Ampersand secures £2.5m art gallery contract

CH&Co-owned Ampersand has won the exclusive catering and events contract for the next five years at Warwickshire art gallery Compton Verney.

Warwickshire art gallery Compton Verney chooses Ampersand
Warwickshire art gallery Compton Verney chooses Ampersand

The £2.5m contract at the venue near Stratford-Upon-Avon will include a 100-cover restaurant for a la carte dining, and a café offering visitors a more informal option. During the warmer months there will also be a mobile facility and pop-up units in the grounds selling ice-cream and drinks.  

Ampersand will also be in charge of providing catering for hire events at Compton Verney such as private parties and product launches.

The art gallery, housed in a Grade I-listed Georgian mansion, will be marking its ten-year anniversary with a series of events throughout 2014, including a sculpture exhibition, Moore Rodin, comprising works both in the grounds and inside the gallery by Auguste Rodin and Henry Moore.

Rachel Davies, deputy director at Compton Verney, said: "Ampersand demonstrated great understanding of our business and how its catering services will play an integral role in enhancing our visitors’ experience. 

"We have a remarkable year ahead with great events and exhibitions, so we are thrilled to have found a caterer who shares our enthusiasm for the future."

Paul Jackson, managing director at Ampersand, added: "We are honoured to serve such a beautiful art gallery in such a lovely setting with exciting site development plans. This appointment demonstrates our brand’s growing strength outside London."

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