Bristol Old Vic has announced that respected local catering company, Fosters as its new partner for a unique events and restaurant cafe offer, on completion of the theatre’s multi-million pound redevelopment.
The two renowned organisations are joining forces to create a new catering and events space in the centre of Bristol and bookings are now open for those who want to be one of the first through the doors when the building’s Front of House reopens in Autumn 2018.
The centrepiece of this offer will be the historic Coopers’ Hall, which until last year, served as the theatre’s entrance. It has been everything from a Craft Guild building and a Quaker Meeting House, to an auction room and a fruit warehouse - but spent the last 45 years as a very grand staircase as part of Bristol Old Vic’s Front of House space.
At long last, King Street’s famous Coopers’ Hall is being returned to its original Georgian splendour, allowing it to function as a public space once again; for weddings, conferences and events of every kind.
Bristol Old Vic’s Chief Executive, Emma Stenning said, “We searched nationwide for the right catering partner; one who would share our pride in this city, and who would work with the kind of creative flair that a theatre demands.
'I was delighted that the best team just happened to be based in Bristol. This is a big step towards the future success of Bristol Old Vic, and having worked with Fosters on events of our own over recent years, I couldn’t be more pleased than to be making this move in partnership with a trusted local company and a brilliant group of people.”
Fosters CEO Neil Lodge said, “Bristol Old Vic represents an opportunity for Bristol to showcase itself to a wider regional, national and international audience. Our aim is to match the spectacle of the Bristol Old Vic experience with an equally impressive food and beverage offer.
'We want to ensure that visitors to Bristol Old Vic, and guests at events, leave with a real sense of the region’s food heritage, provenance and quality, alongside its proud cultural heritage.”
Pictured L to R: Tom Green (Executive Head Chef at Fosters) Neil Lodge, Emma Stenning, Erick Muzard (Commercial Director Bristol Old Vic)