This might sound like a strange thing to say at the beginning of an article, but Petal & Feast aren’t for everyone. If you’re looking for formal, they probably won’t be your bag. They don’t do black uniforms or tiny, fancy canapes with caviar and micro-herbs. Instead they wear comfortable, floral tea dresses and their sumptuous food has a rustic, alfresco vibe. As well as catering they also offer flowers and they run their own venue; The Secret Barn.
Above photo by Joanna Brown
The food is hearty, generous and wholesome and is served in a relaxed rustic, vintage-y style. Antipasti sharing platters boast artisan breads and award winning Sussex Cheeses. Superior spit roasts or garlic & rosemary infused lamb are served with big bowls of fresh salad . Hot pies and posh mash are perfect for cosy autumnal weddings and their cream tea’s are served on pretty vintage china… Oh and they have an ice cream trike!
Flowers from Petal and Feast go from DIY buckets through to giant flower hoops and bouquets. Hannah likes to use wild-looking, seasonal flowers, think Paperwhite Narcissus, and Hellebores in the spring, and bigger, brighter flowers in the summer; Delphiniums, scented garden Roses, twisting Clematis and wafting buckets of Cosmos. Autumn strikes a deeper note and brings more earthy tones with Sunflowers and Dahlias in almost every colour.
Nestled down a quiet country lane in deepest darkest West Sussex , behind the out buildings, tractors and cows, sits The Secret Barn; a place where weddings are made rather than churned out on a conveyor belt of nylon chair-covers and sugared almonds. Darling Buds of May style wedding blessings can be held in the orchard, surrounded by trees in various states of appleyness. Plentiful canapes can be tucked into on the lawn, wedding feasts can be hoovered up in the barn, beams can be festooned with fairy lights, floorboards can be danced on, marshmallows can be toasted over the fire pit and seasoned campers can spend the night under canvas.
To chat through all things food, flowers or venue, give Hannah a shout!