If the thought of cooking for more than four people stresses you out, make these five top sites your friends – and your friends will thank you for it.

Formal party, buffet lunch, birthday dinner – whatever the occasion, there’s no need to bust a gut trying to cook for more people than you feel comfortable catering for, and no shame in calling in some help. These sites make hosting easy so that you can enjoy your party as much as your guests.

Lidgates Pies


Dinner for 16? A houseful for Christmas? Do yourself a favour and order one of the amazing pies on offer from Lidgates. This famous butcher in Holland Park delivers huge pies across the UK, feeding up to 16 people generously. Coq au Vin, Chicken & Mushroom, Steak & Ale, Lasagne and Lamb, Leek & Apricot are just some of the flavours on offer, with all pies homemade on site using the best meat and ingredients. Your guests will be happy as pie.

COOK


Doing nothing doesn’t make you a bad person, just a brilliant host, says COOK, where entertaining is made easy with a whole section dedicated to feeding a crowd. Browse by canapes, starters, mains, side and puddings and discover a range of truly delicious dishes for all types of occasions. No need to tell anyone you didn’t do it all yourself.

Pong Cheese


A little more cheese with your wine, a little more wine with your cheese. These huge cheese boxes cater to weddings, picnics, parties, Christmas and every other type of occasion you can think of and are guaranteed to keep guests happpy. Choose from a variety of themed boxes including, English, French, Classic and The Ultimate Pong Box among others.

Forman & Field


Providing restaurant quality food at home cooked prices, Forman & Field offers the ultimate in pre-prepared fine food to serve at home. Its in-house chef trained under the Roux brothers at Le Gavroche and can supply everything from Black Cod in Miso and Crab Chowder to Vegan Ratatouille, boneless quail with a foie gras stuffing and Homemade Mulled Pears. Even the most spoilt guests will be satisfied.

La Belle Assiette


There’s delegation and there’s delegation and sometimes, it’s best just to go the whole hog. This brilliant site allows you to bring talented chefs into your kitchen so you can enjoy hosting dinners without the stress of cooking or cleaning. With transparent pricing and talented chefs operating across the UK, it’s a bit of a no brainer for hosting without hassle.

November 2018