You Will Always Find By Request In The Best Kitchens At A Party

You Will ALWAYS Find By Request In The Best Kitchens At A Party!!

Regardless whether it is a private party or for business. Regardless if it is a penthouse in Manchester City Centre, a board room in Trafford Park or a terraced house in Stockport. By Request cater for all occasions and all to the highest standard, using local ingredients and using chefs to create bespoke dishes, fresh everyday.



Choose By Request if you enjoy being a valued customer, if you want hand made food, created by chefs in a kitchen rather than machines in a factory. Choose By Request if you want to be treated like an individual no matter how large your function rather than just a number. Choose By Request if you want a company who has experience and can offer free guidance and advice to ensure your function is a success. Choose By Request if you like great tasting food, well presented by professional staff and a price which is affordable.

Our services are extensive, offering quality and imagination. All our efforts are directed towards you the customer to provide you with the product and service you want, rather than a company providing what they would like to sell you. We would also describe our services as “value for money”, we are not the cheapest we know but in 28 years NOBODY has ever said they thought they didn’t get their “monies worth”!

We have many testimonials in the form of letters, emails, texts and on-line references that we can show you.

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Reference From Wedding In Woodford, Cheshire

A Recent Email Reference Sent to Us Following A Wedding In Woodford Cheshire, Summer 2016

Hi Carl, 

First of all, Claire and I wanted to say a huge thanks to you and all your staff for your hard work at our wedding in Woodford.   We’ve had so many comments on how amazing the food was and we were so pleased with how it all turned out. 

When you get chance, it would be great if you could send over the final invoice as we are trying to box everything off. 

Thanks again and if you would like us to put anything on your website as a testimonial we would be more than happy to. 

Chris & Claire 


The Village Hall, Woodford near Wilmslow

Just waiting for Claire and Chris to return from the church to begin their Wedding In Woodford – Cheshire. Let the wedding breakfast begin!

Possible Useful Links


Woodford Village Hall Website


Their Menu Consisted Of; 

Starters: Sharing Platter to include;
Chilli hummus
Pesto hummus
Baba gannoush
Sun dried tomatoes
Baby tomatoes
Parma ham (potentially served separate plate)
BBQ Main Course
Lamb cutlets
Cumberland sausage
Gourmet burger
Piri Piri chicken
Steak with a peppercorn sauce
Pasta salad (with a few more bits (!) in)
Mixed leaves
Med roast veg
Corn on the cob
Apple Waldorf salad
Garlic bread and French bread
Baby new potatoes with chives and dressing
Caribbean coleslaw
New York cheesecake
Eton mess
Chocolate fudge cake
Lemon drizzle cake
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Recommendation For Birthday Catering In Cheadle Hulme

Five Star Birthday Catering Recommendation

We were delighted to be notified by Google that a recent customer had posted a lovely review of our services, it can be found by searching for By Request catering, Cheadle. For those who don’t have the inclination it has been cut and pasted below.

Five star recommendation

Awarded 5 Stars On Our Google Profile

“Carl and his team have just performed wonders for us at my birthday party. We had about 60 guests out in the garden and Carl prepared and served a hot buffet with 5 different meals. Nothing was ever too much trouble. He was calm and professional and exceeded on every promise he made about how well things would go! Dorothy and Ann came to serve drinks and the food and to generally look after our guests. They were wonderful !!
Every single person said how brilliant the food was and we had a queue for over half an hour of people going back for more. I told Carl his ears must have been burning.
Carl re assured us that no one would go short and how right he was.
The whole experience was first class from start to finish. 5 stars is not enough-ten out of ten -20 out of 20 etc etc

I would be delighted to talk to anyone who had the slightest reservations but you won’t need to ask me-just ask Carl ,
A fantastic service from a fantastic team.
MANY thanks from everyone who had such a great time!!”

Thank you and Happy Birthday Jonathon!!

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Customer Testimonial

A Customer Testimonial From A Recent Stockport Masonic Guildhall Dinner


Hi Carl

Sorry I haven’t been in contact since the 7th of April as I went away on holiday for a week on the Friday.
Again I would like to thank you for the meal you served on Thursday it was served extremely well, hot, speedily and tasted very good. Congratulations on putting up with the Provincial Director of Ceremonies who likes everything done his way and when he wants it.
I look forward to discussing the meal for our October meeting.
Thanks Again
Masonic Dinners In Stockport Manchester

Old Fashioned Surroundings In an Old building with a great facade, but great homemade food served within. A Testimonial For All Our Efforts

Their Menu Was;

Cream Of Stilton Soup With A Dash Of Port & A Swirl Of Cream (V)

Salmon and Broccoli Bake

Served With A Selection Of Seasonal Market Vegetables & A Potato Dish

Cream Filled Profiteroles Topped With Warm Chocolate & Coffee Sauce

Tea or Coffee

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Cold Feet Is Coming Back!!!


Spoiler Alert, The 90s northern classic is coming back!!!


Any body over the age of 40 will be chuffed to hear they are bringing back “Cold Feet!”,  The Mancunian version of Friends…..but better!!

Cold feet is back after it first started 30 years ago!!

Our favourite 6 Mancunian friends are coming back to our screens – soon!!

Platters of tasty nibbles

By Request tasty nibbles for the cast of the new series of Cold Feet

Delicate fingers of assorted quiche, Thai green chicken breast rip raps, chicken and asparagus mousse, lamb fillet and cranberry en croute, baby veggie spring rolls, smoked salmon and asparagus pin-wheels, Moroccan koftas, mini mushroom vol au vents.

Keep you eyes peeled for By Request canapes

Canapés recently provided to the makers of the new series of Cold Feet. Britain’s friends are reunited once more for the eagerly awaited new series of this hugely popular show, which follows the trials and tribulations of six very different characters as they stumble through the minefields of marriage, sex, friendship and parenthood, with both hilarious and poignant results.

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Barbecues In Winter In Sunny Manchester

Barbecues In Winter In Sunny Manchester

Not something you think that would be popular, a barbecue in the North West of England between October and April! But we do approximately a quarter of all our barbecues in the winter (cold, wet, dark) months.

BBQs in Bolton

Bolton, by a reservoir in November In slightly less than balmy.


People ask “what happens if it rains?”. To which we reply “we bring a gazebo” this covers the bbq, chef and the food tables, we can bring more to cover the guests. This as is all equipment is included in the price. (No sneaky hidden costs).

In the example above, at Go Ape at Rivington near Bolton they were organised enough to have a permanent shelter erected, some times we work under awnings, car ports, cycle shelters, or even in garages!

If you want a barbecue, whatever the time of year, where the location and whatever the weather we at By Request can provide you with a barbecue. Call 0161 428 0833 for more information.


barbecue catering in winter across greater Manchester and Cheshire

Just as we got set up for lunch for a small team building day the snow began. But delicious hot, freshly cooked local fayre was waiting for our guests.


The Vancouver Menu

Sirloin Steaks Marinated in Guinness

Cantonese Peppered Pork Loin

French Trimmed Lamb Cutlets in Red Wine

Local Cumberland Sausage

Satay and Cajun Chicken Skewers

Bombay Rice Salad

Apple Waldorf Salad

Three Bean Salad

Mediterranean Roast Vegetables

Summer Dressed Leaves

Baby Corn on the Cobs

Garlic Bread And Buttered French Bread

Jacket Potatoes With Butter and Cheese

Exotic Fresh Fruit Salad Laced With Cointreau

Deep Chocolate Fudge Cake

Home-made Red Cherry Cheesecake

Condiments and Dressings

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Company Catering In Cheadle at Christmas

Company Catering In Cheadle At Christmas

Christmas comes but once a year, BUT it does seem to last longer and longer every year. 2015 was no exception. Our first Christmas enquiry was Jan 2015 for 11 months later!!

Yes its a canteen but not how you would imagine

You already may have great facilities so get a great company to put on a great party. Call By Request – for all your catering needs.

Company catering is something we have done from day one in 1988, and something we are still committed too 27 years later. Christmas is no different. Most companies require less catering coming up to Christmas as they organise less visitors or arrange less meetings as key members of staff take time off before year end or to Christmas shop. But catering for the company employees or staff is still popular, this year company catering was VERY popular.

We get to cater for all different sized companies across Stockport, Manchester, Cheshire and beyond but this year we had many local functions in places such as Cheadle, Bramhall, Wilmslow, Handforth, Poynton, Macclesfield and so on. As well as different sized companies there is a huge diversity in the type of company, the location, the menu they choose, the amount they want to spend, the number of staff and the facilities available.This year we didn’t have to balance ovens on photocopiers or franking machines but on all the functions we took all the equipment they needed to produce the menu they choose and all the equipment was included in the price.


Corporate catering at Christmas in Cheadle Stockport

You don’t have to indulge in mass migration to over priced restaurants where you are just one of many. You can be catered on your own premisses with a bespoke menu for a lot less than you would imagine.



A Simple Christmas Lunch Menu

Choice of starter, main and sweet (pick one of each before the event)

Fanned Melon With Summer Fruit Compote

Homemade Minestrone

With Bread Rolls and Butter

Roast Cheshire Turkey Breast

Stuffing, Sausage And Roast Gravy

Roast Beef With Yorkshire Pudding

Roast Leg of Pork With Bramley Sauce

Fresh Vegetables

Roast Potatoes and Buttery Mash

Christmas Pudding With Brandy Sauce


Sherry Trifle

Mince Pies

Tea or Coffee

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Army Catering – Not What You Would Expect

Army Catering At A Manchester Barracks


gourmet party catering Manchester

A banquet for an army unit based in Manchester for a leaving party

Party catering Manchester

Let the party begin

Before the 3rd Medical Corps flew out for 6 months service in Afghanistan, they wanted to have an officer’s function with a touch of class…. nice menu, nice wine, fantastic surroundings – the only issue for the poor caterers was the kitchen being 118m away and up 3 flights of stairs. The style of service may date back to before the Raj, but it was nice to see people wanting things to be done properly. If the British Army can function in the circumstances they find themselves in, it would have been churlish to complain about 118m and 3 flights of stairs. Whatever happens the other side of the world, a good time was had by all!

Black Pudding Baked In Cider With Seared Scallops Upon a Warm Salad And Dresses With A Tart Bramley Sauce

Pink Champagne Sorbet

Sliced Fillet Of Beef Topped With A Herb Crust. Accompanied By A Whole Grain Mustard & Red Wine Sauce

All The Above Are Served With A Selection Of Seasonal Market Vegetables & Daupinoise Potatoes

Creamy Raspberry Brulees

Connoisseur’s Cheese Board, Featuring A Selection Of Fine Hand Made Cheeses From Around The World.

Freshly Ground Coffee, Cream & Hand Made Bitter Chocolate Mints Or Tea


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Nursery Testimonial…..Makes The Hard Work Worth It!


Stockport Nursery Testimonial 


We recently started to provide hot meals for a local school. The headteacher emailed us to give us some feedback and was happy to provide a nursery testimonial .”Hi Carl, Everyone loved the dinner today.  Lots of parents coming in to pick children up have commented too on how lovely they are.  They can choose to pay to stay for a little longer so I think seeing the food is tempting quite a few.  They ate everything really well today.  It was all gorgeous.  One of the staff said it was as lovely as a home-made dinner.  We perhaps didn’t need quite as much veg. They loved the meat, coleslaw and yoghurt too. Thanks”


Nursery Reccomendation

By Request Catering Were Recently Asked To Caterer For A Local Nursery. We Were Lucky Enough To Receive A Glowing Testimonial



As far as the nursery school meals are concerned we stick to the strict guidelines laid down by the government but try to make them attractive and varied. All food uses fresh local ingredients, all prepared in a kitchen by chefs rather than mass produced in a factory by machines.

Week 1


Oven baked burger in a soft roll with baked beans

Veggie burger

Mini yoghurt pots



Ham and pasta bake

Mushroom pasta bake

Mixed green salad

Fresh fruit platter



Fish fingers

Egg salad

Tomato wedges & peas

Mini yoghurt pots


Chicken curry and rice

Veggie curry

Fresh fruit platter


Fish pie

Veggie bake

Mixed veg

Mini yoghurt pots

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By Request, Catering For The BBC Drama “From Darkness”

From Darkness Starring Ann Marie Duff,
Featuring By Request Canapés

Not for the first time By Request have been asked to help on a location shoot for the BBC.

When you get a phone call from a lady purporting to be a BBC member of staff who is looking for upmarket canapés to appear in a wedding scene in a series which is currently being filmed. They are needed for early the next morning, in a strange location the other side of Manchester, along with any suitable props that they could borrow! Sounded a bit like a “You’ve Been Framed” wind up. Even stranger when one of the main locations for the drama was Hollings Faculty where Carl (our catering manager) did his degree. All was to feature in a gruesome crime drama called “From Darkness”.

Sooooooo early the next morning the kitchen produces a veritable feast

Raw Fish Sushi

Baby New Potatoes Topped With Sour Cream & Salmon Keta, Avocado & Bacon

Blue Cheese, Pine Nut And Basil Barquettes

Thai Crab Salad In Endive Leaves

Vietnamese Pork Balls With Chilli Dipping Sauce

Indonesian Beef Satay On Sticks

Gazpacho In Shot Glasses

Goats Cheese Salad On Spoons

By Request caterers were asked again by the BBC to help with food to feature in one of their dramas, By Request have also helped on location many times over the last 27 years

A four part hard hitting drama, shot in Manchester and featuring canapés produced in Cheadle Stockport.

Apart from the marvellous canapés that feature during a wedding scene the 4 part series the story is set in Manchester in the present day with flashbacks to the 1970s, with other locations such as a remote Scottish Island. The camera work is stylish and the story is fast paced – reminded me a bit of Cracker which was also shot in Manchester. A good watch and a recommendation.

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