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Wedding

“To Val and the team. Thank you so much for all your help in planning our wedding. We really appreciate all the help in the organising and decorating. The hall looked amazing, everyone commented on how nice the building was. I just wish we could have enjoyed it longer, we had a great day, everything went well. Thank you again. ”

 

Alex and David Sutherland
Bride and Groom

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Wedding

“Dear Simon and Val & staff, a hugh thank you for all that you did for us on our wedding day and for all of your work in the run up. The food was a hugh sucess with our guests and the Merchant Taylors hall was a fantastic venue, we were so so pleased that we chose to hold it there and taht you managed it all. Thanks for all your suggestions the day went fantastically. Thanks again very best wishes. Martin & Em ”

Emma & Martin
Bride & Groom

Wedding at York Maze

“We just wanted to say a huge thank you for helping make our day at the maze so special. Everyone had a fantastic time and they all commented on the quality of your food, we've got some photo's back and it all looks brilliant. We also wanted to say a big thank you to the chef, bar & waiting staff who were all really friendly, helpful and well dressed. We would definately recommend you to others! Many thanks again and best wishes”

Clare & Nick Besant
Bride & Groom

Funeral

“Dear Val, Just Wanted to say thankyou so much for the way you catered at Charles funeral. You were most efficient and organised given quite difficult circumstances and time. The food was excellent together with the service. Thankyou again for making everything run smoothly on such a diificult day for us all. ”

Nancy, Helen, Judith
Family

Golden Wedding Lunch

“Dear Simon and Val, We both wish to say a very big thank you to you and your staff, for making our Golden Wedding lunch party such a super do. All our family and friends thoroughly enjoyed the occasion, and everyone remarked on the lovely food and presentation. Again many many thanks.”

Anne & Frank Dyson
Client

Wedding

“Thank you very much for all your help with our wedding, we had a lovely day and will certainly be recommending you in the future.”

Steve & Nicola Shaw
Wedding held in Malton, North Yorkshire

Wedding

“Many thanks for helping us make our wedding so special. We had a superb evening and only wish we could do it all over again!”

Alison & Lester

Wedding

“Dear Val and Simon, Thank you so very much for everything you did to give us a truly perfect wedding day. Words really cannot express our gratitude. From the word go, we felt that we were truly in safe hands, and that you made things so much easier for us. Thank you for all yor help and advice throughout. I cannot stop smiling when I think back to the day itself. Thanks to Reanne and the team for everything. Simon Wow the Food was Fantastic. The Lamb is still talked about. And Val thank you so much for everything - we are so glad we got to see you and hug you the following morning -it was amazing. Best Wishes for the future. Love Rebecca & David. ”

Rebecca & David
Bride & Groom

Wedding

“Dear Val, Simon and everyone at Poppy Caterers, A very belated but heartfelt "Thank You!" for everything you did for us on the run up to and on our wedding day. Your kindness was beyond what we could ever have expected, and we thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it. Thank you especially for putting on such an incredible spread on the big day - friends are still raving about it, and we are so pleased that it went down so well (though we can't really take the credit!) Have a brilliant 2014! All the best.”

Catherine & Daniel Laing
Bride & Groom

Corporate Event

“Hi Val I have to say everything was absolutely perfect yesterday evening. Thank you to Enid and the team last night and to all at Poppy Caterers for looking after us so well once again. The hall and meeting room were set up perfectly, the canapés were delicious and the service fantastic. I have passed your invoice on to our Treasurer to arrange settlement immediately. I hope we’ll be back at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall again next year and look forward to being in touch then. Best regards, Kathryn Kathryn Cripwell Administrator Yorkshire Law Society Tel: 01904 449747 Mobile: 07768 683841 ”

Kathryn Cripwell
Yorkshire Law Society

Wedding

“Thank you so much for a wonderful reception, your staff were fantasic and the food was excellent. Everything was just as we wanted it and we really appreciate all the hard work you all put in. Many thanks.”

Rachel & Andrew
Bride & Groom

Wedding

“Many thanks for all the planning, support and hard work you and your team expanded to make Edward and Clare's wedding such a joy on 12th July. We enjoyed ourselves on what was a very memorable occasion and so did our guests. It was a very special and happy day and we are very grateful and appreciatative in the part played by Poppy in making it so. ”

Julie Savage

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

Wedding

“To Val and the team. Thank you so much for all your help in planning our wedding. We really appreciate all the help in the organising and decorating. The hall looked amazing, everyone commented on how nice the building was. I just wish we could have enjoyed it longer, we had a great day, everything went well. Thank you again. ”

Alex and David Sutherland
Bride and Groom

Wedding

“We would like to say a very big thank you for the superb catering that you provided at Nicola and Tom's wedding. The food, the service and the organisation were excellent. Thank you for making it a great wedding.”

Peter and Aileen Oldham
Parents of the Bride

Wedding

“To Simon & Val Thankyou so much for a wonderful recepion, your staff were fantastic and the food was excellent. Everything was just as we wanted it and we really appreciate all the hard work you all put in. ”

Rachel and Andrew
Bride and Groom

Wedding

“Dear Val and all at Poppy Caterers, Thank you so much for looking after us so well both before and during our wedding day. Everything was perfect and we and all our guests enjoyed the food, the venue and your wonderful organisation and hospitality. We has an amazing day and made memories to last a lifetime. Thanks Again Christine and Mark ”

Bride and Groom
Bride and Groom

Wedding

“We would like to say a big thank you for the excellent service you provided. The food was stunning (one of the bridesmaids said it was the best wedding food they had ever tasted!) and the service was impeccable. You will be highly recommended.”

James & Emma
Bride & Groom

Wedding Reception

“Jonathan and I would also like to take this opportunity to thank you both and all your team for ensuring that we had a fabulous day. The food and especially the beef was absolutely delicious and we have had many positive comments about it. The staff all worked increadibly hard on the day and everything was organised to perfection. Thank you also for organising the alchol and the evening bar. The whole day was wonderful and the majority of this was down to your great food and service. We would not hesitate to recommend you in the future. Thank you again for all your efforts.”

Caroline Fletcher
Bride

Wedding

“We would both like to thank you for simply a wonderful day. The catering and management of the day was first class and we were delighted with every aspect. So many of our guests commented on how wonderful the food was and were exceptionally complimentary as are we. In particular your staff / team on the day were outstanding, being so attentive, considerate and friendly to all. Thank you once again for helping make our day so special and relaxed”

Matthew & Angela Stone

Corporate Event - 10th Anniversary Dinner

“Following the great success of our 10th Anniversary Dinner, held at the Merchant Taylors' Hall last Wednesday, I would like to thank you for the part that Poppy Marquees played in making the event so memorable. The pre-event arrangements were all made very easy by your advice, suggestions and flexibility over how we wanted the marquee. Your efficiency in erecting the marquee on the day, speedily and ontime, and the high quality of the marquee itself, all helped us to create a memorable evening for our guests. This event was an extremely important one for us, involving as it did so many of our major stakeholders, partners and customers. Many thanks for your contribution to its success.”

John Shepherd
Head of Marketing and Customer Service

Wedding

“Thank you so much for the lovely food you cooked for us on our wedding day. It was wonderful, everything we had hoped for and everybody thoroughly enjoyed it. The service was fabulous and we are very grateful. Thank you again.”

Jo & Peter Tindall
Bride & Groom

Wedding

“To Val & the Poppy team, Just a quick note to say a massive thank you for helping to make our wedding day at the merchant taylors such a fantastic occasion. The trio of deserts seemed to be particularly well liked and I know a number of guests would have definitely eaten more if they could! Of course me and Fi were lucky enough to experience it twice! Thank you so much again for the earlier tasting session. Thanks also for all the meetings in the lead up to the wedding. They really helped us to shape the day and put us more at ease with how it would all work out. We were even lucky with the weather so we could enjoy the drinks & canapes out in the garden! The wedding breakfast proceeded so smoothly thanks to your team, with little instruction from us the tables were laid out perfectly and were just as we imagined. The carving was particularly memorable and really got our guests involved in the day, it was brilliant to see! Once again we can't thank you all enough, we would happily recommend you to anyone else getting married at the Merchant's. All the best for the future.”

Andy and Fi
Bride & Groom

Wedding

“Dear Val This is just a quick thank you on behalf of my wife Jaqueline and me to all at Poppy Caterers for the superb drinks reception, wedding breakfast and evening reception which you provided for Danny and Madeline's wedding. Everyone who attended praised your staff for their professionalism as well as for the absolutely excellent food which was served throughout the day. Particular praise was given for the fish and chip canapes - unfortunately by the time I realised that they had been served everybody had eaten them! - and the roast beef. One of our guests was a master butcher who was one of the carvers and his only complaint was that if he had known what was in store for him he would have brought his own carving knife! Both Jaqueline and I would have no hesitation in recommending your company to anybody looking for a caterer.”

Peter Taylor

Wedding

“Dear Simon Val and all staff at Poppy, THANK YOU so much for putting on a perfect day for our wedding last friday. We loved every minute and so did our guests, weve had lots of grest feedback about EVERYTHING Best Wishes Scott & Beth”

Scott & Beth
Bride & Groom

Family Event

“Dear Val, We are still slightly reeling from the party - it was all such fun and went so well that we have had lots of thanks and congratulations which is lovely. Various people asked how I found such a perfect venue - internet of course, but the presentation and taste of your web site really helped. .Then they asked about finding such great caterers - well, I had to admit that they came with the Hall [again web site was a great help/very encouraging] which made me realise what a punt it was in a way as I had no experience, or recommendation, of your food. The quality and of your menus was an indication, but they could conceivably have tasted of cardboard whereas in fact everything was delicious. The canapés came in for most praise - I was only annoyed that I tried nothing but the fish & chips as I felt too nervous. Then the puddings - which I considered really fantastic - so clever to get a taste of three, and so prettily and appetisingly arranged - with the brandy snap basket thinggy being actually epic. The quality and quantity of the vegetables were also remarked upon... . Getting the right size place is key and nine tables of ten was just right for that room - having the fireplace area free was good for the speeches and some photos - the painting above is a great backdrop. I was surprised not so many people sat around there but it was an important feature as reagrds atmosphere - some people even remarked on the delight of the smell of wood smoke! Also people were enjoying chatting circulating around the room - so - fine. Candelabra are the perfect table decoration - really no need for more in terms of atmosphere - sophisticated yet warm etc. For me personally my enjoyment of the evening was much enhanced by my feeling that everything was under control, that it was all working smoothly and that I did not need to fret or interfere. That was partly the organisation pre- the evening, but also Rhianne was impressive - clearly competent without being dour - she was pleasant and smiley. The waiting staff were very good too - there seemed to be loads of them and they were very nimble so there was no hanging around - important with timing relatively tight. I am in danger of over egging the praise so it sounds insincere but really it was all impressive. Thank you - to you, and to your team and all involved, Best wishes, Laura Westbury”

Laura Westbury
Mother

Wedding

“To Val Simon and everyone THANK YOU We had such a perfect day, and we really enjoyed the food. Everyone commented on the choices and they were particularly pleased wih the Hog Roast. But the canapes and the mini deseerts were gorgeous and such a fun idea we'd like to do it all over again. Thanks love Kath & Danny”

Kath & Danny
Bride & Groom

Wedding

“Dear Val, Thank you so much to you and your team for hosting such a fabulous wedding reception for us. We really had the most wonderful day and appreciate all the hard work that went on behind the scenes. All our families and friends commented on the venue and the service - everyone had a fantastic time. Thank you again with our love.”

Gemma and Rob
Bride and Groom

Wedding Breakfast, York

“We would like to thank you for your patience and excellent organisational skills on the day, the food and service was outstanding quality and nothing seemed too much trouble for your team. We will certainly be passing on your details to our friends.”

Geoff Taylor

Corporate Event

“Dear Val, Firstly let me say how very much we appreciated the wonderful meal and excellent service you provided for Europa Nostra members on Monday night (28th April 2014). It was a memorable experience and much enjoyed by all. You had also worked wonders with the Hall and the way you had set things out so that it looked like a much bigger gathering. Thank you all for all the time and skill and effort that you put into ensuring that our dinner was such a success. With all good wishes. Darrell Buttery ”

Darrell Buttery
Director

Wedding

“Thank you ever so much for all that you did to make our wedding day a great success. We were thoroughly impressed by the standard of catering, organisation and service throughout the event and by the level of care shown throughout the preparations. Lots of our guests complimented us on the food and the smooth running of the day. The food tasting was also a lovely experience. It was everything we had hoped for on the day and we are very grateful for your part in making it the best day of our lives. ”

Jayne and Josh Warren
Bride and Groom

Wedding

“Thanks again for all your work catering for our wedding party. It was a wonderful evening and many people commented on how good the buffet was. I was impressed by the staff and their organisation, everything was seamless, so much so that I hardley even noticed that they were there. Thanks again.”

N Coventry

Wedding

“We would like to say thank you, for a wonderful meal. The food was perfect & the quantities were amazing, it even filled Jonathan up, after his 3 main course helpings and 2 desserts! As the main event of the day was on our meal, it was fantastic to have such wonderful food and great service. It made our day extra special & everybody had a wonderful day. Thank you so much”

Jonathan & Helen
Bride & Groom

Wedding Celebration

“All our guests thoroughly enjoyed the day and we heard nothing but praise for the quality of the catering and arrangements which had been made. The seafood and salmon part of the buffet was extremely popular! On behalf of Brian and myself, would you also pass our thanks onto the three lovely ladies who looked after us so well as they were extremely pleasant and professional. I would not hesitate to recommend 'Poppy Caterers' to friends and family in the future and will certainly be in touch should we have any further requirements for your services. The 'tailor made' aspect made it all the more appealing and it was great for us to be able to provide our own beverages for the day. Many thanks again and it was a pleasure to meet you also to discuss our needs.”

Fiona & Brian Baggott

Weding MT Hall 12/06/2014

“We wanted to write and thank you for making our wedding on Saturday at the Merchant Taylors Hall the happiest day of our lives. It was everything we had hoped for and more and much of that is down to you all. Right from the start you have been a pleasure to deal with - professional, reassuring and full of advice. You always filled us with confidence ad this made the whole process completely stress free and enjoyable! The venue is stunning and what you did with the table layout and how you dressed the tables really added to the overall effect. Our guests were overwhelmed with how fabulous it looked. The food was absolutely delicious. We had thoroughly enjoyed the taster session and on the big day the quality of every dish was superb. We\'ve been talking to friends and family since the day and everyone has been gushing about how great the food was - the fish and chip canape in particular was a real hit! We never got to meet the chef, so please pass on our heartfelt thanks. We\'d also like to thank you for really looking after us at the venue on the day - the team worked so hard and we know it must have been a very long day for them all. They were always helpful and friendly. Everyone has commented on how great they were. A special thanks from my good friend who was in a wheelchair, she said you were all so kind to her. Please pass on our thanks to every member of the team who was there on the day. A special thanks to Enid - she was a star. She was so patient, standing for the whole time while four of us rambled on during the speeches!Thanks to Enid and the team for collecting everythign together at the end of the day for us. It made packing up the car so much easier and we got it all in one trip!”

Mr and Mrs Gee
Bride and Groom

50th Birthday Party

“Dear all, thank you so much for your care and attention to detail for my 50th birthday bash. Everyone had a lovely evening and at such short notice, I was more than impressed with your can do attitude, can't praise you enough. Thank you so much.”

Mrs Alexanders

Wedding

“Thank you so much for our amazing wedding day. We had a better day than we could have ever imagined and much of that was down to your incredible venue and amazing staff. We would highly recommend a wedding at the Merchant Taylors Hall to anyone planning a marriage! The room was set out beautifully and the day ran so smoothly entirely by your staff so we had a stress free day. Our guests all commented on how well they were looked after and indeed that they couldn't have asked for anything else. Your staff were absolutely superb. The food was first class and again the best we could have asked for and you have been fabtastic throughout helping us to organise the day. There isn't enough space to express how thankful we are!”

Heather and Alistair
Bride and Groom

York Medical Society Annual Dinner

“Thank you so much for a superb York medical society dinner. I think everyone enjoyed themselves and we had lots of compliments about the food, service and venue. We will be in contct with you very soon regrading our next annual events.”

Lisa
Member of YMS

Wedding

“Dear Val, Amy and everyone at Poppys, Just quick note to thank you all for makingour day so spectacular! Everyone commented on the venue, food, fire place! The list goes on. You helped make our day stress-free and just how we wanted it. Thank you again, much love. ”

Kate and Bryan Mears
Bride and Groom

Party

“Hi val, Simon and the Team, Just a short note to say thank you for the wonderful service and food at my party on Saturday. It was all absolutely fabulous and the staff did an amazing job keeping the drink flowing. Needless to say there were a few sore heads the next morning - as well as sore feet from all the dancing! We would have no hesitation in recommending Poppy Caterers to anyone and did actually give your details to quite a few people who asked at the party.”

Lynn Dorward-Benn

Wedding Award Vote

“From the moment we first booked our venue the team at Poppy were incredibly helpful, friendly, professional and supportive. The Merchant Taylors Hall was amazing, and the food for our wedding breakfast couldn't have been better - many of our guests commented that it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding. The staff serving at our wedding were attentive and helpful. We felt that Poppy went out of their way to help make our wedding day special, they liaised with our florist, evening entertainment,photographer and cake maker as well as with us, and Val even persuaded her son and his friend to dress up as storm troopers to fit in with the fact that our wedding day was Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you!). We had a wonderful wedding reception and can't thank Poppy Caterers enough for the amazing service they provided, we would definitely say they deserve to win this award!”

Mr & Mrs Simmons
Bride and Groom

Wedding

“Thank you so much for all your help on our big day. We had such a fantastic time. The meal was amazing and so many people complimented you on the canapes. We really can not thank you enough for your help in making it a day to remember.”

Tom & Nicola Watkins
Bridge & Groom

Wedding

“Firstly, I know it has been a long time since the wedding on the 12th May but we have been so busy since. We are just writing to express our gratitude for all your work to make our wedding reception run as smoothly and as stress free as possible. We had a great day and have lots of happy memories thanks to you and your team. Everyone commented on the quality of the food especially the canapes, meat and the evening snack, even the butchers at the party were very impressed! All of your employees were very polite and professional and ensured all the guests were looked after. Also thanks for the bottle of bubbly, we are saving it for a special occasion. If you ever open a restaurant then let us know and we hope to use your services in the future perhaps at the next big family event.”

Christine Greenwood

Charity Dinner

“I wanted to say a huge thank you to you both and also to all your staff for making Saturday a great occasion. All the guests who we spoke to said how delicious the food was, how attentive and helpful the staff were and how great the hall was. Your help with both setting up and coordinating the event beforehand and then making sure it ran smoothly on the night was fantastic and hugely appreciated - we wouldn't have been able to run it without you. We're currently looking at having raised £8,000 for charity from the night alone, and that is in no small part down to you - from making sure that people were welcomed into the hall and served excellent food, to being so accomodating with all of our requirements. From all of us, thank you.”

Alistair Macleod
Charity Dinner Organiser

Wedding

“The food was fabulous and perfectly complimented the mood of the evening. Our only regret is that Ian was too nervous about his speech to eat very much of it! Thanks so much again for all your help - we won't hesitate to recommend you.”

Alex & Ian Mayer
Bride & Groom

Wedding

“Thank you Val & Team for all your hard work and dedication. The result was we all had a wonderful night with no worries, the food was excellent and all our guests are still telling us that they had a very good night. Your advice and support was so helpful that the evening was going to be successful. Thanks again for making our wedding such a wonderful experience.”

Sally Emmerson
Bride

Family Event

“Hi Val/Amy, Yes we certainly did enjoy the hall and the food & drink. Everytthing was great and you staff couldnt have been more helpful. I am amazed we managed to oqrganise this by remote control and from another country (USA) and have it go off flawless, a credit to you and your staff. ”

Julian
Event Organiser

Wedding

“Just writing to say thank you for helping to make Emma & Mark's wedding run smoothly. The organisation was much appreciated, the food was fantastic and the staff were wonderful. They could have not been more helpful. We would have no hesitation in recommending you to other people. Thank you once again.”

Pam & Ian Scarth

Corporate Event

“Dear Val, Firstly let me say how very much we appreciated the wonderful meal and excellent service you provided for Europa Nostra members on Monday night (28th April 2014). It was a memorable experience and much enjoyed by all. You had also worked wonders with the Hall and the way you had set things out so that it looked like a much bigger gathering. Thank you all for all the time and skill and effort that you put into ensuring that our dinner was such a success. With all good wishes. Darrell Buttery ”

Darrell Buttery
Director

Wedding

“Many thanks for all your help in ensuring our wedding was such a sucess. We were confident from the start that you would provide a great feast and you exceeded our expectations. Many thanks once again.”

Anthony & Alison
Bride & Groom

Wedding Buffet, Harrogate

“A huge thank you for the Buffet which you provided for my daughters wedding, the seafood bar was out of this world, all my guest were overwhelmed with the spread, I can not thank you enough, your company certainly had a great impact on the day, again many thanks.”

Mr J Johnston
Father of the Bride

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