About Us

Welcome to Thistle Catering Services, award-winning bespoke event caterers in the heart of Scotland. Dedicated to creating fantastic canapés, lunches, dinners, and buffets as well as designing and organising beautiful weddings, corporate events and private parties.

Getting it right on the day is key, our experienced and energetic team of professional chefs, event managers and uniformed front of house waiting staff will provide peace of mind on your event day, as well as offering an outstanding level of event planning in advance.

Owner Lorraine Smith inspired by her love of cooking and serving customers started out by setting up a mobile shop back in 1996 with the sole aim of working part-time in the food industry, whilst at the same time working full time in NHS management.

Never shy of hard work, that love of food and serving customers grew, and the company expanded to a 70 seated restaurant and ice cream shop in 2003.

During the 10 years in the restaurant, Thistle Catering Services organically expanded into events catering, extending to Festivals, Private, Corporate and Wedding catering.
Providing catering at many events throughout Scotland, operating street food units, large marquee field kitchens, and the addition of a Fish and Chip Shop, Thistle Catering Services served up great tasting food throughout the whole of Scotland and in some of the most unlikely places…..

In 2013, Thistle Catering moved to industrial premises, allowing the company to grow the business further to include contract catering and expand and enhance their growing wedding catering services.

A family run business, we love what we do, and our approach is simple; we use high quality, local Scottish seasonal ingredients and reinvent traditional dishes with a stylish and modern twist.

A professional, approachable team who are passionate and care deeply about our food and excellent service delivery.

Thistle Catering Services is one of the top event caterers in Scotland, working with an impressive portfolio of clients having delivered great events in some of Scotland’s stunning venues;

Haddo House, Cluny Castle, Burgie House, Cortes House, Coos Cathederal, Mar Lodge, Brodie Castle, Barra Castle Barn, Fyvie Castle, Kinkell Byre, Errol Park Estate, Schivas House, Ballogie House and many other stunning locations in marquees and Edwardian Homes.

Our experience

We have catered at many of Scotland’s large scale Festivals and Highland Games,

Aberdeen Highland Games, VIP Marquee Catering 2003,

Main Caterer for Portsoy Traditional Boat Festival Catering in the 90’s,

Scone Palace Game Fair Public Catering Marquees and public bars,

Edinburgh Sea Fest, Private Lunch for

HRH Princess Anne

Grampian Transport Museum Main Caterer

Main Caterer for Aberdeen City Hogmanay Street Party 2005

Gordon Highlanders Military Shows 2003 and 2004

HRH Queen Jubilee Tea Dance Aberdeen Marquee caterer, in 2002

TV, channel 4 Artist of the Year, Top Gear 2021, photoshoots

Developing and growing the business is always at the forefront of our vision.


So if you are looking for a great venue, delicious  food, excellent service and great value for money,  then we would love to talk to you.

Our Staff

Its the Thistle Catering Team who make us who we are and where we have got to today!  We have a hardworking team who are passionate and care deeply about our food and service delivery.

Deliver wonderful food experiences and events, whilst embracing new and innovative food and service ideas. We personally care about providing genuine satisfaction to all of our clients whilst ensuring that their event is an overwhelming success from start to finish.

Waiting Staff

Waiting Staff

We have a fantastic team of waiting staff, enthusiastic, trained, helpful and experienced.

Our staff are uniformed, wear name badges and will ensure that your guests are attended to throughout your event

Industry Awards

Recognition By Industry Leaders, Voted By Our Customers

The Scottish Wedding Awards

The Scottish Wedding Awards aim to recognise and reward those within the wedding industry that work towards making your day perfect.

Voting by the Scottish public, the Wedding Awards recognise catering companies that provide excellent wedding coordination and delicious food for your wedding day. The Official Scottish Wedding Awards allows suppliers in the Wedding Industry to  be recognised for all their hard work and collaboration with bridal parties.

Our team at Thistle Catering Services were delighted to be awarded Regional Wedding Caterer of Highly Commended Wedding Caterer of the Year 2019

The Scottish Food Awards

The Food Awards Scotland recognises the success of local catering professionals who consistently deliver delicious food experiences to their customers. The winners are a true reflection of high standards of food and customer service voted for by members of the general public.

These awards aimed to thank those that work hard in the Scottish food industry and contribute to making Scotland a great place to visit.

Thistle Catering Services are very proud to have been awarded Cater of the Year 2018

Food Awards Scotland.On Monday 21st August 2018, Thistle Catering were awarded the Caterer of the Year, 2018, at The

Food Awards Scotland – Caterer of the Year – Winner 2016

Thistle Catering Services are delighted to have been voted Caterer of the Year 2016, voted by our customers we are delighted that our customers enjoy our food as much as we enjoy producing it!….. Using the finest local produce you can be assured of great tasting food.

The Scottish Wedding Awards

The Scottish Wedding Awards aim to recognise and reward those within the wedding industry that work towards making your day perfect.

Voting by the Scottish public, the Wedding Awards recognise  catering companies that provide excellent wedding coordination and delicious food for your wedding day. The Official Scottish Wedding Awards allows suppliers in the Wedding Industry to  be recognised for all their hard work and collaboration with bridal parties.

Our team at Thistle Catering Services were delighted to be awarded Regional Wedding Caterer of the Year 2015, 2017, and Highly Commended Wedding Caterer of the Year 2019

Scottish Wedding Awards, Wedding Caterer of the Year 2017

Top Tier Awards Grampian

Recognising the work of the Wedding Suppliers in Grampian. Local brides and grooms vote for their best suppliers.  We have been fortunate to be a Finalist in 2017,2018,and 2019. 2022.

Finalist for Grampian Wedding Caterer of the Year

Awarded the Top Tier Wedding Award, Caterer of the Year 2023.

The Scottish Confetti Awards

The Scottish Confetti Awards is a free to enter, public voted, an  independently judged award scheme, celebrating the best of the Scottish wedding industry. In their own words:

“We search nationwide for the best companies as voted for by their customers. The shortlisted businesses from each category will be researched and reviewed by our panel of industry specialists. Our independent judges and mystery shoppers will be touring the country visiting the best of Scotland’s wedding businesses; cakes will be sampled, catering taste-tested, venues inspected, and customer service scrutinised in the search to find the best of the best.”

2016, 2018 and 2019  Finalists in the Scottish Confetti Awards, Wedding Caterer of the Year

Highly Commended 2022 & 2023

Scottish Weddings Award – Independent Caterer North East Scotland

Thistle Catering were voted the best North East Wedding Caterers 2015, With a public voting system the Scottish Wedding Awards is very much a celebration of local talent. Winning the award is a true reflection of quality and customer service, chosen by members of the public for excellence in all aspects of business practice in the wedding industry. We are so excited to have won the 2015 awards.

In 2016, Thistle Catering were voted Finalist in the Scottish Independent Catering of the Year, and were also voted Finalist in the Scottish Confetti Awards, Caterer of the Year, one of only five companies in Scotland.

Healthy Living Award – 2010

Over the years Thistle Catering has built a considerable reputation as one of the Scotland’s leading event caterers and outside catering companies.

As recognition of this we have received industry awards from our clients and peers in the events industry for our food and menus.

Thistle were awarded the Healthy Living Award in 2010 for dishing up healthy food in line with Scottish Governments Initiatives.

The healthyliving award is a national award for the foodservice sector in Scotland. It has long been recognised that caterers can play an important role in influencing what their customers eat, and it is important to recognise and reward those who are making it easier for their customers to eat more healthily.  We were delighted to be recognised. playing an important role in providing healthy nutritional food in our restaurant.

Press & Media

Sit back, relax, and grab a cup of coffee (or your favourite beer) and read about what’s happening in the world of event catering and wedding catering.

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What our Friends Say About us......

Corporate Fundraising Party

We used Thistle Catering  for a fundraiser event at the Ritchie hall Strichen.
The service was professional and high standard, the food was amazing and all the staff were friendly!

Would highly recommend if your looking for high standards!


We used Lorraine and her team on the 20th of July for our wedding at the Barn at Barra Castle and they were absolutely brilliant from start to finish!! Lorraine is a genuinely nice person and will do anything she can to help, nothing is too much hassle. We were actually let down by another catering company and were very wary but Lorraine was so kind and understanding she filled us with confidence straight away. We were provided with a full tasting of our menu selections before even deciding to go with them and the chef went out of his way to cook up some extra chicken nuggets for our daughter (which she loved). Lorraine was always responsive to emails and met with us at our venue the week before the wedding to go through things. On the day the extra little things that they helped with like setting up favours , moving furniture and keeping the place tidy was superb. Extremely professional at all times and the staff were so nice ! Everyone LOVED the food, it was so tasty and well presented. Cannot thank you (Lorraine) and the team enough for helping to make our day extra special. I would recommend you a million times over !

Delicious food • Professional staff • Great value • Personalised menus

Wedding brunch

Thanks very much to Lorraine and the team who provided the excellent barbecue for my daughters after wedding brunch. The team arrived with no fuss set up and provided an excellent selection of food. Everyone in the team was so friendly and helpful. All the guests commented on the excellent selection of food, Lorraine even passed on recipe tips to the guests ? Lynn and myself will have absolutely no hesitation in using them again or recommending them to anyone who is looking for quality food served by a superb friendly company. 10 out of 10 from Team Harkin.

Wedding in Kinkell Byre, St Andrews

Amazing food, great service!

Recently got married in St Andrews. Absolutely would recommend Thistle Catering to anyone planning an event. Lorraine was brilliant and executed exactly what we wanted. We had food stalls which the food was amazing. Even our guests till now are still raving about the food. Thanks Lorraine and your team!

Wedding in Chamber East, Panmure Street, Dundee

Would definitely recommend.

Everything from the communication through e-mail to communication on the night, from the ease of payment and value for money to the outstanding service and delicious food...nothing could be faulted about Thistle Catering’s service. Most guests commented specifically on how amazing the food was so it helped make the whole night special. Really impressed.


Corporate Catering

Private Letter from HRH Princess Anne Office to Governor Peterhead Prison

On behalf of HRH Princess Anne, thank you very much for the private buffet you supplied during the opening of Peterhead HP Prison.  HRH Princess Anne was delighted with the food presented.  Thank you Thistle Catering from HMPrison Peterhead

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