Forestry England is opening three new catering spaces at the National Arboretum that will serve more than 500,000 visitors annually from the end of May.
The organisation has tasked independent caterer Fosters Events with transforming the three dining spaces at the Staffordshire site – which is part of the Royal British Legion but a separate legal body – following a rigorous tender process.
Under the terms of the five-year contract, Bristol-based Fosters Events will develop a catering offer which maximises the new facilities available and offers quality and variety to guests.
The site’s main restaurant will see the introduction of a new concept that intends to celebrate the very essence of the land in which it exists.
With preservation of the original timber beams, contemporary green tiling, and an abundance of plants and foliage, the aesthetic is detailed as ‘the forest garden’.
Visitors can expect everything from the furniture and furnishings to the dishes on offer to reflect the nature of the land and produce from within and around the site.
The same concept is at the core of the other two catering spaces, with a walk-in kiosk and ice-cream hatch, and outdoor smokehouse forming the last instalment of the new dining areas.
Andrew Smith, director of Westonbirt, the National Arboretum, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Fosters to deliver a new and refreshing seasonal menu for visitors. Fosters’ commitment to championing local produce in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way embodies our vision and made them the standout organisation to elevate the catering offering at the National Arboretum.”
Fosters Events prides itself on its dedication to local and independent suppliers, choosing fresh, seasonal, and quality ingredients to inspire their menus.
It designs offerings that celebrate the innovative South-West food and drink scene, a core value that it feeds through to all its venues across the region.