Catering Manchester

Catering Manchester

Catering Manchester

From weddings to corporate functions, promotional events to private celebrations, no matter what the occasion, Thyme Outside can provide the catering. Manchester is where we’re based but that doesn’t mean we can only service this area. We have travelled much further afield to cater for events, including into Cheshire, Yorkshire and Lancashire.

So far as our catering options are concerned, we like to think of ourselves as more flexible than your average caterer. Although we provide set menus as a guide, this by no means restricts you to choosing from these options. Everyone has their own individual tastes and it is important that the catering reflects these. To start the process of creating a tailored menu for your event, simply get in touch with us today. We can then discuss what you require and put forward some suggestions based on the information provided. Once we have a rough idea, we can put together a menu and a tailored, personalised quote for you.

Please find below some more information about the types of client we cater for and the food we can provide.

Corporate Catering

Corporate catering makes up a large part of what we do at Thyme Outside Catering. Manchester has a thriving business community and as such, is where a large proportion of our client base is located.  

We offer a wide range of menus for every type of corporate catering. From simple breakfasts and lunch buffets for a small number of clients right through to individually tailored menus for themed promotional events. We understand that when ordering corporate catering, it isn’t just about the food itself; it’s about the impression that it makes. We know that you want your event to be remembered for all the right reasons and it’s our mission to help you achieve that.

So far as client meetings go, business customers choose us because of the reliable service we offer and the quality of food delivered. As we also take the time to present food well, usually on crockery platters rather than plastic and always garnished with fresh herbs and finishing touches, clients often prefer to use us rather than other corporate caterers. We have a number of clients that order from us a number of times throughout the week, or else on a daily basis, to cater for small client or internal meetings. The food for these types of small events can be quickly ordered and paid for directly on our website. Take a look at our breakfast menus and lunch menus. We even offer a range of set menus that make the process even easier.

As well as catering for everyday meetings and low-key events, we also provide catering for large corporate events and functions. Recent corporate catering events on such a scale have included a lunchtime barbeque event for 150 at drill manufacturers Hilti, a large conference for 200 attendees, a canape evet to celebrate the launch of a new hairdressers and a staff Christmas party for a large multinational marketing company.

As well as catering for Manchester’s corporate and business community, we are also regularly approached by events companies to provide the catering for promotional events for well-known brands. We’ve catered at events for the likes of Adidas, Diesel, Jo Malone, Jimmy Choo and many more household brand names. Often these events are to promote or launch a particular product and therefore require a theme for the food. For example, we took on the theme of ‘healthy eating’ for a sports brand event, coming up with a range of fresh juices, smoothies, healthy canapes and bowl food choices. The client loved it!

Corporate Catering – Alternative Options

We also have a number of different catering options outside of the more traditional food menus.

For example, we can set up a barbeque at your office or a location of your event to provide a full on meat feast for staff or guests! This is a really popular option for summer parties and events – simply select your favoured options from our corporate barbeque menu and give us a shout to help put together your quote. We also provide serving staff (and of course chefs!) to ensure a seamless event from start to finish.

Pizzas are also a popular choice – imagine designing your own range of pizzas, with toppings and names to reflect your brand. We have three portable wood fired pizza ovens available, allowing us to serve up pizzas to order in approximately 3 minutes.

For something fun, our ice cream bike is a brilliant choice. We’ve brought our vintage ice cream bike, along with staff to serve and a case full of delicious ice cream flavours, to offices in Manchester to serve up treats to staff on hot summer days. Alternatively think of the possibilities for promotional events – branded ice cream cups, themed toppings, creatively named sundaes – we’re happy to work with you to pull off the exact result you’re looking for from a promotional event.

We offer free delivery within a 10 mile radius on all of our corporate catering. Manchester is one of our main delivery locations and we have daily drop offs at multiple client offices on a daily basis. If you’re looking for a new corporate catering supplier, we’d love to hear from you. We can set up a coffee meeting to discuss what you’re looking for and come up with a plan of how we can help.


Weddings are one of the things we do best at Thyme Outside. We love the challenge of putting together a unique package for each couple, tailored to their exact specification, tastes and budget. We’ve even done catering at weddings with a Manchester theme, putting together menus based on foods associated with our fair city and its surroundings. (Think Bury Black Pudding, Vimto and Manchester tart!)

To start the process, we’ll usually have an initial conversation with a couple to get the general idea of what they’re looking for from their wedding catering. Manchester or locally based clients will then usually be invited along for a meeting to discuss their requirements in more detail – including style of food, style of wedding, budgets, venues, number of guests etc. Prior to this, if they haven’t done so already, we would usually direct brides and grooms to the wedding menus on our website so they can get an idea of the variety and styles of food me can deliver. Following this meeting, we’ll get started putting together a quote. Each wedding quote is then individually compiled based on the information we’ve gathered. Working with the couple, we’ll then tweak and tailor the quote until everyone is happy with the final menu and options. In order to secure your wedding catering date, we’ll usually ask for a 10% deposit to be made.

We regularly work with a number of Manchester-based wedding venues both in the city centre and its suburbs, including Victoria Baths, The Parsonage in Didsbury, Islington Mill and Hope Mill to name but a few. We’ve also done weddings at several other Manchester based locations – including museums, bars, churches, historic halls, houses and fields! Each wedding venue has its own unique challenges – be they based around the availability of preparation area, cooking facilities or access. The good news is, by this stage we’re well rehearsed in wedding catering logistics, so you name the issues, we’ve probably dealt with and overcome it before!

It’s likely that will have chosen your venue before you enquire with us about doing your catering. Many venues have their own ‘recommended’ or ‘preferred’ suppliers list. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean you cannot use Thyme Outside. We have worked at a number of venues that wouldn’t normally accept alternative outside caterers. This has often been because a couple haven’t been able to get what they wanted from the suppliers on a venue’s specified list. It is always worth asking the question - provided a venue is happy to work with external caterers, we’re happy to do the catering.

We love Manchester-based weddings - particularly the ones in quirky or unique venues. Or if you’re looking for something in the country, yet only around 30 minutes outside of Manchester city centre, take a look at our unique wedding venue – Wedding in the Woods.

Private Events and Parties

If you’re having a party – perhaps to celebrate a big birthday, an anniversary or perhaps for another occasions such as a baby shower – you’ll want to choose a caterer you can rely on. Many of our private catering clients have visited our café – Thyme Out in West Didsbury – and therefore know the high quality and standard of food we produce. Others may have found us online – either from our website or via our social media activity. The more events we have done over the years, the more enquiries we seem to get from recommendations. This is a big compliment as it confirms we’re getting it right!

As with all our other types of catering, the possibilities are (virtually) endless! If catering for large numbers (100+) we would recommend either a cold buffet or a hot buffet – consisting of a number of meat, fish and vegetarian options. Cold dishes might include a selection of salads, crudités, homemade quiches, our famed sausage rolls, savoury tartlets, meat skewers, tiger prawns etc. Take a look at our finger buffet menu for more ideas.  A hot buffet might consist of a selection of dishes served from large stainless steel trays. These might include dishes such as lasagne (beef or vegetarian), Lancashire hotpot, coq au vin, moussaka, beef bourguignon, fish pie, curry or paella, served alongside a choice of side dishes such as baby new potatoes, wilted greens or home cut chips! For more hot buffet ideas, check out our hot buffet food menus.

Alternative popular options include barbeques and pizzas. These are great as they not only provide delicious options for your guests, but also add a bit of theatre to your event!

Private dining is also an area in which we specialise. Take a look at our menus, recommended for number of up to 25 guests, here.

We know that evets aren’t always of a happy nature. We also offer catering for funerals and can put together a flexible package based on the number of people you’re expecting. Funeral packages will usually consist of items that can be easily selected and eaten whilst stood talking – so we’d recommend sandwiches, wraps, savoury pastries, salads and accompaniments, followed by a selection of cakes.

Being based in Manchester, we can deliver to any location or venue within the locality. Depending on the size of your event or the food you choose, you may also require staff. All of our staff are well trained and courteous and most will have worked with us on a number of outside catering events previously.

Festivals and Events

We are sometime approached by organisations planning local events to provide catering. For example, we recently took our wood fired pizza oven to Didsbury Gin Festival – serving up a range of pizzas to the hungry festival goers! We also provide the food at the annual Virgin Wines Festival in Manchester city centre – providing a range of picnic style choices for the 1000 attendees to purchase on the day.

Alternatively, it might be ‘behind the scenes’ staff at events that you require catering for. We have been asked to provide full day catering packages for large music gigs, music recordings and film shoots. This is a niche area we’re well practiced at servicing - for example, we know that not all staff will be free to eat at the same time, so can provide the food in portioned servings ready to eat as and when they’re required.  

Sandwich / lunch bags are also a popular choice for event staff. For this we will put together a ‘grab and go’ bag per person, with each containing a sandwich, a drink and a couple of snacks.

If you’re organising an event similar those mentioned above, please get in touch. As catering of this format is different for each client and event, it isn’t something we cover in great detail in our menus.  

Contact the Thyme Outside Team

Hopefully the information on this page will have given you some idea of the type of catering we can provide for a range of occasions.

As you may have gathered, we’re pretty passionate about food and also about Manchester.  

Having been in the industry for around 10 years, Thyme Outside has worked hard to build a name that can be trusted. We also have a number of tried, tested and trusted suppliers and contacts that we work with – from crockery hire to equipment hire, photographers to venues, DJs to lighting professionals. If you need any recommendations for such suppliers, we’d be happy to point you in the right direction. Alternatively, we have taken the time to list a few of them here.

We would love to hear from you to discuss your event and how we might be able to help with the catering. Manchester based deliveries (and all deliveries within a 10 mile radius of our base) are free of charge. For events based outside of our normal delivery range, a nominal fee will be applicable.

For more information or to speak to a member of our team and start planning your event, please get in touch and ask for Shaun or Ben.