By Angela Green:
Independent Scottish caterer Hickory has announced a new exclusive partnership with The Merchants’ Hall, located in the heart of Edinburgh’s historic New Town. Hickory has been appointed sole caterer and venue manager of the venue to support The Merchants’ Hall’s mission to promote local artisans and businesses.
The announcement highlights the recent growth of the Hickory following on from other partnerships and developments, making the caterer one of the largest independent catering operators in Scotland.
The Merchants’ Hall is a distinguished nineteenth century building owned by The Royal Company of Merchants of The City of Edinburgh, designed to reflect values still associated with Scotland’s capital city, of integrity, acumen, and accomplishment.
Over the years it has had an impressive array of hosts, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.
Seating up to 150 dinner guests, Merchants’ Hall provides a beautiful backdrop to weddings or Champagne receptions with its striking domed ceiling and Minstrels’ Gallery. The venue provides space to mingle, entertain, and network, and is fully accessible with a lift and accessible toilet facilities.
Hickory managing director, Stephanie Stubbs, said of the latest partnership: “The Merchants’ Hall is one of Edinburgh’s true hidden gems offering a stunning and memorable venue for formal gatherings. Hickory is thrilled to have been appointed as the sole caterer and venue manager.”
The Membership, Events and Communications Manager for the Royal Company of Merchants, Gill Daniell, added by saying: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Hickory as we evolve The Merchants’ Hall into a new era. With their exceptional quality of service and catering, their impressive investment in sustainability and their respect for traditional and history, they represent our vision and aims for the future of our historic venue.”
With a commitment to facilitating spaces of enriching experience through an emphasis on sustainability, Hickory continues its mission to deliver Scotland’s best events and hospitality experiences. Quality ingredients are sourced locally by a professional culinary team, who deliver innovative seasonal dishes.
The caterer achieved ISO 9001 accreditation last year and catered for Climate Action at COP26 in 2021, demonstrating their commitment to sustainability.
See here for more information on Hickory and The Merchants’ Hall.