With spring in full swing and the warmer temperatures finding their way through, those in the leisure business know that the busy season is not far away. Hopefully, the plans have been set and the changes have been made in time for operators to go full tilt with their catering venues to make hay while the going is good. In this edition the SLC team have visited a number of venues that have upgraded or changed their F&B outlet just in time for the summer spike in visitors. After renowned caterer Amadeus secured the contract at Stratford Racecourse, new concepts and F&B infrastructure have seen the profits jump (page 14). Elsewhere, CH&CO has introduced the new Painted Hall Café beneath the ‘Sistine Chapel of the UK’ at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich (page 24). Our international feature doubles as an innovation piece as we visit the US to see how Aramark has reintegrated pedal power to bust the queues and bring beer to the fans across 10 NFL stadia (page 12). We find out what customers expect from their burgers, hotdogs and pies (page 32) and why SLC venues need to embrace technology (page 43). Finally, features writer Esther Anyakwo visits the Queen of Castles – Leeds Castle in Kent (page 18). Enjoy.
Debbie Matthews tells Esther Anyakwo how the team at Leeds Castle, crowned “the loveliest castle in the world”, have crafted an offering fit for royalty
CH&CO introduces the new Painted Hall Café beneath the ‘Sistine Chapel of the UK’ at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
After Amadeus secured the catering contract at Stratford Racecourse, new concepts and F&B infrastructure have seen the profits jump