CDG overhauls famous palace’s catering ops

Catering Design Group (CDG) has carried out a major overhaul of the catering facilities at Blenheim Palace in Oxford, a renowned World Heritage Site and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.

The project included refurbishment of three distinct area: a champagne bar, a contemporary deli with adjacent barbecue area, and a cafe and food retail outlet.

Roger File, property director at Blenheim Palace, said the look, facilities and equipment of its catering operation have all been upgraded.

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“The purpose of the refurbishment was to create a destination-type catering facility that would help boost the spend-per-head of visitors and this had definitely been achieved,” he said. “The new facilities have added more than 100 extra covers to the catering operation and, while it is still early days, I am confident that the new refurbishment is achieving our objectives.”

Philip Howard, managing director of CDG, said the project gave the company the chance to demonstrate its expertise on both sides of the pass

“In addition to the refurbishment of the front of house areas, we also supported the back of house operation with an upgrade to the central kitchen to ensure it met with current legislation,” he stated. “Renovating facilities within a listed building with an exacting five week programme gave us a great opportunity to showcase our entire skills set across front and back of house.”

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