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Smart Hospitality Become Official Suppliers At Lord's

Fri 18 May 2018

Smart Group are proud to announce that Smart Hospitality has been awarded an exclusive two-year catering contract with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) for the Nursery Pavilion at Lord’s. Overlooking the Nursery Ground, where international cricketers playing at Lord’s will warm up, the Nursery Pavilion provides an additional opportunity for cricket fans to observe their team whilst anticipating the start of the match. Smart Hospitality provides innovative hospitality catering at some of the UK’s leading sporting events throughout the year including Royal Ascot, Henley Festival, Twickenham and the Wimbledon Championships, and outdoor catering for the Farnborough and Paris Air Shows, and are proud to now do so for the Nursery Pavilion at Lord’s.

Notable upcoming events Smart Hospitality will be catering at Lord’s in 2018 are:

  • 24-25 May - the England v Pakistan Test Match
  • 14 July - the England v India One Day International
  • 9-11 August - the England v India Test Match 

Smart Hospitality has a strong history and experience of providing quality catering for sporting events at the highest level. In 2012 Smart Hospitality was the proud caterer for the Olympic Hospitality Centre and provided world-class hospitality to VIPs, visiting Heads of State, international athletes and major sponsors. This proven track record of delivering world-class hospitality at premium sporting events makes Smart Hospitality a natural fit for the Nursery Pavilion at Lord’s.

Guests at the Nursery Pavilion can look forward to a full day’s catering starting with breakfast including free range sweet-cured bacon served in a toasted English muffin with homemade ketchup and baked duck eggs en cocotte with wild mushrooms and spinach topped with crème fraîche. A three-course seated lunch includes delicious options such as beetroot and gin-cured salmon fillet with white anchovy, cucumber ketchup and crispy capers; cutlet, leg and loin of Cornish spring lamb with warm mushroom quinoa salad and morel cream sauce, followed by dark chocolate torte with hazelnut, yuzu curd, miso blackberry jam and coconut ice cream. While the players break for tea, our guests are served treats including coronation chicken with mango chutney and baby spinach, black pudding sausage rolls with fennel seed and salt crust, black forest brownie, and, of course, traditional sultana scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream.

Enormous care is taken to ensure the high quality of the catering and service. Smart Hospitality believe that great catering starts with great ingredients and only work with the best suppliers to source the finest sustainable produce. Our commitment to sustainability and creative menu design ensure we are industry leaders. The diversity of our menus and the precision of our catering mean that our passionate and creative team of chefs led by Executive Head Chef David Ridgway deliver food that our guests simply love. 

Greg Lawson, CEO of Smart Group, says: “We are delighted to be selected as official hospitality partner for the Nursery Pavilion at Lord’s and to have been trusted by Marylebone Cricket Club to deliver the exceptional catering that they and their guests expect. The natural synergy of brand values between Smart Hospitality and Marylebone Cricket Club will provide the highest quality sporting and catering experiences for our guests. Smart Hospitality are increasing our sporting hospitality sites and the Nursery Pavilion at Lord’s is an exciting addition to our portfolio.”

Jon Robinson, Assistant Secretary (Commercial) at MCC said: “We are excited to be working with Smart Hospitality this season for the first time, and we welcome them to The Home of Cricket.

“The team at Smart brings a wealth of experience and innovation to our hospitality offering, and their approach is similar to that of MCC, focusing on providing the highest levels of customer service as well as producing fantastic menus using the finest ingredients.

“We are confident that our corporate hospitality guests in the Nursery Pavilion will be delighted with all aspects of the Smart experience.”

Smart Hospitality packages at Nursery Pavilion at Lord’s start from £425 plus VAT. Smart Hospitality offer other sporting hospitality events for 2018: Royal Ascot Village and Villers, Henley Festival The Riverside Restaurant with Angela Hartnett, The Lakeview Restaurant with Angela Hartnett, Kneller Hall at Twickenham. 

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About Smart Hospitality

Smart Hospitality is renowned for delivering outstanding catering for large-scale corporate, charity and sporting events. Smart Hospitality creates memorable catering experiences each crafted and tailored to the style, budget and needs of our clients. We provide innovative hospitality catering at some of the UK’s leading sporting events throughout the year including Royal Ascot, Henley Royal Regatta, Twickenham and the Wimbledon Championships, outdoor catering for the Farnborough and Paris Air Shows, and now for the Nursery Pavilion at Lord’s.

To see more about what we do at Smart Hospitality, click here.

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