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About Us - David's Journey

David's Journey

I have spent most of my working life in hospitality. In the mid sixties I started out with Trust House Forte as a Commis de Brasseur and then a Chef de Rang.

I then spent the next two years at catering college before, almost on a whim, joining the merchant navy and serving as a First Class Waiter on a P&O cruise ship. When I finally made it back to England, I found work waiting at The Hilton, Park Lane, in the International restaurant where I learned to master “ The Lamp” and it was then, I think, that I fell in love with the theatre of the dining experience.

I have always loved cheese but this turned into a kind of obsession after my first visit to the Paris Cheese Market in Rungis in the early nineties.

Later, I became a wholesaler until I passed the business on in 2005 – now, in addition to Thompson and Waterman, I manage and own, along with my wife Trish, a small yet busy bistro and deli in Sudbury, Suffolk. Lunch would not be complete without cheese!

The idea for building our bespoke, hand crafted Cheese Trolleys came following a fortuitous lunch at the famous Hotel School in Lausanne, Switzerland when a cheese trolley arrived at the table. I had never seen its like before. It was a thing of beauty and it made the cheese seem irresistible.

I no longer have any doubt that a beautifully crafted cheese trolley not only adds to the diner’s appreciation and enjoyment of the dining experience but it can also lead to significantly increased sales.

I went to see Alan Waterman at his workshop. Alan is a qualified precision engineer – nearly forty years of training and experience have given him the skills to construct our unique trolleys.We talked, we researched, we developed ideas and finally we produced the first Thompson and Waterman Cheese Trolley, entirely bespoke and constructed out of solid Oak & Sapele.
le gavrocheWe showed our first trolley (The Truckle) to Albert Roux OBE KFO who liked it enough to allow us to use his name to endorse future trolleys and honoured us with our first order.
...Albert Roux OBE, KFO said:
"I have been presented with the most beautiful cheese trolley - very imaginative and very smart. You can really see that the trolleys are not factory productions but reflect real craftsmanship."
chez roux

We are specialists

We make beautiful trolleys from sustainable hardwood. 
Established 2010
The theatre a working trolley brings to a restaurant is as good as money in the bank.

Our Client List

We already have a client base that would make "Who's who" tremble! We have made trolleys for clients in Hong Kong, Switzerland, and all parts of the UK.
Inverlochy castle
ICMI Group :
· Inverlochy Castle · The Cromlix
· Michel Roux at the Landau
· Cross Basket Castle
Compass Group:
· Cheltenham Jockey Club
Dorchester Collection:
· 45 Park Lane, Mayfair
Crown Catering :
· Tattersalls Newmarket
Exclusive Hotels
Exclusive Hotels:
· South Lodge Hotel, West Sussex

The People I Rely On

  • Alan Waterman - Consultant in cabinet making and design
  • Simon Thompson - Administration
  • Caryn Noads - Freelance designer for visuals and design
  • James & Sherry Tolputt (tolmedia) - Web designer, design & print
  • Vaughan Evans - Delivery anywhere in the UK and the continent.
And many more, too! Thank you to you all.

Latest News

Our latest champagne trolley

Champagne trolley, made in walnut, embellished with oak leaves hand crafted by Mark Reed - a highly regarded Sculptor of trees living near Thetford in Norfolk. 

Contact us

Call or email to order your trolley or discuss your requirements