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Searcys loses members' catering role at the Hurlingham Club

18 April 2012 by
Searcys loses members' catering role at the Hurlingham Club

Searcys will no longer provide members' catering at the Hurlingham Club after the venue opted to move this area of operation in-house.

The upmarket caterer, which has worked with the Hurlingham in some capacity for the past 16 years, will continue to deliver the members' service throughout 2012.

The in-house team will take over at the start of next year, following the club's decision that it is no longer appropriate to work with an external supplier in this area.

Searcys will continue to be the sole caterer for banqueting in the club's event space, which is available for hire by non-members.

Niall Kilgour, club secretary, praised the company for the role it had played in developing the member offer.

He said: "The committee did not take this decision lightly but it was felt that it was more appropriate in the long-term for club staff to be looking after members.

"We have an excellent relationship with Searcys and have had for many years, and we certainly acknowledge all the improvements Searcys has brought to the club's catering in recent times."

This view was shared by Searcys chief executive Doug Tetley, who said he believed the move would mark the beginning of a new phase of the partnership.

He said: "We have been very proud to cater for the Hurlingham Club members but can understand the reasons behind the decision. We will continue to play a big part in helping the club move smoothly into the new set-up.

"It is great testimony to the relationship that we have been praised by the committee for the role we have played during the contract and we are delighted to be considered the partner of choice for selected banqueting events.

"Searcys looks forward to a long and successful continued relationship with the Hurlingham Club on this basis."

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By Janie Manzoori-Stamford

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