About Purple Plum

We are a Norwich-based catering company specialising in locally sourced and produced food. We provide catering for weddings, corporate events, light lunches, private dining at home or at a venue, parties and canapés with a huge selection of gluten free, wheat free and dairy free alternatives to suit every taste. We are equally happy to prepare food at your premises, or off-site for later delivery.

We also offer a food consultation service to help you book, cater for and run your event – whatever the size or duration.

Purple Plum are a highly-skilled team led by Purple Plum’s founder Julia Martin. Our core team members are detailed in our “Meet the Team” section on this page. We combine many years of experience and skills from all fields of the industry. We have no standard size of event or theme and we have managed and planned events ranging from 10 to 300+ in England and abroad.

We have catered for weddings in museums, barns and private homes around the country. We work with our clients to tailor-make their own perfect menu using only the finest ingredients.

We are proud to be preferred supplier to Holkam Hall, North Norfolk and The Royal Sandringham Flower Show – one of the most recognised clients in the Norfolk catering world.

In addition to our existing Norfolk catering client base we are continually expanding our coverage to meet the demand for our services and have recently taken onboard a number of Suffolk and Cambridge catering clients.

Wedding Catering

Let us provide you with catering worthy of your wedding day. Our consultation, food and wine tastings and a constant line of contact will allow you to feel at ease with the planning of your reception, and allow you to concentrate on the finer points.

In addition to delivering an exquisite menu for you we can also provide marquee hire, venue booking, entertainment, equipment hire and much more to ensure this special day is just as you want it to be, supporting you from start to finish!

If you are looking to plan your wedding or civil partnership reception, contact Julia direct for a personal consultation.

Whatever the event, we pride ourselves on providing a memorable culinary experience for all involved. Some of our most popular menu options are available online, however for more information, or a free consultation concerning any event, do not hesitate to get in touch.

Purple Plum Catering will be there to advise and help you with all aspects of your day, big and small, including venue management, marquee detail, lighting, sound, music, flowers and decoration.

Corporate Event Catering

Purple Plum has vast experience providing event catering to the private and public sectors.  We understand the requirements of our clients to deliver high quality food and outsanding service whilst managing to their budgets. We enjoy working closely with our clients to develop catering options that are appropriate for client and the event.

Windsor Bishop, Volvo, MOD, Birketts, Wensum Pools, Lafarge, BMW, NW Brown, Adenbrokes, Monica Vinander, Barclays, Mercedes, Acteon, Naked Wines, Cherry London, Skanska, Norfolk Network, Mother Creative Agency (London) and the Forum are just some of the corporate clients we have recently worked with. We also have a strong presence with on set catering for TV and film production companies including Burning Bright Productions and October Films.

Personal Event Catering

We have successfully delivered many events over the last few years. Catering for engagement parties in gardens and stately homes to birthday parties in private houses and a couple on ocean going boats! Anything is possible with any age, size of party and location taken care of.

About Julia

Julia has over 25 years experience in the catering business and has run restaurants running front of house to managing events and cooking for weddings, dinner parties or small private functions. Food is something that I love and to be able to share that with people is fantastic.

Meet the Team

Angela Nanka-Bruce – Head of Operations

Kelly Moore- Event Manager, HR, social media, PR.
Tracey Cole – Front of House Manager
Emily Paxton – Event Leader

Lorna Davies – Head Chef
Trisha Leech – Private Dining Chef
Lucy Watson – Allergy Consultant
Stephen Cole – Bar Manager


Funeral 2018

Julia was very responsive and helpful when planning catering for a funeral.  Everyone really enjoyed the food provided by Purple Plum, they adapted their proposed menu to meet our special requests and they catered well for dietary requirements, including vegetarian, coeliac (gluten free), nut free and dairy free.

Holkham Hall Wedding Sept 2017

“Hey guys

We just wanted to email you both to say a massive thank you for the amazing food over the weekend – everyone said they really enjoyed it! Thank you also for all of your help and advice – we definitely appreciated it and couldn’t have done it without you. Everything seemed to go really well and we had a fabulous day and evening at Holkham.

Thank you again – we had such an amazing day!”

Hattie & Justin


Wedding Sept 30 2017

“Dear Julia,

Just  a quick email while the young couple are on honeymoon to say a big thank you to the whole team at Purple Plum for the  catering at  Richard and Rebecca’s wedding on Saturday. You were all so organised and discreet that I didn’t even see you leave!
The  food was quite delicious and served  quickly and efficiently with no fuss . You really made a fairly simple wedding something quite special and  we had lots of compliments about it all. My husband says one of his favourite memories was arriving back from the church to  see all the guests milling about happily chatting on the lawn in the sunshine and to be met with a smiling, cheerful waiter handing out the drinks ,closely followed by some excellent canapes. From our very first meeting I remember you emphasising that there would be plenty of food for everyone and lots of jus/gravy. You were certainly not kidding and that is certainly worth repeating  to all your customers. I especially liked the little saucers of mint  and apple sauce and oil for dipping the bread- little things  that make a big impression. 
We were delighted with your friendly service and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone else”



Purple Plum headed up by Julia Martin catered for our ruby wedding anniversary From the moment they arrived calm and professional the party started. The quality of the food was outstanding from bilinis, crab cakes Irish Stew curry and much more.
What made it extra special were the staff who stayed far longer than expected leaving a spotless kitchen and still smiling. Thank you all very much.”
 – Dave & Loyola Weeks, Private Party, 30th May 2017

I just wanted to thank you and your staff for doing such a wonderful job for Mr and Mrs Thorneycroft. They were extremely happy and will definitely use your company again.” – Sarah-Jane, New Years Eve Party, 3rd January 2017

Julia and her team did an amazing job catering for our wedding at Kimberley Hall on September 17, 2016. The correspondence and collaboration on the menu was fantastic leading up to the event (I am U.S. based and was able to go back and forth with Julia over email and even skype a few times!) and our food on the day was absolutely delicious, as well as expertly delivered and served. Food was one of the most important elements of our day, and we consider hiring Purple Plum one of the best decisions we made in planning our wedding and highly recommend them to anybody looking for high quality food and great service.” – Wedding, 17th September 2016

With much embarrassment, we are only just getting our act together since the wedding as far as proper thankyous and returning items goes, it’s been a mad busy few months, what with our house building works. But anyway, just wanted to say a huge thanks to you all, we had a ball and all was lovely with the food. Thanks again for helping us to have a totally enjoyable day, I enjoyed it so much more than I thought I would, had envisaged bit of a stress-fest but it wasn’t at all. With all best wishes.” – Lynne and Bruce, Wedding, 13th August 2016

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and your amazing staff. The food was outstanding & such lovely waiting staff, who helped make the whole event go so well.”  – Clare Minto, Private Dining, 6th July 2015

Hi Julia. We just wanted to say a huge thank you to you and your team for all your hard work on Saturday, the food was amazing and helped to create the special day we wanted. Thanks again”  – Jo Wells, Wedding, 6th June 2015

“We were thoroughly delighted with the service, the food, the team -everything. Tracey was an absolute star, friendly and efficient and ensured the catering went off perfectly. All my guests raved about the food, especially the pulled pork which was delicious.” – Jacquie Silvester, East Ruston, 22nd June 2015

Thank you so much for everything this weekend. Your food was delicious and you provide a great service!”  – Emma Currie, Private Dining, 25th October 2014

Thank you so much for your yummy food and your sunny dispositions yesterday. The party went really well. Thanks again.” – Angela Perry. The Garage’s 10th Birthday party Norwich 8th September 2014

“Thank you so much, the food was delicious.” – Marcus Sharp, Holt 26th July 2014

“My family and I were so impressed with the delicious meal on Saturday. Thank you so much for making our celebration of my parents’ Ruby Anniversary such a special evening. All the food was cooked to perfection, particularly the beef; so tender and flavoursome. You managed to work around all our dietary requirements with ease. We felt so lucky that you were available to do our event at such short notice; you must have been exhausted from catering for so many events in one weekend. I will be recommending Purple Plum Catering as widely as I can! Please pass on our thanks to Hannah too. P.S. thanks for feeding the children and for being so responsive to my multiple emails!” – Saskia 26th July 2014

“Dear Julia. Thanks again for your wonderful catering. Everyone commented on how great the food was.” –  Sabine, 7th July 2014

“Thank you!. Your food was wonderful and staff lovely. It was a fabulous day!” – Ann Sidebottom, Wedding at Godwick Great Barn, 15th May 2014

“Hi Julia,Thank you SO much for Saturday, we were completely blown away by the food and your staff were all so lovely too. All added to such a fantastic atmosphere, we wouldn’t have changed a thing!” – Anne and Sam 30th May 2014

“Purple Plum Catering served up a fabulously fresh, tasty and varied menu to our 8- highly impressed guests. Everything was planned to the last detail which meant I could relax and enjoy myself. ” – Karen Matthews

Julia offers a thoroughly professional service that both delivers and delights. I have no hesitation in recommending Purple Plum to anyone who is lucky enough to hire them!” – Paul & Annette Stephens

You can’t put a price on peace of mind and someone who truly cares is hard to find. Thank you again Julia.” – Constance George, Kingswood Camp

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