The National Portrait Gallery has renewed a contract with catering company Searcys to manage its restaurant and bar.
The new five-year contract, worth £15m, follows successful tenders by Searcys to supply catering at the Barbican Restaurant and the Bath Assembly Rooms.
Swedish Head Chef Katarina Todosijevic and General Manager Michelle Cartwright will remain in charge of the Portrait restaurant, situated on the gallery’s fourth floor.
Searcys Chief Executive Duncan Ackery said companies supplying catering facilities at tourist attractions had a duty to supply quality products.
“Art galleries and museums are thriving across the UK, so restaurants within these areas must keep their standards high to attract the tourists,” he said.
Searcys, which has run the Portrait for the past nine years, also manages the Pump Room restaurant in Bath and The Champagne Bar at St Pancras International. In September it will open St Pancras Grand – a restaurant, bar and private dining room near the Champagne bar.
Popping the corks at St Pancras