Cooks & Partners have been chosen as the café operator for the new café being built at the Grade II Listed North Lodge in Brompton Cemetery. The café is just one of the regeneration aspects that The Royal Parks (in conjunction with Heritage Lottery and BIG Lottery ‘Parks for People’ funding programme) are investing in to reinvigorate the garden cemetery and to help promote the environmental and cultural significance of the site.
Following a formal tender process, Cooks & Partners now enter into a five year contract, worth approximately £1.5 million, from April 2018 to establish a reputation for the cafe, synonymous with food quality and local engagement. The site will open in April alongside a ‘Friends’ Meeting Place and a small events space.
This new café site, under the Royal Parks’ banner, will join the other 3 café sites within the Cooks & Partners portfolio, Hamilton Café, Resource Café and Holland Park Café.
Simon Goggin, Director and very much a day to day character in the company, said “We are thrilled to be chosen by The Royal Parks to embark on such a new opportunity. Their site was a natural fit for us as they were keen to appoint a caterer with strong social values and a food sustainability programme”
Andrew Varnava, Catering Contract Manager at The Royal Parks said “We choose to work with Cooks & Partners because they tapped into our vision and had the expertise to deliver exactly what we wanted without compromising on their sustainable food supply chain“.