Barbican has confirmed the signing of new catering contracts with restaurant, bar and event specialist Searcys, as well as arts venue and high street brand Benugo.
Kitchen work will begin ahead of the tie-ups, which are due to start in the summer and offer visitors to the centre a range of new eating spaces and dining options.
Searcys plans to open two new restaurants in the centre and will also continue to provide a variety of catering and hospitality services across the Barbican’s 19 flexible and creative event spaces.
The new eateries include a partnership with one of London’s “most celebrated chefs”, although the company hasn’t yet revealed who it is. The second floor restaurant will become a contemporary modern bistro, while the first floor space is transformed into a premium fast casual dining concept.
Searcys has been working with the Barbican for 25 years and managing director, Chris Maddison, said the deal extended the partnership for another five years.
“The Barbican set a stern challenge to all the catering companies taking part in the tender and we are very proud to have their trust placed in us,” he confirmed. “We are confident that when we open our two new restaurants they will firmly establish the Barbican on London’s culinary map.”
Ben Warner, founder of Benugo, meanwhile, said his company is planning to implement some major changes after being awarded the contract for the Barbican cafés.
The ‘Barbican Kitchen’ on the ground floor will feature a hand-built wood fired oven serving organic pizza and the introduction of a ‘kids eat free’ offer for families. Benugo will also operate the cinema cafes and foyer coffee points around the Barbican.
“We will be completely overhauling the existing operations and creating a seasonal food destination within the Barbican focused around a hand built wood fired oven,” he commented. “We are hugely excited to bring our award winning Benugo coffee throughout the Barbican estate, and look forward to creating some wonderful spaces in partnership with the Barbican team over the coming years.”