Eat in – private chef, treats and extras… foodie feasts.

Private Chef’s

We recommend these talented people all the time. What’s nicer than eating in, and doing nothing… not even driving. Lovely. 

These people have been chosen for this list with careful consideration. We screen our suppliers for environmentally-friendly practice, check they use as much local produce as possible, and preference that over other options, try to use eco packaging, and help guests reduce waste.  

Saunderson Catering – covers all of the New Forest

Dena Saunderson is a Cordon Bleu chef with 35 years cooking for Lord Montagu at Beaulieu’s Palace House. The family were renowned for their love of partying and with the development of the car museum came celebrities, plenty of high-teas and co-ordinating with the growing Beaulieu business.

She uses ingredients from the house kitchen garden, behind her cottage in Beaulieu. She can cook banquet food from any era from Victorian to now, but you might just ask her for wonderful ready-meals which she’s happy to do too.

07766 675 910

Read our full interview here.

Sophie the Private Chef – covers Milford and Lymington areas only.

Sophie Bence does private dinner parties, holiday catering, corporate lunches, sailing lunches, shooting lunches, cocktail canapes or beautifully flavoursome platters of food for parties or large gatherings. Sophie was trained at The Bath School of Cookery and did some eleven years of events management.

Sophie does in-house catering, but predominantly offers ‘drop-off’ dishes (including afternoon teas) which are ready for you to serve yourself. The food comes in fully recyclable packaging – so no guilt at all.

07931 578696



The Tinkers Granddaughter

With her vintage french truck Dorrie, Bobs makes modern and planet-friendly food at private events easy. All her food is vegan and there is a whole selection of burgers, hot dogs and sweet treats to choose from.

The truck tours around the New Forest through the week – do book in early.

Treats and extras…

Flora the Forest Foodie – anywhere in the forest.

Flora is one of the young leaders of the green economy in the New Forest. She is absolutely dedicated to support locals and climate-friendly menu’s. She is the smiliest-loveliest person and gets her hands on some of the best food, from foragers, fisher-folk and farmers. She specialises in picnic food, which can be delivered in hampers, including seafood.


Miss Witt – chocolatier and workshops

For a lovely treat, ask Miss Witt to spoil you. She makes chocolates, (and can teach you too – she run’s chocolate workshops for all ages.) She uses the best chocolate from sustainable and ethical sources, and her skills as an award-winning chocolatier are well-known amongst us choccy-obsessives. Further afield, she is a judge for the Academy of Chocolate Awards (tough job!).


Mann’s Cookies – cheeky cookies with a message – can be posted anywhere in the UK.

Handmade, pretty, witty, cheeky, or down-right rude, these are cookies with toppers that’ll make you smile. Perfect for a birthday, a thank-you or a humours ‘sorry’ gift. Made with Hampshire butter, flour and super high-quality fair-trade choc’ – toppings vary on their ‘planetary goodness’ qualities… It’s all bespoke, so ask Amanda.
Min order £13 for 6. Order and deliver in 24 hours.

Commoners Larder – Andrew and Sarah Parry-Norton.

A traditional farming family from way-back, they believe that stock should be raised as naturally and as free as possible in order to produce the finest quality meat. They farm in the north of the forest near Cadnam. The family pride themselves on an open and honest approach to stock rearing, which results in a delicious selection of meat and meals to choose from.

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