Eating at Westonbirt

PUBLISHED: 17:57 06 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:10 17 April 2013

Forestry Commission appoints Calcot Kitchens for re-launch of Westonbirt restaurant and cafe

Eating at Westonbirt

Forestry Commission appoints Calcot Kitchens for re-launch of Westonbirt restaurant and caf

Eating at Westonbirt, The National Arboretum in Gloucestershire, will become a whole new experience for visitors when Calcot Kitchens Calcot Hotels outside catering arm re-launches the arboretums restaurant on Monday 18 March.

The Forestry Commission - which manages the historic, Victorian landscape and internationally important tree and shrub collection at Westonbirt ( has appointed Calcot Kitchens (formerly Williams Kitchen at Calcot) to run its public restaurant and caf facilities following a rigorous tender process.

Calcot Kitchens are currently offering delicious, lighter refreshments from the Westonbirt Caf, located near to the Great Oak Hall, until the restaurant reopens following a full refit.

Arboretum Director, Simon Toomer says, Calcot Kitchens has been chosen for its innovative ideas, strong environmental credentials and high quality food and drink offer. They also have lots of exciting ideas about how to add to diners enjoyment of the restaurant and caf.

Geared towards the family experience, the Westonbirt Restaurant and Cafe will feed all ages well and imaginatively, thanks to healthy eating choices with regional produce predominantly from within a 30-mile radius and with the Cotswolds particularly celebrated.

A complete refit is now underway ahead of Westonbirt Restaurants re-opening on March 18, when a totally new front-of-house design, branding and catering concept will be revealed, drawing strongly upon its arboreal setting and environment," outlines Michael French, General Manager of Calcot Kitchens who is overseeing the project that brings Calcots vision and quality experience to the internationally-acclaimed British visitor attraction.

A lunch, snacks and refreshments menu will be served throughout the day in the 100 seat Westonbirt Restaurant with a further 200 places outside. The Westonbirt Restaurant will be supplemented by a mini food court area within the terrace and patio, whilst the Westonbirt Caf will offer other takeaway selections for those on the move.

With an emphasis on locally grown and organic ingredients, healthy and freshly prepared food all priced at great value the new menu will have masses on offer to tempt all ages. Changing weekly, and aligned with the seasons, the menus eye-catching symbols will flag up Healthy and Vegetarian options and Childrens menu choices.

Interior designers Sims Hilditch (who are also behind the recent re-launch of The Conservatory restaurant at Calcot Manor just three miles down the road, near Tetbury) have created a rustic woodland feel within and around the Westonbirt Restaurant. Resonating against the unbeatable backdrop of the arboretum, a mix of soft tonal colours and natural materials - such as oak, granite and slate has been adopted while bleached woods and simple clean lines add further to the effect in a contemporary fashion.

Our outside catering arms success in delivering Calcot Manors blend of restaurant quality meals and service to private events and venues beyond the hotel itself has secured a superb following, says Richard Ball, Chairman of Calcot Hotels. We are extremely thrilled to be re-launching the Forestry Commissions restaurant and cafe at Westonbirt and to have an even greater opportunity to serve a far wider audience with our particular blend of food and hospitality in the context of a very special day out at one of Britains leading rural attractions. We are confident that championing local produce in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly way, in keeping with the Westonbirt ethos, will add greatly to the visitor experience. Certainly, everyone eating at Westonbirt can count upon delicious food and refreshments alongside a fun time.

The Westonbirt Restaurant and Cafe will be open from 9am-4pm, seven days a week all year round (excluding Christmas Day and New Years Day).

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