BEST CATERING AT A LONDON VENUE 2021
Barge East are delighted to have been shortlisted for the London Venue Awards 2021, Best Catering at a London Venue award. Since mooring in Hackney Wick two and a half years ago our business has grown and developed into a fine dining restaurant with thanks to our Head Chef, Stefano Camplone, and one of the largest outdoor venues in East London adjacent. In the short space of time since opening, we have developed 5+ food offerings between our restaurant and garden venues, while offering a plethora of unique, bookable spaces that are upcoming and fresh in the London scene. Our staff embody the Barge East ethos and our barge’s history, which in turn helps to offer a consistently high standard of customer service. This is reflected through online reviews and awards won such as London’s #1 Restaurant 2019 – 2020 and the 2020 and 2021 Traveller’s choice awards from Tripadvisor, as well as our recent Best Newcomer Award at the 2021 Catey Awards, which are the equivalent to the restaurant worlds Oscars.
With a strong emphasis on quality, sustainability and exceeding clients’ expectations, we consider our food offering to be one of our USPs in comparison to our competitors in the industry. We have an extremely talented Executive Head Chef, whose creativity and passion for food enables us to consistently deliver outstanding catering for our clients, no matter what challenges come our way.
We saw the pandemic as an opportunity to completely revolutionise the way we operate our food services, implementing a vast array of safety measures and protocols, many of which will remain in place even after the pandemic has come to an end.
We developed a range of Covid-Safe catering options for our clients to choose from, to cater for differing needs. As a result, we’re still able to offer clients the same quality and flexibility that they are used to and have managed to achieve highly positive feedback and praise about our food offering from clients.
If this wasn’t enough, we have also evolved our offering and expanded into providing external catering for private outdoor events.
Searcys at HAC
Few venues in the heart of London can claim to have as much versatility and history as The HAC (Honourable Artillery Company), a spectacular manor house within a five-acre estate in the heart of London. Searcys caters for a vast array of events here, from daily members’ lunches, intimate dinners and meetings to grand banquets and weddings to plentiful pitch-side barbecues for prestigious rugby and cricket matches played within the grounds. Searcys, one of the UK’s oldest hospitality companies dating back to 1847, and The HAC is a perfect match: both companies draw on heritage whilst offering world-class modern facilities and catering. As restrictions eased earlier this summer, Searcys proved their versatility and adaptability for a quick reopening with the hugely successful London Concours car show. Across all manner of events, Searcys reimagines and reinvents the modern British dishes we all know and love, with a focus on seasonal and high-quality ingredients throughout. This focus on sustainably sourced British ingredients has earned Searcys a host of accolades, including a prestigious Three Star Sustainable Restaurant Association rating in 2020.
Swan at the Globe
A great plate of food starts with great ingredients, and Swan at the Globe applies this philosophy to everything they serve. Located at the Globe Theatre on London’s Bankside, the Swan team has overseen the theatre’s bar, restaurant, cafes, and event spaces since 2007 and are known for delivering restaurant-quality catering to their events, be it an intimate dinner for 12 or a red-carpet gala for 350.
They champion the best seasonal British ingredients from their discerningly selected local London and UK suppliers, and relish exploring the local food scene to bring a taste of the city to their menus. Meanwhile, their diverse wine portfolio features rare and sought-after wines from small vineyards and suppliers, offering a truly unique wine experience that is unlike anything else you can find in London.
This restaurant-worthy food sets Swan at the Globe apart and whether they are delivering a working lunch or creating a bespoke and tantalising eating experience, it does all come back to their love of great food and great ingredients.
The Ritz Hotel, London
The Ritz London has been home to thousands of discerning guests since 1906. The hotel offers an exquisite collection of six lavishly decorated private dining rooms, five of which are located in William Kent House, the stunning Grade II listed building that adjoins the hotel.
All rooms retain their original Italian Renaissance style and provide a varied selection of venue space for elegant dining, bespoke meetings, weddings and gala occasions.
In 2002, The Ritz London was awarded a Royal Warrant by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales for Banqueting and Catering Services, becoming the first hotel in the world to receive such an honour.
Our Executive Chef presents menus to suit every occasion using the finest of British ingredients cooked using Escoffier-inspired classical recipes.
Tobacco Dock Food is the in-house catering team at Tobacco Dock. They are experts in creating delicious and memorable menus for everything from formal dinners for 2,000 to informal ‘street food’ standing receptions and everything in between.
The experienced team work alongside clients to produce outstanding dishes. With an extensive portfolio of suggested dishes, they also create bespoke menus to meet clients’ requirements. The team have a purpose-built on-site kitchen and tasting rooms and work closely alongside the rest of the Tobacco Dock team to make it as easy as possible for the client to create memorable and delicious menus.
Focusing on locally sourced and seasonal produce, Tobacco Dock Food have also made great strides in terms of sustainability, with totally compostable packaging and the avoidance of single-use plastics. They have also partnered with OLIO, the food saving app, to ensure no food waste at conferences.