Funeral catering

Funeral Catering

We know that sometimes it can be hard to pick up the phone and enquire about catering for a funeral, so to make an already difficult time easier we have put together a few questions that we get asked and answered them as well as we can bearing in mind every funeral is different to which we tailor to your needs.

Here are some questions we get asked and answers regarding catering at a Funeral.

What time will you arrive to cater for the funeral?
We normally need to arrive an hour prior to when we need to serve.

Will you be able to gain access to the church hall while the service is going on?
If the church hall is locked then we will need someone to leave us the key to gain access or be given the key code prior to arriving.

What will you need from the church hall?
We will need access to the kitchen and the church hall will normally have tables for us to serve cold and hot drinks from. We take everything else with us, this includes an urn or two, cafetieres, teapots, tea cups and saucers, silver tea spoons, champagne glasses, wine glasses, soft drink glasses, serving plates and napkins for as many people as needed…not forgetting the food.

We will then serve drinks, this normally includes wine and a soft drink along side tea and coffee, our team will ensure everyone is kept topped up and looked after.

While your guests are having a drink and a chat, our team will go around with platters of food.   

A typical menu for Funeral catering can include all of the below or some of those suggestions, please do bear in mind that we can also add much, much more as we have a huge list of canapes. It is normally lunch time when it comes to serving so our tasty finger sandwiches always go quickly!

  • Mini Yorkshires, Rare Fillet of Beef, Fresh Horseradish & Peashoots
    Pinenut Shortbread with Basil Pesto, Confit Tomato & Grano Padano
    Piles of warm Cocktail Sausages cooked in Honey with Grainy Mustard
  • Mini Tartlets – Cheese, Ham & Onion/Blue Cheese, Sage & Butternut squash
    Dainty Finger Sandwiches – 4/5 types
    Smoked Salmon triangles on Soda Bread
    Mini Sausage Rolls
    Mini Cheese & Onion Rolls
  • Lemon & Raspberry tarts
    Chocolate Brownies
    Mini Carrot Cakes
    Mini Lemon Drizzle Cakes
    Mini Chocolate Eclairs

Can you provide the drinks including Champagne?
Yes, we can suggest and take along soft drinks and alcoholic drinks. Pay for what you use only or you can provide the alcohol and we can serve that.

How long do you normally stay for?
Our staff will stay for aprox 4 hours.

Once food has been served and your guests start leaving we will pack up and take everything with us and it will be like we have never even been there.

Do give the office a call to discuss funeral catering needs: 01737 841 624.Funeral-catering-surrey-two-many-cooks

It is always nice to finish on something sweet like these chocolate brownies and lemon tarts.


We will be at this amazing Wedding Fair in London

We are very happy to be working with the brilliant Wedding Present Company to bring you their Wedding Fair in their London Showroom.


Are you planning your big day? If so then you must come and join Two Many Cooks and some other rather wonderful wedding suppliers on the 14th March at 6:30pm – 8pm for Cocktails and Canapes.

RSVP by 7th March to

Showroom – 0207 6226 300
First Floor, Furniture & Arts Building, 533 Kings Road, London, SW10 0TZ

Here’s who else is going to be there and you should know that the first 50 guests will receive a Goodie bag!

Wild Wood London – Florist

Alice Gabb – Caligrapher

Louise Selby – Bridal Designer specialising in glamourous simplicity and signature lace wedding dresses.

Jo Malone London

Voop Weddings – Creating films

maids to measure London – Bridesmaid dresses

Richard Greenly Photography

Two Many Cooks – Fabulous Wedding Caterers and Wedding Planners

Original Travel – Luxury tailor made holidays / honeymoons

Doris Loves – Light Up Letters

Mix Masters Events – Bespoke Mobile Cocktail Bars

Laithwaite’s WINE

Chelsea Fine Stationery London – Finely crafted bespoke stationery

LAURA’S London Wedding Cakes

See you there!

We would love to chat about your up-and-coming wedding so do feel free to give us a call on 01737 841 624 or email us

Did you know that we can not only cater for your wedding but we can also plan it! For more information read here.

Catering and Planning for a Big Celebration!

Do you have a BIG Celebration to look forward to coming up in the near future? Perhaps a special milestone Birthday or a momentous Wedding Anniversary or maybe a Family Gathering of sorts!?

Now you may have considered getting us your local caterer in to do the food, but have you thought about passing the planning over to us aswell? Read more here on our party planning service because we certainly can. We have been planning weddings and parties with ease for a while now, we can literally organise anything you fancy.


We work with some beautiful venues if your home is not the right place for your big celebration and we know of some amazing Marquee companies too. The above picture is of a dancefloor in a Marquee which we might add also had a red carpet leading up to it.

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Things to consider before you call us.

The date.. it’s never too early to book us (have a back up date).
How many guests roughly?
Where is the occasion going to be?
Will there be a Champagne and canapé reception?
We can offer a canapé and bowl food party for guests that will primarily be standing or a 3 course sit down meal.
Is there a theme?
Would you like any extra things to go with your theme like a photo booth, a live band, a games station, a Vodka Luge, candy floss machine, an opera singer!…..

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Relax and concentrate on having fun with your guests while we do what we do best! We will set up the venue, sort the flowers and décor and make sure that everything is looking just perfect. The timings will be co-ordinated throughout so you don’t have to worry about thing.

Call us on 01737 841 624 and we can chat some more about catering for your big occasion.

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Look at our gallery for more pictures of big occasions that we have helped plan and cater for.







Two Many Cooks are recruiting Staff for Weddings and Events

Chefs and Waiters needed for a busy 2017 at Two Many Cooks.

Would you like some additional casual work? If so we would love to meet you.

Come and join our expanding team of lovely people who make us the fabulous company that we are. We have lots of different positions available including part time, full time, casual and weekend work:

IMMEDIATE STARTS for COOKS/CHEFS – Weekends & part time for Weddings and Events around Surrey.
EVENT MANAGERS – casual basis – for Weddings, Parties and Dinners – mainly weekends.
EVENT STAFF – no experience needed – casual basis – for waiting and serving at Events – mainly weekends.
KITCHEN ASSISTANTS – no experience needed – Full and part time for our Brockham kitchen and occasional weekend work at Events.

*Please send an email to tell us what position you are interested in and any relevant info, as well as your C.V.
See you soon for an interview!
Even if you are not available now you can still apply for future possibilities.

Please send us your C.V and an email to

Chefs we need you! Do not hesitate to contact us as soon as possible for immediate weekend work at Weddings.

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Two Many Cooks and How it all started

For those of you that don’t know, Two Many Cooks was started by my mother, Joanna, over 27 years ago. It began with a sandwich round in Dorking, to a lot of lucky hungry office workers who had been deprived of good homemade sandwiches and tempting cakes and biscuits. Mum delivered such delicious sandwiches and sweet treats that this soon led on to a plate of canapés and from there, a wedding, a christening and a funeral was booked after the client tried this tiny plate of smoked salmon pinwheels and stuffed tomatoes (never to be seen on any current menus!).


Many of her friends became the regular cooks, and I spent my childhood watching these wonderful ladies preparing all sorts of goodies. Even getting me to do all the little fiddly jobs with my then tiny fingers, don’t ask me how many cherry tomatoes I hollowed out or how many filo cups I pushed in to the silly little cases. This however didn’t deter me and after a stint at Ballymaloe Cookery School, running a few chalets, catering for private jets, high end events in the big smoke and travelling with a Formula 1 team, I ended up back at TMC towers for one summer…and 10 years on I’m still here! Starting in the kitchen as a full time chef, brimming with enthusiasm we pushed the company, taking on more weddings and parties than ever before, growing and evolving menus and recipes with the ever changing world of catering. I have now been booted out of the kitchen, as writing menus, meeting with clients and site visits doesn’t make for a very reliable member of the wonderful team we now have in the kitchen who make everything for the parties as well as all the food for the shops each morning.

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Whilst our first love and passion are the parties and the weddings, out of a desire to feed people (it’s hard to stay trim in this family) and seeing a happy customer we decided to open a coffee shop in Dorking, selling all our cakes, now legendry sausage rolls and scotch eggs, savoury deep tarts and of course sandwiches. We’re fortunate enough to have coffee from the superb Coffee Real and breads from the proper Chalk Hills Bakery allowing us to serve food we’re proud of. We never realised it would be quite so popular, so with the weddings around the country, the B&B (yes, mum also runs this from her home ) and the second shop in Reigate we’re pretty busy but love it. If you’ve not been in to either of our shops yet, here’s a little peek

Every day is a new challenge, a new menu and a new client. No day is ever the same and I feel so lucky to be able to say I’m so proud of what we achieve as a team and most importantly that I love my job. Mum and I still work alongside every client to ensure the look, taste and feel of everything is as it should be. One of the main things we are adamant about is that we only produce food we love, would want to be served and eat ourselves and we hope is conveyed to some extent in our website.

If you would like to meet the rest of the team then carry on scrolling as it is our wonderful team that make it all happen.


You will find Steve dashing between our coffee shops delivering our fresh produce or if you are a client in your garage! Steve is a dab hand at graphic design and surprises us all with his kind and funny birthday cards he likes to make. He likes to cook and recently cooked for a lot of people for a charity dinner. He likes a sausage roll.

Two Many Cooks Head Chef Remi  Office Manager Two Many Cooks  Erica Two Many Cooks Staff Coordinater
Remi                                            Gail                                                Erica

Remi is our Headchef and the strategist behind the running of the kitchen and the execution of our food from imagination to plate. He often smells of onions and happens to be French. He trained in The Ivy and doesn’t like cheese that much.

Gail works in the office and just so happens to know everything you could want to know about TMC and the daily running of it. She is very good at solving any kind of problem, is very caring and laughs a lot…but do not get on the wrong side of her 😉

Erica works at TMC Towers as an Event Staff Co-ordinator she wears a different colour lipstick every day. She’s extremely thoughtful and has a skill for buying people the best birthday pressies! She knows every single waitress and waiter and has a great memory for past jobs.

Gillian Two Many Cooks Kitchen Logistics Pastry Chef Two Many Cooks Lorraine
Gillian                                          Sue                                              Lorraine

Gillian is a Chef and likes to be organised and makes lists for the kitchen. She has worked for Two Many Cooks for 11 years which means she has worked for us the longest! She likes to chat, a LOT.

Sue is our pastry chef and like Gillian has worked for over a decade for us. She is very pragmatic and works very calmly under pressure. You will often find her keeping everyone right behind the scenes on big weddings and events.

Lorraine is one of our bakers and has a fastidious hand. She has an eye for detail and enjoys decorating big cakes. She often creates her own biscuits which are tested in the office around tea time! She also makes the best Banana Loaf.

Chef Mark Two Many Cooks Dave Two Many Cooks 
Mark                                            Dave                                           Clare

Mark is one of our part time Chefs, you’ll find him working hard in the kitchen or grooving away in someone else’s kitchen. He’s a cheeky chap and makes great Scotch Eggs amongst everything else.

Dave helps with the loading, unloading logistics of our Two Many Cooks vans. He also makes sure that we bring along the correct equipment for our catering events.

Clare works in the office more than she works on managing events now that she is nearing her due date. She loves everything about TMC especially the people and the food…of course.


Phillip  Emily owner of Two Many Cooks Catering Company
Phillip                                          Paul                                             Emily

Phillip works in our Brockham kitchen making sure that our Chefs and Bakers have everything they need for cooking and baking. He also helps look after the 3 Border Terriers and Labrador.

Paul is Joanna’s husband and is very useful around TMC Towers, he also helps with the B&B, he won’t let anyone make his tea and likes a slice of cake.

Emily, daughter of Joanna and co-owner of Two Many Cooks. Emily is a perfectionist and oversees EVERYTHING! Her eye for detail is second to none and she will not settle for anything other than the Best. She absolutely loves what she does and it shows.

Joanna, founder and co-owner of Two Many Cooks thrives on the day to day running of Two Many Cooks while also running a 5 star B&B. Joanna has an insight that only someone who has been dealing with clients and customers can have after 30 years in the industry.

We have so many wonderful Waitresses and Waiters that work tiredlessley at our weddings and big events and always with a smile.
And then there’s our Coffee Shop Staff who you can meet for yourself!

Come and say Hi.

Two Many Cooks

Our Coffee Shops Dorking: 01306 88 22 00, Reigate: 01737 244 277

Wedding Enquiries Call the office on 01737 841 624

Party Enquiries Call the office on 01737 841 624

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TMC your Luxury Wedding Caterer

Two Many Cooks your Luxury Wedding Caterer

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(top left: First course of Salmon Gradvalax with a Cucumber Pickle, top right: First course of Salmon Quails Egg with Sondes Farm Asparagus
bottom right: Main of BBQ’d lamb with Veg, right: Pudding of Lemon Cheesecake with Macaroons.)

Luxury Wedding Catering services throughout Surrey, London and the Home Counties.

Catering for bespoke Luxury Weddings and achieving perfection motivates us.

Our Wedding Service is a dedication to excellence.

Having organised the Two Many Cooks wedding of the century, owner Emily Jones knows exactly what it is like to be a Bride and what to expect from a luxury wedding caterer! Your menu will be creatively put together to suit you and your guests with very special touches made by our wonderful team of chefs.

We can help with anything and everything and know exactly what the finer details entail for the perfect luxury wedding. We have the pleasure of knowing of recommended wedding suppliers who can provide anything you need.

Spring Wedding at Two MAny Cooks

Take a look at our website for more ideas for your big day, and do please give us a call to chat.

Call Emily or Jo in the office on 01737 841 624 to discuss available dates and your own bespoke wedding menu.

Two Many Cooks your luxury wedding caterer in Surrey and the home counties.

Check our website for lots more photos and information about the perfect luxury wedding

A Beautiful Country Wedding

A Beautiful Country Wedding

This was a glorious country wedding set in the middle of the Surrey Hills with rolling views of the South Downs and an equally impressive marquee from Inside Outside Marquees.

Can we just say a big thank you to the official photographer Guy Hearn for taking these fabulous photos and allowing us to use them.

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The flower theme was soft, neutral and very much reminiscent of the English countryside.

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We loved these delightful decorative additions, ornamental glass jars filled with colourful sweets!

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Although not all quite lit here, the candles amidst the beautiful flowers give you get an idea of the romantic layout of the tables which brought the country wedding feel to the tables.

Bride & Groom Surrey Two Many Cooks

Could you get a more picturesque countryside wedding setting for this gorgeous Bride & Groom.

Wedding Caterer Two Many Cooks Table setting

Matching glassware, chairs and table cloths gave the tables an understated chicness. Add in real Olive trees with complimentary lightingA then you have yourself a beautiful country wedding dining room.

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It was a busy service for over 200 wedding guests but our wonderful Two Many Cooks staff nailed it by being their fabulous professional selves.

Bride and Groom Wedding Caterer Surrey Two Many Cooks

CONGRATULATIONS to the Bride & Groom

A Country Wedding

Wedding Venue – Surrey Hills,  When – October 2016

Wedding Caterer – Two Many Cooks

Wedding Marquee – Inside Outside Marquees

Wedding Flowers – Kingfisher Farm Shop in Abinger Hammer

Olive Trees – organised by Two Many Cooks

Lighting – Lighting with Intent

Wedding Photographer – Guy Hearn

Are you getting married? If so we would love to help you with the catering, did you know we can also plan your entire wedding day too!

We would love to hear from you, do give us a call on 01737 841 624 or email us at to chat all things wedding food and more.

Canapes at Wisley

Canapes and Bowl Food at Wisley

Wisley night time

Everybody loves good food especially at a party! Great tasting food not only reflects on you as a host but adds to that feel good party feeling for your guests. It’s important to not stuff the faces of your guests so they don’t end up spitting food over someones cocktail while mid flow in conversation with someone.

We pack a punch with our elegant canapes, they are small yet not too small, they are all delicious with carefully put together flavours that compliment your drinks. We can also suggest Bowl Food which mean your guests can still stand and chat while eating something warm and satisfying, they can have one or two bowls as you request.

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We happened to be serving canapes and bowl food at Wisley Gardens when our food was photographed by Mike the photographer. RHS Wisley is a beautiful venue for a big event or a wedding in Summer or Winter.

This evenings event was held in a stunning Marquee by Inside Outside Marquees who we recommend as one of our trusted suppliers of Wedding Marquees.

wisley event evening

Venue: Wisley Gardens

Caterer: Two Many Cooks – Canapes – Bowl Food

Photographer: Photography Mike Napier Dewey

Marquee: Inside Outside Marquees

Why we use Coffee Real

Two Many Cooks and Coffee Real

Coffee Real have been making their coffee since 2008 and we are lucky enough to sell it in our coffee shops.

Coffee Real make the perfect all round sweet and complex cuppa working with coffee farmers all over the world. This takes time, care and continual investment into new technologies but they do it!



“We may be a relatively young company but we learnt pretty early on that you can’t sit back in the UK and expect that special kind of quality to arrive at your door – it just doesn’t happen – if you’re serious about coffee you have to put in the time and effort – hunt out the right farmers and really understand the coffee they produce – you need to get under its skin (so to speak) – and the only way you can do that is to go to the origin and build mutually beneficial relationships with the families that grow the stuff…”


Some of the coffee we serve and sell in our shops taste like this!……..

A buoyant floral and sweetly spicy cup – rounded and balanced by vanilla and complex floral notes with a lightly syrupy mouthfeel.

Ethiopia Djimmah
Wild chocolate notes, malty caramel sweetness and spicy/peppery aftertaste

Gone for Lunch
Good body and a rich fruity base with some sweet nuttiness and almond (marzipan) – balanced out by a fruity acidity. Lovely rounded lush finish.

This is a wonderful espresso for a wonderful cause. A very rich buttery espresso with some sweet pleasing acidity, notes of cocoa and a juicy berry finish. Great straight or with milk.

Creamy and smooth with a little bright acidity and a lovely good depth, body and crema. Takes milk well, some in the camp say very well.

Salvation decaf
Mellow roundedness with bright fruit notes and a medium-ish finish – with a crema that holds up surprisingly well for a full decaf. Great with milk.


We love our coffee, come in and try it!

With thanks to Coffee Real for all the information and for the photos taken from their website. and of course for supplying us with the best coffee EVER!

Visit our coffee shops in Dorking and Reigate for Breakfast and Lunch with a cup of coffee on the side.

Wedding Catering Family Service

An idea for your Wedding day meal is a Family Service

We are a wedding catering company in Surrey and we cater for all kinds of events and weddings in Surrey and the home counties. We can provide delicous food for all occasions ranging from a private dinner party for 12 in your home to planning and co-ordinating your wedding in Surrey for up to 200 guests.

We pride ourselves on our ability to provide the best experience you’ll ever have.. right from the early stages of organising your wedding to the actual moment the food is placed infront of you.

We love a Wedding, who doesn’t and we will work with your ideas and come up with pleasing suggestions that are suited to your personality and taste.

One idea for a fun sit down Wedding meal for any amount of guests is a “Family Service”.


Family Service is where by a large piece of food like an entire Beef Wellington or a BBQ’d piece of lamb is presented to a chosen person on each table.

Chef hat and apron Two Many Cooks Wedding catering Family Service

This is a fun moment where the chosen carver will don a Chef hat and apron and have the responsibility to serve every one at his table.

Our waiters and waitresses will then come along with the scrumptious side dishes for your wedding guests to help themselves to.

BBQ Lamb for a Wedding Family Service 

Family service at your wedding is a really great way to get all your guests chatting to each other and is a novel way to serve your guests delicious home cooked food. (On the right is a sharing Mezze board.)

Dessert or pudding can go along the same theme with bowls of whipped cream, meringues and fruit for a make your own Eton Mess. We have lots of wedding catering ideas, do give us a call on 01737 841 624 to talk about your wedding day.

If you would like us to provide the wedding catering for your up-and-coming wedding we are taking bookings for 2017 and 2018 now!

Find more information here

Do you know we can plan and co-ordinate your entire wedding/party! Click here for more information
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