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Summer 2016 Catering Hire News

Summer Oudoor Catering Equipment Hire

Weekends are always the most popular days for catering and BBQ equipment hire, we work 7 days a week ensuring our clients are happy, from delivery to collection. View our YouTube video from last weekend of our dedicated staff offloading equipment from our new van:

Well, this week the weather is glorious – featuring the hottest day of the year so far the smell of charcoal and suncream will be prevailant in the early evening air around the whole of the UK. Here’s a lovely chicken tasty treat from the Telegraph website today:

Some people tend to use chicken breasts for kebabs, which look neater, but they’re not as tasty as thighs (and breast meat dries out on barbecues). You can also fry the thighs whole.

Catering Equipment Hire BBQ 2016 Summer

MAKES 6 skewers


  • 1 large onion, peeled and quartered
  • Juice and finely grated zest of 2 unwaxed lemons
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 80ml olive oil
  • 1 small bunch flat-leaf parsley, stalks included
  • 600g chicken thigh fillets


Put everything except the chicken into a food processor, season and blitz to a rough purée. Put the chicken  fillets in a bowl and pour  over the purée. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least an an hour, or overnight.

If you are using wooden skewers, soak them in water to prevent them from burning. Lift the chicken out of the marinade and  cut the flesh into chunks (particularly thin bits of thigh may have to be folded over to form a chunk). Thread these on to the skewers and neaten the meat (little raggedy bits have a tendency to burn).

Season all over and cook either on a barbecue or on  a griddle pan, turning frequently using long tongs. Timing will depend on the heat of your barbecue, but on a griddle pan they take about eight minutes. Make sure the chicken is cooked through.

Serve with lemon wedges, rice or couscous and salad. A bowl of garlicky yogurt (as per previous page) is good, too. Read the article here.

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outdoor entertaining with lounge style rattan furniture

Outdoor Entertaining

BBQ’s, Garden Tables and Outdoor Chairs and much more

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BBQ hire, catering hire north london, garden party

It’s now officially ‘Summertime’ and what better time to entertain outdoors in the garden.  Whatever the size of your garden we have furniture that will fit your budget and your garden and there’s no more enjoyable way to spend a Sunday afternoon than outdoor entertaining.


Our selection of rattan furniture is new in and has matching 2 seater sofas, armchairs and coffee tables for luxurious outdoor living. Stylish design, yet comfortable. Its ivory seat and back cushions make it perfect for lounging away the afternoon with a nice cold beer and plenty of good company.

Or, go retro and have trestle tables with bench seating for a more informal setting with sharing platters of food.

We have a wide choice of alternatives for you to choose from aluminium cafe tables and chairs to white folding wooden chairs – there is no reason not to have enough seating, all at affordable and competitive pricing.


We have plenty of cooking appliances to choose from, whether you are having a BBQ or want to cook a full meal on one of our 6 ring LPG ovens or even dish up some of that famous Spanich dish, Paella on one of our paella pans.

outdoor entertaining with lounge style rattan furniture

Outdoor furniture hire

Outdoor Living with our Rattan Furniture

The sun’s out, the BBQ is on, steaks and burgers are sizzling away. Kids are playing in the paddling pool and friends are manning the drinks.  Now, where to sit thats comfortable, stylish and affordable.

We have a range to suit you perfectly.

Our rattan furniture range comes in a 2-seater sofa, armchair and even a coffee table.

Outdoor Furniture Hire

Available as a set to hire or individual pieces it fits into the corporate event market perfectly and great for temporary events where extra seating is needed.


How to create perfect events

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Our favourite, perfect events

Adams Catering Hire are an established catering hire company and we have delivered to some great events in the past 20 years. But these are some of my favourites.

Launch of Hear’Say

Hear’Say were a British pop group, created through ITV reality TV show Popstars in 2001 and to launch the release of their first album they held an event in London which was catered for by Suzanne James Catering.

I was lucky enough to be able to go along to the event and take my children who were massive fans. The event was a great success and helped launch a great, if short, career for the band members, all of whom have gone on to carve out solo careers.

‘Say Cheese’

Set designer, Alice Hodge and Chef Ellen Parr recreated Martin Parr’s photographs of a ‘typical British cafe of the 1960’s’ into a truly memorable five-course meal like for like. The venue was split into the dining room and a fully stocked bar with retro-classics as seen in Martin’s photographs.


I was again, lucky enough to be invited to experience Rosie’s Cafe and I must say it was a real gem.  The Art of Dining, continually surprise me and everyone else with their innovative way of creating food related experiences and events, well worth looking out for.

Celebrity Weddings

We have provided for many celebrity weddings over the years, many of which have non-disclosure clauses restricting us telling you how magnificent some of them were. But one which we can ‘brag’ about was at the Garden Museum, I will let you decide how good it all looked.


Gorgeous venues

I have to say that my favourite venue and event was at The Royal Exchange, Easy Gourmet catered with a banquet for an Iranian style wedding complete with treats flown over from Iran especially for the guests. Crystal chairs really suit this venue with its stone and grey tones and the crystal trees made from Swarovski crystals really made a statement table centre.


Here to help – Tablecloth sizes

Here to Help – Tablecloth measuring and size guide.

It can be confusing trying to work out what tablecloth will fit what table and how you want it to look, but we are here to help you through this minefield of sizes, millimetres, inches and colours. Let alone considering whether you want round, trestle or square tables. But we are here to help with that – Adams Catering hire can offer you a wide selection of linen to hire for your event, wedding or party.

Midway, standard tablecloth guide.

Black cloths to the floor

Black cloths to the floor

If you are having guests thats are sitting at tables to eat, it is possibly better to have cloths that only reach halfway or two-thirds of the way down. This is especially true for older guests and children who can get their legs and feet tangled and trip as they are trying to get up.

6ft x 2’6″ standard trestle     –  70″/108″

6ft x 3ft   wider trestle           – 70″/108″

6ft x 4ft    extra wide trestle – 90″/108″

4ft x 4ft    square table           – 90″/90″

2’6″ x 2’6″ square table          – 70″/70″

6ft               round table           – 120″ round

5ft6″           round table           – 120″  round

5ft               round table           – 108″ round – You can also use a 90″/90″ square cloth

4ft                round table          – 90″ round

3ft                round table          – 90″ round



Long tablecloths – to the floor or to box in tables

This is a very popular look, very sleek and stylish. Cloths would reach the ground so no table legs would be on show. Cloths are made in specific sizes and not necessarily perfect for each table, so some you may need to ‘tuck under’ to achieve the look. Trestle tables are often used for bars and with a cloth over – the bins etc are hidden from view

6ft x 2’6″ standard trestle     –  70″/144″

90/90 on a round table

90/90 on a round table

6ft x 3ft   wider trestle           – 70″/144″

6ft x 4ft    extra wide trestle – 90″/144″

4ft x 4ft    square table           – 108″/108″”

2’6″ x 2’6″ square table          – 90″/90″

6ft               round table           – 132″ round

5ft6″           round table           – 132″  round

5ft               round table           – 120″ round

4ft                round table          – 108″ round

3ft               round table           – 108″ round


Variety of sizes, colours and fabrics

All our cloths are professionally laundered after each use and come prepacked ready for your event.

We have 3 ranges available Signature, Georgian and Regency.

Signature –

Premium quality linen from Richard Hayworth linens. Extensive variety of colours.

Georgian –

Heavy brocade patterned linen. Definately suited to formal events.

Regency Stripe –

Self stripe with a mixture of satin and matt finish weave. Oustanding quality fabric.

This is not an exhaustive guide to all that Adams Catering Hire can provide please call us on 020 8805 4537 for more helpful advice and information.

We can advise on different sizes and if you have your own tables, we can also help with working out what you may need.




What’s happening in June 2016 in London

June 2016 in London


It’s the World Naked Bike Ride in June 2016 and for those less inclined to seeing flesh, the stage production of ‘Harry Potter & the Cursed Child’ . The play is SOLD OUT with prices going on viagogo for in excess of £1500 for tickets. But if that is a bit out of your budget, then why not settle in front of the TV, invite some friends over for strawberries & some Pimms and watch good, old Wimbledon.

Wimbledon 2016

Wimbledon 2016

Starting on Monday June 27th till Sunday July 10th 2016, this tennis tournament is a must on the London calender.

Don’t have a ticket? Well there are still plenty of ways to enjoy this favourite London spectacle.

Make up a picnic basket with goodies and head off to one of the many free outdoor screens including

Bankside Mix, Southwark Street, SE1

Cardinal Place, Victoria Street, SW1

Duke of York Square, Kings Road, SW3

And more besides, there are plenty of local centres offering free screenings, check out your local guide for more details.

But if you would rather stay at home in front of the TV, why not invite a few friends over, call Adams Catering Hire for some extra champagne glasses and pop to the local supermarket for strawberries, cream and some fizz and enjoy.

And, following on from her (real) 90th birthday recently, there is always Trooping the Colour – The Queen’s Birthday Parade.

A military tradition dating back to the early 18th century, the Household Division of the Horse Guards show some serious marching manoeuvres along the Mall, but get there early if you want to get a good view. And after the parade, the royals head back to Buckingham Palace for balcony photo op and there’s usually a fly-past at 1pm to wind things up.


Trooping the Colour June 2016

Trooping the Colour

So, enjoy June in London, there’s no place like it.









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Catering Equipment Hire London

Catering Equipment Hire London, Enfield and Essex

Established in the year 2000,  Adams are authorised suppliers of catering hire and chair hire to many of London’s top venues and caterers, but we are equally happy to supply to small intimate occasions.

Free Event Planning Guide

Unsure of your needs? Then check through our website product pages, download our free guide ‘How to Plan Your Event’   and call our team on 020 8805 4537, who will be more than happy to help guide you through the process of ordering.

Award Winning – Event Hire Association 4 Times Winner

Our award winning event and catering hire team is second to none and we have been recognised again and again by the Event Hire Association, winning the trophy ‘Award of Excellence’ for 3 years running.

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We started in back in January 2000 from a small warehouse unit of 2,000 sq ft in Walthamstow, London E17 and has now grown to nearly 20,000 sq ft.
With over 150,000 pieces of china, 125,000 glass products and 8,000 chairs in stock we are here to make sure every event is the success it deserves to be.

Chivari Stacking Chair Hire London Events and Weddings

Wedding chair hire is a favourite with many brides because it can add style and character to an otherwise dull event space or a splash of colour to a church hall.

And at family gatherings, do you have enough chairs for everyone to sit? With a modern age of no storage space (and no piano stools) to sit on, chair hire presents a real opportunity to have all your friends and family round to your house or flat to enjoy a sociable and happy time and no doubt photographed and put onto Facebook or Twitter. Look at some of our pages to see how these chairs look in different venues with amazing colour schemes.

From quietly stylish to flamboyant – our chairs all have their own special character.

Made to the highest industry standards for size and value and stacking 8 high to maximise space when storing before and after the event these are definately a hit with any size venue.

Use our Contact Form to send a message today and start the fun and celebrations!

New Venues – New Clients

New Venues, New Clients, it will be a busy summer 2016

Beautifully decorated catering banquet table with different food snacks in a glass on corporate event or wedding celebration

Beautifully decorated catering banquet table with different food snacks in a glass for a corporate event or wedding celebration


Adams Catering Equipment and Furniture hire have been assisting hundreds of companies in ensuring their events run smoothly and are hassle free.

Providing a large range of catering equipment to venues and caterers in and around the London area, we are a forward thinking company that is always looking at ways in which to add to our exciting range to meet the needs of our customers.

Why should you switch supplier?  As well as the obvious benefit being we are the preferred supplier for Searcys and all their venues, we are a reliable company with a wealth of experience in the catering industry.  It is with our expertise that we are able to source the best quality equipment for all of our customers.  Our customers are always at the forefront of our minds.

In today’s economic climate you are looking to save money and getting the most out of your money is key.  We work very hard to provide catering equipment for all events that offer value for money without compromising on quality.  Therefore we are proud to offer a number of packages covering all event sizes and budgets.  Make Adams Catering Equipment and Furniture Hire your number one choice.  Searcys in London has!

Join our customers who are already seeing the benefits of using Adams Catering Equipment and Furniture Hire for their next event.

“I’ve been using Adams Catering Hire since I first started my business and feel very much part of the ‘family’. They are always reliable, honest, excellent value for money and simply the best! There are no hidden charges, they work hard for you and your client and have never let me down. Overall, a great company with a brilliant team of people and positive ethos.”

“They have proven to be very reliable and flexible which are essential components for the demanding industry that event is. A challenge is never too big for them whether it is meeting a very tight deadline or improvising a kitchen facility or child crèche!”

With years of experience in supplying catering equipment, you can be guaranteed to receive a first class service and be confident in the knowledge that you will receive a service in a friendly, approachable and professional manner.  It is our dedication to our customers that stands us high above other catering equipment hire companies.

The question should no longer be “Why switch catering equipment hire supplier?” but “contact us” and the answer is call Adams Catering Equipment and Furniture Hire.

Contact us today for further information on how you can switch suppliers and to arrange a meeting please contact us on www.cateringhire.co.uk or telephone 020 8805 4537.  Alternatively email us at info@cateringhire.co.uk where all your questions and enquiries will be answered.

Early May Day Bank Holiday

Early May Day Holiday in the UK

Its a relative new Bank Holiday and only introduced in 1978 by Michael Foot, but one that is enjoyed by us all as hopefully the beginning of Spring.

Traditional Early May Day Bank Holiday

Traditional Early May Day Bank Holiday

Associated with May Day is maypole dancing and Morris dancing, neither of which I ever remember doing myself, but entertaining to watch. I’d probably get tangled in the ribbons or bash myself with the short stock. Ouch!
Another fine tradition is the crowning of the May Queen, representing the Roman Goddess Flora, the goddess of fruit & flowers – often a local schoolgirl and taking no part in the games or dancing but sits in her flower-decked chair to watch her ‘subjects’.
The newest of the traditions in Oxford madrigals are sung from the roof of the tower of Magdalen College with thousands gathering to listen and watch followed by music and dancing, and as many of the bars are open all night this can get pretty rowdy.

If not quite what you are up to then turn your head to perhaps organising a party or BBQ in the garden, inviting a few friends over for drinks or even (if the weather is nice enough) embarking on a picnic.
At Adams Catering hire we can provide the catering hire that you need for such a party. We have BBQ’s for large gatherings, but if too big, then why not just add a few chafing dishes to keep the food warm after you have cooked it on your BBQ? Or extra chairs and tables for you and your guests as the ground is probably still a bit too damp to sit on the grass.

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BBQ hire, catering hire north london, garden party

On World Earth Day – Which is the greenest option?

Hire or buy?

Organising an event? Not too big?

So, do you go and buy plastic glasses & paper plates or do you hire from a reputable Catering Hire Company like Adams Catering Hire?


Group of happy young friends having fun with costumes and atrezzo in a outdoors party. Friendship and celebrations concept.

Group of happy young friends having fun with costumes and atrezzo in a outdoors party.

At Adams Catering Hire we use modern efficient glass and dishwashing machines which also use RO water treatment where possible to reduce our impact on the environment and also ensure economy, performance & energy conservation.  All chemicals used in this process are environmentally friendly and biodegradeable.

All our equipment is sent out to you using reuseable containers which help minimise packaging and waste.

So, when you decide on the hire option there is less waste as everything is re-used. Yet, if you buy plastic or paper and throw them away it is not the greenest option possible.