Catering business the Lindley Group wins Soil Association Silver Food for Life Catering Mark for work at Bath's Theatre Royal

10-October-2013
10-October-2013 10:57
in General
by Liza-Jane Gillespie, Bath Chronicle

A catering firm has been commended for turning the Theatre Royal into a more environmentally-friendly dining venue.

The Lindley Group, which runs the kitchens at the theatre’s Vaults Restaurant and 1805 function rooms, has been awarded a Soil Association Silver Food for Life Catering Mark.

The company won the £4 million contract to run the catering and hospitality services at the theatre last summer.

So far the partnership, which will run for another six years, has seen the menus transformed to include meals that only use sustainable fish and meat which is farm-assured, as well as sourcing local and seasonal produce from firms such as Marshfield Ice Cream, the Severn and Wye Valley Smokery based at Westbury-on-Severn and brewer Bath Ales.

Lindley Group corporate and social responsibility manager Anna Standen said: “Since Lindley became the catering partner at the theatre 16 months ago, we have focused on establishing a great network of fantastic local suppliers who can provide us with the fresh and seasonal produce which has enabled us to develop menus to the exacting standards required to achieve the catering mark.

“To receive this accreditation in such a short period of time is a tribute to teamwork and everyone who has been involved in achieving this – from the Lindley Group’s executive development chefs and procurement team through to the quality, traceability and sustainability of the produce provided by suppliers.”

The Theatre Royal is only the second theatre in the country to win the accolade.

The first was the Malvern Theatres’ Scene Bistro, where Lindley also manages the catering.

General manager at the Theatre Royal, Eugene Hibbert, said of Lindley: “Their ongoing commitment to using quality, locally-sourced, seasonal produce benefits the dining experience for customers.”

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