Rowheath Pavilion

Where: In the leafiest of leafy, tree-lined suburbs in South Birmingham. Easy for the M42 and equally for the City.

What: a wonderfully light, airy hall looking over open grass to a landscaped lake beyond.

Weddings: Great for a wedding reception and they will allow you to use Kemp & Kemp Catering too!

Who: The whole team at Rowheath are WONDERFUL, but esp the irrepressible Sam – call her on 0121 458 1711 or e-mail her at




The Ikon Gallery

Where: Birmingham City Centre – Brindley Place in fact, one of the most ‘happening spots’ in the Midlands.

What: An art gallery with spaces you can hire for your wedding reception.

Weddings: Not licensed for the ceremony, but what a place for your reception!

Who: Sam Newman is super-responsive, helpful and efficient. Call him (or one of his team) on 0121 248 0708.


Jason Lewis Roasting

Jason Lewis is such a lovely bloke. He’s been a chef for over 20 years and has decided to take his skills outside the kitchen and into the great outdoors with his new mobile roasting service.

He can roast pigs, lambs, beef, turkeys, even venison – and can do it anywhere you like. His up to date kit will ensure his food is perfectly cooked, and his attention to detail means your guests will adore the spectacle of a live roast and we can assure you they’ll be coming back for seconds all evening.

Jason is offering Kemp & Kemp customers 10% off the costs of his roasting services – just quote your wedding No when enquiring.

To contact Jason call him on 07715 260537 or e-mail him on His new website is ‘under construction’.

Hiring your wedding day crockery? Here are a few things to consider

In all the excitement of your big day, when you’re planning your own wedding reception, the practicalities like crockery can often be forgotten. Some wedding venues charge a premium for hiring wedding crockery, asking extortionate amounts for the serving plates, glasses, cutlery and everything else you need on top of the cost of the catering. Some venues will not even allow the crockery to be provided by third parties so it could end up costing you a fortune.

Thinking carefully about the small details like wedding day crockery rather than simply accepting the first quote you receive could help you make big savings to spend on the more important things. So, if you’re arranging your own wedding day crockery, here are a few things to consider…

  1. Collection or delivery?

Many wedding crockery hire companies will give you the choice to collect the crockery or have it delivered ready for the big day. Of course, a delivery service will not necessarily come for free. If the hire company is local then collecting the crockery yourself could save you a little money, though delivery is far more convenient.

  1. Terms and conditions

As always, it’s important you take the time to understand the terms and conditions of the crockery hire service. Is there a minimum order amount? How much will you be charged for crockery that’s damaged? It’s worth calling a few companies to ask these questions and get a quote to see what’s right for you.

  1. How many glasses will you need?

If you’re not going to have some poor soul washing racks of glasses during the wedding itself, you’ll need to think carefully about how many glasses you’re actually going to need. If you think that each drink will need to be served in a clean glass, then you’re likely to need at least three per guest.

  1. Always order extra

Depending on the number of guests you are expecting, we would advise you to order at least ten more plates, sets of cutlery and other pieces of crockery than you think you’ll need. Crockery can all too easily be dropped or misplaced during the day and there may be other people that need to eat, such as the photographer or other vendors, you hadn’t factored into your calculations. If you’re not sure exactly how many guests there’ll be, put in your initial order for the higher amount as most rental companies will let you change your order a few days before delivery without charging an additional fee.

  1. What else do you need?

When you’re organising your own wedding reception, hiring the crockery is just one of a seemingly insurmountable mountain of different items to consider. To help jog your memory, a few other things you may need include tables, tablecloths, napkins, chairs, patio heaters, bread baskets, lighting, garden furniture and of course, a bride or groom!

For any additional questions about hiring the right catering equipment for your big day feel free to contact Plato Catering Hire.

Ashover Parish Hall

Where. In deepest Derbyshire, near Matlock, near the M1, but in lush, green, rolling countryside of the Amber Valley.

What. A wonderfully modern, flexible village hall with a professional manager (Amy) and a very warm welcome.  There is a huge cricket field at the back and wonderful views of trees, fields etc.

Weddings. The village hall makes a perfect reception venue with all you could need as part of the price.

Who. Contact Amy on 01246 590005.

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Lynda Smallman (LMS Weddings)

Lynda Smallman uses her extensive experience running weddings for a Midlands Hotel and has now set up her own Company. She will take all the stresses and strains away from you in the run-up (and on the day) leaving you to enjoy the things that really matter – like making time to talk to your new husband at some point on the wedding day!!

Visit her website with some GREAT blogs at or call her on 07980 679575. You’ll get an immediate response every time.

Lynda now offers 10% off her prices for Kemp & Kemp customers.. just quote your Wedding Number when you make contact.

Sami Tipi

Sami Tipi are a Midlands based Tipi hire company serving the Midlands and surrounding areas. The lovely Jodie and Craig own and run this family business, who reached a new level of success after winning the award for ‘The Best Marquee Provider in the East Midlands’ for 2017. 

They are passionate about their glorious tipis which provide the most atmospheric event space like no other event venue. If you have never been inside one of these Tipi’s, you are missing something truly special.

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Dunwood Hall

dunwoodWhere: In the depths of the rolling hills that are the Staffordshire Moorlands.

What: A glorious stone-built Victorian country house (1871) up a tree-lined drive and set in intimate gardens. Close to Leek.



Weddings: Licensed for weddings and you can choose one of three caterers including (we are delighted to say) Kemp & Kemp Catering.

Who: Call Delphine on 0781 3984949 or e-mail her at


‘The Sleepout’ – alternative minimoon accommodation

Get away into the depths of the most sublime Welsh hills and stay in the oak-framed ‘sleepout’ – complete with wood-burning stove, a pile of logs, your own pizza oven, trees, birds and the odd wandering hen. Pure and utter bliss.


Rach Meade offers Kemp and Kemp customers a free welcome bottle of ice cold Prosecco on arrival.

Go to or call Rach direct on 07977 414038 or e-mail her at