Catering Stockport

Catering Stockport

Catering Stockport

If you’re looking for a reliable, quality catering company in the Stockport area, look no further. Thyme Outside (sister company of established eatery Thyme Out) is a specialist company offering wedding, corporate and private event catering.

Stockport (well, Heaton Mersey to be precise) is where our dedicated catering kitchen is based. From here freshly prepare all of the food ordered for catering events ready to deliver to corporate clients and private customers across the North West.  We offer free local delivery within a 10 mile radius.

From everyday corporate catering right through to bespoke catering for large events, the team at Thyme Outside are able to help. Here we will provide further details on the various types of catering we provide. For more information on any of our menus or catering options, please get in touch with us here.

Our facilities

Thyme Outside is based in Heaton Mersey, Stockport. Easily accessible and with great transport links, our location allows us to service many areas in the South Manchester, central Manchester and Cheshire locality.

All of the food for catering orders is produced from our fully fitted commercial kitchen in Stockport. We have a meeting room on site and would welcome any clients or prospective clients to come down for a coffee and take a look at our facilities if they so wish. Just get in touch with a member of our team and arrange a time and date. The coffee and biscuits are waiting!

Our large catering kitchen has a number of stations available to hire on a flexible basis, from day rate spaces right through to permanent residents. Our kitchen has all of the facilities you could need for food preparation on a commercial scale. The hire of our kitchen space includes the use of: 10 meter cooking line, 10 rack Hobart combi oven, 6 rack Hobart combi oven, dishwash facilities, Falcon 80 litre bratt pan, 2 x 6 burner ovens, salamander grill, griddle, chargrill, hot cupboard, large walk in fridge, freezer, 20 litre fryer and much more.

We are already working with a number of Stockport and Manchester based food businesses who hire out our space. However, there is space still available and we would love to chat to you should you be interested in hiring kitchen prep area and access to cooking facilities for any purpose.

If you are planning a large function or wedding, we have a tasting room on site and are able to offer tasting sessions so you can be sure you’re 100% happy with the food for your event.

Corporate Catering, Stockport

Stockport is a thriving business hub with many large corporate companies and many more SMEs located in the SK postcode area. We chose Stockport as a base for our catering function as it has such a lively and active community and is well-located for transport and access to other areas of South Manchester.

Stockport businesses looking for catering – either on a one-off or regular basis – have come to the right place. We have been servicing many local businesses with catering for several years and have many happy customers in the area.

If you are looking for a corporate lunch – perhaps for entertaining clients or staff – take a look at our lunch menu options. We have also put together a number of set menus for corporate customers; ideal if you are in a rush or want to make the process as easy as possible.  There is no minimum order requirement for the majority of catering menus we provide.

Breakfast meetings are becoming increasingly popular, whether for internal staff meetings, client meetings or hosting guests at networking events. We have a range of breakfast options available – from our excellent quality bacon and sausage sandwiches through to healthier choices such as fruit skewers, granola pots and breakfast pastries. Take a look at our itemised breakfast menu and our set breakfast menus for more of an idea. If you are catering for larger numbers and have on-site kitchen facilities, it might be appropriate for us to cook breakfast on-site, freshly prepared to order. Please get in touch with us if this is something you would like to discuss further or alternatively. if you’re ready to go ahead with your catering order, simply create an account with us and proceed to place your order online.

We know that corporate catering doesn’t just stop at everyday breakfasts and lunches and sometimes, you want to pull the stops out and do something extra special. That’s where the team at Thyme Outside really come into their own. We love working with clients to piece together the catering for special corporate functions – be it to celebrate a launch or an anniversary, for a team event, to entertain special clients or as a means of promoting the business.  

We have a number of catering options for tailored events such as these, from canapes, bowl food and hot and cold buffets right through to barbeque feasts and pizzas served from our wood fired pizza ovens. The best place to start to look for inspiration for your event is our corporate catering menus. From there, we would suggest getting in contact with us to discuss your requirements in further detail. None of our menus are set and you can mix and match from each in order to create the perfect menu for your event. Depending on the requirements, it may also be possible for us to personalise the food menu we prepare based on the particular theme of your event. For example, we have done American themed barbeques, old fashioned themed ice cream sundaes and a prohibition themed buffet in the past for corporate clients.

We want to make it as easy as possible for our corporate clients to place and manage their orders. As such, you can create an account with us that enables you to login, view past orders, place repeat orders, pay online and much more. Of course if you need to speak to a member of our catering team you can do so any time within office hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm).

Wedding Catering, Stockport

If your big day is approaching you’ll have a lot to organise. From venue to outfits, transport to honeymoon, there is a lot to think about. If you have chosen a venue that allows you to bring in external caterers, Thyme Outside is a great choice. We offer a wide range of catering options to suit all tastes and styles of wedding.

Although choosing your wedding menu should be fun, it isn’t always easy! Our aim is to make the process as straightforward as possible.  Having helped many couples to pick their wedding day menu, we can make suggestions along the way that will hopefully make it easier to make your decision, alongside tried and tested advice about  what does and doesn’t work.

Here are some of the catering options you might like to consider for your wedding day…

Sit down meal

The traditional choice, a three course sit down menu is still something we get asked to provide on a regular basis for wedding catering. You may feel that this style of menu suits your big day as it brings some structure to proceedings and allows you and your guests to feel they are being really well looked-after!

Just because it’s the more traditional choice, that doesn’t mean a three course style wedding menu needs to be boring. There are many exciting choices of dishes – take a look at our sample sit down menu here. As with all of our menus, this is just a small selection of the dishes we can potentially prepare for you.

We would advise choosing your dishes based on the season of your wedding. A lovely light starter might suit a summer wedding, but a hot starter would probably be more suited to a winter wedding. Alongside the main set choice of dishes, we would of course provide a vegetarian option, also making sure any guests with food intolerances or dietary requirements were catered for.

Sharing menu

Sharing menus are an incredibly popular choice for weddings at the moment and this is the style of food we most regularly receive enquiries about. People seem to like the idea of a sharing menu as it still allows a formal structure to the main wedding meal, with guests being seated at tables and served food, but also has a level of informality as the dishes are placed around the table for the gusts to then share out amongst themselves. It really is the ideal balance and is great for getting groups of guests who perhaps don’t know each other well to get chatting.

Sharing menus are usually based around a certain theme – be that mezze or tapas. Our menus give an idea of the types of dish you can choose from. Another increasingly popular choice is sharing roasts. For this selection, we roast off joints of meat before plattering them up to present to each table. Side dishes of fresh and roast vegetables, crispy roast potatoes and accompanying sauces can then be chosen to serve alongside.

Buffet style menu

A buffet is a great choice if you want to aim for a more informal style of meal or have guests with a wide range of tastes. Buffets can either be based around hot food or cold food, although to a certain degree, you would have an element of both most of the time.

Hot dishes would usually be served out of large stainless steel catering trays placed over a heat source to keep the food warm until all guests had been served. Take a look at our hot wedding buffet menu for an idea of choices (this list is not exhaustive and we can make dishes upon request).

A cold buffet is great if you would like the meal to last over a longer period, allowing guests to pick up food over a couple of hours, or are catering for very large numbers.

Picnic baskets

Another brilliant idea for summer weddings are picnic baskets. Depending on the number of guests you are having, picnic baskets of up to 12 people are prepared and then distributed amongst the guests on the day. The baskets all consist of handmade picnic items – from pork pies and quiches to cheese ploughman’s and salads. Picnic baskets always look cute and quirky and are perfect for laid back weddings with an outdoor feel.


Although pizzas are a popular choice for evening food, they can also be served as the main event if you wish. There are few people who don’t like a pizza – we can even provide gluten free pizza bases for any guests with a gluten intolerance. Pizzas are individually cooked to order in our wood fired oven, so we can either make one pizza per guest or else can keep the pizzas coming out in a variety of toppings for guests to help themselves to slice by slice!


Barbeques are a brilliant choice for a wedding as they are not only a perennial favourite, they also provide a little bit of excitement and theatre to the cooking of your food. If you are having an outdoors themed wedding, a barbeque is the ideal option to bring an extra ‘summer vibe’ to the day (no matter what the weather ends up doing!) We have a wide choice of meat and vegetarian grill options, from stacked burgers to charred halloumi, bratwurst hotdogs to marinated chicken skewers.  Depending on the number of guests, you can select your barbequed items, which will be freshly grilled and then served up and garnished on platters ready for guests to come up and make their choices. Alongside the barbequed choices, we can provide salads, breads and other sides, including chargrilled corn and house-cut chips.

Private Event Catering

Thyme Outside has been providing catering for private events in the Stockport area for 10 years. Regardless of the nature of your event, be it a celebration, a birthday or perhaps a funeral, we know that customers want quality, freshly prepared food at a fair price.  From sandwich menus right through to private dining, private event catering is something we are well-versed in providing.  The menus in the private event catering section of our website provide a good feel for the type of food we can offer.

As well as preparing the food for your event, Thyme Outside can also provide a number of other complimentary services, including staff, hire of crockery, glassware, table linen etc. one of the other services we can provide is a fully staffed and serviced bar – serving either a selection of beers, wines and bottled drinks or hand-crafted cocktails – tailor made for your party! Should any of these additional services be of interest, just remember to mention it when you are in the process of getting your catering quote.

Whether taking place at your home, or else a venue you have hired out, one of the things we pride ourselves on is leaving the place in an equally clean and tidy a manner as when we arrived. This is all part of the service – after all, we are a family owned business and our reputation is important to us.

Contact Thyme Outside Catering, Stockport

The team at Thyme Outside would be delighted to hear from you if you have any queries relating to our catering services. For more information or to make an initial enquiry about the catering for an upcoming function you’re organising, please get in touch with us here.