Catering company H+J has won a five-year contract at Dartmouth House in Mayfair, home of the English Speaking Union.
The £6m contract was awarded to the recently rebranded H+J following a tender process in which the events and venues caterer showcased its innovative approach to food and service by presenting a new identity for the venue and its catering. H+J, owned by the UK’s leading food services company, Harbour & Jones, was also selected for creating an inspiring vision for growing member and event sales and for its guarantee of quality.
The scope of the contract includes bar, restaurant and all-day services for members of educational charity, The English-Speaking Union and for all corporate and private events ranging from conferences, business meetings and dinners to private parties and weddings. Within H+J’s remit will also be management of the sales process, marketing the venue and room set-up for all functions. The new contract includes the creation of 13 new jobs.
Jane Easton, director general of the English-Speaking Union said: “We chose to appoint H+J because of their innovative approach, talented chefs, high quality standards and values as well as their vision for an exciting future at Dartmouth House. We are very proud of our international headquarters, where the English-Speaking Union has been providing hospitality for nearly a century, and we are sure that H+J will do us proud.”
Patrick Harbour, co-founder and director of Harbour & Jones added: “We are absolutely delighted to have won the contract at Dartmouth House, this iconic venue in the heart of London. The team are very excited to be working here and to help lead the way in its exciting business growth. Our talented chefs are really looking forward to creating bespoke and innovative menus which represent the organisation’s strong heritage with a modern twist.”
Plans for early 2017 include a new kitchen and windows, refurbished cloakrooms and first floor event spaces with AV facilities. Further development of the members’ areas is planned for later in the year.