Robert Alexander Halliday (Bob)

Member of: Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland and the Institute of Hospitality & Federation of Small Businesses.

Bob trained as a chef in the North British Hotel  ( now the Balmoral Hotel)  in Princess Street, Edinburgh. At the age of 20 he took up a post as head chef with British Telecom Headquarters at Canning House Edinburgh.

Within a few years Bob was promoted to the management team, overseeing the management of various restaurants with the BT group in many locations throughout Scotland, and coordinated corporate functions within  BT, many of which included themed events, some of which were for celebrities and members of the Royal family.

In 2000, Bob relocated and took up the post of General manager for the prestigious Clifton College in Bristol.

Having fifty three catering staff under his direction, serving 3,500 meals per day on a normal day.  The college was  also a  popular venue for corporate events and the catering for these were also under Bob's direction.

In 2003 together with wife Janet, Bob set up  Xander's  sandwich bar in Lothian Road Edinburgh. The business successfully traded in this position for six years.

With the tremendous growth of the outside catering and trolley service divisions of the company, larger premises were required and a decision was made to move   to purpose built catering premises in Leven Street Edinburgh in 2008.

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Hi Janet 

Your attention to detail was excellent. All of the guests commented on the success of the breakfast and that was in no small measure due to your excellent cooking. I would certainly recommend you to my friends. Thank you for all your hard work From a very satisfied customer, Alison Falconer


I'd just like to say thank you for the food you provided for my Nana's funeral on 1st May.  The service was friendly and personal, delivering exactly what we had hoped for.  Everyone commented on how good the food was and the presentation was lovely.  It made the day run very smoothly to have a reliable delivery of high quality food arrive at just the right moment.  It was also a miracle to keep my mother out of the kitchen altogether and much appreciated! Thanks for the hard work, friendliness and accessibility you provided,

Yours, Sally McNeish South Queensferry



 Dear Bob Thank you for today. It was excellent service and the food looked delicious. Look forward to doing business again Thanks

Kind regards Rifat  Rifat Khan |  Inflammation Clinical Network Representative.

Thank you very much for the service on the day. Everyone enjoyed the lunch which was very good quality. In particular I was delighted to receive a lunch that I could eat (dairy free special lunch ordered).  You have no idea what a supplier in Glasgow provides I rarely order catering in Edinburgh but will certainly use you again when the occasion arises

kind regards Angela McCulloch Project Co-ordinator


Dear Mr Halliday Just to say we were very pleased with all the food you delivered for our party on Sunday. There was more than ample and lots of people commented on how good it was. Thanks very much  Kirsten Stalker  


Dear Janet & Bob,
I would just like to say a very big thank you to you both for the wonderful service both you and your staff provide. The selection is always varied and plentiful as well as being extremely fresh and beautifully presented. Our clients always comment on what a fantastic lunch we provide them with, so in turn we would like to also say thank you for making us look good. Your staff are always polite and courteous and your delivery is always prompt. I have recommended your company on many occasion and know that I will be personally using you for any private functions I may have in the future. We look forward to working with you again soon!!!

Kind regards, Toni Pearce Offices in London and Edinburgh

Hi Bob,
Apologies for note getting to this sooner, I've had nothing but parties to organise since the 8th!
Just a quick note to say thanks again for the fantastic service you provided. The food was delicious and the service you provided of the able settings and serving and cleaning up after was invaluable.
I would have no hesitation in recommending you to all.       Thanks again   Erin Russell

Hi Bob,

Just wanted to say a massive thank you for delivering the very short notice order- everyone loved the nibbles. I'd certainly use you again in the future

Thanks again Jemma

Dear Xander's Team,
I would like to thank you for the wonderful food you prepared for my recent 21st Party.
Everybody complimented the variation, quantity and quality of the food throughout the evening.
The service was excellent and the price fair.
I would thoroughly recommend your catering company to those looking for caterers for their own party
Claire Taylor

 Dear Bob      Thank you very much for the lovely  canapés you made for our event. They were absolutely fantastic and I will be recommending your services to all my contacts. The two young ladies who assisted were top class and I would like you to pass on my thanks again.  

Thank You Annie Stephen

 Good Afternoon,

Thank you very much for the sample buffet that you kindly delivered to us on Wednesday -  we were very impressed by the quality and choice.

Morag Wright

Gallagher Bassett International Limited 

Jan & Bob
A quick e-mail to say how delighted we were with the catering you did at Adam's birthday party - everyone was really impressed with the food and also the service, so we really can't thank you enough.  It was brilliant for us that you were so well organised in advance of people arriving.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend you to others and hope we will be able to use your services again soon
Many thanks
Walter Clark

I used Xander’s for my recent “Big Birthday”.
We got given an excellent selection of possible dishes with a number of useful suggestions given, but the ultimate choice being up to us.
This was useful as we had a few vegetarians, and one other with specific dietary requirements. These were all accommodated easily.
We got a good selection on the night with ample quantity. In fact we had enough for an excellent “doggy bag” for the next day.
All food was of high quality and was commended on the night by some of the guests.
I have no hesitation in recommending the catering we got. I would certainly consider using Xander’s again
K. Cramond

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