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Foresty Commission appoints Calcot Kitchens to run the Westonbirt Restaurant and Cafe

6 March 2013

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

The Forestry Commission has appointed Calcot Kitchens (formerly Williams Kitchen at Calcot) to run its public restaurant and cafe facilities following a rigorous tender process.

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

Arboretum Director, Simon Toomer comments: “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 cafe.”

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 Restaurant’s re-opening on 18 March, 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 Calcot’s 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 Café 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 menu’s eye-catching symbols will flag up healthy and vegetarian options and children’s 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. 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 arm’s success in delivering Calcot Manor’s 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 Commission’s 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 Britain’s 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 9.30am - 5pm, seven days a week all year round (excluding Christmas Day and New Year’s Day).

Notes: For Calcot Kitchens press enquiries, please contact: Charlotte Doherty, Charlotte Doherty PR,, tel: 0207 736 6639.  

Last updated: 8th August 2016


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