Company of Cooks wins Clissold Park catering contract

‘Company of Cooks’ has been awarded a five year contract to run the Clissold House Café and Pump House Kiosk in Clissold Park, Hackney Council announced today (8 July 2011).

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Hackney Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture said: “Clissold Park and House is nearing the end of a £8.9 million transformation and the catering is an integral part of this. We look forward to working with ‘Company of Cooks’, who we are confident will deliver the high standard of food and service befitting the newly restored Clissold Park.”

Mike Lucy, founder of Company of Cook said “I m so pleased that we will be working in partnership with the team at London Borough of Hackney and Clissold Park and House. These are important redevelopment projects in London and we hope to complement them with great hospitality.”

Clissold House is undergoing the biggest refurbishment in over a century, part of the £8.9million Clissold Park project. The House will have a new café with improved access for disabled people, beautifully restored function rooms and smaller meeting rooms for private hire and community use. The kiosk, cafe and kitchen is being fitted out alongside the House. The Kiosk will open first and then the first floor café during the Autumn, when the House opens.

Visitors will be able to choose from specialty teas and coffees, cakes and hot and cold meals. Menus will suit many tastes with dishes at affordable prices.

It was important that the chosen organisation used quality produce including Fair Trade, organic and free range produce. Company of Cooks have their own bakery and fresh bread will be delivered twice daily to the cafe. They will also use local suppliers of high quality produce to add to their seasonal menu.

Company of Cooks are proven operators and manage cafes in many park and heritage locations such as Chiswick House and Gardens, The Regents, Hyde and Greenwich Parks, and other cafe and bar locations such as the Southbank, Imperial War Museum and Kenwood House. More details can be found at:

Jobs will be advertised locally, with wider advertising if needed to fill certain roles. The manager who is responsible for the start up of the Clissold cafe and kiosk is a Hackney resident. From 2013, two work experience placement opportunities will be provided for local young people.

The Council also worked closely with Clissold Park User Group throughout to ensure local community needs and aspirations were taken on board.

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