Search
The Caterer

Heathcote notches a winner

29 November 2004 by
Heathcote notches a winner

Paul Heathcote's outside catering arm has scooped the contract for Chester racecourse, which was held by Compass's Letheby & Christopher for nearly 40 years.

!
Main course: From left, Paul Heathcote; managing director Gary Bates; Phil Dougherty, general manager of Heathcotes Outside, and Richard Thomas, chief executive of Chester racecourse

Heathcotes Outside will take over the racecourse next January for five years, worth £20m in turnover. Heathcote plans to boost takings across the 12 race days from May to September by getting customers into the stadium earlier.

"Visitors often spend a long period in the morning in the city, where they spend between £30 and £40," said Heathcote. "We want to see some of that."

Plans include pre-race entertainment, more seafood bars and themed marquees offering all-day brunch, and French and British fare.

Heathcote also believes his reputation will help to boost business on non-race days from a "derisory" £500,000 a year to £1m to £2m in year one.

Philip Dougherty, who was general manager at the Chester Grosvenor hotel for 13 years, will be general manager at the racecourse.

  • Heathcotes Outside will also take on the catering at Orrell rugby union club near Wigan from the current in-house team. The 10-year contract, which starts in December, is worth about £350,000 a year.
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.