Testimonials

Making people happy and ensuring that our clients’ special occasions are wholly memorable for all the right reasons is what our business is all about. Therefore, we take the greatest pleasure and pride in the unsolicited testimonials that we receive. The following are a collection of comments about both Antonia’s Kitchen and our own special property, Western House.

Antonia's Kitchen is thrilled to announce they have won "BEST CATERER" in the 2014 Westcountry Wedding Awards, after being a finalist in both 2008 and 2011.  We'd like to share with you what our couples, who voted, have to say about us.

 

PDF Comments on AK from Westcountry Wedding Award Voters

 


"We cannot thank you enough for all you did to add to the perfection of our day on the 25th Jan, life has been a bit of a blur since then but all the feedback follows the same theme for the food - truly spectacular.  We know we took a risk not having a "sit down" dinner but for us the menu and style that you and Beatus came up with was absolutely perfect and an amazing success executed perfectly by your team.  A personal thank you from Carrie to Antonia for making sure I ate something! And to all of your chickens for those fabulous scrambled eggs!  You should be incredibly proud of yourself, your company and your team and we cannot sing your praise enough."  Carrie & Pete Paul  February 2014

Carrie & Pete's Menu

Brunch; Bacon & Free-range Scrambled Eggs or Smoked Salmon with Free-range Scrambled Eggs.  English Breakfast Muffins & Brioche(both homemade), Preserves 

Warm Canapes & Champagne; Mini Burgers & Veggie Burgers (served on homemade buns) Parmesan Black Olive Shortbread with Goats Cheese & Basil Pesto, Mini Scotch Eggs & Falafel Egg, Goujons of Lemon Sole with Tarter Sauce, Smoked Salmon Blinis with Horseradish Creme Fraiche, Sweet Corn Fittatas with Mango Salsa

Bowl Food; Rare Breed Pork Sausage, Mustard Mash, Cider Sauce and Crispy Red Onions, Smoked Haddock with Mornay Sauce, poached Quails Egg and Kedgeree Rice, Spiced Vegetable Tagine with Couscous

Puddings; Individual Exotic Jellies in pretty vintage china cups and Fruit Trifles in Bee Glasses

Cheese Board served with biscuits, fruit and homemade pickles


 

"I wanted to write and thank you and your chef for providing outstanding food and service for our Hen Party.  We had a fantastic time and everyone was very complimentary of the food.  I wouldn't hesitate in recommdending your company or indeed using you again ourselves" - October 2013


"Laura and I wanted to write to you to thank you, Beatus and your entire team so VERY much for everything, both in the run up to our wedding and on the day itself, as well as during the Sunday BBQ.  The food was simply amazing.  So many peope have said to us that it was the best food they have ever had at a wedding.....and we couldn't agree more.  The fish was cooked to perfection.......one friend who was a sous chef in a former life was absolutley flabbergasted at how you guys could have served 150 odd seabass at the same time perfectly cooked.  The lamb was perfect and the cheesecake a great suggestion from you.  Thank you.  The Sunday's BBQ - the perfect end to the weekend, to get close friends and family together, and again you, Beatus and your staff were superb and the BBQ food was amazing! -  August 2013"


"I just wanted to thank you and Beatus for coming over today and preparing the delicious tasting.  It was so kind of you to come on a Sunday, especially after a tough weekend!" - July 2013


"Antonia. Thank you for posting the photos of the food. Happy memories. It was such a perfect day from start to finish and I cannot tell you how relieved I was every time I looked up and saw you there taking care of all the details. You just lifted the burden of hosting such a special day off us so we could relax and enjoy it. Your overall planning, noting what we liked and what we didn't -e.g. veggie bride and meat loving parents and groom, pregnant guests, hungry young men, grannies with poor appetite, ravenous kids ! Nightmare but your 'can do attitude' took care of it all. The production of timelines and your liasing with the venue was impeccable. Beatus and team provided the most delicious food in such a relaxing manner on the hottest day of the decade ! I cannot recommend you highly enough. Well done all of you. I wish you every success in the future."

"Thank you so much Antonia, Elizabeth, Beatus and team, you have just been incredible!!! Everybody, commented on how amazing the food was - the best they had ever been served at a wedding and it really was exquisite.  Thank you for all  your help in the run up to the big day and your help with organising other aspects of the day!  I knew the moment we met you at Westpoint Wedding Fayre that we were in for a treat, but you still managed to blow me away!! I will highly recommend you to everbody that will listen."   The Stanbury Family  July 2013


"A quick note to say how much we all enjoyed the food that you cooked for us when we stayed at Shute Barton last week (25th June 2013).  The quality, the quantity and the taste were fantastic.  Everyone cleared their plates.  Even the fussy eaters amongst us enjoyed every dish. So please send our compliments to the chef" - June 2013 (Something for the weekend menu)


"Fantastic pop-up experience.  Great food.  Good company and a top notch hostess.  Lets do it all again soon." June 2013, comment after dining at AK's pop-up restaurant at Western House 


"Thank you so much for providing delicious, wonderful and professional food and service at our Wedding.  It was a truly memorable occasion, and helped by you!  Everyone has talked about how delicious the food was - and how glorious was that chocolate brownie and the porchetta!! Wow."  June 2013 wedding at Buckland House


"I just wanted to say a very  big thank you for a fantastic BBQ on Saturday.  The food was so good, with plenty of it and our gluten free friends were delighted with their special breads and burgers made by chef.  Thank you for accommdating us at such short notice and helping us put on a hen party in style!"  June 2013


Antonia, Beatus and all the team, you did up proud yesterday,  Your food was absolutely outstanding and the service could not be faulted.  We loved every minute of the day and cannot thank you enough."  Mr & Mrs Sorrentino May 2013


"Thank you for such a lovely planning meeting this evening - we're both really exited about our wedding canapes and buffet and feeling rather hungry now with all this talk of food!  Your fennel salad is amazing!"  Steph Saurus  May 2013


"Delicious leek, spring geen and devon blue risotto from Antonia's kitchen " Jackie Kearney @thehungrygecko.    Exeter Food Festival April 2013

"Just returned from a lovely evening at the Exeter Food Festival.  Loved the Lyme Bay Fish Chowder - beautiful local food cooked to perfection - delicious!  The rhubarb cheesecake was heavenly.  Would definitely reomment a visit to Antonia's Kitchen in the Castle Courtyard.  Val Eldridge  April 2013

"Great to see the wonderful Antonia at the Food Festival today!  I will always remember your amazing food at our wedding, just superb!  Mum loved the chicken breast in focasia roll by the way!" Lisa Arnold April 2013


"I just wanted to drop you a line to say that - as always - your food was gorgeous.  All the drop-off food you did for us worked brilliantly and we even took some home!  The cakes were especially scrummy and soon got devoured!  Thanks ever so much." April 2013 (Something for the weekend menu)


"I've just returned from Peek House where we had one of your meals on Saturday.  I'd like to say thank you for doing me a special chicken dish to go with the coq au vin the others had.  It was REALLY tasty, Everything about the food was excellent and the puddings kept us going all weekend."  April 2013 (Something for the weekend menu)


"I would like to thank you and your staff for helping to make Saturday night a perfect celebration for my birthday.  Michelle and the waitress were fantastic.  They were very attentive without being intrusive, the food was delightful and they left the kitchen spotless.  I have been very impressed with Antonia's Kitchen all the way through the process and would highly recommend you to anyone."  January 2013


"Wow that was amazing Antonia.  Beatus certainly knows what he is doing with food and we can see that he just loves being around people too.  We though we were coming for canapes!  It was sheer genius putting that whole menu together.  Absolutely every bite was first class!  Great wine and great service too in very comfortable surroundings.  Thanks a million."  January 2013 (comment from Liz Moore after a tasting at Western House)


"Thanks so much for the lasagnes from your something from the weekend menu.  They were just what we needed for catering on Friday night and both the meat and the veggie choices were really delicious - massive thumbs up from all 15 of us!"  Felicity Lass November 2012


"A huge thank you for a seamlessly executed lunch on Saturday.  The staff were fantastic and worked like beavers.  Please pass on our appreciation.  The canapes, buffet and puddings were delicious.  Our appreciation goes to you for pulling it  all together with such good cheer and enthusiasm."  November 2012


"Thank you so much for SPECTACULAR food and service on our wedding day.  We had the most incredible day and you were all such a part of it - smiling and supporting us all the way (above and beyond catering)  Our guests said it was the best wedding food they'd ever had.  Thanks again for making our day the "BEST EVER"."  October 2012


"Just a quick email to say thank you for the absolutely amazing food at the weekend and for making the barn look absolutely fantastic!  Everything was completely perfect."  Mr & Mrs Rhodes October 2012


"I just wanted to say a big thank you for the lovely food you prepared for us at lunchtime.  The compliements were flying left, right and centre about the steak and ale pie which obviously went down a treat!...I would certainly have no problem in recommending Antonia's Kitchen for any future events!"  September 2012


"We are writing to say thank you for the lovely food. All of it was excellent, very tasty and was enjoyed by all. It also made our holiday by keeping cooking to a minimum." (Something for the weekend menu)

The Saunders family - August 2012


"The food was amazing - we had lots of wonderful comments from our guests. We loved the freshness and your little flower touches too...Many thanks."

Emma and Paul - May 2012


"Thank you so much for the delicious food which you cooked and delivered to Fletchers Combe on 12th November. The food was enjoyed by all, it was absolutely superb, and I am afraid I ordered too much as your portions were very generous! Thank you once again for helping to make our wedding anniversary an occasion to remember."

Mrs Wheatley - November 2011


"We just wanted to thank you so much for making Susy & Tom's wedding day go so well. The food was delicious, the service was wonderful and you and your staff were very efficient. Tom said that the day exceeded his expectations, so thank you very much. I hope you weren't too tired after all your hard work. We slept well Friday night!"

Henry & Margaret - April 2011


"The hospitality extended to my wife and myself by all was exceptional and very much appreciated. Not the least, we both feel that a special mention should be made of the catering team who provided food of a superb quality. This was combined with an eclectic mix of flavours and courses, together with a very attentive service to your guests. In our opinion, they carried out their function perfectly.

Lexus car launch guest - March 2011


Antonia and her staff far exceeded our expectations and went beyond what was required of them to make our day a really special and memorable one. Nothing was too much trouble and Antonia gave us the benefit of her experience in arranging all aspects of our day from suggesting florists at very short notice, letting us use her grandmothers tablecloth, rescuing a cake disaster to pinning on the groom's buttonhole - the list is very long. In addition to all of this Antonia provided an excellent dinner which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The waiting staff were very professional both at the table and in setting up the room. Everyone commented on how romantic and magical everything looked when we all returned from the church. We would highly recommend them.

Andrew & Stephanie - Feb 2011


I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you, Beatus and Tony for last night. You really added a great focus to the evening - the young people were fascinated with the demonstration and the pho was absolutely delicious
- and such a nice, warming bowl to start the evening. Everyone was very impressed - including Michael Caines.

Youth Food Movement - Jan 2011


We just want to say a huge thank you for all you did for us before and during the wedding. You were absolutely fantastic and our day simply would not have been the same without you.  You had amazing ideas, gave us so much support and had so much dedication. The food was fantastic and people still talk about it now, it exceeded our expectations. The service was second to none and the whole wedding was just fantastic (not forgetting the gorgeous crockery!). We had the best day of our lives and were so pleased that you were a part of it and helped towards that. We would recommend you to anyone.

Alex and Anthony – October 2009


 

Many thanks for a fantastic evening last Wednesday. It made a memorable event for J and I plus our overwhelmed guests. All aspects of the meal and service met our expectations and the flavour of the beef still lingers in my mind. Just as well my wines matched up to the quality of the food!

R & C – September 2009


If you are considering outside catering for your wedding, look no further than Antonia’s kitchen.  We were very stubborn and adamant about how WE wanted OUR day and how WE wanted OUR food for such a special occasion.  We shopped around with some of the well known and respected caterers, but felt they gave us no flexibility.  With Antonia, all our questions and requests, however bizarre, were answered with a YES.  We liked Antonia’s attitude and we found Antonia to be straight talking-no waffle, which is what we wanted. When it finally came down to the big day, the food and presentation was top drawer.  We specifically requested a shellfish platter and wow…that is what we got.  It was great to see our guests tucking in and enjoying their feast. Refreshingly, we found Antonia’s staff to be absolutely fantastic, plenty of smiles, courteous and observant. If we were to sum Antonia up in three words…..simple….attention to detail.

Exmouth August 2009


" Thank you both so much for doing such a great job of making our wedding day so special. "

Charlotte & Dave - September 2007


"Antonia, 10 days have passed since Rebecca & Eric’s wedding and I must thank you so much for the splendid part you and your staff played in it all. The care you took to present the tables was just splendid, all those fancy ideas we had took you a long time to set up but the result was a complete delight - and as for the food, we were so right to choose you to cater for us. Everything about the meal was of superb quality – many guests are still telling me how much they enjoyed it! Thank you too for coping with all the vegetarian variations so well."

Gillian - May 2007


"Fantastic property – the best Helpful Holidays property I have stayed in. Would highly recommend “Antonia’s Kitchen” for catering."

Tina - September 2007


"Fabulous, excellent, wonderful...what more can I say!!! What an experience – Fabulous Saturday dinner that was accompanied with peace & tranquility."

Bill - April 2007


"It was a delightful house and Ms Makeig-Jones was incredibly helpful with superb catering."

Ryan & Gemma - January 2007