JB, who hosts Dining In, has 20 years experience of catering in private houses. He has worked across the UK, including some of the finest homes in the country.
Because we specialise, we’ve developed the skills essential to working with discerning clients in their own homes and in their special places.
Together with new customers, we enjoy bookings from established clients and referrals. That tells us we continue to provide the high quality cooking and top level service our clients expect.
With the castle’s accomplished chef turning out traditional cuisine (local salmon with thyme beurre blanc, fillet of lamb and roast beef were among the standouts), I had little reason to venture beyond the castle gates.
We used John and the Dining In team to cater for our wedding in Arran (at Brodick Castle and then at the Big Wooden House) and we cannot give enough praise to John and his staff for their professionalism, dedication to providing and serving the very best food in the most beautiful, elegant manner. Our food was delicious and wonderfully presented. John and his staff were friendly, courteous and a pleasure to have at our wedding. All our guests commented on the wonderful food, which praise John accepted very humbly. John at Dining In definately contributed to making our wedding a truly memorable day and we would highly recommend him for any event where he will add a touch of class as well as wonderful food and service.
Miracles do happen and dreams do come true.
Be sure and line up John, the chef recommended by the 3RD HOME host. He did a meal of local scallops, mussels, and then beef with Red Squirrel (local beer). It was to die for. Be sure and request this you will never forget it. And his famous dessert too, I can not stop thinking about it.
A suberb birthday buffet lunch for 35 at the Big Beach House. The choice of dishes was amazing it was difficult to choose but what we chose was all very delicious. The feed back from our guests was "What a fantastic meal and who was the chef?!!" Thank you John and of course Alexia who added the glamour!
... I have operated a high-end Country Inn and restaurant for the past ten years and I know the issues behind maintaining and keeping a facility like this. Your efforts are extraordinary. The quality and freshness of the food, the flexibility and great positive attitude towards our dining needs have been a key element in making this an incredible family holiday.
...the food was excellent but your equanimity and cheerfulness throughout remains a marvel to us all - don't know how you did it! Meanwhile we all go home with V.P.L.
Thank you so much to John, Genevieve and Beth for being so wonderful and help make our weekend so relaxing and enjoyable! The food was superb and everyone loved! The service was amazing so friendly and slick - everything went without a hitch allowing us to enjoy fabulous meals over the weekend without any prep or washing up - truly magical !!! Thank you so much for doing such a great job and we hope to see you soon again!
I cannot recommend John Boyd more highly. His standard of cooking is consistently of the highest no matter the numbers involved, his repertoire is immense and he is always more than happy to try new ideas. He is a joy to have in the house, has a great knack with others, always cheerful and gives the appearance of being almost unflappable…
Dear John & Joan, we're having an amazing honeymoon enjoying the best dinners New York and New Orleans have to offer! Thank you so much for your hard work to make our wedding so special -we'll send photos soon. With very best wishes, Susie
... it meant a lot to experience a true, old-fashioned, fantastic feast for four days. Not since the old cook cooked up a storm in 1961 have I eaten so much and so well.
You helped make our evening absolutely what I was hoping for, the food was superb! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to anyone.
Thank you for the fantastic weekend. The setting and dinners were perfect!
... having dined in the finest restaurants throughout France, and nearly all of Europe, much of South America, Asia and the Caribbean… the 16 of us bring strong opinions and not a little experience in the kitchen… John and his staff shone from every beautiful breakfast through inspired lunches and dinners that should by rights have been committed to film to preserve their perfection… “The meals – what did we do to deserve such magnificent meals?”
We'd love to hear from you if you've got any questions, want to make a booking or just want to say, "Hi", so please get in touch by email or phone.
Dining In has been awarded a Pass* by North Ayrshire Council to certify that our food hygiene standards are up to the mark. You can see the record here:
and find more details on the Food Standards Agency website.