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References

(A selection of letters from our clients.)

Earlier References:  2006 - 2010  2011 - 2014


May 2019

Board of Grand Stewards 2018-19
www.bgs2018-19.com

Board of Grand Stewards 2018-19 letter

Dear Mark,

On behalf of the Board of Grand Stewards 2018-19 I extend sincere thanks for your support with the 2019 Grand Festival held at the Guildhall last week. The food was delicious, entirely living up to expectations.

Your experience, wise counsel and the sheer hard work of your staff ensured that the event was a complete success, viewed by many as one of the best in living memory.

With my best wishes and warmest regards...

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October 2017

Sheriff of the City of London
Sheriff Neil Redclifee

Hackney Carriage Drivers reference letter  Hackney Carriage Drivers reference letter

Dear Mark,

What an absolute trumph! That has to be the best Breakfast ever! Thank you so much for all year extraordinary efforts in making our Shriffs' Breakfast such a success. It all paid off and will be remembered for a very long time. The Dragon in particular was inspirational inspite of our difficulty in choosing a name for the menu.

The Cornish Lobster Cocktail in the sea which was pure theatre and the Ballindlloch Beef was absolutely delicious. Washed down with such exceptional wine - sadly not much by me as I had to keep my wits about me in front of the Lord Chancellor.

Please send mine and Emna's warmest and heartfelt thanks to all at the Cook and the Butler and especially to Modesta and Jean. We did thank you at the end of the speeches but I couldn't see you, am not sure if you all heard.

Looking forward to seeing you often in the year ahead and thank you for making it such a perfect day for us all.

Warmest wishes.

Neil + Emna

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September 2017

The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers

Hackney Carriage Drivers reference letter

Dear Mark,

As my year as master is coming to an end I just wanted to say thank you to you and your company, The Cook and The Butler. Thank you for all the superb food and wine that we have enjoyed at our lunches and dinners in the City.

Our Company are very appreciative of the level of service we receive from your caterers at all of our functions. The Cook and The Butler are highly respected throughout the City, and rightly so.

I wish you all the best in your role as Master of The Worshipful Company of Cooks this year.

Thank you again.
Best wishes...

Master of The Worshipful Company of Hackney Carriage Drivers

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June 2016

The Worshipful Company of Weavers

The Worshipful Company of Weavers - June 2016

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November 2015


Agincourt 600 Committee
Commemoration Banquet at Guildhall

Agincourt 600 Committee - letter re Guildhall banquet, Sept 2015  Agincourt 600 Committee - letter re Guildhall banquet, Sept 2015

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.

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The Worshipful Company of Poulters

Poulters Company letter - Nov 2015

"...I 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."

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October 2015


The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards

The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards - Thank you letter, Oct 2015  The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards - Thank you letter, Oct 2015

Dear Mark,

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.

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The Worshipful Company of Weavers

Weavers - Dinner at Cutlers' Hall, Oct 2015

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May 2015

The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars

The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars - Dinner at Armourers' Hall, May 2015

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April 2015

The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards

Makers of PLaying Cards - Dinner at Cutlers' Hall, April 2015

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The Worshipful Company of Carmen

The Worshipful Company of Carmen - reference letter, April 2015

"Dear Mark,

"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."

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The Meyrick Society

letter from Meyrick Society - April 2015

letter from Meyrick Society - April 2015

"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 date.

"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."

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March 2015

King Edward's School, Witley

King Edward's School, Witley - March 2015

"Dear Mark

"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..."

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February 2015

The Worshipful Company of Poulters

Poulters Company letter - Feb 2015

"Dear Mark,

"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."

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