Welcome to Lords the Caterers


Lords are a 4th generation Family Business who have been catering for functions for almost 90 years.

What we do

  • Event Catering
  • Weddings
  • Corporate
  • Marques
  • Buffets

  • Canapés
  • Afternoon teas
  • Family party’s
  • Formal occasions
  • Famous potato pie


We provide a personalised service with high quality catering for all occasions and budgets. Buffets to collect or delivered (minimum number 20)   Catering with service Catering for group sizes from 40 to 800 people, all freshly prepared on our own premises! Our corporate catering clients are as diverse as local council and authorities, industrialists, high street banks and sports clubs.

At Lords we can offer you Waiter Service by uniformed staff, Collection, or Delivery of hot and cold food – just ask and we can provide what you need. We have purpose built and designed kitchens to prepare your food in a clean modern environment where we are very proud of our Scores on the Doors Food Hygiene Top Rating of 5 out of 5.



Lords Caterers were established in 1934.

There will only be a few people in the area who haven’t sampled food prepared and served by Lords the Caterers, based in Whitworth near Rochdale. The company is now run by the fourth generation family. The present family team consists of the late great Fred Lord’s daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Gordon Brownlie, and grandson and granddaughter-in-law Alex and Emma Brownlie. Millie Lord started the business in a small confectioners shop premises in Whitworth in 1934. Son Fred Lord transferred to larger premises in 1952 to the 3 story ex Co-op bakery in Whitworth expanding his growing catering business.

The move will enable us to provide a variety of outside catering services from elegant buffets, to delicious banquets and gourmet hot meals not forgetting our famous ‘Potato Pie Supper’. Some of the prestigious clientele Lords have served are Her Majesty the Queen, Princess Margaret and Pope John Paul, together with a trio of Prime Ministers including Harold Wilson, Edward Heath and John Major. We continue to serve many modern celebrities amongst them Sir Alex Ferguson CBE, Barry McGuigan MBE, William Roache MBE, Bet Lynch, Sam Aston and many other members of the Coronation Street cast. On speaking at a function at a local Football Club Uri Geller demonstrated his skill by bending our spoons.

The company’s second venue The Rose n Bowl carvery in Stacksteads is another growing success as home of the world famous Gravy Wrestling Championship and winner of Rossendale Pub of the year in 2010. We are always happy discuss your requirements and offer a bespoke service either at The Rose & Bowl or at your own venue.

What people say about us
Those little Trifles you make are 'Well Good'
Thank you for the wonderful potato pie & cheese pie we had over Easter you made my day very easy and my visitors loved it. No washing up either
Lynn Holland
Thank you to Lords for the delicious chilli & rice which you delivered promptly to my sons party yesterday, we absolutely loved it and impressed all my guests
Emma Fitton
To Gordon & Christine I had a superb evening the delicious pies were served right on the schedule and the staff were brilliant thank you
Bill Shackleton
Thank you all at Lords for the wonderful buffet you provided for our Opening & Dedication of our new church from everyone at St Andrews Church Rochdale.
St Andrews Church Rochdale
To everyone at Lord the Caterers, just wanted to say a big 'Thank you' to you and all the staff for making our Wedding Day so special.
Ann & Derek Walsh
This is just to say a massive THANK YOU for looking after my wife and me today on the steam trip from Bury.The chefs deserve a great big pat on the back along with the serving staff who got all the food out. Not one item of our meal was cool or tepid it was all piping hot. I think we will be visiting Stacksteads in the near future if the food on the train is anything to go by.Thank you again and all the best for the future.
Anne and Graham Hall
Lords Caterers provide first class dining on the East Lancs Railway 'Dining with Distinction' see our many testimonials on the:- Red Rose, Murder Mystery Nights,Lancastrian Lunch, Festive Specials & Mid week luncheons on this also comments re catering on the Flying Scotsman.
East Lancs Railway