The Venue


Private Hire




About Us

Quick Quote Form





Event i.e. Wedding:

Event Date:

No. of Guests:

Testimonials & Reviews

Retirement Dinner

“We would like to thank Simon, Val and of course all the staff who helped to make the evening work for us. To use Poppy and the Merchant Taylor's proved a wise choice, from the start you gave us confidence that all would go well and this was well placed. Thank you again and our best wishes.”


Daniel and Helen Thompson

You are here : Home » About Us » Poppy Caterers

Poppy Caterers at Merchant Taylors Hall, York

Poppy Caterers has over 30 years’ successful experience catering for a wide range of events from wedding celebrations, private dinners and buffets to important York guild dinners.

Simon Halmshaw Director and owner learnt his trade in the military where he was involved in providing many dinners for VIPs including Her Majesty the Queen and Ambassadors from around the world.

Poppy Caterers offer creative, innovative and stylish menus; they use the finest local ingredients and will work with you to plan and design your menu around your own specific tastes and budget to create a meal that is truly memorable.

Poppy Caterers can provide menus for

  • Champagne breakfasts
  • Reception canapés
  • Wedding celebration party dinners and buffets
  • Fine dining
  • Hot and cold themed buffets and banquets
  • Day or evening barbecues
  • Medieval banquets

The Hall furnishings, table decorations, have an important role in setting the scene, to building the atmosphere for the special event.

Poppy Caterers will work with you on all these crucial touches

  • Fine crockery and cutlery - standard with every menu
  • Fine damask linen
  • Fine crystal glasses
  • Coloured seat covers and table decorations
  • Floral decorations
  • Entertainment

Poppy Caterers offer an extensive, carefully selected choice of quality wines and champagnes and will help you choose those which complement your menu.

Go to the Poppy Caterers website »