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Kudos ousts Compass to secure £7m Penshurst Place contract

20 January 2017 by
Kudos ousts Compass to secure £7m Penshurst Place contract

Contract caterer Kudos has won a seven-year £7m deal at Penshurst Place in Kent, ousting Compass from conferencing and banqueting at the historic building.

Kudos will take on all retail, weddings, conferencing and banqueting at the venue, which includes the Garden Restaurant and the Porcupine Pantry.

Penshurst Place was the ancestral home of the Sidney family and the birthplace of Elizabethan poet Sir Philip Sidney. The medieval house and gardens attracts over 80,000 visitors a year.

Kudos senior partner Peter Brunn said: "Penshurst Place is a charming venue, 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, which we always work hard to develop and maintain, makes this a perfect marriage between Penshurst Place and Kudos."

Brunn added that Kudos would be able to take advantage of produce grown on the estate, including apples, pears, cobnuts and a range of herbs, while tenant farmers will supply ice-cream, cheeses, beef, lamb, pork and game meats when in season.

Ben Thomas, general manager of the Penshurst Place Estate, said: "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."

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