Contract caterer Ampersand has won a contract worth £60m to supply catering at Historic Royal Palaces for the next five and a half years.
Ampersand, the venue and public attraction division of CH&Co, will take over the contract from Digby Trout Restaurants (DTR) to provide the food and beverage offering at the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace.
The deal will include opening a new cafe at Kensington Palace and running the waterfront restaurant at the Tower of London.
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Paul Jackson, managing director of Ampersand, said British seasonal produce would be 'at the heart of every menu' in all restaurants and cafes with each menu desiged to 'pay homage to the history and character of the individual setting.'
"This appointment turns the spotlight on what Ampersand does best – delivering leading edge, creative ideas and services that enhance the visitor experience which in turn delivers financial returns for our clients,” he said.
Danny Homan of Historic Royal Palaces said attempts to win the contract had been a 'highly competitive process'. "This contract is a unique opportunity for Ampersand to make real impact within some of the UK's most popular historic sites," he said.
Ampersand, supplier of catering to the Royal Institute of British Architects, was launched last year as a specialist brand by CH&Co. It will take over the palaces contract from DTR, part of Elior in October. DTR has supplied catering for the Historic Royal Palaces since 2004.