Classic Cuisine was started 26 years ago and has developed into a true family business.

In 2002 Simply Classic Bistro was born adding to an already successful outside catering business. We now cater for a wide variety of companies across East Lancashire and have been chosen to prepare food for various members of the royal family.

Our family business and family values mean we care about everything we make, sell and most of all the people we serve.

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Classic Cuisine was the brainchild of its founder Robert Bradshaw, who with a wealth of experience in the catering industry knew there was a need to create a high quality food business.  Robert studied at the Birmingham College of Food in 1960-1962 and gained vast experience working in London’s Park Lane Hotel and the famous Mulberry Tree Restaurant as a Sous Chef in Stratford Upon Avon and also as Head Chef in the Cotswold House Hotel in Chipping Camden.

Robert joined Lucas Industries Plc in Birmingham and eventually became north west area catering manager covering their Lancashire and Yorkshire factories, responsible for upgrading and creating a restaurant approach to traditional contract catering.

We opened our first Simply Classic Bistro in 2002 at Shuttleworth Mead Business Park as well as continuing to caterer for special occasions, private and corporate outside events.

2014/2015 has seen the family business develop further opening a small café in the Lancashire Digital Technology Centre and forming a strong partnership with Burnley Leisure at Burnley Mechanics Theatre and the Prairie Sports Village and Golf Driving Range.

Robert Bradshaw


Having worked at Lloyds Bank in Birmingham for 15 years Ann has gained valuable experience for supporting the family business in bookkeeping. In at the deep end in the early days of Classic Cuisine Anne quickly learned how to cook, prepare buffets and help cater for large functions and events. Although the business has grown and changed in many ways Anne is still heavily involved, doing even more bookwork and making her legendary sticky toffee pudding!

Anne Bradshaw


Daughter to Robert & Anne and sister to Joanne, Sally also trained at Nelson & Colne College and has worked at the Bay Horse Roughlee and Northcote Mannor. Sally started work and became a partner of Classic Cuisine in 2002 and now runs the business with Chris and Joanne. Sally’s main responsibilities within the business include management of Simply Classic Padiham, staffing and event management.

Sally Bradshaw


Chris studied at Nelson & Colne College and has previously worked at the Devonshire Arms Bolton Abbey, The Bay Horse Roughlee and Claridges in London. Chris started work and became a partner of Simply Classic in 1998 and now runs the business with Sally and Joanne. Chris’s main responsibilities within the business include executive chef, business development and financial management.

Chris Burt


Daughter to Robert & Anne and sister to Sally, Joanne trained at Nelson & Colne College and has worked at the Bay Horse Roughlee. Joanne started work and became a partner of Classic Cuisine in 2003 and now runs the business with Chris & Sally. Joanne’s main responsibilities within the business include day to day management of Simply Classic Bistro Padiham and supporting the businesses outside catering arm.

Joanne Bradshaw


Michael began working for Simply Classic in early 2008 and in this time has been involved in many important and high profile events. We have recently taken the decision to appoint Michael as the Head Chef of our flagship bistro at Shuttleworth Mead working closely with Chris, Sally and Joanne combining his and their passion for food, Michael enjoys the challenge of creating menus for the most discerning of customers. Michael started catering at an early age working for his parents whilst studying at Nelson & Colne College along with Chris, Sally and Joanne.

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Other Key Staff

Nicola Noonan, Sharon Scott, Nicola Lord, Alweena Melbourne, Emma Birtwistle, Samantha Parsons, Sonia Barker, James Hunt, Graham Jones, Stuart Greenwood, Sibie, Maria Abbot, Emma Nutter, Stefan d’eath, Alycia Donlon, Anne marie, Ella Wearing, Jenny Wainscot, Josh Hisson, Sarah Rowland, Kelly Carter, Annie Harrison, Paula Brown, Karla Starkie, Lynne, Sylina Uttly.

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Shuttleworth Mead, Padiham

Opened in 2002 our highly successful 100 cover bistro has served Shuttleworth Mead, Altham and Time Technology Industrial Estates as well as catering for our loyal and well loved customer base in East Lancashire. The home to our outside catering business Classic Cuisine and vending preparation the bistro sits high on an embankment within Shuttleworth Mead. It has ample free car parking and is a busy, bustling and vibrant bistro. The bistro can be also hired in the evenings and weekends for private events, dinners and celebrations.

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Classic Cuisine have a long and established reputation for delivering their great food inside businesses for employees to enjoy. We will look at all contract business with the same high quality vision for delivering great home cooked food on site. As a result of our approach to contract catering we operate two of the largest employers in the Burnley area, Boohoo and Exertis NDC.

For more information or if you would like someone to visit your business to quote for providing contract catering services please contact Chris Burt by calling 01282 771222 or email goodfood@simply-classic.com


Classic Cuisine started offering outside catering over 26 years ago by founders Robert & Anne Bradshaw. Classic quickly became renowned for delivering the areas most exclusive catering services and its reputation still today is one of quality, outstanding service and family pride and passion.

Outside can literally mean outside from large scale marquee dinners such as the prestigious Burnley Business Awards at Towneley Hall, catering for over 540 people to private dinner parties for the areas most successful business men and women in the privacy of their own homes. Corporate BBQ’s, buffets, wedding receptions, christenings, birthday parties, funeral buffets and canapé receptions, we have yet to find an event we couldn’t cater for.

For more information or to discuss an event please contact Sally Bradshaw on 01282 771222 or email goodfood@simply-classic.com

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When most people think about a vending machine you think crisps, drinks and confectionary? We do provide these machines however we do something truly brilliant.

Our superb bistro food can be transported into your place or work be it an office block or factory, placed in a state of the art food vending machine for your employees to simply buy and heat themselves. Classic Vending gives companies flexibility to offer food in the workplace whilst not needing to employ kitchen staff and invest in kitchen and food preparation facilities.

What do we offer:

  • Sandwich vending
  • Prepared food vending (ready for re-heating)
  • Hot drinks vending
  • Cold drinks and confectionary vending

How does it work:
An annual service fee is payable to Classic Cuisine enabling us to provide the required vending machine, a fixed term contract will be signed for the provision of vending within a workplace and then the exciting part, discussing menu options and finally installing the vending machines.

For more information or to discuss on site vending please contact Chris Burt by calling 01282 771222 or email goodfood@simply-classic.com

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