We are a family run catering company based in Grange-over-Sands and you’re in the right place if you want to ensure high end catering at your next event.
Where it all started
In the late 70’s my Grandad (and Karen’s father) Peter Thompson hung up his boots from being a football star, and bought the Hare and Hounds Country Pub Inn at Bowland Bridge.
Grandad made 560 appearances in the English Football League, playing for Preston North End, Liverpool F.C. and Bolton Wanderers. Throughout his career he played as an outside left for Liverpool and was capped 16 times for England. (You can see Mum sitting on his shoulders in the photo below!)
Mum lived in the pub from the age of 16, working in the kitchen and working her way quickly up to Head Chef catering for hundreds of covers a night. Mum and Dad (Phil) met when Mum was 19 and married 2 years later in 1989. After both working and living at the pub for 5 years, they decided to leave to set up their new venture Karen Rhodes Catering.
My parents Karen & Phil started Karen Rhodes Weddings & Events back in 1992 when I was only a baby. Mum presumed that as weddings only cover one day, with a bit of planning she could easily fit this around a small baby. How wrong can you be!
Weddings take over your whole life, you are emotionally connected to the couple and their families for usually well over a year and are involved in so many decisions. You become their confidant and they become your friend.
The business has evolved from small dinner parties out of my Grandad’s pub, the Hare and Hounds at Bowland Bridge to weddings of all shapes and sizes and even corporate events up to 1000 guests.
Our two new food trucks include The Vintage Trailer and The Street Food Van, both ideal for more informal catering at your wedding or event in Cumbria, Lancashire or Cheshire.
Including a wood fired pizza oven, commercial fryer and a griddle we can provide a whole range of tasty options from pizza to halloumi fries, burgers, fish & chips and tacos.
Kitted out with fridges and freezers our trucks can also double up for drinks receptions, even serving ice creams in the summer.
Together is our favourite place to be
Karen Rhodes Wedding and Event Catering provide delicious food for all kinds of events throughout Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire and the wider north west. Check out some of our favourite venues listed below.