BaxterStorey launches new restaurant at Campus Reading

BaxterStorey, the UK’s leading hospitality provider, has launched a new restaurant at Campus Reading– a collaborative campus with 375,000 sq ft of dynamic, intelligent and wellness-focused workspace.

Following a soft launch on 29 August, the restaurant, Campus Kitchen, opened its doors to tenants and guests within the amenity-rich, next generation business space on Monday 05 September.

With the new campus opening, BaxterStorey is now entering a new chapter in its established relationship with Campus Reading, re-writing the catering rulebook to provide a service that both compliments and enhances the reimagined workspace.

Pioneering in the new era of togetherness, Campus Kitchen is rich with innovation, providing tenants with a unique space to meet, work, relax, and refuel, delivering a bespoke service that is unlike any other office building outside of London.

Learning from the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID pandemic, the new restaurant not only promotes an inclusive space for customers and guests to interact but in the interest of future proofing, it harnesses the power of technology to also create a contactless environment.

Digital signage and marketing will play a pivotal role in front of house service as well as behind the scenes. The restaurant provides options for online ordering, click and collect and delivery, scan, pay and go and self-service.

With plans to work towards achieving Well Accreditation, which recognises social environments which benefit the health and wellbeing of its people; the food offer provided by Campus Kitchen is based on the key principles of authenticity and accessibility.

With appreciation for the nutrition and flavours that seasonality and freshness have on menus, options align with current trends and encompass important aspects of healthy eating including plant based and gluten free options.

Taking a ‘made from scratch’ approach, menus will change daily, although firm favourites will become regular features alongside many options for adventurous tastes.

The restaurant will also engage with authentic local street food providers to host weekly take overs whilst educating customers on the need for more sustainable farming - with a target to reduce meat consumption at Reading International by 30 percent.

The breakfast menu features hot breakfast wraps, protein balls and freshly baked pastries. Lunch options include wood fired pizzas and deli sandwiches, mezze salad boxes and daily staples including homemade soups and ramen. The Health Bar serves acai bowls as part of the breakfast offer and ‘build your own’ poke bowls for lunch.

With a three strong brigade of talented BaxterStorey chefs and three front of house team members, Campus Kitchen is led by Chef Manager Chris Tanton who joins the new venture from Park Kitchen at Thames Valley Business Park, Reading.

International, Operations Director Michael Cunningham said, “We’re excited to be part of this revolutionary new workspace and really pushing boundaries when it comes to workplace dining.

'Our talented teams are hugely passionate about delighting our customers with menus that celebrate the best in seasonal British produce. We look forward to working with Campus Reading to champion the new era of the workspace and give all our customers a memorable dining experience”.