Fresh Start Catering to Operate Houghton Hall Park Café

Ground clearance at start of café building project

Central Bedfordshire Council is pleased to announce the contract for the Visitor Centre café at Houghton Hall Park has been awarded to Fresh Start Catering.

The café will serve a variety of local produce, coffees, hot food and refreshments for park users, and will also have the potential for hospitality catering and event opportunities.

Staff are currently being recruited for particular role opportunities and a small focus group will meet on August 31st to provide feedback for pricing and menu options.

Andrew Howarth, Business Development Director at Fresh Start Catering said, “Our philosophy is based around serving fresh, locally sourced healthy menus for all age ranges. Some of our fruit and vegetables will be grown in the kitchen garden at Houghton Park thanks to the Head Gardener.

We want the Park Café to be part of the local community supporting local suppliers and employing from the Houghton Regis area.

We look forward to meeting all our new customers in this beautiful new café and we very much look forward to opening this new facility.”

Houghton Hall Park is a publicly accessible urban park located centrally within the town of Houghton Regis. It plays an important role in the history, culture and landscape of the local area.  The Renaissance and Renewal Project, a partnership between Central Bedfordshire Council and Houghton Regis Town Council and made possible by National Lottery players through a £2.19m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Big Lottery Fund, aims to restore the vitality of the park, celebrating local heritage and improving visitor facilities to meet the needs of a growing local community.


About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about - from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. www.hlf.org.uk @heritagelottery @HLFEoE

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