Red Herring crowned regional winner at The Wedding Industry Awards

TWIA is the only regional and national client voted awards in the wedding industry. You voted for Red Herring to be awarded the winners of Wedding Caterers South Central and we cannot thank you enough. With the TWIA National Event approaching we wanted to share what it means to be part of The Wedding Industry Awards.

The Wedding Industry Awards was set up to recognise excellent wedding suppliers and to help anyone organising a wedding find the best suppliers. Wedding clients vote for suppliers they used for their wedding, regional shortlists are drawn up using voter data and input from a judging panel.  With 25 categories covering 8 regions it really does see the cream of the Wedding Suppliers crop come together.

And this year, in the stunning surroundings of Lillibrooke Manor all the finalists for the South Central category gathered in anticipation to celebrate the very best wedding suppliers in the area. And of course to find out who would be crowned the regional winners in each category. It was a night filled with cheers, laughter and entertainment from Mighty Fine Entertainment. Red Herring stood in a tough category against five outstanding caterers, so upon being announced the winners for Wedding Caterers of the South Red Herring felt truly thrilled and honoured.


Following the excitement of the regionals The Wedding Industry Awards National Event is taking place next week at Café De Paris. With entertainment from Thom Music and Dancefloor Couture it is set to be a real celebration of the wedding industries finest. Red Herring will go head to head with the 8 regional winners in the Best Wedding Caterers category.

Winning the National Event would of course be an added cherry on top. However, we truly feel that winning our regional category is wonderful recognition for the passion we have for delivering each client’s wedding to the highest standard. Making sure each couple have the best day of their lives is at the core of what we do. So a big thank you to all of you who voted and to our outstanding team who deliver an excellent service each time.

We are going to the National Event with our party shoes on to celebrate our win. And to celebrate with others who have a passion like ours for the Wedding industry. We will keep you updated on what happens!


If you would like to find out about our wedding services, event services or catering services please call us on 01590 622222 where a member of our team would love to discuss these with you.

Christmas is coming….

Why not let Red Herring help you make Christmas easier this year….


  • Christmas Cocktail Parties
  • Dinner Parties
  • All the extras such as trained uniformed staff, china, cutlery, glassware, linen, decoration, entertainment 

Alternatively, why not try……..

Canapés direct from Red Herring

Simply unwrap & serve 

This is a service that we are finding increasingly popular, having canapés created from our kitchens and delivered directly to your office or home. Using all of the flair and colours you’d expect to find from Red Herring Catering.


  • 48 delicious canapes per tray
  • 6 different canapes including vegetarian options
  • We can also provide staff, drinks, glassware etc. if required

Some canapé examples……

∞ Ceviche of sole with lime and vanilla salted popcorn                       

∞ Cucumber cups filled with white crab, paw paw and saffron aioli

∞ Sliced beef carpaccio crisp blini with gremolata shaved parmesan

∞ Dark sesame oil and chilli glass noodles with pink duck and cherry balsamic

∞ Parmesan crème brûlée with a mango, chilli and scallion

∞ Sesame seed basket with Wobbly Bottom goat’s cheese, pomegranate and caramelised red onion

Lesley Waters Amazing New Wedding Venue & Us!

At the end of last year we were invited on a site visit with Cheryl, The Event PA to look at a possible new venue near Yeovil that she had been approached to manage. After a successful year of working alongside Cheryl at some of her events she really wanted us on board for this venture, to collaborate with the fabulous Lesley Waters. How could we refuse? Or not get overly excited!! After a few months of planning and menu tastings the amazing new venue Abbots Hill Farm has been launched and we can’t wait to see what the year ahead holds.

Please take a look at the website below for more details, their Wedding Co-ordinator, Cheryl, will work closely with you to turn your dreams and ideas into a reality….

April 2016 – What a month!!

April 2016

Just in case any of you were wondering what we have been up to lately just take a look at some of the wonderful and varied events we have been a part of during April…..

Two 21st birthday parties kicked off the first two weekends of the month where Red Herring looked after the clients every request – from initial party design, organising all the suppliers from the marquees right through to stationary, entertainment. We even created sleeping dormitories, which was a first for Red Herring! We really love being able to do this, taking the clients dreams and making them a reality. Both of the birthday boys opted for a traditional approach with their catering, some delicious canapes to start where we offered some firm favourites and some exciting new ones. All guests were then treated to a starter, main course & dessert at the equally beautiful tables, followed by some very amusing speeches at both parties! Of course, after dinner, the party really began – both marquees offered an exuberant dancing and bar area which, to be honest, you wouldn’t even think possible, in a marquee!

At the end of April we had our first Iranian wedding for 300 guests, right next to the Solent. We worked alongside Cheryl, The Event PA which made our lives easier too, not only the Bride & Grooms! The weather, although a little breezy, was pretty much perfect for a beachside setting in early Spring. The marquee looked amazingly dramatic with five lengths of tables and the décor really was a fusion of both traditional English & Iranian styles.

Although as always, none of the above would be possible without all of the amazing suppliers and Red Herring staff – A big thank you to all!

The Wedding Industry Awards 2016

Wedding Industry Scores 2016We have had another amazing year at The Wedding Industry Awards and made it to the Regional Final for the third year in a row, which is a huge accomplishment for Red Herring and something we are very proud of. We just had to share the voting scores above and the really lovely comments below. Thank you again to all of those who took the time to vote for us, we really appreciate it.

They are true artists! I had compliments all night long on the food, truly the best I have ever had. I cannot thank them enough for making my day perfect.

Red Herring made our wedding day dreams come true. From planning to delivery the service they provide is outstanding. Steve and Emma’s expertise and professionalism meant we were completely confident that everything would be taken care of. The food was beyond excellent and completely tailored to what we wanted. The service from start to finish was impeccable, nothing was ever too much trouble. We have had so many guests tell us it was the best wedding ever. Recommended without hesitation.

The quality of the food, the presentation, and the service were second to none. I would thoroughly recommend them. I strongly believe it could not have been improved upon

Red Herring were a pleasure to work with and i found the whole catering process hassle free. They were always very helpful and communication was excellent. I would regularly call them to talk to them about my ideas and they were also so helpful and friendly. On the day of the wedding they were organised and made the marquee look stunning. All staff were well dress and a number of my guest commented on the amazing food and the presention. I would 100% recommend and use Red Herring in the future.

They were so friendly and helpful when i call the first time to ask them about catering at my wedding. I had previously been to a wedding who used Red Herring so i know they food was amazing and just what i wanted at my wedding. The staff presented themselves well and communication was great.

Red Herring catered for my brother’s wedding a few years ago and, family loyalties aside, it was the simply the best wedding ever. I had aways hoped that if I got married I would be able to do something similar but our wedding was in a tricky location and our budget wasn’t unlimited so we weren’t sure if Red Herring would take on the challenge! Steve and Emma couldn’t have been more helpful when it came to planning the event and preparing a quote for us. From the very start they were friendly, professional, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and creative. I knew that they would be able to deliver what we wanted on the day and that we wouldn’t have to worry about a thing. We did look at several alternatives and examined all the quotes and costs carefully. I can honestly say that when it came to the decision we couldn’t have chosen anyone else for such an important occasion. Every penny well spent, we would recommend you to everyone without hesitation.

2015 so far….

Well, since the middle of May we haven’t really had a chance to catch our breath, let alone update our website, sorry?! We have had an amazing 2015 so far creating some parties from scratch with some great briefs such as ‘Vintage circus meets village summer fete’ & ‘Petersham Nurseries meets Wilderness Festival with a chic twist’.

As well as numerous weddings around Hampshire and Surrey we catered for our biggest event to date – The Royal Yacht Squadron’s Bicentenary celebrations at Queen Victoria’s beloved summer residence of Osborne House, on the Isle of Wight. The dinner was for 1250 guests and with over a 100 people on our team of chefs, waiting staff and porters it was certainly a challenge to organise but a fantastic experience.

Along with this event we were also in and around the Solent during one of the busiest years it’s had for a while. We catered for Henry Lloyd, the first event in the brand new Landrover Ben Ainlsie Racing Headquarters in Old Portsmouth. Followed swiftly by a return to Cowes for the Panerai Classic Yacht regatta and then back to Portsmouth to look after 11th Hour Racing, one of the sponsors of the Ben Ainslie team during the America’s Cup.

The rest of the year is looking just as exciting and busy but thought while we had five minutes we’d show you what we have been up to so far.

2015 so far...

Canapes Direct from Red Herring

This is a service that we are finding increasingly popular, having canapes created from our kitchens and delivered directly to our clients offices or homes. Using all of the flair and colours you’d expect to find in our major corporate events,simply unwrap and serve. For more information please call on 01590 62 22 22 or email us at


More wonderful feedback…

Following our place as a Regional Finalist in the 2015 Wedding Industry Awards, for the second year running, we thought we’d share our amazing feedback from our Bride’s & Groom’s. A HUGE THANK YOU to all who voted, we are hugely grateful and reading the comments below left us feeling immensely proud.


What a busy year….

Well, we are not sure where 2014 has gone but it’s rushed by in a blur of events all over the country in some really amazing venues and locations, not leaving us a huge amount of time to update our website. However, we are continually updating our social media pages as this is a little easier to do while on the run (normally during set up and pack down) and serving our clients!