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The Main Event 

is an Outside Catering company run by Lynn and Nick Handley situated in the village of Snettisham on the coast in West Norfolk. We specialise in Wedding Catering and focus on providing excellent, top quality service and customer satisfaction that will exceed even the highest expectations. To that end, we will happily meet with you to discuss menus and tastings, whether for a small, intimate dinner party in your home or a rather more lavish Wedding Breakfast;  create with you an itinerary to ensure that we can bring the event in on the timings that suit you; offer advice regarding florists, musicians and cake-makers we have worked with and feel happy to recommend.

A classic three tier stack caters for 200 Wedding Reception guests.

 In short, all of us at The Main Event Outside Catering company will do everything we can to set your mind at rest that you have chosen the best caterer for your needs.


We have been living in West Norfolk since 1979, when we bought our first pub, The Lifeboat Inn, Thornham shortly followed by Sculthorpe Mill near Fakenham, complete with water wheel, glass floor panels over the stream, water meadows and peacocks on the lawn! Next came The Old Bank Bistro in Snettisham's market square and it was from this address that our Outside Catering business really took off. The Anchor Inn at Morston near Blakeney was a lovely, creaky, old pub, and a great addition to the group.  Lastly came The Queen's Head at Nassington near Oundle, a riverside Inn with stylish letting accommodation in a beautiful, historic part of Northamptonshire.  Quite a workload! We have now considerably downsized so that we only concentrate on Corporate Event Catering, Wedding Receptions, private dinner parties, special family occasions and we love it!
Private dinner parties - as important to The Main Event as a lavish Wedding Reception We couldn't successfully operate The Main Event if it weren't for the loyalty and dedication of our service team and chefs. 

We are also wholeheartedly supported by Ben, Kate and Sam, our three kids all of whom work in the catering industry and frequently bail us out when staffing problems arise! 

In fact Ben and his wife, Sarah, are currently enjoying great success in their recently acquired pub, The Duck Inn at Stanhoe on the Burnham Road between Docking and Burnham Market. Their growing reputation for excellent food and innovative menus is complimented by friendly, courteous staff offering a very high standard of customer care. And when you've relaxed over a good meal and a drink or two, you can stay overnight in one of their beautifully appointed bedrooms!

Menu prices include the use of white linen tablecloths, napkins, crockery and cutlery.

Local Shellfish a'plenty (from an original oil) by a local Norfolk artistWe also have a large stock of attractive wine, water and shot glasses which may be borrowed from us free of charge if we provide the alcohol for the event, or hired at a very low cost if another supplier is used. 

Our Staff are smart, friendly and efficient, most having a considerable amount of experience within the catering industry and, in particular, working with us over the years. Their time is charged separately as described on our booking page enabling you to have more control over your budget.

Cheese and wine - a winning combination in any menu

So, please take time to check out our sample menus, price structure and booking information. We're good at what we do. If you like the look of us and think we can provide you with the stunning end result you're looking for, call The Main Event.  Our priority is to first talk with you on the telephone to get a feel for the type of event you are wanting to achieve and to follow that phone call up with a meeting to go through possible menus and establish an estimated cost. All of this with absolutely no obligation to book us. Having spoken to a number of caterers in this way, we hope you will come back to us, confident in the knowledge that we can productively work together. 

A Harvest-themed Wedding Reception 
 The Main Event (Norfolk) Ltd.,
52 Station Road, Snettisham,   Norfolk. PE31 7QJ

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