The contract, worth around £60 million, commences on 16th March 2016 and will see rhubarb take the catering operation at the Estate’s key festival events to another level. Goodwood attracts over 800 thousand visitors a year; these include Members Meeting, Goodwood Festival of Speed, Goodwood Revival and the 19 days of racing that include Qatar Goodwood Festival.
rhubarb are known for their creativity and innovation and the product offer at Goodwood will reflect this, with an emphasis on quintessentially English dishes using local produce from the Goodwood Farm wherever possible. Having recently attended a rhubarb press event at the fabulous Sky Garden, high above the streets of the City of London, GS Magazine can vouch for the quality of Goodwood produce. The event was a five course tasting dinner using cuts of beef from the Goodwood Home Farm rare breed herds, on this occasion beef from the Deep Red Sussex cows, with cheeses and ice creams from the estate. Head Chef Zac Whittle and his team at Fenchurch Restaurant on the 37th floor, prepared and cooked the meal whilst Goodwood's head farmer, Tim Hassle, was in attendance to talk about what makes the meats from Goodwood - cattle, sheep and pigs - so delicious.
Lord March, Goodwood comments: “We chose rhubarb as I felt the passion for what they do, their attention to detail and their people really set them apart from the competition. I am excited by the fresh ideas they can bring to our key events and the support they will provide in moving the overall experience forward.”
PB Jacobse, Managing Director at rhubarb comments: “We are incredibly proud to have been chosen by Goodwood and to be a part of the world’s leading sporting Estate. This win is a real credit to rhubarb and testament to the work we do every day across our portfolio. We look forward to working with the Goodwood team and to bringing a touch of rhubarb magic to this historical estate.’ The Goodwood Estate win further strengthens the rhubarb operation which includes outlets in some of London’s most important visitor attractions and high volume sites including the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, Royal Albert Hall, Saatchi Gallery, Heathrow T3 and T5, London City Airport and Royal Ascot Racecourse.
Photographs by: Stephen Hayward & Nigel Harniman