AGINCOURT 600: COMMEMORATION BANQUET AT
GUILDHALL - Sept 2015
The banquet that you provided for us and our 700 guests at the Guildhall on 22 September was absolutely stunning. The principal guests, including members of the Royal family, were utterly delighted with the evening that you and your staff had arranged for us. Many members of the Agincourt 600 Committee have had many years of experience of dining in the City of London. We were simply of one mind: you gave us the most sumptuous and beautiful dinner any of us had ever received.
The inspired choice of the menu and its ingredients that reflected that part of North France where the battle of Agincourt was fought added an almost emotional relationship between the food and the event we were commemorating. The care and the amount of thought you put in to designing the menu was legendary: the sauce "Nicholas Wootton" accompanying the meat course, named after the Lord Mayor in 1415; the selection of fruits and the mini toffee crab apple from Picardy; the goats' cheese from goats who grazed on the battlefield at Azincourt. These superb touches added to what was a wonderful array of food.
The reception for all of us was marvelous and our guests were highly delighted to have such lovely canapés. The champagne and the wines were a perfect accompaniment.
Thank you for all that you provided for us. It was a tour de force.
want to express our appreciation of the wonderful spread you set
out for the company and our guests at Trinity House; it was
excellent. Our thanks to you and all at The Cook and The butler
together with your staff that night.
"I especially want to thank you for your choice of wines, the Gewurtz was superb and the Tannat a lovely surprise; very well done."
I missed you at the end of the WCMPC Livery Dinner at Trinity House on 5 Oct to thank you personally for the Superb Trafalgar night dinner you laid on for us that night, although you did get a 'chuck up' in the poem I wrote as part of my speech. So this is to reiterate that and also thank you for a whole year of dinners (+ 1 lunch), all of which have been superb, but crowned, I think, by the 'Ships of the Line' pudding that evening. You must be very proud of your head chef and chefs, together with your front of house team, all of whom are a credit to The Cook and The Butler.
As I approach the end of my year and hand over to a new Master, I am really pleased that we undertook a strategy of visiting halls and venues catered by you. It has worked very well and I have been happy to recommend the arrangements to other Livery companies I have met.
So thank you, Mark, and your excellent team, for a whole year's worth of catering. Anyone who came to the Oct Traf night dinner is in no doubt of the heights your team can scale and a number have mooted that it was the "best Livery Dinner ever"! I know people say nice things but that is heady praise indeed.
We shall, of course, cross paths often after I have stood down,not least at Anchorites and my own company's (Ethos) annual bash, which next year is likely to be in May onboard Wellington.
Once again, thank you and please pass on my thanks to your team.
"I wanted to write following the Joint Services Dinner Night on Wednesday 22" April 2015. I was really delighted with how the evening went, and how everyone worked together to make the event the success it turned out to be. I am thrilled that immediately after, and since, I have received numerous messages of approval and thanks. The overwhelming consensus is that the evening was the best Military Awards Night in memory, and one that will be hard to beat in the future.
"Thank you so much for the key part you played in the preparations, and the evening itself. The Great Hall looked impressive and perfectly set out. The food was outstanding, well presented, and delicious to eat - and most definitely relished by all. Sourcing beef from Gloucestershire was inspired, and marvellous. The wines were just as I remembered them from the tasting, and very well received. The visual was simply awesome, and a spectacle that everyone loved and appreciated. It was clear that a great deal of time had been put in to deliver what you did. Can you please pass on my thanks to Jean and the team, and give them my best wishes.
"Once again, thank you so much, for all that you did, to make the event the success it was. Your support really was, and is, much appreciated."
"Once again may I thank you and your most
professional staff for yet another memorable Meyrick Dinner. I
said before the event that the menu (particularly after
substituting lamb for pork) looked pretty good and we were not
disappointed – in fact many thought it one of the best meals to
"Personally, it is the perfect evening; a very good meal, plenty of wine, surrounded by chums and in magnificent surroundings but as you will have seen from the number attending, not everyone shares my enthusiasm. In order to encourage members to attend this evening, the Society now contributes a major part of the cost of hiring the hall and thanks to your kind gesture in keeping your price (relatively) low, we can moderate the cost of the ticket. I am very much aware of what you do and much appreciate it.
"Assuming that my fellow members want another Dinner, I will be in touch but in the meantime, thank you for a very competent service."
"Another Bridewell Day has been and gone and yet again this has been catered for admirably by The Cook and Butler. Thank you for your part in ensuring the day was successful. The food was superb, and again many favourable comments have been received. All the children seemed happy too with the contents of their lunchbags.
"Please pass on my thanks to your staff who, as always, were very pleasant and courteous.
"I hope we will be allowed to use The Cook and Butler in March 2016, when Bridewell Day falls on Tuesday 8th March.
"With best wishes..."
"Just a line to say thank you again for the superb meals you and your team have provided during my year as Master.
Each event was I believe perfect and from the comments I have received that is the view of all those attending.
Please convey my sincere thanks and congratulations to the Chef and all his team at The Cook and The Butler for an excellent job, in every respect.
My warmest regards to you all."
"I am sorry it has taken me so long to write to you and thank you for making our reception and Regimental Dinner at the Guildhall in September such a perfect and memorable event.
"You and your team could not have been more helpful in the planning, preparation and execution of both events especially as the Guildhall was an entirely new venue for us.
"Your menu and wine proposals were well thought out and complemented each other and were presented in an easily understandable manner I personally was extremely relieved that I did not have to wade through endless reviews, brochures, testimonials and pictures of puddings till I got to the actual menu proposal! Your cost estimates were clear, detailed and reasonable and spot on.
"As to the final menu — it was universally applauded. The Fillet of Sandringham Estate Beef was quite excellent. How you managed to produce some 150 fillets in mouth-watering unison especially as the General held his speech, unexpectedly, at the start of the dinner and went on a bit longer than planned and I was worried that the 'moment de critique' for the beef could have been past. It was not — it was delicious.
"Thank you for incorporation our regimental colour scheme not only into the table decorations but also somehow into the desert!
"Thank you also for being so flexible on the final numbers so close to the event, in so doing we were able to accommodate a number of officers who only that morning had returned from operations in Afghanistan. I know they appreciated that they could be included in the last moment — which was entirely due to you all being so accommodating and flexible.
"All in all a very good show which was appreciated by all who came but especially by me who had to organise it.
"I have booked the Guildhall for the 23 of June next year so 'Stand Ready'.
"Yours with thanks and appreciation for a job very well done."
"A short note to say a very large thank you to you and your Cook & Butler team for providing us with a really excellent lunch in the Old Library last week. We have received nothing but praise for the menu, the quality of the food and 2 excellent wines. The Viognier white surprised a few people.
"We know that events like this do not just happen, they require a lot of effort and attention to detail. C & B certainly did their bit to make the day a great event.
Special thanks to Jean, Modesta and Martha."
"Hi, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and all your staff members for the time and effort that everyone put in to making the FINA/NVC Diving World Series a huge success."
"We appreciate the challenges working in a new
venue gave but I am very grateful to all the new companies &
organisations we had the pleasure to work with.
Look forward to working with you all in the future."
Lime Street Ward Club Civic Luncheon
"On behalf of the Master, Wardens and members of the Lime Street Ward Club, thank you and your team for playing such an important role in the success of our Civic Lunch. The food and service were exceptional. Well done and many thanks."
"I would like to mention that food on our Banquet was extremely delicious and we have received many compliments for nice goose and lavish dessert of course. Your management was extremely good and l was very amazed to see kitchen discipline [in action] for the first time on that day."
Lime Street Ward Club AGM Dinner
"It is with great pleasure that I write on behalf of The Master, Mr Vernon Ashford, Wardens and Members of Lime Street Ward Club to thank you and your staff for a wonderful evening. The service was prompt and efficient and the food delicious. We really do appreciate your efforts on our behalf. Martha certainly runs a good team."
"My very warm thanks to you and your
team for catering our Civic Lunch in Guildhall Crypt on Thursday.
"I know that, with the Lord Mayor's subsequent commitment, everyone had to keep to a very tight timetable and - I am pleased and grateful to acknowledge - all did, such that the Lord Mayor had even a minute or two to spare!
"The food was excellent - many commented especially on the grouper - and all were well pleased with the wines. I thought the Shiraz worked particularly well."
"Now that the dust has settled after our absolutely fantastic Charity Boxing Dinner in support of Hounds For Heroes, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your immense generosity in helping us to raise our whopping £45,000 for the Charity. In actual fact, between us we raised circa £67,000, leaving a clear profit of £45K once all the costs to run the event had been met. A very respectable total, I trust you will agree.
"In reality, we could not have done so outstandingly well without your support. We are very proud of the fact that we have now raised enough money to provide the through-life costs for two assistance dogs. The training of these dogs will commence in the New Year and I would like to remind you that we have officially named one of the dogs ‘Yeoman’ to reflect our Regimental Yeomanry heritage and aspects of the communications provided by our Corps, the Royal Corps of Signals.
"The Cook and The Butler’s support to the event was critical to the success of the evening; quite simply we couldn’t have done it without you. Your table presentation was outstanding, and the food was absolutely delicious. We have received so many compliments based on the standard of the catering. In addition, your incredibly generous donation of one of our key auction prizes went such a long way to helping us reach our total for the evening. Thank you so much.
"Team Dogfight wish you and yours a peaceful and Merry Christmas and look forward to a future association.2
"Very many thanks for the excellent food at the Installation Lunch on Thursday - you and your staff did us proud. From the tea and coffee for both members of the Court and their ladies upstairs to the food and wine service I don’t think things could have gone much better.
"It all contributed to making the day that bit extra special…"
Thank you for making the luncheon such a huge success. Over the past few days we have opened letter after letter thanking us for the quality of the food and the service.
Our concern is that as a result The Cook & The Butler will become so much in demand that we’ll struggle to make bookings in the future.
Thank you once again…”
On behalf of The International Fundraising Committee of the
British Red Cross may I extend our heartfelt thanks for
helping us to make the ‘Tribute to Annie Lennox’ on World
Aids Day, 01 December 2009, at Guildhall such a fantastic
event. I know Annie was thrilled with the evening and quite
overwhelmed by the amazing show of friendship and support
from everyone who participated and was present.
We were very grateful for the extremely generous deal which you gave us on the catering and decor. The food was good and the room looked beautiful. I was told by Jeremy that you were extremely helpful and obliging to work with and for this we thank you most sincerely.
Although primarily to highlight and recognise the achievements and humanitarian accomplishments of Annie Lennox; her work of course goes hand-in-hand with that of the British Red Cross — to help where we can and inspire others to do the same. Your generosity was also a wonderful show of support for this work.
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global network of volunteers, responding to natural disasters, conflicts and individual emergencies, including many ongoing HIV prevention and assistance projects all over the world. We enable vulnerable people at home and overseas to prepare for and respond to emergencies, and when the crisis is over, we help people to recover and move on with their lives. The money raised from this event will help us to continue with this work.
Once again thank you for all you did to support The British Red Cross and Annie Lennox and I hope we will have the opportunity to work with you again at some of our future International Fundraising Committee events.
With deep gratitude
Maria Shammas MBE
Chairman International Fundraising Committee, Vice President British Red Cross
Once again, on behalf of Pauline and myself, and the Langbourn Ward Club, thank you very much indeed for all your efforts and endeavours on our behalf. Personally I thought the food was fantastic, and the lamb cutlets were cooked to perfection. We thoroughly enjoyed the Welsh Salmon, and it was a pity the Lord Mayor missed out, although Sheriff Luder certainly enjoyed it.
The whole meal was beautifully prepared and superbly balanced. All the comments that I, the President, the Secretary and Pauline received about the meal were highly complimentary – and referred to in terms such as the ‘best ever meal that they had had at a Civic function’. Please convey our sincere thanks to the Chef, kitchen staff and to Paulina and her team of waiters/waitresses. They did a magnificent job.
Thank you also, for the table numbering provision. Just the job. As for the flower arrangements, they were fantastic, and all the ladies who took them away were very fulsome in their praise as to how nice they were. Very many thanks indeed. Thank you for being there, and supervising the process personally. Very many thanks. It was a wonderful occasion not least because of the cuisine, the time you took in planning it, the modifications you made after our tasting, and the way it was cooked, presented and served. A first class outcome.
“May I say on
behalf of us all a very warm and sincere thank you for the
excellent food and service at the Birthday Dinner on the 26th
June. If you could read the many letters of
appreciation we have received I know you would be delighted
by the compliments heaped on your company.”
I’m just writing to thank you so very much for arranging such a superb Menu for the Celebration Dinner Party for Eric and our friends on Tuesday 6th March. Without exception, everyone said what an honour it was to wine and dine in such unique style in the most wonderful setting of Sir Christopher Wren’s little gem - Temple Bar, Paternoster Square.
The food, wine and service was first class and for all it will remain a remarkable and most memorable evening, especially for the Birthday Boy! Of particular interest was the delightfully pretty Flower of Courgette stuffed with Lobster Mousse and the Saffron Sauce. The Rack of Lamb was greatly appreciated; the colourful Trio of Summer Dessert produced some ooh’s and mmm’s and by the time the Plate of Cheese arrived, the belts were beginning to loosen!! The choice of wines was excellent and the Birthday Cake was said to be a perfect and fitting conclusion to the Celebration Dinner.
To have the evening so successfully organised within the space of less than a week was remarkable. All credit is due to the professionalism of you Mark and your company. As mentioned when I first introduced myself, you came so highly recommended that the outcome was never in doubt.
With all good wishes.