Over the last 30 years, Chapman Holmes Catering and Special Events has emerged as one of England’s most highly regarded corporate and private event service providers.

We’ve achieved our success by relentlessly striving to meet the highest standards in both the preparation and presentation of our food and the planning of our clients’ events.

Of course, our dedication to maintaining impeccable standards doesn’t inhibit the level of imagination or innovation we apply when putting together your perfect event. Nor does it prevent us from serving you with style and savoir-faire. And, naturally, we believe that flexibility is key when making sure we get your event just right.

Our ongoing investment in staff training and development, logistical support, and modern facilities and equipment means we have the resources to provide our clients with an unsurpassed hospitality service, irrespective of the scale and nature of the event.

The Chapman Holmes Catering and Special Events team knows that our reputation for excellence is at stake each time we work on an event. For this reason we single-mindedly bring all our skill, enthusiasm and professionalism to the table for each and every client.

At Chapman Holmes we believe that your success is our success.

Chapman Holmes is an approved Hilton Caterer. Click here to view our certificate.


Grant Chapman is the founder and Managing Director of Chapman Holmes.

Grant started his catering career at the age of 14, in his fathers cafeterias and fish and chips shops in Salford, Manchester.

At 16, he attended Salford Technical College and achieved distinction grades in all of his catering examinations.

Early in his career he cheffed at hotels such as Broughton Park, Preston and Midland Hotel, Manchester. He later transferred to management for the Embassy Group. Within four years he became General Manger of a luxury hotel in Norwich.

With his entrepreneurial skills, Grant became self employed and formed Chapman Holmes in 1988 with his school friend Stuart Holmes.

Initially working from home, Grant and Stuart catered for more than 50 events in their first year of business.

The duo’s first big break came in 1990, when they were awarded the contract to cater and event direct The Official Opening of The Conway Tunnel. Their responsibilities included marquees, logistical support, security (high level), floral arrangements, interior design and cuisine. They catered for 2000 VIP guests over a period of four days, culminating with Queen Elizabeth II being guest of honour for a gourmet dinner for 600 dignitaries.

Grant describes himself as a “gourmand”, or someone who’s chief pleasure is eating, and it was after this love of food that Chapman Holmes’ purpose built premises were named in 2005. He has recently been awarded an MA (hons) by Salford University for his outstanding contribution to catering in the North west of England.

The 6000 square foot purpose built office and modern production facility is located on the outskirts of Manchester. The facility boasts a state of the art production kitchen, plus conference, tasting and theming rooms. It is the largest purpose built event unit in the North West of England.


All Chapman Holmes personnel are fully trained in every aspect of service and the majority of our staff have had experience of royal events.

We work to high standards in all things and our staffing is no exception. As such it virtually goes without saying that Chapman Holmes Catering and Special Events never uses agency staff.

Chapman Holmes staff wear smart, coordinated uniforms and are expected to be helpful, courteous and extremely attentive, without exception.

Before arriving on site to begin work at any event, our staff are given a comprehensive briefing, which ensures each member of our team is fully aware of their responsibilities before service commences.



Chapman Holmes are commited to all aspects of health and safety regulations.

We ensure that the food to be served at your event is transported to the site under strict temperature controlled conditions, in accordance with The Food Hygiene Regulations 2006 and The Food Safety Act 1990.

All health and safety regulations and legislation for outside events will be adhered to with precision. We continually review the latest recommendations and legislation to ensure we are at the forefront of government legislation and best advice.

Additional health and safety measures may be required for marquees and alternative venue events, including fire extinguishers and emergency lighting. We can advise on local authority stipulations and provide the necessary precautions in accordance with their requirements. Note that there may be a charge for meeting additional local authority requirements.

A full copy of the company’s Health and Safety Policy and details of our Public Liability Insurance (£10 million) can be provided on request.

Chapman Holmes Catering and Special Events are the principle catering/event management company to all North West National Trust properties, following an audit by the National Trust.

This audit encompasses the Food Hygiene Act (1990), Micron 2, the Health and Safety At Work Act (1994), HACCP along with all quality management systems.

This acreditation is internationally recognised in the industry.


It is the Chapman Holmes vision to provide each and every one of our clients with an excellent service based on a friendly but professional approach. We are devoted to giving personal attention to every detail of our clients’ requirements, no matter how small. We draw on our flexibility and vast experience to guarantee the success of every event we undertake. We are committed to high standards in both the quality of our food and the quality of our service.

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