About Us

Roff Caterers has been serving delicious food to the East of the England for the last eight decades.

Our rich history, which saw us start as a leading supplier to colleges and top hotels in the Cambridge area, has seen us cater at some of the biggest events in the region and for some of the biggest names – even the Royal Family!

Menus through the ages

Since the 1960s, our home has been Bury St Edmunds, moving to the historic market town to give us a central location between Ipswich and the East Coast on one side to Cambridge on the other.

We were based at premises in Northgate Street, under the ownership of William Roff.

When Mr Roff passed away, his then manager Derek Bullett and his wife Vicki took over and established Roff Caterers Ltd in 1971.

Ryder Cup - Sun Alliance

One of the main focuses of the business was the big agricultural shows in Suffolk and Norfolk while one of our main clients at the time was Sun Alliance, meaning we were catering all over the country – including at the Ryder Cup where the insurance company was a main sponsor.

In 1979, we converted part of the premises into the Silken Tassel into a private function room – making it the first of its type in the area.

Silken Tassel

In 1988, Derek and Vicki’s daughter, Christine, married William McColl and the couple took over Roff Caterers and eventually moved it to an industrial unit off Mildenhall Road, Bury St Edmunds, when the Silken Tassel closed.

Having catered for the Bury Freemasons for the last 25 years, when the organisation bought a property in Eastern Way, Bury, Roff Caterers were invited to become the in-house caterer and set up premises at Ashlar House in April 2014.

In the Press

In addition to being the established caterers for a number of Masonic events in Bury, Ipswich and Sudbury, Roffs has catered for the Suffolk Show for the last 40 years.

Almost 30 years on, the pair are still at the helm of the successful business.

What makes Roff Caterers so special?

  • We have been feeding Suffolk for over 80 years
  • Our exceptional catering staff included many who are following in the footsteps of their parents or grandparents in working for Roff’s
  • There are not many people in Bury St Edmunds who haven’t either eaten one of our meals, worked for us or known someone who has worked for us
  • “William and his team were utterly superb at our recent wedding. The meetings beforehand to discuss the food were easy to understand and William gave his knowledge and expertise while respecting our choices.


    The team on the day were perfect, serving drinks and food with a smile, and nothing was too much effort.


    The food was delicious, my favourite pork belly the highlight, and the sharing starter platter was great too.


    Last but not least, the serving team for food and the bar in the evening was great fun, relaxed, friendly and professional.


    Thoroughly recommend William and Roffs for any event.”

    Adam and Berni Driver

    “I wanted to say a huge thank you for the Roff Caterer’s team’s hard work. The feedback has been brilliant and you have to take credit for a large part of that.


    I always think that the food can make or break an event and you certainly made a huge contribution to the overall success of the night.”

    A spokesman for the Bury Free Press Business Awards

    “Please may I take this opportunity to thank you, and your amazing team, most sincerely for all you did to make our party such a huge success.


    The food, oh my God the food, was delicious. I don’t know how your chef did that – the most amazing beef!


    We have had lots of thank you notes that have referenced how good the meal was – so thank you and our biggest compliments.


    But what you provided was much more than a meal. You managed the whole event calmly and professionally.”

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    “Words fail me. I cannot thank you enough for the wonderful service you provided to me and to everyone else at the (Suffolk) Show.


    The President’s Lunches have been remarked upon by everyone. They were absolutely delicious and cooked to perfection.


    People are still talking about your amazing menus and the professionalism of your staff and all involved in your wonderful company.


    The Suffolk Show is the most prestigious event in this county’s calendar and we were in such safe hands with you and your team.”

    Clare Euston, Countess of Euston