I’m Charlie Maidment, owner of
From The Hut
I’m a keen chef with many years’ experience in the hospitality industry. I started the business in late 2016 in order to bring something a bit different to festivals, fairs and private events. It was called The Cracking Rib Company.
Once I’d decided on a mobile catering business, the next question was how to make the catering mobile. There are so many options out there but I was immediately drawn to the rustic, country look of a shepherd’s hut. I soon found the perfect combination of shepherd’s hut and mobile catering trailer and towed it home in November 2016.
My initial idea was for a very simple menu, with just the one dish - marinated, stripped pork ribs served with rice. That dish has been extremely popular and pork is still at the centre of what I offer. However, in 2018 my wife and daughters decided that we should expand to offer Belgian waffles. A little random I thought but we gave it a go and hit on another very popular dish. As the menu gradually expanded, and was much more than simply ‘cracking ribs’ I started to think that the name needed to change. Looking back of course, we had made the classic mistake of giving the business such a niche name that it wouldn’t really work if we expanded our offering! But you try telling that to someone who is so caught up in the exciting plans of a brand new business…
The essence of From The Hut is still fantastic quality food, cooked from scratch. As we’ve moved away from just cracking ribs, we’ve focused on the biggest draw, the thing that makes people walk over to have a closer look, and that’s the beautiful shepherd’s hut.
Whether you come to see us at a local festival or fair, or would like to book From The Hut for a party or wedding, our shepherd’s hut makes a unique, rustic and stylish addition to any outdoor setting.