FAQ

Are your menus vegetarian friendly?

Yes, they are. For the hog roast/spit roast we offer a vegetarian alternative for guests who can’t eat the meat on offer. We can also cook halal and kosher on request. In a lot of our menus there is a number of canapés, salads, potato dishes and desserts that are vegetarian friendly too, so all your guests will be fed well. We’re very proud of having a hog roast catering service that feeds everyone of all backgrounds and dietary persuasions. Our vegetarian food is almost as good as our hog roasts!

How long do hog roasts take to cook?

This can depend, really. We like to say the average cooking time is 6 hours and throughout the website you’ll see we stated that we often need 6 hours to cook a pig, but it all comes down to the weight of the pig. The general rule is that every 10 kg of pig equates to 1 hour of cooking time, so a pig of 40 kg will take 4 hours, although it’s not an exact science as a 100kg pig usually takes just over 8 hours, rather than 10. Another factor can be the weather on the day, especially if the hog roast is an outdoor one. In summer on a hot, still day, the heat can shave as much as an hour from the cooking time. Where as on a cold and windy winters day you can expect the cooking to take an hour or two longer as the cold means the machines lose much more heat. The good news is that you don’t have to sit around and wait for 8 hours, we carefully plan cooking times and will be at the venue several hours prior to begin the cooking process so the pigs perfectly primed for a plate at the serving time you set.

Are we allowed to provide our own pig?

You sure can. If you think you know of a better farmer or butcher or have a preference to a certain breed you’re welcome to buy a pig yourself. And in the case of other animals, if you’re not having a pig at your event but instead are having spit roasted lamb, chicken, turkey or beef, you can also provide your own of those if you prefer for a hog roast in Derby

How much does a hog roast cost?

There isn’t a set price for a hog roast so it would be pointless and probably wildly inaccurate to give one price, or even several set prices. The price of a hog roast is different for all events because we determine the price on a number of different catering factors such as the menu you choose; the date of your event; the size of your event and location. Because every hog roast in Donington event is different and every event is different we can’t give you a price unless you request a quote and provide us the details of your event. Requesting a quote is relatively straight-forward though and once you make your interest known we’ll have one for you on the same day.

For an outdoor event, what if it rains?

There are a few ways you can offset any potential bad weather and thinking ahead is always a wise thing to do. The most popular option people undertake to be on the safe side is to hire a marquee for their event, marquees in this day and age are relatively cheap to hire and we can help you to find a provider as we know a few. The second option would be to move the event indoors, because if your outdoor event is disrupted by bad weather we’re able to move the machines indoors without much trouble and carry the show on, but to do this the indoor space must be well ventilated to ensure safety. If the indoor alternative isn’t well ventilated and we can’t cook indoors, what we can do instead is to cook outside and then serve the food indoors to your guests. Any of these 3 are great defences against that troublesome British rain!

We’re on the outskirts of Derby, can you cater for us?

Definitely, we’re a caterer that gets about a lot and we can easily cater for events all across Derby. So long as we can physically get to the location we’ll happily do catering anywhere in Derby.

Can we alter menus?

Yes. The menus we have can be changed at the request of a customer and it’s nothing for us to add a new dish to a menu that you want. Call or email us to discuss customising a menu and we’ll create you a bespoke menu if you’re happy with the price.

Can I hire a machine and not the staff/chefs?

Yes, this is the other service that Spitting Pig Derby has and it’s popularity keeps on increasing because it’s a very affordable way to have a hog roast. Hiring a machine starts at £195 for an event and you can cook for over 100 people with the machine. When you hire a machine the delivery and return of the machine is free, and each machine comes along with a free bottle of gas to power it and a series of attachments for you to cook different meats with so you can really get the full spit roasting experience that people get from our catering.

How long can I expect to wait for a quote?

The time it takes to receive a quote doesn’t take long at all, in fact quite the opposite, because once we’ve received your query we guarantee to have a quote for you within 24 hours, or on the next day – So if you request a quote at 4:40pm on Friday we’ll have a quote for you for the following Monday. We can also provide several quotes at once if you ring us and speak to a Spitting Pig sales agent or Email the office with the details of your event and different menus you like, to get a scope of which would be the more affordable for you.

Is my event too small?

No event is too small for Spitting Pig, whether you’re having a party with 20 people, a party with 200 or a party with a thousand people. The size of your event doesn’t matter to us in the least, so long as you’re willing to pay for the catering we would love to be the caterers at your event. We aren’t very fussy in that regard so give us a call and get us booked.

Hire

If you’d set your sights on hog roast catering but have discovered the price is beyond your scope or that we’re already fully booked, well we’ve got some really good news for you: You can hire a hog roast machine instead for a hog roast in Derby.

That’s right. You don’t need to hire the Spitting Pig catering team to achieve amazing hog roast results at an event, you can just as easily borrow a spit roast cooking machine from us for a small fee and be the creator of your parties very own hog roast buffet or snack for a hog roast in Donington.

The do it yourself alternative to party and event catering has always been popular, as Brits we like to try our hands at things whether we have the experience or not, but only recently has there been the potential to do something yourself and do it really well without ever having done it before, but with hog roast machine hire that’s exactly what you can do. Hiring a machine can open up a realm of possibility for your event and cooking hog roasts of real quality is something that you need no prior experience with, because the machines we have on offer for hire are the best there are, custom-made for customer use so the experience is easy, enjoyable and most crucially an experience that ends with mouth watering food that your guests are going to fall in love with.

You might not think you’re a good enough cook to cater at your own event but let me tell you, with a hog roast machine from Spitting Pig you’ll have unlocked a trouble-free, joyful means of providing excellent food en-masse with very little effort on your behalf, your friends will love your hog roast in Chesterifled.

The price of our hog roast machine hire is incredibly reasonable, you’ll only need to fork out £195 for the hire of a machine at your event, and the food you buy won’t cost you much more. When you work it out it’s not unusual for the hog roast machine hire for a hog roast in Ripley to work out as cheap if not cheaper than nipping down to the local supermarket and buying pre-cooked party food, especially for events with more people as the machines are even more economical in that case.

Our machines really are in a league of their own, they’re top of the range and knowing that we design and build our own unique spit roast machines you can be assured that what you’re getting is an outstanding, high quality service that matches all the qualities of Spitting Pig catering.

The machine that you hire can adequately enough cook for a party of 150 people, and if you need more we have a larger machine for busier events that can be hired for a little more than £195. With both machines the one commonality is the capacity to spit roast or tray roast large whole-animals to literal perfection, and do it in a way that so easy and non-laborious that you’re able to enjoy your own party without having to focus all your attention on the food as every minute passes.

The machines to be hired are choice-friendly and come with attachments to make possible all varieties of spit roasts, from a spit roasted pig to spit roasted chicken or lamb. The machines are easily manipulated to suit your event goals; it’s entirely up to you how you want to use the machines and what meals you want to cook with a machine.

As if you weren’t already getting enough from hiring a machine from Spitting Pig, aside from all the great benefits mentioned above we’ll also deliver the machine to you free of charge with a gas canister included, then on delivery you’ll be shown the basics of the machine and given our expert tips on how to really get the most of hog roasting with our machines, and to end it all once you’re done with the machine we’ll drive back to where you are and pick up the machine at a date and time that’s not troublesome for you.

All in all the hire service is a great initiative by us and it turns out that the public agree because we receive more bookings for a machine hire every single year that passes. Hiring a machine is an opportunity you don’t want to miss and because we have limited machines and so much interest it’s well worth booking a machine in advance.

Menus

When it comes to hog roasting—or any catering for that matter—a good set of wide ranging menus is exceptionally important, because no matter how skilful a company or how great a service they can provide, if there isn’t a menu on offer that you like the look of you aren’t going to use that caterer. And this is why we view our catering menus as being as important to our success and appeal as any other facet of Spitting Pig Derby, it’s why the menus we have are sectioned for different events and why in total we have close to 20 menus running for you to take your pick from for your hog roast in Ripley.

There is a feast of menus available with Spitting Pig Derby, and each menu is the perfect gateway to a feast of food, food so fine in taste that you’ll froth at the mouth in taste bud delight. Our team is well acquainted with good food and with an expert understanding of what constitutes a good menu, with plenty of feedback from the public along the way; we’ve carefully crafted a series of menus that are super tasty and each with a unique flavour to appeal to different customers preferences.

As well as a fantastic range of set menus to mull over, what really impresses our customers is just how liberal we are when it comes to menus and event catering. There are many other companies that like to play it safe and insist on working from the same menus again and again and again, but not us, we would rather make the event as best we can for the customer and if that includes customising and changing a menu slightly or significantly then we’re always eager to do that if it means making your hog roast in Chesterfield that much better for you.

We try our best to carry menus that represent and cover different dishes so that there’s something all interested browsers can see and I say “That’s the menu for me.” But that’s not always the case, in fact there’s a lot of you out there who have something specific in mind, maybe there’s a dish that you really, really want at your event and you’re adamant about it, in that case we’re the best hog roasters to deal with in Derby because Spitting Pig will do everything we can for our customers. We’ll provide you with meals made with special meats and ingredients and add meals to your menu whether a special salad you really like or an animal or breed of animal that you want for your hog roast in Donington event.

In most cases though very few people actually feel the need to request new meals and meats because there are just so many options already available in the numerous menus that are on offer. We have a snack roll menu if you aren’t a fan of pork sandwiches and that has the option of any of the following meats to be served in a bread roll: Lamb, Chicken, Turkey and Beef. All are spit roasted just like the hog roll sandwiches, but they can be cooked in a tray if you prefer, it’s up to you. The fuller buffet menus and the sit-down menus with more dishes open up a whole new world of selection for customers and there’s so many choices of canapés, salads, main dishes, potato sides, starters and desserts that you would seriously struggle to take a look through and not find foods that appeal to you, you’ll probably work up an appetite just looking through our menus there’s so many incredible foods listed.

Spitting Pig is so popular in Derby because of our loyalty to great food and customers, but also another factor for our favourability amongst Derby folk is that we’re proud of where we’re from and have a deep respect for the land and the people, and it’s because of this that we’re really stubborn when it comes to where the food we cook comes from. If it doesn’t come from the local Derby countryside then we aren’t interested, the only time we do source ingredients from elsewhere is if a customer requests a specific animal or breed of animal that we don’t have access to in Derby, or if an ingredient in one of our dishes depends on an ingredient that can’t be grown or isn’t grown in Derby. Aside from in those two cases the majority of the ingredients in our menu are all local, and come from the best local farmers there are, and the meats that we use as well as being local are also raised fairly and in good free range conditions with a natural diet that makes our catering all the more tasty with a hog roast in Derby!

We have an insatiable hunger for being the best there is, being the best we can be and ultimately being the best decision that you make. We want to be at your event helping to make it great and this couldn’t be clearer with the immense collection of menus and menu options that there are with Spitting Pig Derby.

Wedding menus from Spitting Pig are built for the splendid occasion and you’ll find different menus for different types of wedding and different weddings occasion. Our pig sandwich menu goes great at a wedding at the after-party, or our sit-down meals are wonderful for the actual wedding meal.

You’ll also see that the party menu section is just as impressive and filled with wonderful food for a wonderful birthday party or any sort of celebration party. A genuine favourite of our customers at a party is the informal buffet menu and having sampled it ourselves many times we can see why!

And then there’s the corporate section for a corporate event or dinner, and lots of unique menus for specific seasons and occasions. We have a winter warmer menu in the winter months that’s nothing short of fantastic on a cold morning, or evening.

Have a look at our menus and let us know what you think, enquiries and bookings can be made by telephone or email.