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Monday 25 April 2016

The Summer Season with Prestige Venues & Events

At Prestige Venues & Events we have a reputation for consistently delivering food and service excellence at all our venues. So it’s no surprise that we are also the chosen caterer for a wide range of world-class events including the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Royal Ascot, Henley Royal Regatta, Hampton Court Flower Show and The Open.

Here’s a roundup of what is happening this summer so all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the fact that whatever happens, we’ve got it covered.

The long awaited summer season starts with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show on the 24th – 28th May. You will be able to soak up the atmosphere at this regal event which is well known for being the jewel in the crown of the horticultural and social calendar. We’ve been working closely with Raymond Blanc this year to produce a series of experiences sure to suit a range of tastes and budgets. Whether you are looking for a small table to retreat to, a private room or even a large suite, there are a number of exciting options to choose from.

Next it’s Royal Ascot on 14th – 18th June. This event combines internationally revered chefs, the finest produce, spectacular restaurants and a backdrop of the world’s most famous race meeting. Each year Royal Ascot delivers truly unique culinary experiences to over 300,000 visitors making it a must attend event for entertaining key or potential clients.

Mid way through the summer season Henley Royal Regatta then takes the spotlight on the 29th June – 3rd July. Guests will be able to enjoy the world’s most prestigious rowing event and staple of the British summer season in style and comfort.  Experiences include a day of fully-inclusive hospitality which will deliver hours of award-winning food and drinks as well as world class rowing action.

Henley is closely followed by Hampton Court Flower Show on the 4th – 9th July. The best views of the stunning gardens can only be fully appreciated from the Allium restaurant. You and your guests can enjoy a full day of all-inclusive hospitality combining award winning food and drink throughout the day and featuring the very best of British produce and the freshest, sustainably-sourced ingredients.

Finally watch the world’s best from the comfort of official hospitality at The 145TH Open which this year will be at Royal Troon on the 10th – 17th July.  Hospitality at this high profile event provides a variety of exciting on-course options and is located right in the heart of all the action. Whether you would prefer the exclusivity of The View overlooking Royal Troon’s 15th hole and the Firth of Clyde or the fun, festival atmosphere of The Champions Club, we have the perfect setting to share your Open experience with valued guests.

For further information about all of our summer events visit or contact one of our sales team to talk you through the many experiences available.

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Monday 18 April 2016

Say 'Hello to Summer' with Prestige Venues & Events

Summer looks set to be a sizzler, after some of the UK’s top venues unveiled a range of seasonal treats for business and leisure guests alike.

Sports stadia and heritage sites across the UK are tempting corporate clients and party organisers with a range of summer meeting and events ideas – from seasonal day delegate offers and family fun days to team building activities and outdoor dining - as part of a special ‘Hello Summer’ campaign.

Among the summer offers is the chance to dine al fresco at The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, with either an outdoor barbecue or a variety of Pan Asian street food, created by head chef, Ben Harrison.

Alternatively, corporate and leisure guests looking for a unique party venue for friends or colleagues this summer, can enjoy a taste of the Caribbean at the heart of London, courtesy of leading River Thames cruise company, Bateaux London. Exclusive hire of its vessel MV Harmony will include rum punch on arrival, a Caribbean-inspired menu and entertainment from a four-piece steel band.

For an outdoor party or a team building event with a difference, Knebworth House and Barns, Hertfordshire, is offering guests a package, which includes a barbecue, super-sized patio games and access to 250 acres of parkland, with formal gardens, a maze and even a dinosaur trail.

Hamilton Park Racecourse is also appealing to active visitors with a package aimed at parties of around 30, including the chance to try archery, clay pigeon shooting, axe throwing and inflatable chip shot golf.

Meanwhile, a picnic lunch, with strawberries and ice cream, will be served to conference delegates at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds, while those at Aberdeen Football Club’s Pittodrie stadium will enjoy afternoon Pimm’s cocktails and the chance to have their photo taken in the Richard Donald Stand seats.

Smoothies and a seasonal finger buffet are on the menu for corporate delegates at Huddersfield’s John Smith’s stadium, while Brighton’s American Express Community Stadium is offering a special summer package for events such as charity fundraisers, gala dinners or award ceremonies.

It includes room hire, a three course banqueting menu with coffee, a stage and dancefloor, in room PA system and a DJ and disco to ensure the celebrations last long into the night.

St James’ Park – home to Newcastle United Football ClubEverton’s Goodison Park stadium and both The Apex and Athenaeum, at Bury St Edmunds, are each serving ice cream to conference delegates, while Scotland’s Hampden Park stadium, Glasgow, is tempting fans of the beautiful game with access to the Scottish Football Museum’s Hall of Fame.

In addition, event goers who post a picture of themselves enjoying a ‘Hello Summer’ offer at one of the participating venues to @sodexoprestige on Twitter, could win a summer dinner cruise for six guests, courtesy of Bateaux London.

“From team building events and conferences to private dining and outdoor parties, our venues really come into their own during summer,” said Natasha Carr, UK Venue & Events Marketing Manager, at Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events.

“We hope these additional incentives will encourage existing customers to return and first time visitors to come along and see for themselves just why these venues are so popular and to make the most of the summer season.”

In an extension of its Hello Summer campaign we will also be providing hospitality at a number of the UK’s most prestigious events, including Royal Ascot, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Henley Royal Regatta, RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show and the 2016 Open Championship.

For further information about our Hello Summer campaign, call the central enquiry hub on 0845 6055 699, email Venues& or visit

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Thursday 14 April 2016

New look Terrace Café unveiled at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) has re-opened the doors of its new-look Terrace Café following an extensive refurbishment.

The Café was closed during March, allowing us to undertake a complete makeover of the café.

Staff are now ready to welcome visitors back to experience the Terrace Café’s new, spacious and stylish interior which incorporates a mix of warm wood finishes and green hues, reflecting it’s beautiful and tranquil surroundings.

The refresh represents a significant investment by ourselves and follows our recent contract win to provide catering at RBGE for the next five years.

Paul Mitchell, Catering Services Director, Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events said:

“We’re really excited to show-off the Terrace Café’s fresh new look. Visitors can look forward to enjoying the contemporary, bright and airy space and our fantastic food. Our team have been working with a selection of local suppliers to develop a range of innovative, seasonal menus, which will enrich the experience of diners.

“The Terrace Café is a popular food stop set within the heart of the Gardens offering spectacular views of the city. It provides the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely lunch, sweet treat or coffee and we hope that the refurbishment will attract even more visitors and put us on the map as a destination café in the capital.”

Heather Jackson, Director of Enterprise, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, said:

“The Botanics is a world-renowned centre for plant science and education and is established as a really popular tourist attraction in Edinburgh with nearly 900,000 local and international visitors each year.

“We’re confident that the new look at the Terrace Café will really enhance our visitor experience and comes at the perfect time, as we get set for a busy summer season and run up to the Edinburgh Festival.”

The Terrace Café is located next to Inverleith House and can accommodate evening events. Not only does the Café boast fine dining, it also offers a beautiful view of sunsets over Edinburgh's skyline.

For further information about event spaces at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and the new Terrace Café visit

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Thursday 14 April 2016

A sea change at Everton Football Club

A submariner is swapping the deep blue sea for the royal blue of one of the UK’s top football clubs.

In a nine-year career with the Royal Navy, as a steward with the logistics catering service on board a nuclear submarine, James Garner provided hospitality both above and below the waves, serving sailors and visiting royalty alike.

Now, he has joined the our award-winning team at Liverpool’s Goodison Park stadium – home to Everton Football Club - in the role of operations manager.

In his former position James was in charge of manning accommodation for up to 30 people, providing food service four times a day for the ship’s 127-strong company and maintaining stock control.

And he plans to draw on his naval experience to ensure the smooth running of match and non-match day hospitality and operations at the stadium, which is one of Merseyside’s leading corporate and event venues.

“Although my feet will be firmly on dry land, I will utilise many of the skills and disciplines I acquired in the Royal Navy,” said James, who has moved to Merseyside from Deeside.

Not only am I used to working as part of an efficient, organised and highly skilled team but I am also trained to keep calm in any situation – no matter how challenging.

“Goodison Park is far more than a football ground – it is also where people come to do business, to celebrate, to dine with their families and even to get married and the challenge is to ensure that everything runs like clockwork in front of and behind the scenes.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting that challenge head on.”

Goodison Park has nine conference and events suites along with a number of executive, pitch-side boxes with uninterrupted views of the ground, which are ideal for smaller meetings, lunches or dinners.

Along with his practical skills, James possesses core values, such as commitment, discipline, loyalty and integrity instilled during his time in service,” said catering services director, Julie Tandy.

 “And we think these, coupled with a ‘can do’ mentality and a calm and efficient way of working, will make him the perfect addition to our team here at Goodison Park.”

All the best in your new role James – welcome to the team.

For further information about the conference and event spaces at Goodison Park

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Thursday 14 April 2016

Meetings with a difference………

At Prestige Venues & Events we have a wide range of venues which provide practical yet inspirational settings for board meetings, team meetings, a company conference, interviews or just a meeting with colleagues.

All of our venues have the very latest in technology as well as experienced in-house teams who will be on hand at every stage of the planning and delivery of your next event. We have competitive day delegate rates or room hire packages depending on your requirements as well as chefs who use the freshest and locally sourced produce in their menus.

We’ve put together a selection of our venues which you might not automatically think of for your next meeting or conference but would make unique settings for your next event whatever it might be.

Discovery Museum is one of the largest and most popular visitor attractions in the north of England. It’s also a fascinating venue for conferences and meetings with a number of versatile spaces available. The impressive vaulted Great Hall can host up to 380 guests whilst smaller meeting rooms can be laid out in boardroom style

Hamilton Park Racecourse combines first class facilities and unbeatable customer service with a unique, central location right in the heart of Lanarkshire. From an executive meeting to a high profile presentation there is plenty of spaces to choose from including The Dukes Suite and Panorama Bar which boast stunning views over the racetrack.

The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, is one of the city’s most well known and loved venues – and not just among art lovers. Event organisers can choose from a range of spaces, including the 18th and 19th Century Gallery, the walls of which are hung with works by artists such as Joshua Reynolds and Gainsborough, making an impressive setting for more formal events for up to 100 people. There is also a spacious, purpose-built function room, set in the heart of the Gallery which is available to hire for training, conferences and events.

Pollok House is Scotland’s answer to Downton Abbey and gives visitors and clients alike a taste of upstairs/downstairs life in the 1930s. The drawing and dining rooms are perfect spaces for a board meeting or small meeting as well as the servant’s hall if you want something that little bit different. Enjoy some fresh air, nature spotting and ‘blue sky thinking’ with a walk along the river also. There aren’t many places where you can hold a meeting then spot otters, kingfishers and buzzards.

The Crystal, London is one of the world’s most sustainable venues with 14 flexible spaces for events. The rooms are fully configurable and come ready equipped with state of the art technology; 80inch LED screens, projectors, in-room PCs, Blu-ray players and audio conference kits making organising any meeting much easier with everything all in one place.

You’ll have everything you need in one place at the Stirling Court Hotel, Scotland. Set amidst 300 acres of beautiful parkland, the Centre has facilities in stark contrast to its rural surroundings. High-tech conference and exhibition suites, restaurant and banqueting spaces, bar facilities, recreational facilities as well as 101 deluxe en-suite rooms which can be used for residential conferences. It is also the only venue in Scotland to have a Conference Centre of Excellence Award too!

Goodison Park, home to Everton Football Club is an iconic venue steeped in football legend and is superbly located a short distance from Liverpool city centre. It boasts nine different conference and events suites, providing capacity for 2 to 300 people with flexible room layouts and syndicate rooms.

The executive pitch side boxes have amazing views of the hallowed turf for those smaller meetings, interviews or training sessions.

For further information about all our unique venues contact the central enquiry hub on 0845 6055 699 or visit

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