Catering Services

Function catering for your event to succeed

Serving up a wide range of catering options

Working in conjunction with our catering partners Hardings Catering, our showground has a reputation for producing delicious, freshly prepared and enticing culinary dishes for all occasions.

Hardings Catering is one of the leading independent caterers in the South East, with over 20 years’ experience in the business and a reputation for excellence. Providing food for some of the most prestigious events across the region, menus include the finest seasonal ingredients from independent local suppliers throughout the county.

Whatever your event, the Hardings team will work alongside you to create a delightful dining experience for your guests. Specialising in all aspects of function catering, from simple breakfast buffets to lavish evening banquets, we can work with you to develop bespoke options to meet your individual requirements. Download the sample menu for inspiration.

For large-scale events, we also have established links with a wide range of mobile catering suppliers which specialise in providing on-site gourmet food to cater for all tastes.

To discuss our bespoke and mobile catering options contact us today to find out more.

Find out more

Our dedicated events team is on hand to answer your questions – don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Got a question about our Catering Services for your event? Get in touch.


If you would like to speak to one of our representatives contact us on

01444 892048

See the space for yourself


What a fantastic Venue. Easy to use and set in a great and beautiful location with good access and a very helpful and professional support team

MPM Events Ltd - Patrick Turner
Organiser, The World of Park and Leisure Homes Show

As a conference centre, the showground at Ardingly has always delivered a first class service. The venue is large and provides sufficient car-parking spaces. Being in the centre of Sussex - its easily accessible - no matter what direction you are coming from. The conference facilities are clean, spacious and elevated overlooking the grounds. The catering is exquisite and always served at the appropriate time. I would highly recommend this venue to those that run seminars, training days or management meetings.

Kieran Diamond
Money Matters Seminar

Our first impressive of the room (Ardingly Room, Norfolk Pavilion) when we walked in was impressive, it was beautifully laid out. The food was excellent and there was nothing that could have been improved upon.

Kathy Flood
Sussex County Bowls Luncheon and Prizegiving

We have had so much positive feedback, including “the venue was great” and “the refreshments were excellent”. We can’t thank you enough for all your support – it made all the difference and I know it will lead to many more local events. This was a great start to the scheme in a fantastic setting.

Liz Bennett
Mid Sussex South Community Voluntary Service

I just wanted to say very many thanks to all involved with organising and catering for Mother's funeral tea. From our perspective, from set up to close, it could not have been smoother and, given the circumstances, it was lovely to know that everything was in hand so that we had nothing to worry about. We cannot think of anything that could have been improved upon and it was exactly as we had hoped for. Our guests were comfortable and relaxed and they obviously enjoyed the food - some very favourable comments were made with recommendations to others along the lines of 'you must just try.

Judith Stanley
Funeral Tea


South East Construction Expo

Event start: 26/09/2019 8:30 am

South East Construction Expo 2018 is the Premier Exhibition and Conference to build and maintain long-term business relationships with business leaders across the construction industry.

South of England Horse Trials 2019

Event start: 28/09/2019 7:00 am

South of England Horse Trials 2019

Autumn Show & Game Fair 2019

Event start: 05/10/2019 9:00 am

The Autumn Show & Game Fair is a great day out for fans of hunting, shooting and fishing, with lots of attractions to entertain the whole family.

South East Marts – Machinery Sale

Event start: 12/10/2019 7:00 am

We conduct ‘On-the-Farm Auction Sales’ of farm machinery, livestock equipment, rural bygones, agricultural collectibles and vintage tackle, as well as both livestock and dairy auctions throughout the day.

Association of Sussex Philatelic Societies – Stamp Fair

Event start: 12/10/2019 10:00 am

40 Stamp and Postcard Dealers in attendance
Sussex and British Thematic Association Competitions


Make an Enquiry

At the South of England Event Centre, we have the space for your event to succeed. If you would like to know more about our event spaces or have a question about how we can help you make the most of your event, please contact us.

Tel: 01444 892048