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The Orangery restaurant at Kensington Palace wins global award for ambiance and atmosphere

The team at The Orangery, Kensington Palace, is celebrating winning the Best Ambiance & Romantic Atmosphere Award, Northern Europe at the World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2017.

Laura Amos wins the ACE Robyns Award 2017

Congratulations to Laura Amos, Ampersand’s catering manager at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, who was crowned the 2017 ACE (Association of Catering Excellence) Robyns Award winner, last night.

Karen Poynter scoops Banqueting and Event Chef Award at Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2017

Congratulations to our talented executive chef for the commercial division, Karen Poynter, who won the Banqueting and Event Chef Award at the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2017.

Laura Amos scoops Employee of the Year award

Laura Amos, the talented catering manager for Ampersand at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, was crowned Employee of the Year at the CiS (Catering in Scotland) Excellence Awards 2017.

Ampersand and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew launch new botanical dining experience

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Ampersand, CH&Co Group’s specialist venue and visitor attraction catering business, have opened a new dining experience for visitors to the world-famous botanic gardens – The Botanical.


Ampersand Events’ group general manager wins Event Catering Award

Richard Meyer is the toast of Ampersand Events. The Group General Manager won the coveted Event Catering Award at the FSM Awards 2016. 

Ampersand Events is shortlisted in the FSM Awards

The announcement of the FSM Awards 2016 finalists gave Ampersand Events great cause for celebration. Richard Meyer the group general manager at Ampersand Events has been shortlisted for the coveted Event Caterer Award.

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew appoints Ampersand as new catering partner

(Tuesday 4 October 2016) Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew has appointed Ampersand, CH&Co Group’s specialist venue and visitor attraction catering business, to drive forward its vision of creating the very best catering offer for visitors and customers at the world’s most famous botanic garden.

Ampersand’s executive chef triumphs at inaugural SLC Awards

Ampersand’s executive chef, Peter Thompson, triumphantly lifted the Chef of the Year award at the inaugural SLC (Sport & Leisure Catering) Awards.


BMA House selects Ampersand in new five-year contract as catering partner

The British Medical Association (BMA) has selected Ampersand, CH&Co Group’s specialist venue and visitor attraction catering division, to provide a range of services at BMA House, their impressive conference and events venue and headquarters in Tavistock Square, London.

A bountiful Ampersand allotment at Wakehurst Place

The gardens and horticulturists at Wakehurst Place are being put to good use by the Ampersand team to produce delicious, seasonal, home-grown fruit and vegetables for the dishes and desserts on the venue café and restaurant menus.

Rum & Sugar is one of the best places to drink rum in London

Rum & Sugar, Ampersand’s distinctive restaurant and bar located in West India Quay and linked to the Museum of London Docklands, has received an official stamp of approval from Ian Burrell, the global ambassador for rum and founder of the renowned Golden Rum Barrel Awards.

Ampersand Events is shortlisted for a Foodservice Catey Award

The team at Ampersand Events is celebrating success in the Foodservice Cateys 2016.  The creative and innovative events caterer has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Event Caterer of the Year category.


Ampersand is shortlisted in two categories of the inaugural SLC Awards

Ampersand has double reason to celebrate as Sport & Leisure Catering (SLC) announces its inaugural SLC Awards finalists.  Its executive chef, Peter Thompson, and Paul Williams, the general manager of Rum & Sugar at the Museum of London Docklands, have been shortlisted in the Chef of the Year and Heritage & Arts Establishment of the Year categories, respectively.


Ampersand launches zoo-inspired children’s afternoon tea at ZSL London Zoo

Ampersand, CH&Co Group’s specialist visitor attraction catering division, has introduced a delicious and fun children’s afternoon tea to ZSL London Zoo’s Terrace Restaurant. Inspired by a day out at the Zoo, the new offer will be the icing on the cake of an already exciting day for children.

 


Midsummer in the City: Ampersand Events puts on a show-stopping exclusive Guildhall dinner

Ampersand Events wowed its Guildhall client with an exceptional, cutting-edge showcase dinner that creatively illustrated the commercial capabilities of the prestigious venue based in the City of London, and strengthened its relationship as a trusted and innovative event catering partner.

Ampersand to hold first chef recruitment day

Ampersand has joined forces with its sister companies Lusso and Chester Boyd to launch the business’ first Chef Recruitment Day on Wednesday 1 June in Central London.

Ampersand Events strengthens venue portfolio with new and retained supplier accreditations

Innovative events and catering business, Ampersand Events, has expanded and strengthened its portfolio of London venues with two new supplier list accreditations and six re-listings.

It’s official! ITA* has the COOLest venue portfolio
The diverse and exciting venue portfolio of Ampersand’s sister company ITA*, the bespoke and free-of-charge booking service for over 40 of the most exclusive event settings, has been recognised with the COOLest Venue Portfolio award at the respected COOL Venue Awards 2016.
ITA* hails Miniopoly success with over £1m of new enquiries generated
Ampersand’s sister company, ITA*, the bespoke and free-of-charge booking service for over 40 of the most exclusive event settings, has hailed its recent venue showcase, Miniopoly, a resounding success.
Ampersand awarded prestigious Sage Gateshead contract
We are delighted to announced that Ampersand has been awarded a five-year contract to provide all catering services to the iconic concert and events venue, Sage Gateshead.  

Ampersand Placement Students Trading Valuable Experience for Hard Work and a Fresh Perspective

At Ampersand, we are always excited to discover fresh talent and to share our enthusiasm and love for food and hospitality. One way we do this is by welcoming students, usually from hospitality, leisure and tourism courses, during their placement year.


The Ampersand Wine Guild Put Rosé to the Test

True to Ampersand’s learning culture, we have created a rather special educational experience for all Ampersand staff members who wish to pursue an in-depth understanding of wine and its origins, the Ampersand Wine Guild.

CH&Co Catering Merges with HCM Group

We are delighted to announce the merger of our parent company CH&Co and the HCM Group.

Ollie Dabbous and Ampersand Events: A Partnership on the Cutting Edge

We are delighted to announce that we have formed a pioneering new partnership with chef wunderkind Ollie Dabbous.

The Old Royal Naval College Wins 2015 Cool Venue Award
Set on the banks of the River Thames in Historic Maritime Greenwich, the Old Royal Naval College is part of a World Heritage site that has inspired artists, poets and filmmakers for generations.
On Our Doorstep – A Magical Night at Perkin Reveller

For this year’s client event, we wanted to celebrate the wonderful work of suppliers local to our beautiful restaurant Perkin Reveller. So we invited a key group of current, past and potential clients to enjoy a selection of dishes made with fresh seasonal ingredients – many of them local.


ZSL London Zoo Terrace Restaurant Wins Design Award

A year after Ampersand and ZSL London Zoo unveiled the £4.6m The Terrace Restaurant in the heart of the Zoo the building has scooped a prestigious London Design Award.


Ampersand Values Champions of the Month – Giancarlo and Tracey

Every month managers from across the Ampersand family nominate a member of their staff for the monthly "Ampersand Values Champion" award. Each nominee should represent the very best example of Ampersand's values, and deserve recognition for that.

Prestigious Sustainability Award for Ampersand at Wakehurst Place

Ampersand has landed the prestigious ‘Best Sustainable Supplier’ award at the annual Footprint Awards for our DVC catering at Wakehurst Place.

Ampersand Values Champion of the Month - Daniel Larotta
Every month managers from all of the different areas nominate a member of their staff for the monthly "Ampersand Values Champion" award. They pick someone that they feel represent the very best example of Ampersand's values, and deserve recognition for that.

This month the award goes to Daniel Larotta of Royal College of Surgeons, as nominated by Steve Matthews.
Mammoth Event at the Natural History Museum
Last week, Ampersand Events helped launch a new exhibition at the Natural History Museum that explores the life of one of the largest creatures ever to walk the earth.
Palace of Holyroodhouse - Address to a Haggis
On St Andrew's Day, the team at Palace at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh wanted to share some traditional Scottish fare with their visitors. Neeps and tatties, a dram of whisky and of course the 'cheftain o' the puddin-race', the haggis.

See how they got on in our video!
Merry Christmas Jumper Day
The Ampersand Events team thought long and hard about how we could say thank you to our lovely venues this Christmas.
60 Seconds with Chloe Martin

With the festive season well and truly in full swing, this month we're checking in with Chloe Martin, our fantastic Senior Sales and Events Executive.

Café at the Palace Named Best Place to Eat and Drink 2013 by the AVLA

We’re delighted to announce that the Café at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh has been chosen as the best place to eat and drink for 2013 by the members of the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.

Venue of the Month - Science Museum

The Science Museum is the ultimate destination for science and technology and Ampersand are proud to cater for this British institution.

60 Seconds with Naomi Dobbin
Today we’re catching up with hardworking Sales and Events Coordinator for East Wintergarden, Naomi Dobbin, before she’s whisked away in a whirlwind of glittering Canary Wharf Christmas parties. 
Ampersand Events Receives High Commendation at Event Awards 2013
Having been shortlisted in the "Caterer of the Year” category, the Ampersand Events team were delighted to attend the 2013 Event Awards evening last Friday. To have reached the final consideration for such a prestigious accolade was, in itself, an absolute highlight for us. The award recognises caterers for their innovation, creativity, past year achievements and the ability to deliver outstanding events, and we were hopeful that we would make the cut after all the tremendous work done this year.
Venue of the Month – Middle Temple Hall
October’s gorgeous Venue of the Month is another new listing!

We are thrilled to now be listed at the prestigious Middle Temple Hall. Situated in the heart of London’s legal quarter, this imposing and breath-taking event space guarantees a night to remember! Middle Temple Hall is one of the four ancient Inns of Court, and the role it still plays in today’s legal profession has led to Middle Temple playing host to some of the most exclusive events London has seen. 

Serving up a Big Breakfast to the Magical Taxi Tour
On the 20th of September, a very special event took place at East Wintergarden, when a fleet of 100 taxis made their first stop on a wonderful journey.  
Now Catering at Middle Temple and Westminster Abbey
This month it was announced that Ampersand Events has been chosen by both Middle Temple and Westminster Abbey to partner with them on their list of approved suppliers. We’re delighted and very excited to be able to add amazing events at not one but two peerless London venues to our portfolio.
What made us go WOW...
The team have been buzzing with excitement after being shortlisted for Caterer of the Year at the Event Awards 2013. The award ceremony at the Roundhouse on 4th October is an eagerly anticipated evening in any event professional’s calendar.  

Venue of the Month: Westminster Abbey

We are truly delighted to announce our inclusion on the approved suppliers list for Westminster Abbey. Having completed a successful trial event, we now can’t wait to get started!

Sail Through Summer

The past few months have seen Ampersand Events jump aboard Cutty Sark to cater for a number of fantastic corporate summer parties. Though we always tailor our events to our clients and their guests, every event has had one thing in common – spectacular weather! The parties have been fabulous and the view across Canary Wharf in the sunshine is definitely a current favourite.

New Ampersand catering receives the seal of approval from some of ZSL London Zoo’s most discerning residents
Yesterday giraffes and penguins at ZSL London Zoo received the Ampersand experience when we offered them silver service with a difference just ahead of the opening of brand-new eatery The Terrace Restaurant. 


Time for a New Challenge
Over Easter we set up a special Easter egg competition, and we received a fantastic response from all of our wonderful venues. Knowing how successful such contests could be, we thought it was time to set up a new challenge… 
Canapés, off the catwalk!
East Wintergarden recently hosted the nation’s paparazzi, and the celebrities they photograph, as they gathered to celebrate the best in affordable fashion at the Lorraine High Street Fashion Awards.
Growing a new relationship with Birmingham Botanical Gardens
Ampersand has now been appointed as catering partner for the beautiful Birmingham Botanical Gardens, where we will be serving diners in the Pavilion Tea Room and catering for events taking place in the Gardens’ three elegant function suites. 
Simon Robinson joins Ampersand Events
Simon Robinson joins Ampersand Events for the newly created role of Events Operations Manager. 
Champagne Academy Names Ampersand Operations Director as Chairman
Ampersand Director of Operations, Martin Dibben, was today installed as Chairman of the Champagne Academy – an organisation of more than 50 years’ standing and with over 600 members devoted to promoting Grand Marque Champagne in the UK. 
Quiz night at The Law Society
Last night Ampersand hosted a quiz night at The Law Society to raise funds for CH&Co’s nominated charity Kids Company, and of course for a bit of fun and a chance to exercise those brains! 
Supporting Childrens Reading Fund at The View From The Shard
Last week Ampersand Events took to the skies for one of our most exciting assignments yet!
Ampersand Events Gets Green Light from London Transport Museum
The Ampersand Events team have started 2013 as we ended 2012 – with the announcement we have been added to yet another prestigious London museum’s approved suppliers list; today they announced the start of a new relationship with the London Transport Museum.
A historical win for Ampersand Events
Ampersand Events has topped off a successful 2012 with the announcement that we have been added to the Natural History Museum’s approved suppliers list.
Usain Bolt hosts fundraising gala for the fastest animal in the world at ZSL London Zoo
Usain Bolt, Olympic gold medalist, Zeitz Foundation ambassador and fastest man in the world, hosted a fundraising gala at ZSL London Zoo for the Zeitz Foundation and Zoological Society of London (ZSL).
Ampersand welcome guests to Rum & Sugar to explore the world of Foraged & Found
Last night Ampersand invited guests to explore a world of forgotten culinary delights at our Foraged & Found evening at Rum & Sugar
Ampersand Events is excited to add two famous venues to our portfolio!
Sea Life London Aquarium and Madame Tussauds add Ampersand to their list of approved caterers
Celebrating nature’s secret ingredients at Foraged & Found
Foraging is mankind’s oldest occupation, and we are built to be hunters and gatherers, both physically and mentally. Our Foraged & Found feast is designed to offer our guests a chance rediscover their wild side as they taste the natural delights that sustained our species for millennia. 
Museum of London Docklands hosts Woman of Achievement Award 2012 event
Ampersand venue historic Grade I listed Museum of London Docklands hosted a celebration event for the seven category winners of the Women in the City Woman of Achievement Award 2012 on 30th October.


Around the world at East Wintergarden
Ampersand was delighted to have the opportunity to work alongside Adding Value Events with their telecoms client for a post-Olympic celebration at one of our stunning venues, East Wintergarden.
At Home with Ampersand
We’re starting to get rather excited about our upcoming "Foraged and Found” themed client event at Rum & Sugar, not least because last year‘s client evening at 28 Portland Place was such a great success and a joy to execute.
Experience the Royal College of Art’s 175th Anniversary in style with Ampersand
This year the Royal College of Art is 175! To celebrate, the College is presenting a major exhibition exploring key facets of the RCA over three centuries.
East Wintergarden and Ampersand support children's Magical Taxi Tour
Ampersand volunteers again to serve over 500 people at the children's Magical Taxi Tour.
Restaurant at The RIBA celebrates Chocolate Week with three choctastic dishes using ‘Divine’ chocolate
For the ultimate chocolate fix this Chocolate Week (8-14 October 2012), chocoholics will be delighted to discover that Restaurant at The RIBA, based at 66 Portland Place, London, has created three extraordinary chocolate infused sweet and savoury courses using luxury Fairtrade brand ‘Divine’ Chocolate.
Ampersand's Francesca Skeffington scoops Acorn Award
Our very own Francesca Skeffington has been singled out as one of the brightest young prospects in the hospitality industry by Caterer and Hotelkeeper in its prestigious annual Acorns awards. Her success – along with that of 29 others under 30 who judges identified as ‘future stars’ - was revealed yesterday after they attended a top secret weekend retreat at Devon’s premier country house hotel, Bovey Castle.
An event of Olympic proportions
Throughout the Olympic period, Ampersand Events hosted a long running event at East Wintergarden for THG Sports, the world’s leading and largest hospitality entertainment providers.
Perkin Reveller opens its doors
A celebration of all the finest things in life, food, drink and merriment, Perkin Reveller is an exciting new restaurant which pays tribute to Chaucer’s bacchanal Cook’s Tale character, just opened in the heart of historic London.
Chloe Martin promoted to Sales Executive
Ampersand are delighted to announce a promotion in the Team.
The Developing City Exhibition
In June Ampersand were delighted to be appointed as the exclusive caterer for a new and exciting event space in the City. 
Strawberry Fields for Ampersand
Ampersand Operations Manager JC Roumignac recently had an opportunity to visit one of our suppliers, Haygrove Sidlesham Ltd. This family run business provides us with many of the top quality berries we use in our dishes.
All new feeding time at ZSL London Zoo
Ampersand wins Zoological Society of London catering contract
The Museum of London Docklands Open Day
Your Exclusive Invitation!
CH&Co founders celebrate 400 years of loyal service
Smiles all round as Ampersand caters party in honour of loyal staff members
Ampersand announces hat trick haul of iconic venues
Museum of London and Cutty Sark join Science Museum in adding Ampersand to approved suppliers’ lists
By Royal Appointment at One Birdcage Walk
One Birdcage Walk, home of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, gained royal approval when the venue was graced by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, who hosted the 20th NEF on Thursday 8th March in her role as President of the National Equine Forum (NEF).


The Law Society iPad Giveaway

You book our pad and you can have an iPad!

Goldsmiths’ Centre opens for business
Ampersand offers glittering corporate hospitality packages at modern new venue built by 700 year-old Livery Company
A Victorian Menu with a Twist for The In & Out’s 150th birthday
The In & Out Club celebrated its 150th Anniversary on the 1st March with guests including the Club’s president, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
The Law Society hosts Westminster Collection Spring Showcase
The Westminster Collection's Spring Showcase will take place at the Law Society on 18 April 2012, from 16.00 - 19.00.
Rum & Sugar recieve Gold Food and Health Award
March saw Paul Williams, General Manager for Rum and Sugar, receive a Gold Food and Health award from Tower Hamlets Borough Council in conjunction with "change 4 life”.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Now munching at Hampton Court Palace Restaurants


The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Now munching at Hampton Court Palace Restaurants
Keeping it light at Le Manoir
Ampersand chefs took part in an inspiring salt Master class with Raymond Blanc OBE at his two Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons restaurant in Oxfordshire.
Ampersand wins prestigious catering contract with Historic Royal Palaces
Ampersand has won a five and a half year public catering contract for Historic Royal Palaces worth a combined estimated sales value of £60 million.  
No.11 Cavendish Square extends catering contract with Ampersand
No.11 Cavendish Square has extended its catering contract with Ampersand following a strong pitch against three other catering companies.
East Wintergarden and Ampersand support children’s Magical Taxi Tour
East Wintergarden and Ampersand were proud to host the ‘Big Breakfast’ for the annual Children’s Magical Taxi Tour for terminally ill children – one of London’s most unique charity events.