Winter menu 2017

Our Winter menu 2017 is now online to view. This menu will be available from the beginning of December until the end of February 2018.

To view this menu please click here or view it below.

All of our menus are created using local seasonal produce. Please see our suppliers page to see the produce we are using. Steve James grows the majority of Fruit, vegetables and herbs in his own Somerset garden in Yeovil to ensure the freshest, organic produce. As well as the above menus Steve can create bespoke menu to suit your tastes. He will work with you discussing your requirements, likes and dislikes and then will create a menu suited to you. Steve James will work with you to produce a menu around your dietary requirements whether that be gluten, dairy, vegetarian, vegan, nut or any other.

Winter Menu 2017


Beef ragu arancini

Squash and ricotta tartlets

Red onion, breaded goats cheese and walnut puffs

Sticky spiced pork belly


French onion soup with Dorset blue vinny rarebits

Butternut squash ravioli with sage butter and pine nuts

Mushroom and parmesan risotto

Game Terrine Sourdough croutes, mixed leaves in balsamic and rapeseed oil and onion jam


Beer braised pig cheeks with crispy potatoes, roasted shallots and thyme carrots

Vegetable crumble with nutmeg green beans and roast potatoes

Quick cooked flank steak with parsnip puree, mushroom pie and beef gravy

Duck Rossini pan fried and roasted duck breast with pate, creamed spinach, fondant potato and a red wine sauce

Steak and ale pie with pomme Anna, carrot puree, greens and an ale sauce


Caramel panna cotta with triple chocolate brownie and sesame tuile

Brioche, white chocolate and orange bread and butter pudding with a cinnamon vanilla custard

Bitter chocolate and pistachio tart with clotted cream

blackberry and apple tarte tatin with vanilla cream

Petit Fours

Carrot and walnut cake

Orange polenta cake

Minted truffles

Spiced orange jellies

Price: Per person

3 courses £48

4 courses £54

5 courses £60

Please inform us of any dietary requirements, allergies or intolerances and we can adjust the menu to suit your needs

Beef ragu arancini Winter menu 2017


Winner Luxury Travel Guide 2018 award winning chef

We are a caterer and Personal chef service that covers Somerset and Dorset including Weymouth, Sherborne, Bruton, Bridport, Dorchester, Lyme Regis Weston Yeovil and Exeter. If you would like to know if we cover your area please get in touch and we would be happy to discuss this with you.

First Pop Up Restaurant

We thoroughly enjoyed our first pop up restaurant on the 1st September with Lesley Waters at Melbury Vale Vineyard in Shaftesbury.

We had a great evening cooking for our guests and enjoying the beautiful wines from Melbury Vale Winery and pairing them with the food we were serving

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tercress, cucumber and spring onion


First pop up restaurant sweet potato banh mi personal chef caterer Dorset Shaftesbury Private chef Sweet potato steak banh mi with pickled slaw and coriander aioli First pop up restaurant Thai fish broth with stick rice and thai dukkah personal chef caterer Dorset Shaftesbury Private chefThai fish broth with Vietnamese bass and sticky rice with basil salad and Thai dukkah

Keep an eye out for more upcoming dates and the release of our product range!

To book an evening with us please contact us 

Personal chef at Three little pigs cottage Milton Abbas, Dorset

We were pleased to be a personal chef at Three little pigs cottage in Milton Abbas, Dorset with Howard, Stephanie and family. Howard and Stephanie own the Three little pigs cottage and brought their family together to trial Steve James. They enjoyed the evening so much we are now recommended by them for booking at the Three little pigs cottage.

Whilst we were there we produced dishes from our Summer menu  which is due to finish at the end of August when our new Autumn menu will become available. We can also produce bespoke menus to suit your tastes! To book your own stay at Three little pigs please follow the link

The dishes that were chosen and pictures are below


Personal chef at Three little pigs cottage


Spicy gazpacho

Watermelon with crab mayonnaise and basil

Duck, beetroot, grapefruit, parsley


Salmon and cheddar tart with a rocket and coriander salad

Mozzarella, pea, basil, lemon and olive oil


Mackerel with beetroot, horseradish, watercress and apple

Lemon garlic and parsley spatchcock chicken with a pancetta, summer vegetable and new potato salad


Rum and vanilla caramelised pineapple with a bee pollen, basil, coriander, mint and pistachio pesto and mascarpone cream

Vanilla panna cotta with summer berries

To book your own evening please contact us  ! You can either choose from our seasonal menus  or we can create a bespoke menu to suit your own and your guests tastes.

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Dorset food and arts festival 2017

fantastic day at Dorset food and arts festival 2017 last weekend viewing a great demonstration from the wonderful Lesley Waters from Lesley Waters Cookery School! Lesley and myself have recently set up a pop up restaurant serving street food, demonstrations of cooking and sampling wine so be sure to book your ticket, click here for more information and to book! Even though there were sudden downpours we had a great day wandering round viewing the fantastic stalls. To mention just a few
Fussels Fine Foods
Hari Hari
Langham Wine Estate
Liberty Fields Dorset
Brace of Butchers
West Country Water Buffalo
And many many more!


To book an evening with Steve James and see him use great local produce from such supplier then please contact us 

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Dinnington personal chef caterer

Steve James is a Dinnington personal chef, private chef, caterer, He covers Dinnington in Somerset.

Dinnington Personal chef Please click Here to visit our home page

Dinnington Personal chef can cook a variety of different meals to suit your tastes, please visit our Menus to view our current seasonal menu using fresh local produce.

We have a gallery of our work and you can also see our reviews here

To book your own event please contact us

Dinnington Personal chef

Abbas Combe Personal chef

Ox cheek with celeriac, crispy shallot, confit shallot petals, thyme roasted baby carrots, watercress, oyster mushrooms and red wine sauce

We are a caterer and Personal chef service that covers Somerset and Dorset including Abbas Combe. Weymouth, Sherborne, Bruton, Bridport, Dorchester,  Lyme Regis, Weston and Yeovil. If you would like to know if we cover your area please get in touch and we would be happy to discuss this with you.

Caterer and Personal chef service that covers Somerset and Dorset. This includes  Bridgewater, cheddar, Yeovilton crewkerne, Templecombe, Taunton. Wellington, Wincanton, Abbotsbury, Cerne Abbas, Portland, Shaftesbury. Sherborne, Sturminster Newton, Swanage, Wareham.

Wine tasting with tasting menu

Chicken liver parfait wine tasting with tasting menu

We are still doing our wine tasting with tasting menu food pairing at the Melbury vale winery in Shaftesbury. There is still some spaces available before Christmas.  So book now to avoid disappointment!

The Dorset Fine Dining & MV Wine Tasting with tasting menu Evening – Call Melbury Vale Winery now to book!
Phone: 01747 854206
Joseph 07752 865232
Clare 07730 955593

Please advise of any special dietary requirements in advance.


Melbury Vale Elegance ~ Clean and light, dry white wine , an elderflower nose with pear and honey on the palate, paired with

Whipped goats cheese sandwiched between crisp dill biscuits & blini crowned with citrus cured Salmon and crème fraiche


Veritas , Tangley ~ Dry, fresh white wine with crisp citrus aromas and flavours, paired with

Minted pea tartlet, lemon dressed rocket salad dotted with torn mozzarella


Melbury Vale Virtue ~ Dry, fruity pale rosé wine, a strawberry nose, fresh mouth-watering fruit and mineral flavours on the palate, paired with

Chicken liver parfait with crispy bacon, thyme crackers, shallot tarte tatin with watercress dressed in rapeseed oil


Melbury Vale Exuberance ~ a naturally fermented, light red wine with berry fruits on the nose, juicy blackcurrant on the palate, paired with

Spiced pulled beef brisket with crème fraiche in chicory cups & Parmesan scones with herbed cream cheese and parma ham


Melbury Vale Fusions Dawn, Dusk & Midnight ~ a trio of fortified fruity wines paired with a trio of deserts created to enhance the flavours of all

Mini apple lollipop in a caramel sauce paired with lemony Dawn

Blackberry marshmallow, blackberry coulis with luscious cherry, fig and almond Dusk

Lemon cream and raspberry pie with rich red wine, sweet berry fruits and dark chocolate on the finish Midnight

All at just £25 per person!

There are limited spaces available so please book early to secure your place.

If you would like your own evening catered for the please call Steve on 07909651557 or visit our contact page for further details.