About Us

We are part of the Absolute Taste Group based in Bicester and we’re delighted to provide the hospitality for the Gateway Conference Centre.

At Fresh Start we love food, how it’s produced and most importantly how it tastes!

Food is at the heart of everything we do. Our passion for promoting fresh, local and seasonal produce makes The Gateway Conference Centre a perfect place for us to indulge and showcase all that we do.

Every function is unique, and we encourage customers to share their ideas with us so we can make bespoke menus for your function.

Whilst the food is such a huge part of conference, presentation and styling is equally as important to us and with exciting canvas to play with, our array of rustic wooden boards, quirky copper dishes and vintage crockery certainly feel right at home.

From your initial booking, to having a ‘menu chat’ or even indulging in an optional tasting day, we are there to guide you through the whole journey.

Our chefs have a wonderfully fresh and exciting approach to their work combined with endless enthusiasm so whether you would like a three-course plated meal, hot/cold fork buffet or one of our pop up’s Bruschetta bar, Paella bar, English allotment salad bar or Sushi bar we can do it all!

Be inspired by our suggested menus or chat to us about the perfect bespoke menu for your function. We look forward to hearing from you.

Hospitality Beverages

Two cups of Fair-trade filter coffee per person
Selection of teas Including single estate, fruit & herbal
Homemade cookies
Homemade cakes
Tea, coffee & biscuits
Still and sparkling water 500ml bottle
Orange, Apple and Cranberry juice (per 7 oz glass)


Continental Breakfast Selection
Full butter croissants, pain au chocolate and almond croissants
with preserves & butter
Selection of Danish pastries

Platters for a minimum of three people
Sliced cured meat platter
Sliced European cheese platter
Smoked salmon platter

Selection of cereals and muesli
Selection of sliced seasonal fruits
Selection of muffins

Traditional English Breakfast

Back bacon
Pork Sausage
Chicken Sausage
Grilled Tomato
Sautéed button
Hash Browns
Sauté potatoes
Egg fried, poached
or scrambled
Black Pudding


Homemade granola with Greek Yoghurt fresh berry compote
Bircher muesli
Grilled Cumberland sausage or back bacon sandwich or Bap
Scrambled eggs with smoked salmon on a toasted muffin
Breakfast wraps
Also available as a vegetarian option
Omelette with fresh herbs and gruyere or cheddar


There will be three different options for lunch
Deliciously perfect sandwiches, bagels, rolls and wraps.
Choose 4
Choose 5
Choose 6
Additional single items


Choose four cold items from the below list to including fillings required for bread options:
Signature Buffet Lunch
Choose five hot and cold items from the list
Sandwiches with class (POSH NOSH)
Choose six items from the below including hot cold and desserts
Example sandwich fillings for wraps, rolls, and sandwiches
Parma Ham, Brie tomato and basil
Tuna mayonnaise & cucumber,
Roast turkey and cranberry and salad
Ham and English mustard
Roasted vegetable & hummus
Pulled Pork , beef and horseradish
Ham and cheese
BLT bacon lettuce and tomato
Chicken and sweetcorn
Prawn mayo and cucumber
Chicken and bacon, chicken and stuffing,

Healthy Options

Smoked salmon and cream cheese
Ham salad
Vietnamese style chicken

Vegetarian Options

Beetroot and goats cheese
Mozzarella , tomato and basil pesto
Falafel houmous and corriander
Mature cheddar a red onion relish
Cheddar and chutney
Cream cheese and cucumber Egg and watercress

Hot Options

Mini pies minced beef or chicken
Cocktail sausages wholegrain mustard and honey
Chicken satay
Breaded chicken with garlic mayonnaise
Scotch egg with piccalilli
Potato wedges
Oriental Spring Rolls sweet chilli dip
Mini Samosa, mango chutney

Cold Options

Mini Quiche
Tortillas and tomato salsa
Crudite and dips
Selection of canapé to include meat fish and vegetarian options
Pork scratching sticks with chilli jam
Selection of olives
Bread sticks and dips
Chicken liver parfait on a toasted brioche, caramelised red onion

To Finish Off

Selection of mini desserts
Mini lemon tarts
Mini chocolate eclairs
Mini meringues fresh berries
Mimi macaroons
Bakewell Tart
Chocolate brownie
Lemon and poppy seed muffin
Vegan apricot slice
Banana loaf

Cold Light Lunches

Choose two of the following items
Caesar salad
with hot fillets of chicken, croutons, Cos lettuce and Caesar dressing

Burrata and Heritage Tomato salad
with pomegranate and mint

with lemon and crème fraiche

Ploughman style lunch
Selection of cheeses, chutneys, pickles and crusty breads, side of coleslaw, fresh spring
onion and cherry tomatoes

Homemade Quiche with
Summer salads and herby new potatoes

Smoked trout salad with
Baby watercress, ribbons of cucumber and warm new potatoes
with Horseradish crème fraiche

Hot Light Lunches

Served as bowl food or main course

Chorizo and chickpea stew

Cumberland sausage, mustard mash, caramelised red onion gravy

Red Thai prawn curry, basmati rice and pak choy

Beef Bourguinone, roasted root vegetables

Fish and chips, pea puree and tartare

Pop Up Stalls

A selection of various toppings mozzarella, goats’ cheese,
pancetta fresh figs, olives etc

Paella served from large paella pans either chicken,
or British sustainable fish

English allotment salad
Allotment salads, vegetables and crudité with broad bean dips

Pork and Buns
Pulled pork with homemade slaw and homemade BBQ sauce

The Great British Pudding Bar
to include a selection of the following
Chocolate eclairs, Bakewell tart, Eton mess, trifle,
lemon tarts or Chocolate Brownie

Conferencing Day Rate

Morning Coffee On Arrival

Filter coffee and a selection of teas to include Earl Grey and Herbal
Mini Danish Pastries
Orange Juice

Breakfast options are available on request

Mid Morning Coffee

Tea, coffee and Biscuits

Light Lunch

Selection of well filled wraps, rolls and sandwiches to include fish, meat and vegetarian


Vegetable Samosa with Tzatziki dip Mini cod fishcakes pea and mint puree or Chicken Goujons with coronation style dip


Chocolate Brownie Fresh Fruit platter Orange Juice

Afternoon Tea

Earl Grey Tea, filter coffee and afternoon tea cake selection


Bowls of sweets Fresh Fruit bowl Bottles of Fentiman’s Traditional Lemonade

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