About Us

Claret Catering is a family event catering business run by Dawn Thompson operating throughout Dorset and Hampshire in the South of England.

Why are we one of the most loved event and outside caterers in the South?

Well that’s easy, we don’t prescribe, we don’t make you choose from set menus and we don’t charge over the odds.  We do however deliver quality food, exceptional personal service to a very high standard and we love what we do!

It’s your vision that counts not ours, we’ll help you to realise your ideas and share our experience along the way to make sure that whatever event you are planning is a success.

Dawns says “I worked in a corporate hospitality environment for many years. Running my own business, Claret Catering, has given me the chance to offer a flexible and tailor made solution to my clients, ultimately, it’s a win win!

I get the personal satisfaction of seeing someone else ideas come to life, they get the event they’ve always dreamed of.  But, don’t worry, if you aren’t an ideas kind of person, we can help there too.  We have loads of experience of all sorts of events and can guide you throughout the whole process, taking the headache away.”

Claret Catering – Your vision made real

“On the occasion of our daughter’s wedding we trusted Dawn and her team with the catering. We hired the Nothe Fort at Weymouth and a marquee. Well make no mistake, the menu that Dawn produced was outstanding, from a tiny kitchen came a truly first class meal, alongside some superb service and for a very fair price. Everybody commented on the quality of the food and excellent service.”

  • Funeral Catering

  • Organising the funeral catering for a loved one is something we understand a lot about. We are here to help, acting with discretion, respect and care and will make sure every aspect of the catering is taken care of, just as you want it... 

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  • Weddings

  • home-weddings

    When you entrust us with your Dorset wedding you know you are in safe hands. We pride ourselves on the quality of food and service provided with all the little details taken care of. We do not offer standard wedding packages, as no two brides are the same... 

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  • Business Catering

  • We offer a wide selection of options for your business event. Running a team building day? Holding a team meeting? Throwing an after hours staff party? Whatever your need for catering is, talk to us we can help you plan the very best event...

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  • Parties

  • home-parties

    Whatever you are celebrating, let us ensure you have a party to remember. We cater for large and small parties from the most formal to the most fun! We'll create a super menu to suit your individual needs and budget. Let us take the strain.

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  • Tailor Made Catering

  • home-afternoon-tea

    Whatever the occasion, why not celebrate in traditional style with one of our stunning afternoon and high teas. Or do you need a Canape reception for a drinks party? How about a bit of fun with with our wooden Sweet Cart! Perfect for parties!

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  • Hog Roasts & Barbecues

  • home-hog-roast

    Our Hog Roasts use only the best local outdoor reared pigs, slowly cooked at your venue and served with all the trimmings. Barbecues are also our specialty ideal for entertaining, launching a new product, hosting a team building day, family party or even a wedding...

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