Salisbury Cathedral has extended its contract with Levy Restaurants UK in a new £6 million deal that will see Levy provide catering services to the iconic church that dates back to the 11th century, for a further six years.
2015 sees the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, of which Salisbury Cathedral holds the best preserved original. Visitor numbers are expected to increase significantly and Salisbury Cathedral wanted a catering team to match its ambitions.
The contract extension, which takes this partnership with the cathedral into its second decade, follows a considerable refurbishment project that has transformed the look and feel of the cathedral’s Refectory Restaurant. The renovation has allowed Levy Restaurants UK to increase seating capacity by one quarter, opening up the kitchen and increasing counter space, making room for an offering that includes deli-style sandwiches, salads, homemade bakery and hand-held savouries.
Colin Bailey, managing director at Levy Restaurants UK, the sports and leisure division of Compass Group UK & Ireland, said:
“We’re extremely pleased to see our partnership with Salisbury Cathedral into its 22nd year and really excited to continue delivering fantastic food and service in the Refectory Restaurant following its incredible transformation. Next year is a really important year for the Cathedral and we’re looking forward to working in partnership with them to create a memorable guest experience for their visitors, really showcasing this iconic visitor attraction.”
Speaking of the partnership, Katie Sporle, Chapter Clerk at Salisbury Cathedral, commented:
“We are delighted to have recently extended our term for a further five years with the Levy Restaurants UK team. As part of our extension agreement, an investment has been made into our refectory and the results have been incredible. Delivered on time, to budget and with an incredibly positive response from our customers, we are confident we have a fantastic platform on which to continue to develop the business in partnership over the next six years.”