HCE stars in Royal Albert Hall’s £2m re-fit


The Royal Albert Hall has lifted the curtain on a new cafe bar delivered by catering equipment distributor HCE.

The installation of the new facility forms part of a £2.2m refurbishment of the venue’s South entrance, which is designed to make the iconic Grade I listed property more accessible to the general public during the day.

The newly -created Café Bar is the venue’s sixth dining space and 14th bar and will be operated by the Hall’s in house caterers ‘rhubarb’.

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HCE provided all the catering equipment, while stainless steel fabrication work was sub-contracted to Trak Hupfer. All the stonework was carried out by Surrey-based Martek. The principal contractor for the overall project was 8build.

The bar will be open seven days a week, serving breakfast and lunch including a delicious range of freshly baked pastries, gourmet sandwiches, soups and cakes.

In the evening, and in conjunction with our ever-changing daily show calendar, the space converts to a bar for guests and patrons.

Chris Cotton, CEO at the Royal Albert Hall, said the reconstruction has taken six months to complete.

“Making changes to a Grade I listed building isn’t easy and we had to go through the Planning and Fabric Committee to ensure we were renovating the building in the public’s best interest,” he said.

“We’re delighted with the results and the opening of a new catering space within the building for anyone to visit or enjoy, even if you aren’t seeing a show here, and look forward to offering more people than ever before, access to one of the world’s most iconic buildings.”

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