Venues by CH&CO has been selected as the catering partner for Brewers’ Hall, the home of the City of London Livery company representing brewers in the United Kingdom.
The partnership is worth £2 million over a period of five years from January 2022 and continues a 20-year relationship with the venue which reopens in April 2022 following extensive renovation works.
Under the contract, Venues by CH&CO will exclusively manage and oversee delivery of a selection of events at the Hall, from private dining and corporate dinners, meetings and conferences to Livery events, parties and weddings.
Home to The Worshipful Company of Brewers (or Brewers’ Company) which has represented the interests of Britain’s brewing and beer industry for over 600 years, Brewers’ Hall has been sympathetically restored to honour the rich heritage and activity of the Livery Company and grandeur of the historical venue, whilst offering a fresh, versatile event space with state-of-the-art AV facilities. It also remains a hub for inspiring research and education within the brewing industry.
Decorated chef, Karen Poynter, is heading up development of a new menu and delivery of catering services for the hall’s relaunch, with menus specially designed to feature different types of beer. With 15 years’ experience in the Livery field and having received the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of her work, Karen’s expertise is unrivalled and highly respected.
Guest menus will be curated by members of CH&CO’s Gathered Table – an initiative that brings together some of the brightest experts in hospitality – with available choices including a plant-based tasting menu and a “Health and Wellbeing” breakfast endorsed by Dr Rupi Aujila. Other contributors to the menu include Ixta Belfrage amd José Pizarro who has been called the “Godfather” of Spanish cooking in the UK.
Venues by CH&CO is also collaborating with Ale Hunters to offer clients a tutored tasting with an accredited beer sommelier, certified Cicerone and international beer judge – the perfect addition to an event at Brewers’ Hall.
The contract caterer has received a maximum rating of three stars from the Sustainable Restaurant Association, in line with the sustainability objectives of Brewers’ Hall which include focusing on local and ethical sourcing, championing British produce, and using technology to reduce food waste.
Carbon reduction will also be front of mind, harnessing progressive delivery models to reduce the frequency with which food ingredients are delivered, and working with Foodsteps to communicate carbon values on menus for events to support the sustainability commitments of the Brewers’ Company and clients.
Commodore Nick Tindal, Clerk and CEO of the Brewers’ Company, says: “It is brilliant to be able to welcome guests back to the historic home of the UK brewing industry and we are very excited to be doing that in partnership with the team at CH&CO.”
Katy Thompson, managing director of Venues by CH&CO which was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in November 2021, adds: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be continuing our partnership with Brewers’ Hall and being part of the next chapter for the magnificent, historic venue. This is testament to the longstanding relationship we have with the Brewers’ Company and our understanding of the Hall, its heritage and versatility, and how the incredible venue can be used to create a variety of memorable events.
“The newly renovated venue is exceptional. We specialise in bringing together unique, iconic spaces, great food and excellent, creative event management and we can’t wait to welcome guests to experience all that the successful combination of Brewers’ Hall and Venues by CH&CO has to offer.”