Hilltop Country House Wins Best In-House Caterer Award at Bridebook’s Wedding Industry People Awards 2023

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Award-Winning Wedding Catering by Hilltop’s In-House Chef

We are pleased to share that our head chef, Iain, won the Best In-House Caterer Award in Bridebook’s Wedding Industry People Awards 2023. This award recognises Iain’s hard work and dedication in creating a magical experience for our couples, day in and day out.

We are so proud of Iain for winning this award. Not only does he produce the most amazing food and provide caring service for our couples and their guests, but he is also lovely to have around and a real asset to the Hilltop team.

If you’re interested in discovering how Iain is an award-winning chef or looking for inspiration for your wedding breakfast menu, you’re in the right place.

Once you have chosen your wedding venue, all the other important aspects of your special day fall into place, including what you’d like to eat and drink. At Hilltop, we pride ourselves in being a ‘one-stop-shop’. We provide as many in-house services as possible to simplify the planning process.

As head chef, Iain devotes his time to our couples, ensuring they have a perfect menu for themselves and their guests. He is your first point of call for all things food-related and will spend one-on-one time with you on your personalized tasting to discuss your menu in depth.

Unique Wedding Menu Inspirations for 2023

 But first, CANAPES!

Every fabulous wedding reception starts with a glass of something tasty and canapes too good to resist. We have a variety of hot and cold canapes, such as mini Yorkshire puddings with roast beef and horseradish crème fraiche and tomato, red onion and basil bruschetta to keep you and your guests tied over until the wedding breakfast.


The Wedding Breakfast

Our wedding menus are inspired by local produce, Hilltop’s herb garden and good, quality food your guests will love. We are all about supporting local businesses. Our meat comes from JJJ Heathcote Butchers; our potatoes are Cheshire potatoes, and herbs and seasoning are sourced from our own herb garden. Not to mention our orchard, which supplies us with fresh apples and pears pruned by The Random Apple Company. The menus are named after flowers in Hilltop’s garden and represent the beautiful Cheshire countryside surrounding us. Here at Hilltop, we not only have flowers for all seasons, but we also have a menu to suit all weddings in any season. You can have anything from BBQ foods and sharing platters to a traditional 3-course meal or even an afternoon tea if you’d prefer!


Ultimately, the menus are designed for couples to make their own. They are completely interchangeable, and we cater to all dietary requirements and preferences accordingly.

Food to end the evening

It is only right to choose evening food from our fabulous street-style menu to keep guests’ energy levels up as they dance the night away. Options include chicken and chorizo paella cooked in a large paella dish for all your guests to see and wood-fired pizza from our very own pizza oven in the outdoor bar.


A few words from the Chef…

From Hilltop’s menu, which meal would you choose to have on your wedding day?

I would start with our warm red onion and goat’s cheese tart served with baby leaf salad and balsamic reduction. Without a doubt, I’d have Butley Town herb-crusted rack of lamb, potato dauphinoise, green beans and a red wine jus for the main course. For dessert, it would have to be our gluten-free sticky toffee pudding with hot toffee sauce and ice cream.

Which wedding breakfast has been the one you have most enjoyed catering for?

Every now and again, we get asked to go off-piste. I have particularly enjoyed couples\’ take on sharing platters and Eastern European and Persian-style dishes. Specifically, dishes such as Mechouia-style lamb leg with cumin Dipping Salt and Chicken preserved lemon and olive tagine.

What is your favourite part of being Hilltop’s chef?

The personal touch. Just being able to sit down with the couple during their tasting to discuss exactly what they’d like to eat on their big day. The one-on-one time, where I can get to know them and build that important relationship and bond, I can then relate to the cooking and their bespoke menu.

Find out more about our award-winning wedding food and drink offering on our dedicated wedding food and drink page.