Elior has been awarded a 10-year catering contract worth £18 million by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council to manage the newly refurbished historic attraction, Kirkleatham Walled Garden.
The contract caterer will manage the café where produce from the garden will be available for guests to order, such as home-baked items, hot meals, and hot and cold beverages. Catering will also be available to suit any occasion or dietary need in the 350-seat Turner Pavilion: from silver service and canapes to casual dining and buffet lunches.
Elior will also manage the attraction from ticketing to admissions. The onsite catering and horticultural academy will provide apprentices and trainees with experience and skills working in the gardens and café, and on events.
The Grade II listed Kirkleatham Walled Garden features formal gardens, a science garden and a glasshouse, as well as activities areas, a café, a shop and a 350-seat events pavilion. It is expected to boost the economy in Redcar and Cleveland, attracting more than 30,000 visitors a year.
Mary Lanigan, councillor and leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, said: “Kirkleatham Walled Garden has been lovingly restored to create a true heritage asset. We’re excited about its potential, not just as a tourist attraction, but also as an opportunity to create job opportunities and apprenticeships.”
Kenny Finlayson, managing director at Elior, said: “We’re looking forward to creating a venue that will boost the economy in the region: inspiring and exciting visitors while providing valuable skills and experience for local learners. And we’ve created an exciting business model that will drive the site forward and deliver against these outputs.”
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