In August 2005 Charlton House was appointed to manage catering services at The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at its headquarters at 66 Portland Place, London W1.
The independent caterer’s goal from the outset was to make the RIBA Restaurant and Café an exceptional dining experience, and market the facilities to a much wider audience. The restaurant is now buzzing, and sales continue to exceed expectations.
The Michelin-starred chef, David Cavalier – Charlton House’s food innovation director – was personally involved in opening this high profile contract, training staff and overseeing and developing the business. Under his direction, menus and the quality of the food have changed from corporate-style catering to high quality brasserie restaurant standards.
Described in the past by the Harden’s Guide as “a hidden gem”, the RIBA Restaurant and RIBA Café sit elegantly within the Grade II listed 1930s building. The RIBA Restaurant occupies two sides of Florence Hall, an elegant room which was refurbished by Conran & Partners, and has exclusive use of a roof garden terrace during the summer months. The restaurant offers a mid-priced eclectic dining experience in beautiful surroundings, and seats up to 120 people.
The RIBA Café, situated on the landing of Florence Hall, offers breakfast, lunch, afternoon teas/coffees and snacks in a relaxed setting. Both are open to the general public, RIBA staff and members. The RIBA Bar is situated in the entrance foyer of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
In addition, Charlton House provides catering services for high profile conferences and events such as private dining, wedding receptions, champagne and canapé receptions and banquets.
“ I think it is fair to say that our client at RIBA is very impressed with the quality of our food and presentation. They were looking for a small, private company, and our experience, passion and commitment showed them that we are an organisation with whom they could build a long term relationship,” said Nico Prinsloo, business development manager for Charlton House.