Fosters Catering Serves Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Bristol Visit


Leading South West Caterer, Fosters Catering, delivered royally on Friday 1st February, as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Harry and Meghan) visited the historic Bristol Old Vic theatre. The pair, who are currently visiting a number of theatre spaces across the UK as a result of Meghan’s recent appointment as Patron of National Theatres, enjoyed a full morning within the venue.

As the contracted caterer to the newly renovated Bristol Old Vic, Fosters Catering was responsible for feeding the royal couple, as well as their numerous security officials and staff.

Developing the lunch menu, and leading his chef team was Fosters Catering Chef Director, Tom Green. Tom and the Fosters Catering team served a tapas-style lunch, including dishes such as poached turbot, celeriac, mushroom, curly kale, star anise & red wine syrup; Stream Farm organic chicken and chicory salad, blood orange & pistachio; roasted butternut squash, organic extra mature Wyfe of Bath cheese, pomegranate & mint; and a beetroot, cumin & yoghurt dip with freshly baked flat bread. For dessert the couple were treated to an apple tarte fine with cinnamon crème anglaise, among other sweet choices. The Duke and Duchess enjoyed their lunch within a private hire dining space – Foyle Room whilst the royal household staff and security were catered for in the adjacent former Georgian banqueting hall, Coopers’ Hall.

Fosters Catering Chef Director, Tom Green, says:

“Having had the opportunity to cook for multiple royals over the years, this was especially exciting because of how proud we are of the Bristol Old Vic spaces to which we’re contracted to cater, but also because of how the couple are viewed by the public. It wasn’t just a great privilege for me, but the whole team – from the chefs to the front of house staff. It wasn’t without its challenges though! Timing was key, as we had to have the food hot, ready and waiting for the couple – without getting in the way or being in the room when they were. This meant running dishes of hot turbot through the Bristol Old Vic back of house tunnels and passages just moments before the Duke and Duchess entered the room. The best sight of the day was all the clear plates when we cleared away the room. I think it’s safe to say they enjoyed to food!”

This was not the first time the catering company had served royalty, with both Prince William and Harry at Beaufort Polo Club over the years and even The Queen and Prince Phillip enjoying their food at the Mansion House back in 1999.

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