The joint venture will start operations in the newly refurbished venues on their reopening at the end of September following a summer-long closure and transformation programme. The refurbished bar area in the stalls level of the Theatre Royal will be rebranded Yarn, and will offer casual dining as well as a much greater selection of beers and wines.
In the Royal transformation project, the Green Room Restaurant has gained more space and a larger capacity. The roof terrace is back in use, offering roof-top views across the city and an new canopy will make the area more weather-proof.
Robert Sanderson, managing director of the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall, says: “The Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall have become hugely popular night-time destinations, attracting over half a million people a year from across the Midlands to our remarkable range of top quality shows and concerts. Now we’re creating a major new day-time destination for the city, open from early morning to late at night, for shoppers, passers-by, tourists, students, and, especially, for local and regional businesses who will be able to hire any one of a number of newly modernised rooms and spaces for meetings, presentations, training sessions and conferences, accommodating from 12 to 2,000 people.”
Tom Lynch, director of business development of CGC Event Caterers, says: “Our partnership with Castle Rock Brewery combines our international expertise in venues and events with their unrivalled knowledge and passion for real ales and craft beer, great pubs and Nottinghamshire hospitality. Together we have created an exciting new café bar concept, Yarn; a destination food and drink experience for theatre-goers and locals alike, right in the heart of the city.
“Our plans involve the introduction of new restaurant menus and a major enhancement of the food and drink proposition across the site. We will also launch new facilities and packages for corporate hospitality and conferencing as part of a stunning redevelopment of the onsite facilities. We all look forward to working with the team at the Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall and contributing to the continued success of these iconic venues.”
For Colin Wilde, managing director of Castle Rock, the partnership is “an amazing opportunity for Castle Rock in our home city.
“We’re confident that our extensive experience combined with the calibre of CGC Event Caterers that we will deliver a first class facility, not only serving the existing clientele but also a much wider audience of Nottinghamshire residents, students and visitors,” he says.