Sage Gateshead, has appointed Lindley Heritage to deliver catering and hospitality services at the prestigious home of music and musical discovery located on the south bank of the river Tyne.
Lindley Heritage clinched the five-year, £12.5 million catering contract after joining forces with award-winning North-East based chef and restaurateur, Terry Laybourne MBE, who will preside as consultant chef at the landmark venue.
As consultant chef Terry Laybourne – whose 21 Hospitality Group operates a collection of some of the North East’s most popular award-winning restaurants, including the highly renowned Café 21, The Broad Chare and Caffé Vivo in Newcastle – is closely involved in creating Sage Gateshead menus and in training and development of the onsite chefs who are honing their skills in the 21 Hospitality Group’s restaurant kitchens.
As part of the agreement Laybourne will attend a number of Sage Gateshead’s key catering events and Lindley Heritage has already re-styled the café/restaurant, introducing new menus which focus on fresh, seasonal local produce and feature Terry Laybourne signature dishes.
As well as providing catering and hospitality for all public events and private functions at the stunning riverside venue – which houses a café/restaurant and a new bar on the Concourse; four mezzanine bars along with two performance halls; a rehearsal space which can accommodate up to 250 guests or delegates; a further choice of function rooms accommodating between 50 and 400 guests; and 30 break out rooms – Lindley Heritage will also work closely with Sage Gateshead’s in-house events management team to develop conference and banqueting opportunities.
Lindley Heritage is also implementing a number of sustainable, ethical and community initiatives which will enhance and complement the venue’s existing social programmes and commitment to reducing the impact of the building on the environment. These will include full recycling facilities for the kitchens, including the collection and recycling of food waste and cooking oil; offering free used coffee grounds to visitors for their gardens; adapting white and electrical goods to reduce energy consumption; conducting monthly audits to ensure energy, water and waste are being managed sustainably; and reducing food miles by working with Tasteclub to promote regional produce. The caterer is also working with Sage Gateshead’s Learning and Participation department to provide cooking demonstrations for under-privileged people and to develop apprenticeship opportunities.
Phillip Baitch, commercial trading director at Sage Gateshead, says:
“We are delighted to welcome Lindley Heritage and Terry Laybourne to Sage Gateshead and believe the developments already implemented have truly enhanced the dining and social experience of our visitors.
“Social responsibility is a driving force of ours and with the sustainable, ethical and community initiatives implemented in conjunction with The Lindley Group, we are excited to be adding an additional dimension to our catering offer.”
Since being established as a separate division of The Lindley Group in 2011, Lindley Heritage has won a number of contracts at prestigious arts venues and visitor attractions around the country including: The Hepworth Wakefield, The Theatre Royal Bath, Derby Theatre, the RAF Museum in Hendon, Twycross Zoo and the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, which opened to the public last year.