4 October 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Bristol Old Vic has chosen local catering company Fosters as its partner for a unique events and restaurant café space - part of the theatre's multimillion-pound redevelopment.
The two have joined forces to create a catering and events space in the centre of the city, and bookings are now open for the building's front-of-house reopening in autumn 2018.
The centrepiece of this offer will be the historic Coopers' Hall, which until last year served as the theatre's entrance. It has been everything from a craft guild building and a Quaker Meeting House to an auction room and a fruit warehouse - but for the past 45 years has been a grand staircase, forming part of Bristol Old Vic's front-of-house space. It is being returned to its original Georgian splendour, allowing it to function as a public space once again for weddings, conferences and other events.
Bristol Old Vic's CEO Emma Stenning said: "We searched nationwide for the right catering partner; one who would share our pride in this city, and who would work with the kind of creative flair that a theatre demands. This is a big step towards the future success of Bristol Old Vic, and having worked with Fosters on events of our own over recent years, I couldn't be more pleased than to be making this move in partnership with a trusted local company."
Neil Lodge, CEO of Fosters, said: "Bristol Old Vic represents an opportunity for Bristol to showcase itself to a wider regional, national and international audience. Our aim is to match the spectacle of the Bristol Old Vic experience with an equally impressive food and beverage offer."