circa events: our story

CIRCA EVENTS: EVENT EXPERTS

A word from our Director, Marc Bolger

Circa launched in the year 2000, bringing to Lewes the concept of Asian Fusion Dining. We were soon listed in the Michelin Guide and reviewed in The Times & The Observer. Another restaurant, Circa Fish soon followed, then we took over the restaurant at Pelham House, Lewes. In 2008, we decided to expand the events side of the business. We opened here, in a former milking parlour on Bevendean Farm with a small office, then we built a kitchen and slowly progressed adding on more buildings and storage. In our 20th year of business, we’re lucky enough to include some gorgeous venues in our portfolio and work with some of the best suppliers in the South East.

Our team has grown to include talented Event Managers and Chefs who make it all come together for our clients. Each has their own talents and contribute to what we do here at Circa, using their experience, passion for food and events in their work. We’re still here on the farm, all these years later a little bigger but still holding true to our values from the restaurant days – our passion for good, locally sourced food, served with flair & creativity is and always will be, the driving force behind us all at Circa.

MEET the management TEAM

Marc Bolger

Director

With over 30 years in the catering business, including head chef roles at St. Martins Hotel and Havana Restaurant, Marc spent a year travelling Asia and Australia before opening Circa in 2000 as a pan-Asian fusion restaurant in the heart of Sussex. The restaurant went from strength to strength winning various awards and gaining national press coverage, leading to the opening of two more award-winning restaurants; Circa Fish and Circa Brasserie. Now catering for over 100 weddings a year and managing three exclusive venues, Marc is dedicated to providing outstanding tailor-made menus.

Justin Gillam

Executive Chef

With over 25 years catering experience, Justin originally started his career in large hotels working under established chefs where his passion for high quality & ingredients developed. Travelling Europe & Asia introduced him to new flavours & styles of cooking which have played a major part in making him the chef he is today. Justin has worked in many exclusive establishments in the UK, including award winning restaurants in London, the famous 4 AA rosette restaurant at the Ritz hotel and high-end catering at Royal Ascot. Whilst working in large hospitality venues (including N.E.C & N.I.A, Aston Villa Football Club) he has built up an extensive knowledge of catering for weddings, banquets and functions. Justin joined the team in 2014 bringing his creativity and flair to Circa

Olivia Smith

Event Manager

Liv has been delivering well run and expertly planned  events for many years, from wonderful weddings to successful corporate events in a variety of venues . It is her sixth season running events at Circa. Her enthusiasm and meticulous attention to detail will give you the confidence to plan the event  you have dreamt of. She is creative, detail orientated and above all loves working with people. Her organisational skills, sense of calm and ability to think quickly on her feet make her a huge asset to any event. Having worked on a wide range of projects from large conferences to private parties, she brings with her a wealth of experience and will work with you closely to provide advice and guidance on the big day.

Ben Ranger

operations manager

With over 20  years in the business Ben has managed some of the finest bars and restaurants in the Country from Birmingham to Brighton. Having worked alongside legendary chefs like Marc Bolger, Steve Beadle and Raymond Blanc, Ben is devoted to providing a top quality service with top quality food and drink. Ben looks after the the Operational side at Circa HQ, as each event is different his meticulous eye for detail enables us to meet each clients expectations.

Lisa Mears

Circa Deli Manager

Lisa has grown up in Woodingdean and lived here her whole life, even attending Woodingdean primary school! She lives with her partner and two children, enjoys working locally and contributing to the community spirit we are lucky enough to have in the Village. She has worked at Circa Deli for the last 2 years, and loves interacting with our regulars and new customers every day!

Nicola Adams

Manager @ East Brighton golf course

Nicola has worked at East Brighton Golf Club for five years and boasts many more years experience in vital hospitality and customer service roles.
A Brighton resident at heart she has a rich knowledge of the city and the people from her home town, enjoys interacting with our customers day to day and running the private events booked at the venue, from wakes to weddings!

What our clients say about us

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Like what you’ve seen? We’d be delighted to be part of your event. Get in touch with us now to find out more, ask questions, book a meeting or viewing and get plans underway!