Catering Jobs at The West Mill


As the exclusive caterer for The West Mill Wedding Venue, Jenkinsons are delighted to offer a selection of catering jobs at this prestigious Derbyshire wedding venue.

We are looking to expand our dedicated West Mill Catering Team and have a number of positions available.

Derbyshire Location

The West Mill, Darley Abbey Mills, Darley Abbey, Derbyshire, DE22 1DZ

Poised on the banks of the River Derwent in Derbyshire, The West Mill Wedding Venue is a historic Grade 1 Listed former mill. The separate function rooms of the wedding venue are spread over four floors with staircase access.



Recruitment Evening

Book your Place at our forthcoming Recruitment Evening to be held at The West Mill

Most of the roles are part-time and feature weekend work. Experience is not essential as training will be provided.

We are looking for staff with the right attitude; we know that food prepared and served with a smile, always tastes better than a dish served with indifference.

There are a number of roles available:

Front of House Staff – Waiters, Waitresses & Bar Staff

You’ll need a big smile and a spring in your step. Duties include setting tables, serving guests, clearing tables, collecting glassware, cleaning up.

Kitchen Hands

If you’d like a job where you can learn about food preparation in a professional kitchen and want to be involved in preparing food to a very high standard for weddings and events, then come along.

Wash-Up Staff

We’re looking for reliable staff to perform this vital role in the smooth running of our successful catering company.


We’re looking for pleasant and hardworking individuals to drive our equipment trucks and help with the logistics of moving all the equipment we use when catering at a wedding at The West Mill.


Certain shifts can finish late, so having your own car is useful.

If you’re interested in any of the Catering Jobs at The West Mill please email
to secure your place at our Recruitment Evening.

Interviews are strictly by appointment. The Recruitment Evening is scheduled for early October 2015, date and time to be confirmed upon confirmation of your interview slot.




Many Thanks to Richard Murgatroyd Photography for the stunning images.




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A-ma-zing! A Divine Wedding Menu

It’s crazy how much we love catering for weddings at Pendrell Hall and when the gorgeous Rachel and Andrew got married there earlier this year it was sheer perfection!

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Canapes to die for!

Following a mesmerizing and emotional ceremony held at St. James’s Church in Audlem they kicked off the drinks reception at Pendrell Hall in style, opting to serve their hungry guests a couple of delicious canapes.

Mini Fish and Chips served in a Cone and
Goat’s Cheese Crostini with Green Tomato Chutney

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While the Bride and Groom were having some fun getting a few group shots taken with their loved ones, our chefs were busy cooking up a storm in the kitchen.

Stunning Starter

Their stunning wedding menu began with an enticing starter of Crunchy Filo Parcels filled with Melting Brie and Cranberry served with a Shredded Vegetable Salad and dressed with a tangy Orange and Balsamic Vinaigrette.

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Crowd Pleasing Main Course

For main course guests were treated to a delicately flavoured dish of Best Chicken Breast stuffed with Apricot Mousseline wrapped in Pancetta with a Citrus and Tarragon Sauce. Fabulous!

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Happily Ever Afters

One pudding simply wouldn’t do, Rachel and Andrew chose to serve guests with a miniature version of all three of these mouth-watering desserts – Banoffee Pie, White Chocolate and Raspberry Cheesecake and a Chocolate Sponge Cake with Orange Ganache

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I don’t know about you, but I could enjoy eating all that right now! Huge Congratulations to Rachel and Andrew, we hope this brings back happy memories of your incredible wedding day at Pendrell Hall.

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Our thanks go to Steve Bridgwood Wedding Photography for the amazing pictures, if you’d like to see more images click here.

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Jenkinsons Caterers Staffordshire

Best in Class

Jenkinsons Caterers Staffordshire specialise in wedding catering, we work exclusively with some of the best wedding venues in and around Staffordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire. We never take those relationships for granted and work closely with all our venue partners to continually improve our services and we constantly update our menus to reflect the ever changing fashions in food, the seasonality of ingredients and the chef’s evolving passions.


Here at Jenkinsons Caterers Staffordshire we understand that your Wedding Breakfast is very special, it is a rare occasion in today’s busy world when you have everyone you love and care about enjoying a meal together and we understand that you want it to be ‘just right’.

Quiz Time

When trying to choose your wedding breakfast menu it’s always worth asking each other a few key questions, maybe over a glass or two of wine, at home before you meet with us to discuss your individual requirements.  Reflect for a while on what you like to eat and what you want from the day and go from there.  Here are a few questions to get you started (the wine helps, trust me!):

What are your favourite foods?

I know this is a pretty obvious one, but it’s a good place to start.


Do you want your wedding breakfast to reflect your theme?

If you’re working a wedding theme such as ‘Alice in Wonderland’ or ‘The Great Gatsby’ then have a chat about whether you’d like your wedding breakfast to complement and add to the theme.


Do you want your wedding breakfast to be memorable?

Even a little touch, like adding an unexpected course such as an Amuse Bouche to tantalise people’s taste buds as they first sit down before the starter, can really make your wedding breakfast meal stand out.

Try not to get bogged down worrying about what each individual guest likes to eat.  Of course you want them to enjoy the meal but my mum is a Yorkshire lass and they have a great saying to keep in mind ‘you’ll never please alt folk alt time’ so make sure you please yourselves a little, it is your wedding day!

My final suggestion is to remind you that we eat with all our senses, think about how visually appetising your dishes are, their aroma and texture and try to ensure that all courses, from canapés through to dessert, complement one another.

All the team here at Jenkinsons Caterers Staffordshire will work with you to ensure that whatever you choose for your wedding breakfast it is perfect for you.



Contact Jenkinsons today to discuss your wedding catering requirements.




Jenkinsons Wedding Caterer at The Ashes

Jenkinsons Wedding Caterers at The Ashes

Working with an experienced and creative wedding caterer is such a boon when planning your wedding. It’s easy to forget how important the wedding catering is when confronted with a million other decisions to make; the dress, the decorations, the invites, the music… but never underestimate how important it is to your hungry wedding guests!

Jenkinsons have a well-earned reputation as a professional, reputable and exceptionally capable wedding caterer. We understand how important your wedding day is and we’re passionate about delivering amazing food coupled with great service.

Great Partnerships

We work with some incredible wedding venues, most notably The Ashes Barn Wedding Venue in Endon, Staffordshire where we are their exclusive wedding caterer.

We love working at this award-winning wedding venue and continue to be inspired by the amazing couples who choose to get married there. In fact, we’ve just finished work on a whole new set of delicious dishes and sensational menus, exclusively for The Ashes.

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New Menus Exclusive to The Ashes

We’re sooo excited to share these fabulous new dishes with couples. We’ve taken inspiration from hot new trends in wedding catering and fine-dining developments; we’ve delved into America’s Deep South cuisine for some chargrilled BBQ dishes cooked outside and revisited some of our most popular classic wedding dishes, giving them a subtle new twist for the new season.

If you’ve already booked The Ashes for your wedding then you’ll be able to download the new ‘Your Daytime Menus Ideas Pack’ and ‘Evening Menus’ pack from your personal Client Area within the venue’s website.

If you’re thinking about booking The Ashes we’d highly recommend you arrange a viewing of the venue directly with their Events Team who will be delighted to show you around and explain our role as wedding caterer in addition to sharing the all-new, super-exciting menus with you.

Click this link to Arrange a Viewing of The Ashes

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It’s Your Day, Your Story and Your Choice

We’re confident that you’ll love our new range of exclusive wedding dishes for The Ashes but we never forget that it’s your day; you are welcome to design your own completely bespoke wedding menu if you’d like to. We’ve even included some of the most memorable bespoke wedding menus in the new ‘Your Daytime Menus Ideas Pack’ so you can see what some of our recent clients have served their guests.


Wedding Catering is challenging, exciting and engaging; we look forward to working with you to make your wedding food and drink a truly memorable gastronomic experience.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like any further information or help. We’d love to hear from you.

Thank you to Stott Weddings for the gorgeous photos of Leanne and Olly’s recent wedding at The Ashes.

Venues for Wedding Receptions


We are very lucky to work with some of the UK’s most fabulous wedding venues for wedding receptions and through them we get to work with some amazing couples who get super excited about their forthcoming wedding!


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What is a Wedding Reception?

Wedding terminology can be confusing at the best of times and we do appreciate that for most of our couples it is the first time they’ve ever planned a wedding so some of the phrases and terms used sometimes need a little clarification.

The term ‘wedding reception’ generally refers to the part of your wedding day immediately after your actual wedding ceremony, right through to your ‘evening reception’.  After your ceremony you’ll greet and mingle with your guests before working with your chosen photographer to get those all-important wedding photographs. At Jenkinsons we’re on hand throughout your wedding planning to offer advice on timings and discuss whether it would be appropriate to offer your guests some canapés during this part of the day.


The Ashes


Your Wedding Breakfast

As a general rule you’ll invite your guests to take their seats for your Wedding Breakfast meal following the photographs and again, our experienced catering managers will discuss your individual requirements in detail to ensure that you get the wedding breakfast you want.  Many of our venue partners encourage you to design your own menu and we’ll be on hand to offer advice and give you some great ideas.


Sandon Hall

Sandon Hall

Venues for Wedding Receptions

We work with a number of superb venues for wedding receptions, we’re lucky enough to provide the catering at beautiful barn wedding venues, stately homes and fabulous Victorian country houses as well as being able to offer specialist marquee catering.


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Please check out the Wedding Venues section of our website for full details of the amazing venues for wedding receptions we are proud to cater for.




Wedding Experience Event – The Ashes


We were thrilled to meet some amazing couples at The Ashes’ recent Wedding Experience Event.

The Wedding Experience Event is exclusively available to couples who have booked The Ashes and whose wedding date falls in the forthcoming months. The event offers a unique opportunity to fully appreciate the ambience and atmosphere of the venue full of people and dressed for a wedding.



You’ll get a real insight into how your wedding guests will experience The Ashes on your big day. It’s great for couples to be able to see the venue lit up for the evening and to immerse themselves in the experience.


For us here at Jenkinsons, the Wedding Experience Events offer us the opportunity to serve some of our new and innovative dishes, in addition to some classic favourites; you should find it much easier to plan your wedding breakfast menu having tasted a few of the options.


Your Invitation

You’ll get your invitation to this special evening event by email, directly from The Ashes. The event takes place at The Ashes and you can expect to enjoy the company of around 80 to 100 other excited individuals at the event.

The Bride and Groom get two complimentary places and wherever possible you’ll be given the option to invite up to an additional four guests for a nominal fee which gets added to your final catering invoice.

A Warm Welcome


Upon arrival at The Ashes you’ll be welcomed by their wonderful Event Managers who will give you a Tasting Pack which includes details of the dishes we’ll be serving on the day, The Cellar wines selected to accompany the dishes and contact details for all the preferred suppliers attending
the event.


Rediscover The Ashes

Before you’re invited to take your seats in The East Barn for the tasting, you’ll have the opportunity to explore and rediscover the beauty of The Ashes Venue. Perhaps you’ll be inspired by the variety of decorative suggestions placed by The Topiary Tree Florist; I love the way they decorate the dining tables with a different centrepiece on each, it’s fantastic.


Pick Our Brains!

The Ashes Events Managers will be on hand to answer any questions you might have, as will our team of experienced Wedding Co-ordinators so it’s an excellent opportunity to pick our brains whilst you’re enjoying the ambience of The Ashes, a glass of bubbly and a canapé or two.


The Tasting

You can find out which table you’re seated at by consulting the Table Plan hung in the anteroom, just as your guests will on your wedding day. Once everyone is seated, the owner of The Ashes, Ben Reeves will say a few words to welcome everyone before we begin service.


Please appreciate that with around 100 guests to serve it is not possible for you to choose which specific dish you’d like to try. Our fabulous team of chefs select a range of dishes to inspire and delight you and your guests. We’ll cook three or four different dishes per course and serve at least one example of each dish to your table. You won’t know precisely which dish you’ll get but hopefully you’ve brought close friends or family who don’t mind sharing.


Our Wedding Co-ordinators will talk each table through the dishes as they are served and answer any questions you might have.

We’ll always prepare a vegetarian option at each course and any specific dietary requirements you may have will have been communicated to us in advance so that we can make any necessary substitutions.

The Experience

We’re sure that you’ll have a great time at your Wedding Experience Event. It’s a fantastic opportunity to experience The Ashes full of excited people just as it will be on your wedding day; the warmth and ambience in this stunning venue is second to none.


Be Seduced

If by chance you’ve already chosen your wedding breakfast menu prior to the event but then try something that simply blows your mind, don’t worry! You can change your wedding breakfast menu up to 21 days before your wedding. Just get in touch and we’ll make the changes.


Thank you to Stott Weddings for the fabulous photographs.

For details of the preferred suppliers who attended the event, please click here.



Best Wedding Venues UK

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2014 winner of Best Wedding Venues UK – The Ashes has just been voted Regional Winner for Best Wedding Venue West Midlands for the 3rd year running at the prestigious Wedding Industry Awards.

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Jenkinsons Caterers are proud to be the exclusive caterers at The Ashes. We’ve enjoyed working with this amazing wedding venue since it opened in 2008 and it has been an honour to be a part of their incredible journey towards winning the Best Wedding Venues UK category in 2014.

The Wedding Industry Awards are incredibly important, as it is only the Brides and Grooms who got married at The Ashes in 2014 who can vote. Having won the regional title Best Wedding Venue West Midlands 2015, we wish The Ashes every success in the National Awards in January.

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Ben and Sarah Reeves – Owners of The Ashes


The Ashes Barn Wedding Venue is a family owned wedding venue in the West Midlands. Here’s just a brief overview of what couples love about The Ashes and why they voted it one of the Best Wedding Venues UK 2014:

Stunning Setting

Set in 50 acres of rolling Staffordshire countryside The Ashes features outstanding backdrops for your wedding photographs including The Country House, The Lake, The Pond, The Formal Lawn, The Coach House, The Old Stone Bridge and of course the near-panoramic views across the Staffordshire Moorlands.


Rustic Barns

Couples can enjoy an intimate wedding ceremony in The West Barn, one of two Grade II* Listed wedding barns at The Ashes; licensed for weddings, this magnificent stone barn can seat up to 150 guests comfortably.

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No Corkage Wedding Venue

The Ashes is a no corkage charge wedding venue; you have the option to supply your own daytime drinks with no corkage charge.
Jenkinsons’s complete wedding service includes the service of all your wedding drinks at The Ashes. We’ll supply all the appropriate glassware, waiting-on staff and bartenders to ensure the smooth flow of drinks throughout your wedding day.

Fabulous Food

Here at Jenkinsons Caterers we understand that your Wedding Breakfast is very special, it is a rare occasion in today’s busy world when you have everyone you love and care about enjoying a meal together and we understand that you want it to be ‘just right’.

Wedding Catering is our speciality, food is our passion and our commitment to excellence is unwavering.

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Exclusive-Use Wedding Venue

Couples enjoy exclusive-use of The Ashes. It really does make a difference when you know that everyone at the venue is an invited guest. It makes it so much more relaxed for you and so much easier for your guests to mingle.

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We are absolutely delighted to be awarded the Regional Winner for Best Wedding Venue for the third year running, it’s incredible! We are always looking for ways to make getting married at The Ashes even more magical; our efforts are rewarded every time we see the joy on a bride’s face and it’s lovely that so many of our wonderful couples have taken the time to vote for us in these prestigious awards.

– Ben and Sarah Reeves – Owners of The Ashes

Founder of The Wedding Industry Awards, Damian Bailey said: “The Wedding Industry Awards really have become the gold standard for wedding excellence in this country and, as our regional award ceremony proved, the wedding industry in the West Midlands is packed full with passionate, innovative and committed suppliers. This our fourth awards and the standard of entrants was higher than ever,” continued Damian.

“It’s becoming harder and harder for our judges to pick winners from such amazing shortlists where everyone demonstrates such skill. It was great to celebrate everyone’s achievements and then party all night!”

Thanks to HBA Wedding Photography for the Gorgeous Pictures



Catering Vacancies at Blists Hill Victorian Town

Careers at Jenkinsons


We’re looking for outgoing, enthusiastic, individuals to join our catering team at the extraordinary Blists Hill Victorian Town situated within the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site at Telford, Shropshire.

Do you want a part-time job where every day is different?

Do you love making people smile?

Would you like to work with like-minded people who enjoy their job?

Then come along to our Recruitment Session on Friday 6th February 2015

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Sandon Hall Taster Lunch

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It was an absolute pleasure to meet so many lovely couples at the recent Sandon Hall Taster Lunch held in August 2014. Couples considering Sandon Hall as their wedding venue were able to book tickets to experience a wedding breakfast style lunch at this stunning wedding venue.


Incredible Interiors

Before guests were seated for lunch they were encouraged to explore this magnificent country house wedding venue which has just undergone a substantial makeover. The lavish interior design is simple stunning and all the guests were delighted with the new look. Couples also enjoyed seeing the fabulous floral decorations supplied by Sandon Hall’s very talented florist Breige, whose contact details can be found on the venue’s website.


The Tasting Lunch

Our fabulous chefs prepared a variety of dishes designed to showcase both classic wedding breakfast options and some of their new and innovative dishes. We prepared around four different dishes per course and served at least one example of each dish to every table, whilst our wonderful Wedding Co-ordinators made their way around to every table to talk guests through the dishes and answer any questions.


Get in Touch

We hope that all the guests enjoyed the event as much as we did. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us if you would like to discuss options for your wedding breakfast at Sandon Hall.

Wedding Marquee

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If you’re thinking about a wedding marquee for your special day then there are a few things to consider:

What Type of Wedding Marquee?

Jenkinsons Caterers have had the privilege of catering in a number of wedding marquees during our 50 year history and we’ve seen quite a few different takes on the wedding marquee; everything from the classic white wedding marquee to relaxed rustic weddings hosted in magnificent Nordic tipis.

There are a huge range of wedding marquees available to hire in all shapes and sizes, think about the kind of wedding day you’d like and chose a marquee to fit.

The Practicalities

Unlike a wedding venue which comes kitted out with everything you might need on your big day, a wedding marquee is a truly blank canvas. You’ll need to give some thought to the practicalities; access to the site, electricity supply, mains water supply, lighting, parking, guest toilets etc.

We’ve had loads of experience in working alongside wedding marquee suppliers to ensure that they think about the catering requirements and practicalities when looking at your chosen site. Don’t hesitate to get us involved in the discussions as soon as you start planning your marquee wedding.

Dressing your Wedding Marquee

Lighting is perhaps the single most important element of dressing your wedding marquee. You want subtle, soft, flattering lighting. As guests start to enjoy their wedding breakfast with their eye before they’ve even tasted a bit it’s great if the lighting lets people see what they’re eating then dims to encourage some wild dancing later on.

Beyond lighting you’ll need to consider table centrepieces and whether a starlit roof on the wedding marquee is appealing. Don’t forget about the flooring too, a hard-standing dancefloor is often a very good idea.

Wedding Marquee Catering

Chose Jenkinsons for your wedding marquee catering and you can relax safe in the knowledge that we have the staff, the equipment and the expertise to deliver an outstanding wedding breakfast.

We can supply an entire catering kitchen, all the crockery, glassware and cutlery, the waiting on staff, the bar, barman and bar stock…..we’ll do the lot!

Our experienced Wedding Co-ordinators will also help you to design a bespoke wedding menu which is well suited to a wedding marquee’s facilities ensuring the quality of the food is phenomenal.

Please get in touch today to discuss your wedding marquee catering requirements.

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