Football club Notts County has chosen Lindley Venue Catering, a specialist branch of the Lindley Group, to provide catering services at is stadium on match days and for special events.
Until now, the football club has been managing its own catering services in house, but is now looking to boost revenue from its newly refurbished conference and banqueting facilities at Meadow Lane with the help of a specialist catering business.
The £5 million, five-year deal will also see Lindley develop the food retail, bar and hospitality catering services at the 20,000-seat capacity stadium.
Lindley's appointment comes at what looks set to be a particularly busy time at the club – acknowledged as the oldest established professional football club in the world – as it gets set to celebrate its 150th anniversary.
Meanwhile, a re-development programme at the ground, which has been Notts County's home since 1910, has seen the upgrading of the reception area, hospitality lounges, and executive boxes over the past two years, as well as the installation of the new Meadow Lane Sports Bar, which serves food as well as drinks on match days and match day evenings.
The Lindley Group is also contributing £65,000 towards the refurbishment of Notts County FC’s most prestigious function room – the 1862 Suite.
"The facilities now available at Notts County FC really are exceptional," said Jonathan Davies, the Lindley Group's head of sales & marketing.
"A lot of thought and planning has gone into ensuring that they are equipped to the very highest standards, and we will be working with the club to develop and promote a comprehensive portfolio of non match-day hospitality packages which will make the venue extremely attractive for both private and corporate hire.
"Just as importantly, we'll be providing match goers with good value, quality food – including our award winning pies – and we will be creating and introducing new match day hospitality menus featuring locally sourced, seasonal produce."
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