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Cooks and Chefs

A wonderful choice of first class chefs and cooks

Cooks and chefs are available for three meals a day for the entire length of your stay, part time for dinners and/or breakfasts only or just for one night for a special occasion. Please contact cooks directly to discuss your requirements and cost.

Livvy Cawthorn | 01289 382541 | Based near Berwick-upon-Tweed

“I am an award-winning professional caterer and have devoted my working life to cooking. I started my outside catering business some 23 years ago, after growing up as a farmer’s daughter and working as a cook in a country house. Well-known throughout north Northumberland and the Borders for my delight in and support for local produce, I serve Slow Food wherever possible and am only too happy to discuss the provenance of my ingredients. I offer a complete dinner party service, which can range from a three course dinner or a lighter two course supper to suit your personal requirements.”

Georgie Harding-Newman

FIG Food | | 07891 918001 | Based near Berwick-upon-Tweed

"Simple. Seasonal. Delicious. FIG takes the best quality, locally sourced ingredients and brings them to life in simply realised dishes for your special occasion. "Food has always been a passion of mine, whether creating a new recipe or discovering a new ingredient, sharing the pure, distilled joy of simply made, delicious food is what drives me. Seasonal cooking has become a bit of a buzzword recently but has always been at the very heart of my cooking. The depth and intensity of flavour that comes with in-season produce is an absolute necessity and forms the foundations of all of my dishes."



Fig Food


Breakfast at Kirkton House

Fiona Burn | 01289 388223 | Based near Berwick-upon-Tweed

"I like to provide a bespoke service, providing clients with delicious homemade dishes which are prepared in my farm house kitchen using local, fresh and seasonal ingredients. I am more than happy to discuss dietary needs, prepare family favourites or discuss menu choices."

Catherine Devlin

Meldon Catering | | 07967 187885 | Based in Midlothian

"I have been working with food for over 20 years. I like to think that from my years of experience, knowledge and love of food, I can give you the freshest of ingredients, the most innovative menus, the friendliest and most professional staff and perhaps that individuality that you just don't get from the bigger companies. I have a real passion for food and its provenance. Scotland has a natural larder of fantastic foods and I love to showcase these as much as possible in a sometimes quirky but always imaginative way! This means fresh, local and seasonal and it all helps to cut down on food miles. To this end I use a lot of small, local suppliers based in and around the Scottish Borders.”

Mouse Straker, Citrus Catering

Citrus Catering | | 07885541765 | Based near Hexham

“At Citrus Catering we pride ourselves in offering delicious, seasonal food that makes a statement. Whether you’re planning a picnic by the river, an intimate gathering with family/friends or a large-scale function, Citrus Catering can help. We will ensure your event runs smoothly so that you can relax and enjoy the experience yourself without having to worry about a thing. We offer a range of flexible menus to suit any occasion including ready meals delivered to your door”

Claire Joicey | Based near Berwick-upon-Tweed

"As a Ballymaloe trained chef, I enjoy cooking with the best of local ingredients. We are so fortunate in Northumberland to have some of the best producers in all areas of food, and I love using these to create homely dishes, perfect for family suppers and the occasional supper party. The easy suppers in my sample menu can also be supplied as freezer food, ready for your arrival."

Fig Food



Brunch at The Gate House

The Orde Food Company

The Orde Food Company | | Sample food delivery menus | Based near Kelso

"We at The Orde Food Company have been operating in the Scottish Borders since 1979. Our location in the heart of the beautiful Scottish Borders means we have a wealth of fresh, seasonal produce right on our doorstep. We have partnerships with fishermen, farmers, growers and artisan producers galore and know exactly where to go to get the finest ingredients, just for you. So whether you are looking for a fine dining celebratory meal, a personal chef for a shooting party or leisure stay, a hearty Scottish breakfast or a simple food delivery to pop in the oven at your convenience, we would be delighted to assist." 

Crabtree & Crabtree guests receive a 10% discount at Orde Food's Melrose restaurant, Provender. A convivial haven for good times and contemporary Scottish, British and French Bistronomy, simply quote "Crabtree & Crabtree" to qualify.

Alison Sutherland

Cook in Melrose | | Based in Melrose

"I have always loved to cook and enjoy seeing people take pleasure from food I have made for them. Cookery was my favourite school subject and to this day I take pleasure in creating and tasting new dishes. After a career as a teacher I decided to develop my cooking knowledge and skills and enrolled on a six-month cookery diploma at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School. I loved every minute and decided to combine my two passions - cooking and teaching - with my own business, Cook in Melrose, providing private catering and a homemade meal delivery service in addition to bespoke cookery lessons."

Olive Collingwood-Cameron | 07857315466 | Based in North Northumberland 

"I am available for shoot lunches, fine dining, catering for parties and events, or stocking the freezer with delicious food. Whether a romantic meal for two or a dinner or lunch party for 20, as an Orchards qualified cook I offer the full range of catering and fine dining options."

Jean Stevenson | Based near St Boswells

“I am local to the Scottish Borders and have worked in the catering business for many years. With my varied experience, passion for and knowledge of food, I would be delighted to discuss your dining requirements for your stay in a Crabtree & Crabtree property.”

Catriona Straddon

Hyndberry | | Based in Peebles

"After 8 years as chef/proprietor of Marynka Restaurant in Linlithgow, I have been running my catering business, Hyndberry, since 2008. Now based in Peebles I provide catering throughout the Scottish Borders and in Edinburgh.I am interested in cooking for special diets, and recently completed a diploma in nutrition. So as well as offering the standard style of food, all of our catering can be prepared to meet the needs of any special diet - eg. free of gluten, dairy or other allergens, vegan, low sugar, etc. As our food is all made to order from scratch with fresh ingredients (using local and seasonal wherever possible) nothing unwanted can get into it. If you’re looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner, a buffet, canapés and cocktails (non-alcoholic!) or a supply of food for the freezer while you’re on holiday please contact me to discuss."






Kirkton House

Puddle Duck

Nikki Moffat | | Based in Kelso

"Puddle Duck uses the very best of fresh, local and seasonal produce to create high quality food with a flair. Born into a farming family with a love for good food, the kitchen was the heart of our home. Inspired by delicious home cooking and baking I quickly learnt that cooking for family and friends is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Choose your dishes from our delicious menu options - including casseroles, lasagnes, curries, desserts and home baking. You can collect from the farm or we can arrange to deliver to your Crabtree & Crabtree holiday cottage."

Jo Lawrence

Jo's Kitchen | | Based in Haddington

"I've had a passion for cooking all my life which led to me changing career in 2013 to follow my foodie dream. My business name is inspired by a dinner guest saying "you always get amazing food in Jo's Kitchen!" I have gone from strength to strength since launching, cooking in some incredible locations for some amazing people. I run pop up restaurant nights in unusual spaces in East Lothian and these fill up quickly due to imaginative menus, attention to detail and delicious food. I don't have set menus or ideas but prefer to work with every client to make their supper/event/holiday perfect. I would love to help make your stay in a fabulous Crabtree & Crabtree holiday cottage even more special with some wonderful food and lovely service."

Mary Shields

Wild Dining | | Based in Edinburgh

“I trained at the fabulous Grain Store restaurant in Edinburgh which champions the best of Scottish produce, prepared and presented to the very highest standard. I have since worked at Osso (Michelin Bib Gourmand 3 years running) and been contracted to re-vamp the menus and kitchen practice in two theatre restaurants; The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, and the Heart of Hawick here in the Borders. My business, Wild Dining, offers everything from riverside picnics, shooting weekends and intimate dinner parties to weddings, christenings and large scale canapé parties. Whatever the size or style of event, my approach mirrors my training at the Grain Store - the very best ingredients, lovingly prepared and meticulously presented.”

Donna Gander| Not based locally but able to travel

"I am an extremely motivated and creative professional cook with over twenty years experience. I am used to cooking for highly demanding clients in extreme conditions from the Arctic Circle to the Alps to large British country estates. With plenty of experience with large fishing and shooting parties I am thrilled to be able to offer my services to guests of Crabtree & Crabtree's handpicked holiday homes."



Limeworks Cottage



Sandhills breakfast

Julia Bruce | Based near Jedburgh

"I trained at The Cordon Bleu cookery school in London and have been involved with food most of my adult life. I am happy to design a menu to fit any dietary requirements you and your party might have. I try to use local seasonal produce wherever possible as I feel that guarantees you the best result. I can come and cook in your Crabtree & Crabtree holiday home for a special event or deliver freshly prepared dishes for you to enjoy in your own time. Please phone me to discuss what you would like.”

Neil and Mary, Wilkins Fine Dining

Wilkins Fine Dining | | Based in Rothbury

"We offer the opportunity to sample world-class food prepared by home grown Northumbrian chefs. We established our business, based in Rothbury, following careers in some of the world’s best kitchens including London’s Ritz and Savoy Grill. Now you can enjoy what we offer in the comfort of your Northumberland holiday home. Seasonal menus using local produce are a specialty and low-key, hassle-free service allows you to relax after a grueling day at the beach. If your visit coincides with a special occasion we’ll endeavor to make it memorable, or if you have a particular style of food in mind a bespoke menu is only a conversation away."

Cindy Webster Cooks

Cindy Webster Cooks | Based near Jedburgh

“We are an agency with over 30 years of experience, specialising in providing cooks and catering staff to both private and corporate clients. We’re based locally in the Borders and have a special knowledge of Scotland and the North of England. We listen to the catering needs of a client and match them with the right staff for the job. This is a highly personalised service and we are only too happy to discuss requirements – whether a one off dinner party, or catering for a week long sporting group or family get together, we will be able to suit your needs.”

Greycoat Lumleys

Greycoat Lumleys | Nationwide

"Greycoat Lumleys specialise in the temporary and permanent recruitment of staff for private households and estates.  We have been in operation for 20 years now and have an excellent reputation for our service excellent. We register Cooks and Chefs from a wide breadth of experience and backgrounds, from top Chefs trained in Michelin environments, to self-taught, vastly experienced Cooks. We work hard to find the ideal Cook or Chef to suit your holiday style – whether you want someone to produce the finest cuisine to enhance your holiday experience, or if you require a willing and flexible Cook to take the pressure off you and create an enjoyable meal for you and your guests."



Abbey House breakfast



Marco Scire

Affordable Chef | | Based near Edinburgh 

“I have been cooking professionally for more than 16 years and have a wealth of experience in the world of catering. During my career I have worked in different types of kitchens across three countries: Italy, Germany and the UK. Born in Palermo, Italy, I moved to Germany after finishing my Catering Studies, where I worked as a Commis Chef. A desire to further my career brought me to Edinburgh where I became Sous Chef at 'Est Est Est' at the age of 23, managing a brigade of 10 chefs. After 4 years, I started to work for 'Café Marlayne', where I perfected my skills and gained experience in French cuisine and baking. I now cook privately giving me the opportunity to bring culinary expertise into the homes of others."

Piotr Dziedzic

Lemon and Thyme restaurant | 01573348324 or 07849567932 | Kelso 

"I'm Chef-Patron at Lemon and Thyme Restaurant in Kelso. Cooking is my passion, my trade and my life, and I make my dishes using local and seasonal produce and flavours. I trained in Poland and have worked in Michelin starred restaurants and hotels including ‘Dom Polski’ in Warsaw, Tom Kitchin’s ‘The Kitchin’ in Edinburgh and locally at ‘Tillmouth Park’ in Northumberland. My food is a fusion of fresh produce and local flavours prepared and served in a fine dining style. I would be pleased to prepare ‘ready to serve’ breakfast, lunch or dinner menus for home delivery, pre-prepared picnics ready for your day’s activities, or if preferred, on Sundays and Mondays I can offer exclusive use of my restaurant in Kelso for parties of 10 to 50 with a menu to suit your requirements. I can cater for any dietary requirements with tasteful original dishes. Pop into the restaurant or phone - I would be delighted to discuss your requirements."