Southwest Retreats

Retreats provide an opportunity for like-minded individuals to come together and share new experiences. A.P. Chef loves to cater for both private and corporate retreats and believes that cooking is not just about feeding, but also about uniting individuals and creating memories for people through food. We cater for a vast array of different retreats, including yoga, well-being, song writing, wild swimming and corporate work retreats.

A.P. Chef’s Full Catering Package

Feeding a large group of people, sourcing food and managing a budget is a very time consuming job therefore A.P. Chef takes this hassle off your hands and provides a full retreat catering package.

The A.P. Chef approach & bespoke Menu Planning

Ali Pumfrey creates well balanced menus with a focus on nutrition and gut health by incorporating many different varieties of plants and some ferments onto the menu plan. Locally sourced meat and fish is usually included on the menu plan throughout the retreat but not for every meal. However, it is understood that each retreat has different catering needs and we are happy to offer bespoke menu plans to suit.

Booking & Pricing 

Retreats are quoted on an individual basis, on a sliding scale based on numbers of guests, also taking into account how many meals, schedule, whether vegan, vegetarian or meat and fish. An assistant will be required for retreats that are larger than 12-14 people or ones with more complex requirements. A 20% booking fee is required to secure the booking.

Retreats Sample menu

The Savoury Breakfast

On the Table
Herbal Tea Selection
Sugar Free Granola, Yogurt & Fruit

Cooked Breakfast To Order

Red Pepper Shakshuka
Eggs, Feta & Pitta

Smashed Avocado, Toasted Seeds on Toast
Add locally sourced sausage or smoked Salmon

The Vinegar Ritual

The Classic Cocktail , The Lemon Cocktail , The Ginger Giant or No-Orange Juice Spritzer

* The vinegar ritual can easily be disguised in salad dressings or pickles to go on top of salads.



Harissa Cauliflower, Quinoa Tabbouleh & Tahini Dressing
Hazelnut, Green Bean & Mange Tout Salad
Beetroot & Bean Burgers



Sweet Treat

Sugar-free and plant based options available

Almond and Medjool Date Energy Balls


Two Course Dinner

To Start
Roasted Broccoli, Red Onion and Romesco Sauce Taco

Main Course
Sea Bass with Ginger, Chilli and Spring Onion
Or Miso Sesame Aubergine
Fiery wild rice, Pickled Cucumber & Crispy Kale


Holly Clifford
Holly Clifford
1 May 2024
Ali catered for a lunch event we hosted in central London for International Womens Day. From the initial conversations to pulling off the event, dealing with Ali was a pleasure. Ali understood the brief without having worked with us before and provided an amazing lunch spread that was tasty, nutritious, beautifully presented and catered to all of the guests needs. She bought in some of her team who were wonderful also. We look forward to working with Ali again in the future and can't recommend more!! Holly Clifford & Oliver Hardcastle.
Marcia Nathan
Marcia Nathan
26 February 2024
Ali was a fantastic chef! I had 13 people for a birthday dinner and everything she made from canapés to dessert was absolutely delicious! We chatted by email to plan the menu and she was so accommodating with allergies and food dislikes! The final menu was just perfect and every one of my guests loved the food!! Will definitely use Ali again!!
sophie winter
sophie winter
21 December 2023
Alice did the food for our daughter’s 18th and she did it perfectly. She advised on the best dishes to serve and was so relaxed and delightful to have around. The food was wonderful. The teenagers couldn’t believe their luck! Highly recommended
Jordi Simons
Jordi Simons
9 October 2023
Ali catered for my best friends hen do. The food was absolutely delicious and was served beautiful. She coped effortlessly with time changes and a decreased service time and left the kitchen in a great state despite limited resources. In the lead up to the event she was great to communicate with. I would definitely use her again.
Bobby Harvey
Bobby Harvey
28 September 2023
Amazing food! Service was superb and would highly recommend :)
Tracey Fox
Tracey Fox
28 September 2023
One of the best in the UK - we have held 2 events with Ali at Boconnoc House and her food is just thoughtful, fresh, creative and amazing!!
Kate Hammaren
Kate Hammaren
26 July 2023
I had Ali to come and cook for my birthday, and I can't recommend her highly enough. She's friendly, professional and her food is to die for. I love that her produce is locally sourced and seasonal, and I would definitely recommend her for any special occasion – it was a really nice change from going to a restaurant!
Brian Lindley
Brian Lindley
13 July 2023
Phenomenal! Ali has catered numerous events for me since 2018, several events per year indeed, mainly at my Cornwall house. Ali has worked with me across a number of formats: - Formal intimate dinners for 12-16; extremely high-end in feel and the cornerstone to a hyper-luxurious events including multinational clients - Relaxed catering over a period of 3-5 days for family and visitors, or indeed for a posse of middle-aged windsurfers that arrive each September - Enormous party celebration buffets and drinks/cocktail provision for 40-60 people, especially the famous Live Band Karaoke Stars In Their Eyes challenge, which attracts an international attendee list annually and has to go off seamlessly in a typically highly challenging adrenalin charged environment. It’s not just the super high quality of food, but more the very relaxed, very friendly vibe that also leaves you in no doubt there is a military operation in the background… I have never had any issue or complaints, but I can’t begin to list the accolades. Thank you Ali, for making all our stuff so special!!
Emma Caddis
Emma Caddis
30 June 2023
Ali worked with us at Treseren, our boutique wedding venue to create a menu for our welcome meal for wedding couples and their guests to enjoy on arrival. We wanted the food to be very special, yet create a feeling of conviviality and a home from home atmosphere; we also needed to cater for all dietary requirements. Ali designed the perfect, flexible menu with wonderful sharing plates, tasty mains and colourful salads for our summer menu. For autumn / winter she created a seasonal offering with wonderful vegetable sides, warming hearty plates and dessert utilising apples from our orchard. Ali is incredible to work with, so inventive and creative with her food, creating delicious results. She is also wonderful in person, a great team player and she was always delightful with all our guests. Ali comes highly recommended!
Charlie Hawkes
Charlie Hawkes
15 June 2023
Very special to eat food that delicious and that also tasted unique. Plus in a supper club setting which was great fun! Full 5 stars every time.

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