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Lindley Heritage Partners With Terry Laybourne To Scoop Catering Contract

Posted on 5 December 2013

Sage Gateshead, has appointed Lindley Heritage – the heritage, arts and leisure venue division of The Lindley Group – to manage and develop all aspects of the catering and hospitality services at the prestigious home of music and musical discovery located on the south bank of the river Tyne.

Lindley Heritage clinched the five-year, £12.5 million catering contract after joining forces with award-winning North-East based chef and restaurateur, Terry Laybourne MBE, who will preside as consultant chef at the landmark venue.

As well as providing catering and hospitality for all public events and private functions at the stunning riverside venue – which houses a café/restaurant and a new bar on the Concourse; four mezzanine bars along with two performance halls; a rehearsal space which can accommodate up to 250 guests or delegates; a further choice of function rooms accommodating between 50 and 400 guests; and 30 break out rooms – Lindley Heritage will also work closely with Sage Gateshead’s in-house events management team to develop conference and banqueting opportunities.

Lindley Heritage has assumed full responsibility for catering services and has already re-styled the café/restaurant, introducing new menus which focus on fresh, seasonal local produce and feature Terry Laybourne signature dishes. Lindley Heritage has also installed a new additional bar on the main Concourse area to provide extra capacity and maximise use of the Concourse space.

As consultant chef Terry Laybourne – whose 21 Hospitality Group operates a collection of some of the North East’s most popular award-winning restaurants, including the highly renowned Café 21, The Broad Chare and Caffé Vivo in Newcastle – is closely involved in creating Sage Gateshead menus and in training and development of the onsite chefs who are honing their skills in the 21 Hospitality Group’s restaurant kitchens. As part of the agreement Laybourne will attend a number of Sage Gateshead’s key catering events.

Lindley Heritage is additionally implementing a number of sustainable, ethical and community initiatives, which will enhance and complement the venue’s existing social programmes and commitment to reducing the impact of the building on the environment. These will include full recycling facilities for the kitchens, as well as the collection and recycling of food waste and cooking oil; offering free used coffee grounds to visitors for their gardens; adapting white and electrical goods to reduce energy consumption; conducting monthly audits to ensure energy, water and waste are being managed sustainably; and reducing food miles by working with Tasteclub to promote regional produce.

Lindley Heritage is also working with Sage Gateshead’s Learning and Participation department to provide cooking demonstrations for under-privileged people and to develop apprenticeship opportunities.

Phillip Baitch, Commercial Trading Director at Sage Gateshead, says: “We are delighted to welcome Lindley Heritage and Terry Laybourne to Sage Gateshead and believe the developments already implemented have truly enhanced the dining and social experience of our visitors. We look forward to working with The Lindley Group to further enhance the quality of food, customer service and overall customer experience at Sage Gateshead.

“Social responsibility is a driving force of ours and with the sustainable, ethical and community initiatives implemented in conjunction with The Lindley Group, we are excited to be adding an additional dimension to our catering offer.”

Jonathan Davies, The Lindley Group’s Sales and Marketing Director, adds: “This contract has all of the ingredients of a perfect partnership – a unique landmark building in a vibrant city offering a wide range of multi-function rooms and state-of-the art technical facilities which provide the ideal setting for any event from concerts to conferences, exhibitions and weddings. There is also the skill and expertise of an extremely talented, locally-renowned chef; and an independent national catering company which understands how to drive sales and increase customer satisfaction.

“Our aim is to make Sage Gateshead a ‘must visit’ venue renowned for serving high quality food. We want the food in the Café/Restaurant to appeal not only to the thousands of visitors attending the concerts, music festivals and workshops, but also to diners who simply want to enjoy a superb meal in a fantastic setting, and to provide an added attraction for organisers of conferences, events and private parties.”

Since being established as a separate division of The Lindley Group in 2011, Lindley Heritage has won a number of contracts at prestigious arts venues and visitor attractions around the country including: The Hepworth Wakefield, The Theatre Royal Bath, Derby Theatre, the RAF Museum in Hendon, Twycross Zoo and the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, which opened to the public last year. Lindley has also been the catering partner at the Malvern Theatres Arts Centre since 2005.

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Editor’s Notes:

The Lindley Group
Established in 1968 and based in Stoke-on-Trent, The Lindley Group is an independent British catering company which through its two main divisions – Lindley Venue Catering and Lindley Heritage – operates over 50 contracts in the sports, leisure, arts, visitor attraction and heritage sectors.

Every week, The Lindley Group caters for 300,000 people from exclusive parties to serving 50,000 hungry fans in 15 minutes. It has a turnover of £55-plus million and employs 440 full-time and 7,600 part-time employees. Further information: www.thelindleygroup.com

Terry Laybourne
Terry Laybourne’s first restaurant was opened in 1988 on Newcastle’s revamped Quayside. Within three years, it had won a Michelin star and three more restaurants followed – Bistro 21 (classic bistro, rustic style), Caffè Vivo (contemporary Italian ‘peasant’ food) and Café 21 at Fenwick (sassy, department-store eaterie) – and the original fine-dining restaurant was re-launched as Café 21, a smart, city-centre bistro. Numerous awards were won along the way including a Michelin Star, Egon Ronay Star, Independent Restaurateur of the Year, Gold Winner Taste of North East England, Newcomer of the Year and an MBE for service to the Hospitality Industry.

Press enquiries, please contact:

Shirley Braithwaite
Newshield PR
Tel: 020 3044 2999
E-mail: shirley@newshieldpr.co.uk

Emily Taylor
Head of Marketing & Communications
Sage Gateshead
Tel: 0191 443 4567
E-mail: emily.taylor@sagegateshead.com

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