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.
Email Livvy | 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.”
"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."
Email Fiona | 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."
"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.”
Email Georgina | Based in Kelso
“I am Kelso born & bred and have been catering on and off for over 20 years. I am a huge advocate of our area and use local produce wherever possible – this combined with the knowledge I gained whilst travelling the world for five years allows me to offer an extensive menu. I delight in tailoring my menus to any requirements and have experience catering for the most discerning of diners. I am well known in most of the large houses in the Borders and I would be delighted to discuss and tailor make your menu.”
Email Claire | 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."
The Orde Food Company
"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 your Crabtree & Crabtree booking reference to qualify.
"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."
Email Jean | 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.”
"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."
Email Amelia | Based near Alnwick
“I am a self confessed 'foodie', passionate about using the fresh, seasonal and local ingredients and aim to provide a service which is entirely personal to your needs. Whether it be a private dinner party, a delicious selection of cocktail canapés, corporate entertainment, shooting lunch, picnic or simply delivering meals to your door. My aim is to take the stress of cooking away from you so that you can make the most of a relaxing break!”
"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."
“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.”
Email Donna | 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."
Email Julia | 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 or deliver freshly prepared dishes for you to enjoy in your own time. Please phone me to discuss what you would like.”
Email Claire | Based in Cumbria
"I am a Prue Leith trained chef with over 20 years of varied experience – from cooking for private clients whilst living in London, to helping set up a boutique hotel in Fiji. I now live in Cumbria on an estate with 12 miles of river and a shoot, so I am well versed in catering for sporting parties. I have always been passionate about locally sourced ingredients, and currently purchase my beef and pork from a neighbouring estate. I am very tidy and always endeavour to go the extra mile for my clients. I enjoy catering for all occasions, providing a beautiful service and taking the pressure off guests."
Email Sarah | Based near Newcastle-upon-Tyne
"My passion is for Spanish and Mediterranean food; I ran my own tapas restaurant for five years and now work as a private chef. If you're looking for something a little different with imaginative menus prepared by an experienced chef who is passionate bout quality and flavour, why not try a tapas style dinner party. We'd typically start with some of my freshly baked bread, olives and nibbles to get your taste buds going. Then I'd serve a selection of hot tapas dishes, and/or Paella, with a variety of flavours, followed by a homemade dessert. All you need to do is enjoy the evening with your friends and family!"
Cindy Webster Cooks
Cindy Webster Cooks | Based near Jedburgh
“We are an agency with nearly 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 shooting party, we will be able to suit your needs.”
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."