"The Proof OF THE PUDDING Is In The EATING"!
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We spent two weeks in August in Spartia, Kefalonia at the amazing Vericoco and booked Rory for a few of his excellent services - the grocery concierge twice, an opening night welcome meal for two, as well as a dinner for four halfway through our holiday.
The grocery concierge service is a genius idea, particularly for the more remote areas. Yes there was a small mini market a mile away, but the only times we went there wasn’t even bread, let alone the array of goodies Rory can offer. He stocked up our entire fridge, freezer and cupboards on the day of our arrival and the food was amazing and saved us driving around looking for where to buy it all.
The Personal Chef first night meal waiting for us was excellent, which meant we looked forward to our Greek dinner for four even more. It didn’t disappoint. A superb menu, we didn’t lift a finger all night, and Rory was a star in an unfamiliar kitchen. We can’t recommend him highly enough (and already have, to friends going to Kefalonia soon!)
Steven & Louisa
Vericoco Retreat - Spartia, August 2018
"We were a party of 6 adults staying in the hills above Agia Efemia. The location was fairly remote but Rory found us and gave us a fantastic Greek menu on our first night on holiday. The food was exceptional and his accompanying wine journey was a perfect match. I thought the price was very reasonable, especially when you throw in all the free advice he gave us about places to see and things to do. And once you have wined and dined there is no mess...now that’s how to start a holiday! Even though he was very busy over the following two weeks ( Unfortunately - We would have booked him again and again!) he arranged a wine tour itinerary for us a few days later which was fabulous. What can be better....see the beautiful island whilst sampling some of the really good Greek wines that are available!"
Many thanks Rory. See you next year.
Charlie and Paula Whittaker and friends
VILLA PHIVOS, May 2018
Hope all is well with you in beautiful Kefalonia?
Just wanted to say what a great meal and evening we had with you on 30th June 2017 at Villa Ambelonas. We all really enjoyed our BBQ, the food was fantastic and really fresh and tasty. You made the evening really enjoyable with your friendly chat and great local information about the island. We will be returning next year, and hopefully will repeat the occasion!
All the best for the future.
Sue, Bill, Kelly, Jodie and Stef (The Mason Family),
"Hi Rory, just back from our lovely holiday in Sea View Villa in gorgeous Kefalonia, with my sister, June. Just a wee message to thank you for your wonderful, & much appreciated service. You make our holiday complete & are one of the main reasons we come back year after year. Hopefully will be back next year.
Anyway, many, many thanks to you. You're an absolute star. Cheers, from Moira & Chris xx
Moira & Chris Himsworth,
A massive thank you for a really magical evening - what utterly fabulous food and it just kept on coming down the steps. You are a Wizard with a magic wand ! An evening to really remember !
Gilly Fick and Family,
Thank you in so many ways…… in creating our perfect day.
Your hardwork, dedication, attention to detail and working so hard with us to understand exactly what we wanted and delivering the finished product perfectly really needs sharing with others.
Working with you in the many months leading to the big day, sharing ideas and suggestions, seeing plans start falling into place, being introduced to the various providers you made an absolute pleasure of a journey in everyway. The service, venue, photographer, florist, hairdresser, planning entertainment, cake (made by yourself) catering and refreshments you suggested were all outstanding on the day, in addition to all the minor details that we weren’t even aware of.
You didn’t just focus on the day, you also took time to find out more about the family and guests, worked closely with us on planning the service, venue, in fact there was nothing we suggested that wasn’t achieveable and if that was the case you find a way!!!! Nothing was too much work which made working with you so easy and an absolute pleasure.
Suffice to say Rory your passion, hardwork, planning, attention to detail, combined with a touch of brilliance made our special day perfect, it wasn’t ordinary or okay, it was outstanding, amazing, fun, romantic and memorable.
More importantly Rory to make a day that was so special, takes a great deal more than just providing the venue, service, food and entertainment, it requires a great deal of trust, honesty, transparency, dedication, care, time and a strong desire to do your best and this is how you surpassed all out greatest expectation resulting in a day both Phillip, myself, family and friends will remember forever as truly beautiful.
Finally, Rory we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and say what a pleasure it was to meet the lovely Colm an absolute delight, who listened so patiently then gave invaluable feedback even when work spilled over into your personal time….so much so that we’ve now become good friends, what more could we have wished for …………….
Lots of love and best wishes to you both.
Phillip and Amanda xx
- Amanda and Phillip Stoner, Villa Mia, July 2017
BOND VIVEUR Bespoke Wedding
Many thanks for the great meal last night. We all really enjoyed it and chatting to you.
Needless to say, we won't be going out to the taverna nearby tonight, as originally planned, but rather will be working our way through the leftovers as best we can...
Cheers and all the best
Philip Browne, Villa Ambelonas, SEPTEMBER 2017
Hi Rory ,
just like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you for a wonderful evening , excellent food , great host. We will have no hesitation in recommending you to are friends who visit the island and hopefully booking you again when we return.
David and family
David Phillpotts and Family,
Villa Neo Moli, August 2017
A very big thank you for a lovely meal tonight, we all throughly enjoyed it. And also just to say we were all very impressed with your professionalism in all aspects of the meal.
When we come back for our next holiday, I will definitely give you a call.
Thank you from all of us. And very best wishes for future.
Linda Potter and Family, VILLA ANNA REBECCA, MAY 2017
Thanks again, Rory for just being fantastic. To arrive at the villa with all groceries & alcohol not only delivered, but packed away, is just perfect. We had a fantastic holiday at Villa Lemoni in Old Skala. Fantastic service. One of the many reasons we keep returning to Kefalonia.
MOIRA HIMSWORTH, VILLA LEMONI, AUGUST 2016
Hi Rory – just a quick note to say thank you very much – excellent service once again and the splendid jam is helping us now we are back home to keep our spirits high.
Hopefully see you next year...
BRYAN NEWTON, JULY 2016
Hi Rory, thank you very much for cooking us such a delicious Greek banquet this week. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was by far the tastiest food of our week's holiday on the island!
Best wishes Angus, Rob, Clare, Vick, Natalie and Catherine
Angus Wilby and Friends,
I just wanted to thank you again for the delicious meal that you made for us in Kefalonia. We really enjoyed it and we had enough for lunch the next day which was great! My family enjoyed it too and we would definitely recommend you. We are home now and missing Kefalonia!
JENNY CRYE, AUGUST 2015
Just to thank you again for all your help in making my birthday so memorable. Firstly it was great to come into the villa and find it perfectly provisioned so that we did not have to worry about food (or drink!) shopping and thank you again for sourcing the gin I like!
Secondly my actual birthday meal was just lovely. From the champagne and dips through to the dessert it was really delicious and I am also grateful for your conspiracy with my sisters in getting the cake! If you would like to use any or all of these comments as a recommendation for your concierge and/or personal chef services then please do so. I hope we may come over again and if so will definitely be in touch.
With best wishes.
Hi Rory – we have returned home after another wonderful stay on the island – made all the more luxurious by your superb service and supplies.
Our stay was just superb and each time we come out to the island we love it even more.
Once again thanks for a superb service – particular mention in dispatches must go to the apricot and lavender preserve.
Well done and many thanks
Hi Rory, I wanted to thank you for the excellent service we received - it was wonderful to arrive to all the fantastic food, all put away and refrigerated.
I recommended your service in the visitors guide.
Had an amazing anniversary meal from Rory! A moonlit night and fabulous food prepared , cooked and served impeccably! Highly recommended for a evening to remember! Thankyou Rory!
ALISON & DAVID,
“Best day of our week long stay!” June 2014 - TripAdvisor Review
My daughter arranged a visit here in June for my birthday treat. An amazing place - a small independent vineyard. Our host was Nora, who was an absolute delight. A tour round the vineyard followed by a superb selection of wines with nibbles - sat in the shade - just great. They also arranged for a personal chef to come in and cook us a 3 course meal, again sat in the shade, with more great wines to enjoy. The meal was just fantastic -chef trading under the name of Bond Viveur. Cant recommend this place enough, and all very reasonably priced as well - so I'm told. Go there and enjoy - get the meal as well - you will not be disappointed.
Feedback as promised from: Thursday 22nd August 2013 Thank you for a fantastic meal you prepared for us on the date above at our hired villa (Eros in old skala) It was amazing and you was so professional and friendly you made us very relaxed in your company. We was here on our honeymoon and the service you provide is fantastic for those who fancy a night in with great food! Our groceries was all packed away an hour or 2 before we arrived at the villa so straight away we didn't need to worry about heading to a shop for basic stuff. Thank you again, we can't stop talking about your food and we even tried to recreate the dish when we got home :) Your service is a must for anyone staying in kefalonia! We wish you all the best for the future.
Marie & Nick
MARIE AND NICK HAMMOND,
VILLA EROS, AUGUST 2013
Many thanks for all your help. Was a wonderful start to our holiday. We could just unpack, relax and then eat dinner, which was just so fresh and delicious.
Would definitely use you again and have no hesitation in recommending your service.
- EVELYN NATHANSON, VILLA ROBERTO, JULY 2013
Hi Rory just to say a big thank you for setting us up with all the provisions required to start us off on yet another fabulous stay on Cephalonia. This is the second year we have used your services and I have no hesitation in recommending you and using your excellent and completely reliable provision services again for our next visit in 2014.
VILLA IONIAN BEACH, JUNE 2013
Just wanted to say thank you for coming to Villa Gaia and giving us such a great evening with fabulous food! We did recommend you in the 'guest book' so hope you get more bookings through that and we also mentioned it onthe Vintage Villas questionnaire.
Hope you have a great summer in Kefalonia and we hope to be back next year......if so I will book you in advance! Chears!
Love Gail & Keith
KEITH AND GAIL TINGLEY,
VILLA GAIA, MAY 2013
Rory, I promised I'd post a comment on your site. What can I say? You arrived at our villa (near Fiscardo) to prepare our honeymoon meal. The quality of the food was spectacular - we went for the Caribbean menu that I'd recommend to anyone. The quantity was staggering - we had "ifits" for the next few days ("ifits" meaning if its in the fridge then that's what you're having!) Awesome - as the youngsters would say. Wishing you every success in your new venture. Very professional, & a gr8 cook to boot.
TRISH AND RUSSELL WINTERBURN, VILLA LEMONI, JULY 2012
I stayed in Kefalonia in June with a group of girlfriends. Rory came over to cook for us one evening at the villa where we were staying and we had a Birthday party for one of the girls. We had a fantastic time and the food was amazing. We had the BBQ menu, with Jamaican jerk chicken and homemade burgers and the lovely spicy potatoes - fantastic! The bloody Mary soup was also to die for & definately the highlight for me! Rory spent all evening looking after us and working hard in the kitchen. Thanks Rory x
MISS S. HILL, VILLA MAC,
We returned from Kefalonia on Sunday after a wonderful holiday at Katelios Bay View. As promised, I wanted to give you feedback on 'Bond Viveur' which I have also shared with Vintage Travel and a number of friends in UK. I have to say your service is fantastic - very professional, prompt and friendly. It was lovely to arrive with a fully stocked fridge and then organise a top-up midway through our holiday. The produce delivered was high quality (including some homegrown) and thoughtfully put away - all at a reasonable cost. This service is particularly useful if you are travelling without a car (especially if your property is up a steep hill as many are in Kefalonia!)
or if you don't want to drive / spend valuable vacation time in a supermarket.
I would highly recommend 'Bond Viveur'.
Thanks again and best wishes.
KATELIOS BAY VIEW VILLA, JULY 2012
Just to say a big thanks to Rory for organising our groceries and cooking an excellent meal for us and our surprise guests at Sues 50th. The meal was first rate, and what a nice guy !!!! We will be seeing you again real soon
John and Sue
JOHN DAVIES & SUE BUCHAN,
VILLA AETHERA, MAY 2013
A huge thank you to Rory and his beautiful food for such a truly magical evening! My first time to Kefalonia and this was such a treat. Authentic dishes, lovely manner and again..delicious food! Thank you for adding to an already wonderful holiday. Hope to see you again soon!
— CHLOE TUCKER, SEPTEMBER 2016
Truly wonderful meal cooked for our Family of 5 by Rory. Non intrusive but attentive service. Wonderful fresh, local produce beautifully cooked and presented. Kitchen left spotless, you wouldn't even know anyone had cooked there. Great value. Highly recommend.
LINDA PRITCHARD, SEPTEMBER 2016
Just a very brief note to say a big thank you for the experience we had last night. The food was superb and your easy style of delivering the evening added to our enjoyment.
We will seriously consider using your services again when we return to the island.
Chris, Dee & Colin
COLIN CHAPMAN, VILLA AMBELONAS, JULY 2016
A gastronomic delight. Rory came to our villa recently and created a sublime feast. By far and away the best meal we have had, not just in Kefalonia but all of Greece. Simply the best!
Michael Wylam, Villa Asteri,
Thanks to Rory of Bond Viveur, we had a sumptuous and delicious beach picnic, personally delivered direct so that we were able to eat al fresco on the sand and watch the beautiful Kefalonian sunset. Rory Bond certainly went the extra mile to accommodate a unique experience. We'll be in touch again to ask Rory for his assistance in making future holiday occasions as memorable and special.
Just to say how much we appreciated your excellent shopping last week. To arrive at our villa after a day's travelling and find the fridge stocked, the wine store full and everything ready for our arrival, was a treat never before experienced. I wish you could be everywhere we ever want to go on holiday!
Everything you bought on our behalf was of the highest quality so we ate like kings for the whole week.
We shall be back!
Caroline & Anthony
CAROLINE & ANTHoNY SCOTT-GALL, JULY 2015
Hello Rory - Just wanted to touch base and say thanks again for such a wonderful meal for our Celebration evening on July 10th at Villa Kalisto ! I know the kitchen made the job tough but you came through with flying colors- and nowwill know for the next time someone wants a meal for 8 in a kitchen that really is not meant for that !
Hope you enjoyed the very loud Greek music and the antics of some crazy Greeks !
Best wishes for your continued success -
Regards - Melanie & Kostas
MELANIE & KOSTAS,
Just a brief note to thankyou for your expert input.. Everything was perfect and a big thank you from both of us.
Your local knowledge and flair was very much appreciated. We hope to be returning next year.
Stefan @ Karen
STEFAN & KAREN,
We used this service for our Villa in Kefalonia over the last two weeks. It was an absolute delight to arrive after a long day to find everything we needed not only delivered, but put away in cupboards, fridge and freezer! It removed all the stress of the normal tedious supermarket hunt! Rory also personally delivered a top up in our second week, and he was as lovely and friendly as all his communication suggested. What a fabulous service! Cannot recommend highly enough. Thanks Rory, you're a star!
JUNE DAVIS, VILLA LEMONI,
We took advantage of the recommended catering company and cannot praise Rory highly enough. His food was delicious and presented so beautifully. Rory himself was a great hit with everyone.
- DEBORAH J., - MAY 2014
“Well worth a visit!” - Reviewed 27 May 2014 - TripAdvisor
We arranged a 'tour' of the Winery via email, and also enquired whether it would be possible to have a meal there as there were 7 of us in our group, and we thought it would enhance our visit. The owner ( who speaks perfect English) was very helpful and arranged an outside caterer ( ex-Pat Rory ) to come and produce the most wonderful al fresco Greek meal for us - chicken souvlaki from the bar-b-q, numerous delicious salads, followed by Baklava all of an excellent quality, and more than we could manage!
The Bond Viveur personal chef experience made a truly memorable evening for my family celebrating my father's 60th birthday. Rory's service from start to finish, from creating our menu, to preparing and serving the wonderful food, was professional, friendly and faultless. We would certainly recommend Bond Viveur to all and we hope to use the service in the future. Again best of luck with Bond Viveur and hope to be in contact in the future.
MELISSA BIGGS AND FAMILY,
VILLA CHRISTINE, MAY 2014
Just a quick note to thank and compliment you on your service. Having our first shopping delivered and packed away on our arrival was a true godsend. Thanks also for the excellent Birthday cake for my daughter. Not only did it look superb but it also tasted great. I would recommend you adding cakes etc to your offerings as we enjoyed it all week!
Thanks again and until the next time.
- NIGEL DEAN, VILLA ASTERI, AUGUST 2013
As promised a little feedback for you.
Many, many thanks for the grocery service and chef service which we used this year. It was great being able to customise both to exactly what we required. You operate an extremely professional service which was a pleasure to use.
The chef service for my wife's birthday meal was simply wonderful. You put us totally at ease and we were able to enjoy great food with a great view. It was a very special and relaxing evening which i would recommend to anyone.We didn't have to lift a finger all evening and i think the kitchen was cleaner when you left that when you arrived. I am sure we will use you again in the future (even if only to see if you get our cheese order right ;-) , sorry had to get it in but you can edit it out !! )
Andrew & Linda Statham
ANDREW AND LINDA STATHAM,
VILLA AETHERA, JULY 2013
Bond Viveur catered for our wedding in Kefalonia. The menu suggested was exactly spot - our guests absolutely loved it. It had great distinctive Greek flavours done so nicely. Everything was yummy, perfectly seasoned and all the ingredients were fruit and vegetables in season and at their best. We couldn't have wished for better food on our day. A very big THANK YOU!