Council seeks interest in management of Country Park café


January 22, 2020 - 444 views

Council seeks interest in management of Country Park café

 

Daventry District Council (DDC) is inviting submissions from catering businesses interested in running and managing Daventry Country Park’s new-look café.

 

The popular café helps cater for visitors to the Green Flag award-winning Park and is currently undergoing a major extension and refurbishment project to improve it still further.

 

The work, which is set to be completed in mid-March, will create a cosy indoor seating area with an internal servery in what was the Visitor Centre, as well as providing a larger food preparation area.

 

Outside, the toilets are being completely revamped, the covered seating area will be improved, the courtyard will be levelled and paved, windows and doors will be refurbished and modern shutters will be installed.

 

The café is run by an external provider on a contract basis and, with the current contract having come to an end, DDC is looking for caterers to submit bids to run it on a five-year agreement with an option to extend.

 

The winning bidder will be expected to operate a well-run and attractive café for the local community, offering a range of high quality, healthy food and drink, good value for money for the customer and polite and friendly customer service.

 

It is expected the new licence would begin in March, when the refurbished café is reopened.

 

Councillor Alan Hills, Portfolio Holder for Community, Culture and Leisure on Daventry District Council, said: “The café is a real hive of activity at the park and, with the extensive improvement work currently underway, this is a fantastic opportunity for a catering business to further develop this facility.

 

“Daventry Country Park is well-loved by the people of Daventry District and beyond, attracting around 90,000 visitors annually. It hosts a variety of popular events and activities for visitors, and thanks to the exciting programme of improvements that are underway, its popularity only looks set to grow and grow.”

 

For more information, including details of how to obtain contract conditions, award criteria and the submission documents, please visitwww.daventrydc.gov.uk/countrypark

 

Bids must be submitted by Friday 31 January.

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