From the French word meaning ‘sideboard’, buffets have been around longer than one thinks. It has been said that the buffet was born in the Seventeenth Century France, when gentlemen callers, wooing their ladies, would arrive unexpectedly, catching the kitchen by surprise.
These informal luncheons became popular and later households would lay the buffet on their finest table-wear, giving the host and hostess the opportunity to impress their guests. Buffet rules were simple; the knife was tabooed and the beverages were either a light punch, coffee or chocolate. Strictly speaking there were two types, a standing buffet and a sitting buffet, where guests were situated around small tables dotted throughout the house, notably the sitting room, drawing room and library.
Noble House buffets continue this tradition by creating truly delicious centre-pieces, allowing guests to view the food before making their choices and for this reason we strive to create a beautiful arrangement of flavours, perfectly presented.
A buffet is also a fantastic and often cost effective way of serving a meal with an exciting variety of choice to your guests, whether for small or large numbers. We have designed a delicious international buffet menu, giving a wonderful array of options for your perfect buffet. With a buffet, you can have all your favourite foods at once!
Finger buffets are an excellent choice for a slightly less formal event, with the menu designed to be eaten without cutlery, while standing if desired.