Event Catering

Catering for your special event

Choose the food and wine to complement your trip on the Thames

A first class river trip calls for first class 
event catering

The food and wine you choose to serve your guests is second only to the river trip itself – alongside any entertainment that you might have arranged, it’s an important part of making the experience memorable for all concerned.

That’s why Hobbs of Henley's fixed menus – which can be adapted to accommodate guests with dietary requirements including vegetarians, vegans, coeliacs / gluten free etc. – are created from ingredients supplied by local trades people whenever possible. We’ve teamed up with some of the best suppliers in the area to serve the finest local produce. Click on the sections below and contact us to learn more about why many customers rave about their dining experience with our event catering.  

For information about our chosen catering partners please see their details further down the page. Please note though that all enquiries are to be made directly through Hobbs of Henley not through our catering partners. Bookings should also be made directly with Hobbs of Henley.

“…the ladies and the two girls who
 were serving the drinks [and] 
cakes were delightful, really 
sweet, helpful and friendly, do 
thank them”

Meet our Caterers 


Luscombes Afloat for creative & delicious menus from Steve Luscombe.

Steve’s team of personable and dedicated professionals will assist you every step of the way to design your event to suit your individual requirements with meticulous and precise planning. Menus are unique and delicious, designed and created using the freshest, seasonal and visually stunning ingredients to create a truly memorable experience. 

From an intimate dining experience to more luxurious events, Luscombe’s are committed to delivering consistency and excellence from start to finish.

Spice Merchant

Providing delicious Indian food to the area for over 30 years.

The award winning 'Spice Merchant' are unlike other Indian restaurants in Henley or beyond. Spice Merchant provides an adventurous mix of creative and modern dishes to complement their more traditional Indian fare. Whether you desire a hearty Indian pot dish or fancy treating yourself to something a little different, Spice Merchant Henley is the choice for you.

Fingers & Forks

Fingers & Forks for a professional catering service.

Fingers & Forks are innovative, professional caterers based in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Run by the highly experienced local chef, Kevin Cadman, they offer top quality catering on Hobbs’ boats. From a canapé reception and contemporary bowl food to a sumptuous dinner party or luxury wedding breakfast, they can provide a reliable and friendly experience tailored especially for you. With personal, professional service that is a step above your usual caterer they’ll make sure your special occasion with Hobbs of Henley is an event that all of your guests will remember.

Chocolate Strawberry

Chocolate Strawberry is a local catering company based in Nettlebed which specialises in seasonal fare.

Owned by Lynn Miller, a caterer by trade who has worked in some of Scotland's most prestigious hotels. Chocolate Strawberry have been working with Hobbs of Henley for over 6 years, supplying catering for all occasions across all three of our larger passenger vessels. 

Lynn works closely with Hobbs to create menus to suit all, as well as creating bespoke menus for those that want something just a little more personal. With its friendly staff and sumptuous food, Chocolate Strawberry really makes a trip on the boats something to remember.

81 Events

81 Events has been producing innovative food for a wide range of both corporate and private clients since 2011. 
From the selection of ingredients to the selection of proven staff, they set themselves the highest standards delivering nothing but excellence so to eclipse expectations. 
Under the guidance of Sam Sidders and Wayne Purnell, 81 Events have established a committed team of experienced, knowledgeable and friendly people who have the ability to provide unmatched service, establishing them as one of the top Catering and Event Management companies in Henley-on-Thames and surrounding areas. 

Step back in time with quintessential tea parties afloat.

Serving locally baked traditional cakes, scones and sandwiches upon gilt edged fine bone vintage china and served by vintage dressed waitresses. Table flower decorations in jars and country cottage bunting are also included. Perfect for corporate events, birthdays and special occasions on board Hobbs’ fleet.

Time for Tea can offer cream teas, afternoon teas and finger buffets on any of Hobbs’ boats. To make a booking please contact Charlotte at Time for Tea directly.

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“The food was amazing and we were all bowled over by the delicious homemade cakes and scones”

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