Contract and events caterer, Kudos has secured a seven-year contract at Penshurst Place and Gardens in Kent. The contract covers all retail, weddings, conferencing and banqueting at the venue, which includes the Garden Restaurant and the Porcupine Pantry.
First open to the public in 1947, Penshurst Place and Gardens attracts over 80,000 visitors per year, including domestic and international group bookings. The venue hosts more than 60 functions a year.
Kudos senior partner, Peter Bruun said: “Penshurst Place is steeped in history and character – so we are delighted to have won this contract from the previous caterer. We are very conscious of the fact that we are operating in a family home. Therefore our personal and bespoke approach to not only the ‘concept’ with which we operate but also the close relationship with our clients.”
Bruun added that his team would be championing local and regional suppliers and that staff would be able to pick ingredients from the estate itself. “As anybody that visits our venues will know, provenance plays centre stage in all of our kitchens, so to be in a venue that has several great suppliers of meat, dairy, and fruit as part of the estate is a real privilege.”
Ben Thomas, general manager of the Penshurst Place Estate, added: “We’re excited to be working with Kudos, and look forward to benefitting from their catering experience and their reputation for creating innovative menus using the abundance of local suppliers Kent has to offer.”
Described as the best preserved example of a fortified manor house in England, Penshurst Place has been a location for poetic inspiration and lavish Royal hospitality for over 650 years. The estate has 11 acres of Elizabethan walled gardens which date back to 1346 and were laid out by Sir Henry Sidney.