The partnership between Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) and Ampersand, CH&Co Group’s specialist venue and visitor attraction catering business, has been strengthened with an extension of the catering contract for a further five years.
The £12m a year contract will see Ampersand continue its close working relationship with HRP to provide a fresh, innovative food, beverage and service experience for the millions of visitors to the world-famous attractions; the Tower of London, Kensington Palace and Hampton Court Palace.
As part of the deal, Ampersand will also be making significant investment in the catering facilities at all three Palaces to realise ambitious growth plans and respond to demand. This includes increased seating at the popular cafés within the Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace; plus an exciting enhanced food offer across the board.
Bill Toner, CEO of CH&Co Group, said: “We’re thrilled to be working with HRP for a further five years. Over the past five years we’ve developed a fantastic relationship with HRP, and in particular the retail and catering director Gina George and catering liaison manager Ricky Anthony.
“We’re looking forward to strengthening this further as we work together to implement exciting and ambitious plans that will take the catering at the much-loved Palaces to another level. The Tower of London, Kensington Palace and Hampton Court are part of our nation’s rich history and we’re privileged to have the opportunity to work with HRP in helping ensure the public continues to enjoy them now and into the future.”
Gina George said: “We’re very pleased to be continuing our strong relationship with Ampersand. As the custodians of some of the UK’s most popular heritage sites, we know that a strong catering offer is crucial to a successful visit, and their team make a vital contribution to this. We’re looking forward to working with Ampersand to realise some exciting plans for the restaurants and cafés across our sites which we’re confident will continue to delight our visitors over the next five years.”