Harbour & Jones wins £5m St Paul's Cathedral deal

29 October 2008 by
Harbour & Jones wins £5m St Paul's Cathedral deal

Harbour & Jones (H&J) has won its first ever concession contract - a five-year deal worth approximately £5m in turnover at London Landmark St Paul's Cathedral.

The caterer will take over in the New Year from Compass Group's Milburns at the cathedral, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built between 1675 and 1710.

H&J will run a café and a restaurant, the later of which is being refurbished by Wells Mackereth the architectural firm that worked on Smiths of Smithfield and the redesign of restaurant chain Giraffe.

The company will be focusing on a "Best of British" theme when it takes over in January with the likes of Whiltshire lardy cake and Chelsea buns baked on site for the cafe. The restaurant will include a two-course set-price lunch and a plate of the day with ingredients from nearby Borough and Spitalfields Markets.

H&J director Patrick Harbour said: "This is a fabulous opportunity for us and an exceptional place to start our diversification into concession catering."

Mark McVay, managing director of St Paul's Cathedral Enterprises, said: "Harbour & Jones showed that it has an incredible passion for food, for sustainable local sourcing and for environmental concerns and working within the community, all of which were factors that contributed to the success of its bid."

H&J has also picked up a deal at think-tank the Institute for Government in the capital, which starts March 2008.

From January it will also provide catering at Toyota's training academy in Redhill, Surrey, which was previously run by Compass's Eurest.

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