The Lindley Group has been awarded a Soil Association Silver Food for Life Catering Mark for it's work on the Theatre Royal in Bath.
The catering firm, which runs the kitchens at the Vaults Restaurant and the 1805 function rooms, initially won a £4 million contract to manage all hospitality services for the site in the summer last year. It has now been commended for all the environmentally-friendly practices that it adheres to. Menus for the theatre only use farm-assured meats and sustainable fish, while all seasonal produce is locally sourced from regional businesses such as brewer Bath Ales and Marshfield Ice Cream.
The contract will run until at least 2019, with the hope that more hospitality jobs will be created for the local area in the process.
According to South West Business, Lindley Group corporate and social responsibility manager Anna Standen said: "Since Lindley became the catering partner at the theatre 16 months ago, we have focused on establishing a great network of fantastic local suppliers who can provide us with the fresh and seasonal produce, which has enabled us to develop menus to the exacting standards required to achieve the catering mark."
The Theatre Royal is the second theatre in the UK to win this award, the first having been Malvern Theatres' Scene Bistro. It is important to note that Lindley manages the catering at this venue also.
This award follows the recent announcement that Lindley Heritage has also secured a catering contract to manage all hospitality services at Sage Gateshead, a centre for performance, conferences and musical education. The £12.5 million contract will span five years and see catering offered to all the public and private functions at the venue, which features rehearsal spaces, function rooms, 30 breakout rooms and two performance halls.
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