stunning & the food was just so fresh & vibrant A great night was certainly had by all, we will definitely book again for a repeat performance next year.

Thank you, The Junior Doctors

Dear Alan & Paula

Thank you very much indeed for the wonderful buffet that you provided yesterday.

We really appreciated the way that you arranged the food, to look so inviting & attractive. There was a wonderful variety of sweet & savoury dishes & it was all absolutely fresh & delicious.

Our guests all had there fill & there was still some left over which we took away with us as it was far too nice to waste.

Your service to us was perfect too, discreet & considerate, we were both impressed & delighted.

Thank you again.

Sue Akhurst

May 2014

Thank you so very much for the fantastic service you provided for the recent Ethelbert Road Primary School Dinner & Disco . The menu choices that you suggested were perfect and we received very positive feedback when our guests first saw the menu for the evening. Your service was refreshingly professional at every stage and, from the initial planning to the last minute queries, your experience and efficiency were evident. The service we received from your waiting staff during the evening was the perfect combination of friendly and discreet and, of course, the food looked and tasted delicious! We have received many positive comments about the food that was served during the evening and I hope that you will be available to cater for us again at future events.

Jeni Smith

April 2014

Alan and Paula of Essence Caterers, recently catered for a family reunion at which relatives (and some friends) of mine attended. Initially I was impressed with the professional way in which they communicated with me regarding the way in which they provided the service and possible menus, and how easily my requests for variations were accomodated.

Their professionalism was confirmed on the (very hot) day with their hard work, preparation, serving and presentation of the delicious and varied delicacies which delighted the guests.

Alan and Paula provide a quality, no fuss, friendly service with a smile. I highly recommend Essence Catering, but sadly they have yet to extend their service to Australia. We live in hope!

Thank you Alan and Paula.

Eileen and Bruce Hurley.

February 2014

This is the 2nd occasion that essence caterers have catered for an event in my family, sadly this was a reception in honour of my late father in-law. Again the food was superb, as was the presentation & taste & all requests made by my mother in-law were willingly provided.

Alan & Paula were discreet & professional serving platters were never empty & special requests on the day were met with a smile (gluten free sandwiches, extra scones, jam & clotted cream). You made our afternoon hassle free & allowed the family to relax & give our full attention to the reception & guests.

Thank you again, you are our first choice for our next event.

Wendy Hooper-Mitchell, Faversham

Dear Paula & Alan

Thank you both so much for the wonderful food & for the discreet & courteous way it was served on the occasion of my husband’s funeral reception at Godmersham & Crundale village hall.

The day was very sad for all of us, but your efforts on our behalf helped make it a memorable & uplifting day.

Good wishes & gratitude from all the family

Christine Mitchell, Challock

December 2013

Dear Paula & Alan

Thank you so much for the great food & service that you provided, for our Lodge ladies night on Saturday 14th December 2013 in Whitstable.

Regards Tom Sutton, Whitstable

July 2013

Delicious food & great service, even my fussy family came back for 2nds, 3rds…..if only you were in Australia we would hire you in an instant for all our family gatherings."

Best wishes.

Sue Hooper, Australia

A big thank you to essence caterers for catering for our family gathering last July. The food was absolutely fantastic, the presentation & taste superb, the home kitchen that was set up in my back garden was also frankly amazing. We all kept going back for more & it just kept coming!! Highly recommended.

Thank you.

Wendy Hooper-Mitchell, Faversham