When it comes to wedding and event catering, street food is still one of the most popular choices. These days there are a large variety of quirky and innovative cuisine concepts, from pizza through to Japanese gyoza dumplings (my personal favourite), all served from converted trucks and vans. I have listed some great UK mobile catering options, meals on wheels! A lovely little addition and yummy treat for your guests, fine-dining is all well and good, but sometimes you just want to sink your teeth into a juicy lobster roll!
The Cheese Truck will take you to ‘Grilled Cheese Heaven’, offering a variety of delicious grilled cheese sandwiches with fillings including goat’s cheese, stilton and cheddar. Sourcing all of their cheese from UK based farms and using the best British produce. Since January 2014, The Cheese Truck has sold over twenty tonnes of cheese and served around 1000,000 grilled cheese sandwiches. That’s a lot of cheese!
Look out for The Cheese Truck at pop-up events around London.
Wood-fired pizza cooked and served from a converted Land Rover Defender, Born & Raised is ideal for rustic, outdoor events. Head chef Tom Dewey trained under Gary Rhodes, Tom combines artisan Italian pizza with locally sourced British produce. With delights such as ‘pork shoulder, apple & sage puree’ and ‘Somerset goat’s cheese & caramelised onions on beetroot-infused dough’ on the menu, you can be sure that your guests will be left full and happy.
Meat lovers will go crazy for Smoke Catering and their mouth-watering Texan BBQ. Their meat-fuelled menu includes smoked brisket, smoked pulled shoulder and baby back ribs, all cooked on seasoned wood logs in the smoker’s firebox. Ensuring that every single bite is juicy, tender with buttery texture, you can also choose from a delicious array of sides including homemade slaw, smoked sweet potato and jalapeño mac ‘n’ cheese.
I am a rather large fan of a lobster roll! Bob’s Lobster offers a heavenly menu that includes lobster and crab rolls, hot dogs and ahi tuna tacos. Served from a 1950’s VW camper, the portable lobster shack can also host wine events pairing with their sister company Bedales Wines.
Exciting news! Bob’s Lobster will be opening their first permanent site within the next couple of weeks! The Wine Bar & Kitchen will be open seven days a week and located right by Borough Market. Serving dishes such as Dorset tortellini, fried chicken with caviar aioli and braised ox cheek dripping toast (omg). My office is located a short walk away, I know where I will be on my lunch breaks! Click here for more details.
Melted raclette cheese, served from an Austrian ski lift…genius! Toulouse sausage, pulled pork, heritage potatoes and sourdough baguettes are just a few of the items on the Gondola Raclette menu that you can smother in delicious cheese.
This fun and quirky food stall was featured on Michel Roux’s Hidden Restaurants on Channel 4 and is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser!
Coco Labelle serves Mauritian, Jamaican and Sicilian cuisine from their charming food van. Showcasing fusion dishes such as crispy chili fish, sweet potato and butter bean curry and crispy jumbo chicken wings. You can also choose from a list of Coco Labelle’s signature sauces such as coconut and tamarind chatini, the perfect accompaniment. Coco Labelle can also provide canapes, bowl food and other exotic flavoured snacks.
Mexican street food using natural, high-quality ingredients, sourced from local farms and suppliers. Hola Guacamole was born at Camden Lock Market, last year they launched their first food van, offering their Mexican cuisine for weddings and events.
The menu includes pork pibil and chicken chipotle burritos, quesadilla, tacos and nachos, with a friendly and passionate team Hola Guacamole will bring fresh, Mexican flavours to any fiesta.
You can’t beat a decent curry! Wham Bam Tikka are the answer to authentic Indian street food, seen at major festivals including Glastonbury, Download and Silverstone, their food is fun and packed with flavour. With fresh ingredients, bundles of herbs and spices and homemade sauces, the impressive menu includes chargrilled chicken tikka, vegetable tandoori, paneer and Punjabi samosas, all served from a vintage food truck.
Possibly my favourite out of all the quirky food vans, The Hangover Hospital is the latest project from Oyster Boy. After success as a trader at Columbia Road Flower Market and with stalls at Broadway and Leyton Market, Oyster Boy now has a residency at the popular celebrity hangout, Chiltern Firehouse. Serving oysters to the masses, The Hangover Hospital is a mobile oyster bar operating from a restored, retro 1951, Daimler ambulance. Two uniformed nurses will serve fresh oysters and Bloody Mary’s, providing an interactive and delicious experience.
Whilst I was researching street food ideas, I got incredibly excited when I stumbled across Rainbo. Japanese cuisine is my ultimate favourite! Rainbo offers fresh Japanese street food, specialising in gyoza dumplings, katsu dishes and Asian small plates, all served from a vintage Ford Pickup.