Our Story

Where did it all begin…


Ralph and Helen purchased The Butlers Pantry business back in 2003 as a tearoom & bistro.  So popular were the bistro evenings, that there was a 6 month waiting list for reservations.

The outside catering side of the business increased rapidly, and in 2018 the business relocated to a large commercial unit to focus on their hugely successful events side of the business.

About Ralph & Helen Skripek



Born in Ashbourne, Ralph trained at Buxton catering college, and has worked as a chef and catering manager at many hotels and leisure companies in Germany and Switzerland and from the highlands of Scotland to the south shores of Britain.  He is also a demonstration chef, working at food and country fairs promoting game and fish cooking and local Derbyshire produce.  In his spare time, Ralph enjoys country pursuits, shooting & fishing on local reservoirs and is an Ambassador for The British Association of Shooting and Conservation.

Secretary & Events Manager


Amongst many roles within the leisure industry, Helen worked for both Gala Leisure and David Lloyd Leisure as their Administration Manager, and together with her husband acts as a Host Family for International Scholars. Helens claim to fame was representing the hospitality sector on the Government Briefing during the pandemic, when she directed a question to the then Treasurer, Rishi Sunak. In her spare time, Helen is a keen Derby County supporter, and is a member of a local ladies walking and social group.

Outside catering services

Events & Corporate Catering

Are you looking for a small buffet for a meeting, canapés for a product launch, hospitality for a corporate event, or a more formal style of catering? We’d love to hear from you.

Funeral Catering

We are recommended by a number of local funeral directors for our services, and can provide both hot or cold catering options for a wake or celebration of life event.

Events & Private Catering

If you are looking for a private dinner party, canapés, BBQ, street food, afternoon tea or buffet menu, we can design a bespoke menu for your exact requirements.

Wedding Catering


With a wealth of experience in catering for weddings, you can be confident of our team delivering exceptional food & service, whether a small intimate reception, or on a larger scale up to 350 guests.

What our customers say



“If I get an invite that says the Butlers Pantry is doing the catering then I can guarantee I will be attending. As a vegetarian I always appreciate the diversity of offering for my dietary requirements too. Can highly recommend Helen and Ralph and their team.”

Laura – 2022

Wedding Day

“Ralph was so much more than a caterer to us – he was always there to reassure, offer advice and take away any stresses by ensuring everything went smoothly (something we needed when planning a wedding during a pandemic!). What a gent, he’s super talented and passionate about food, you must book him for any parties or gatherings – he can do it all!”

Helen – 2023

Dinner Party

“We booked Butlers Pantry to come and cook a three course meal for our party of 16 whilst away for the weekend. The service was fantastic from the start. The food was amazing and no one was disappointed. We would definitely recommend them and would use them again in the future.”

Get in touch today

If you wish to send an enquiry, simply complete this form and we will of course be right back in touch with you.

by phone or email

  • 01332 519007

  • 07931933892

  • info@butlerspantryderby.co.uk