The vital ingredient


Essence understands the importance of a more independent, flexible and sociable retirement and residential community; whether this is to aid recovery and boost health or to take the strain of daily chores – like cooking!

Essence is the vital ingredient combining expertise and experience with wonderful food. Bringing a warm and friendly service which blends with and enhances your community.

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Food is sociable and that is where we shine.



With a simple approach we are part of your family and the heart of your residential community.



We purchase locally and fairly to support your community values, selecting only the finest quality ingredients.


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Indispensable Quality

With a simple approach without complicated management systems, our aim is to be part of your family, set at the heart of your residential community.

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  • Amazing People

    Over 1500 inspired people are part of the abm team.

  • Agile & Able

    We create and serve over 35,000 meals a day across the UK.

  • Fanatical about food

    We create exciting menus, illustrating the diversity of today’s food culture.

  • Honest management

    At abm catering we believe in transparent management.

  • Sourcing & Supply

    Our community of responsible local suppliers share the same passion for food as we do.

  • Responsibility

    Selecting only the finest ingredients from ethically responsible suppliers.