Find the perfect venue

Beales Gourmet is rapidly building its reputation as the top event caterers in Dorset. The experienced caterers are resident at The Italian Villa, Compton Acres as well as many other prestigious venues across Dorset which can be seen below, services are adaptable to private venues & marquees. From their production kitchen at the Villa, Beales Gourmet are able to cater all over the South Coast of England.


The Italian Villa

Nestled between Poole and Bournemouth near the exclusive area of Sandbanks, the Beales Gourmet flag ship ‘The Italian Villa’ is set within the beautiful grade II listed gardens and grounds of Compton Acres. This prestigious venue features three floors of elegant suites, meticulously designed to give your special occasion the most stunning setting. The Italian Villa is managed and run exclusively by luxury Dorset caterers Beales Gourmet, who can cater to your every need – from intimate parties to the most elaborate of weddings, Beales Gourmet can design a dazzling menu to wow every guest and suit any requirements. Let the Villa’s professional, friendly team of experienced staff attend to and advise you on your personal requirements to ensure that your day is everything you dream it to be. Please contact the office 01202 816074 or visit the website for further details about the Italian Villa

Lulworth Castle

Set in 12,000 acres of spectacular parkland, these two elegant and unusual venues are among the top places in Dorset for your wedding reception, corporate event or special celebration. With breath taking views across the Purbeck countryside towards the Jurassic Coast both venues are available for your exclusive use, and with such a beautiful, unique venue, our luxurious gourmet catering service in Dorset goes hand in hand. As the most popular choice of caterer for the Castle and Courtyard we pride ourselves in dishing up top quality food, faultless service and customer care and aim to continually provide outstanding catering and bar services to suit any budgets and requirements.

Highcliffe Castle

Rising majestically from its cliff top location overlooking Christchurch Bay and The Isle of Wight, Highcliffe Castle sits on a magnificent 14 acre parkland surrounded by landscaped gardens with stunning coastal views. A gentle footpath leads down to a glorious sandy beach, setting a magical backdrop to your special day. At Highcliffe Castle, quality Dorset caterers, Beales Gourmet, offer an elite and personable catering service with truly affordable luxury. Let their professional and caring sales team delight you with great customer service unlike any other. From initial enquiry right through to your event – our team are with you every step of the way. Whether you choose one of our stylish traditional three course wedding breakfasts, a lavish eight course banquet or perhaps a gourmet barbecue or hog roast for a more relaxed affair, Beales Gourmet can do it all!

Sopley Mill

Be captivated by this beautiful 18th century watermill, surrounded on both sides by the Millstream of the river Avon, designed to be a blank canvas for you to create your own perfect wedding. Set in a beautiful historic building with spectacular views, it has the privacy that is hard to find at any other local wedding venue. In the summer months guests can enjoy the stunning garden and, with its log fires and cosy atmosphere, the Sopley Mill creates winter weddings that are just as perfect. Bringing beautiful flavours from Dorset and Hampshire, Beales Gourmet has a range of sample menus to inspire you using only the best local and seasonal produce. Alternatively entrust our chefs to create truly bespoke menus to suit any palette or theme. Whether you prefer a formal three course wedding breakfast or a more relaxed Barbecue style wedding breakfast outside our highly experience and friendly team will be on hand to help plan and coordinate these key aspects of your special day.

St. Giles House

St Giles House provides an unforgettable experience for couples to marry in a truly stunning setting. The venue is licensed to hold civil ceremonies and there are plenty of romantic locations for you to choose from. Enjoy our delicious catering in the house (max 120 guests seated) or in a marquee on the grounds (no guest limit) for an unforgettable dining experience. Whether you want to retire with a Brandy, boogie in the Stone Hall under the huge disco ball or dance away under the stars on the lawn, you can enjoy the after-hours in style. Maximum 200 guests (House), No Limit (Marquee).
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Sunninghill is a Grade II Victorian Gothic House set within its own walled garden framed by mature trees and laid mainly to lawn; a perfect backdrop for your wedding photographs.

The house has great historic importance it being the family home of Alfred Pope founder of the renowned Dorchester based Eldridge Pope Brewing Dynasty. Sunninghill retains much of its grand architectural design however this is a very informal venue due to its quirky status as a wedding venue for the house and grounds are owned and home to Sunninghill Prep School. 

During the peak wedding season the school is transformed back into a grand mansion for wedding parties up to 140 guests in the main house and 200 guests when using the Hall. The Garden Room conservatory in the main house can accommodate 70 guests seated at round tables, the Hall 140 seated and there is ample space within the grounds hold your wedding breakfast outdoors.

All Sunninghill function rooms overlook the main lawn and have access to a south facing terrace, a popular choice for post ceremony drinks and canapés. 

The venue is within easy walking distance of Dorchester town centre and its public transport links and wide range of accommodation options. Guests have access to free onsite parking and cars can be left overnight at the venue.

Minterne House

A perfect setting for a perfect day – Minterne House with its timeless elegance and beauty is a magical place to hold a wedding. Regarded as one of the great Edwardian houses of England, it is very adaptable & has remained a family home, creating a welcoming atmosphere. Minterne offers a range of rooms for your Civil Marriage Ceremony including The Trafalgar Hall, (licenced for 160), with its barrel vaulted ceiling & tall mullioned windows, overlooked by a magnificent balcony; Lady Digby’s Garden Room, (licenced for 60), which faces the south front lawns is ideal for more intimate weddings; the Drawing Room with its Italian carved ceilings (licenced for 100) and the Churchill Tapestry Dining Room with the original Churchill tapestries (licenced for 100) all of which have their own unique characters.

Nestling in the breathtaking setting of the Cerne Valley, Minterne’s lakes, streams, and cascades amidst a wild woodland garden form an ideal backdrop for romantic wedding photographs. The tapestried dining room can seat up to 60 guests for your wedding reception, while the Trafalgar Hall can host parties up to 100. Receptions for large numbers can be held in a marquee with stunning views across the parkland. The rooms inside the house are classical Georgian & there are four ensuite guest rooms available, all individually decorated, to reflect their character and historical context. For booking details & brochures please contact or see website or telephone 01300 341370.

Newhouse Estate 

Approached by a lime and cherry tree lined avenue, Newhouse, a stunning Grade 1 Jacobean Manor House, is a stunningly picturesque venue for wedding ceremonies, receptions and corporate events on the edge of the famous village of Lover (near Salisbury).
Set in 1000 acres, there are so many beautiful photo opportunities around the lawns, woodland and lakes, and with ample space for marquee receptions, you really are spoilt for choice.

Marquee Receptions

Outdoor events are more popular now than ever before. Whether you are hiring a tipi, Capri or traditional marquee, Beales Gourmet can make your event come alive with spectacularly created cuisine, catering for any style, size or budget. If a traditional wedding breakfast is what you are looking for, we have some of the most delicious sample menus created by our inventive Head Chef to inspire you. Alternatively we can create an entirely bespoke menu to suit any theme or tradition. With style, class and sophistication, Beales Gourmet use contemporary, high quality cutlery, crockery and glasses to reflect the luxury gourmet food we serve. Let guests enjoy a mobile bar with fully trained staff, also available for hire from the South’s leading caterer. We can set up a fully stocked paying bar or simply serve your own drinks to your guests from our stylish and contemporary under-lit bar unit.Let one of our Event Managers arrange a complimentary site visit to discuss the layout of your marquee, the set-up of a site kitchen if required or any other aspect of your event you wish to go through.

The Orangery Suite

Oozing character and charm, The Orangery Suite is a stunning venue for intimate and personal wedding ceremonies and receptions – one of Dorset’s real hidden treasures. With exclusive use of the beautifully landscaped walled garden, The Orangery is an idyllic setting for every couple’s special day. The light and airy room can accommodate 75 people for the ceremony in beautiful surroundings and for larger groups, their stunning marquee is available for receptions on the lawn for up to 80 guests. Most importantly, you can be assured that our talented Dorset chefs from Beales Gourmet will bring you and your guest’s inspirational dishes with flair and style to match this opulent venue.

The Lighthouse

A beacon of light to the local arts scene, The Lighthouse’s reputation precedes it. No matter whether you want to host a large corporate event or conference, have an informal meeting, need somewhere to rehearse, or indeed to celebrate a wedding or put on your own performance. The Lighthouse in Poole is the perfect choice. Their wide range of engaging spaces can be hired at very competitive rates, from the impressive 1500 seat concert hall right down to the more intimate spaces. Beales Gourmet has an outstanding track record at this venue, having catered for large glamours events such as the Dorset Business Awards Gala Dinner, and we can equally cater for any event, regardless of scale. Our experienced sales team and Event Managers will guide you through the planning process and take care of your event from beginning to end, whilst our creative chefs will wet your guests’ appetites with dishes of distinction. Menus and quotations for the Lighthouse are bespoke and tailored specifically for the event so please contact the office for further details

Sopley Lakes

Set in a beautiful idyllic woodland location on the edge of The New Forest, Sopley Lake is the ideal venue for your wedding reception, special party or corporate event and is available to hire from mid April to October. They have a large, secluded area to the side of the Lake which is surrounded by trees where a tent or marquee can be placed, with stunning views of the lake. We also have to offer ample parking, toilets and fresh water. Their shepherds hut or log cabin accommodation can also be hired for your party if you wish to stay over. For further information on Sopley Lakes please contact Rachel Spackman at

Victorian Barn

Imagine yourself amidst the beautiful Dorset countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty, surrounded by rolling hills and spectacular valleys with breath-taking views. The Victorian Barn has unlimited potential for all kinds of social functions and special events – from an idyllic wedding to Medieval Banquets as well as anniversary and birthday parties. Our creative chefs at Beales Gourmet, the leading Dorset caterers, will ensure that each event’s sensational food is as unforgettable as this special venue.

Burley Park

Set in the heart of the New Forest Burley Park is the ideal venue to hold your wedding reception, celebration, special party or corporate event. Situated in the centre of the village and over looking Burley Manor, the rolling hills, woodland and neighbouring deer make for many photo opportunities. The park is easy to access from the main road with ample parking, walking distance from the village, hotels, tea rooms and restaurants. St John the Baptist Church is located in the lane opposite the park, this traditional forest church is in a perfect location with easy access to the forest. To view Burley Park and for more information please contact Leanne Smales on 07525060733 or alternatively email

Deans Court

Country Weddings at Deans Court are all about taking away the stress that can sometimes come with planning an elaborately detailed event and instead, keeping the elements which you really want – a fun, relaxed and memorable day to celebrate the beginning of your new lives together. Having launched ‘Country Weddings’ Dorset’ in 2012, they are still very new in the world of weddings – but what they have learned is that they are something different… There are many venues offering perfectly straight hedge-rows and immaculately manicured flower beds, whereas Deans Court is a little more quirky, a little bit wild, whilst being truly romantic. So they thought they would embrace that, play to their strengths and put together some wedding ideas that reflect that relaxed, country style. These suggestions work great for parties up to about 120 – any more they can discuss other arrangements (they have done over 140 before).

Geoff Phillips - Private Party Catering at Highcliffe Castle

Thank you for an absolutely brilliant night – everyone had a ball! And what can I say on the catering front? It was truly exceptional and to quote a message received today from one of the guests “…. and wonderful food – how clever to get lamb perfect!”

Andrew and Alex - Harry Warren House Wedding Catering

Just a note to say how impressed we were with the superb quality of the food and presentation at Tania and Adam’s wedding here. The clear-up, which is tricky and something of a chore late at night was faultless and complete and we will be recommending Beales to our couples in the future as a very polished, first class caterer.

John & Zina Botibol - Private Wedding Catering Bournemouth

We have just one word to describe Beales’ service, spectacular! Thank you to all of you for making that part of our day so wonderful, although there were only 30 or so people, there are quite a few of them either in of who have been in the restaurant trade and all were exceedingly complimentary about both the food and the personnel. In fact, we have eaten in restaurants all over the world from the Fat Duck here to the best in Paris, Rome and many others. Your food, the cleverness surrounding how you presented it and the personnel who delivered it matched pretty much anything we have experienced. Well done to all concerned.

Gaye - Christmas party lunch at The Italian Villa

Thanks for organising such a successful event – the venue was fabulous … super decorations and amazing food. The service was very good and I have had many compliments about the event so I’m very pleased.

Mike - Marquee Wedding Catering

Just wanted to send a big thank you to all of the Beales team who were involved in our wedding day. You all did a fantastic job and the food was amazing. Definitely the aspect of the day which has been lauded the most.