Tender opportunity: Canalside cafe, bar and catering operation

Canalside cafe, bar and catering operation


Paddington Development Trust (PDT), engaged in the economic, environmental and social regeneration of the North Westminster and wider west London area, is inviting tenders for running the Cafe, Bar and catering facilities for a major new canal-side venue near Paddington.

St Mary Magdalene, a church of historic significance, will continue to be open as a place of worship. The new building will be renamed and run as a commercial venue and community business to include the newly restored Nave and Undercroft, a new Annex comprising cafe, separate kitchen, bar, and a large meeting/seminar room. PDT and SMM have raised over £6,000,000 toward final cost of the project.

The venue is situated in a green area facing the Grand Union Canal within easy walking distance of Warwick Avenue, Little Venice, Paddington Station and Harrow Road with transport links through Warwick Avenue tube station, Paddington mainline and tube station.

The venue will deliver a mixed offer of arts, community and cultural events alongside corporate and conference hire. It will attract an eclectic audience both locally and from across the city. An estimated 100,000 visitors are expected to visit the new venue, split between commercial, corporate, cultural visitors and local audiences.

The contract will be for a three-year period from May 2019. The appointed caterer will operate on a concession basis and have overall responsibility for staffing, the food and beverage offer of the cafe as well as the opportunity, alongside private contractors, to supply catering services for private events. This matter will be subject to a separate agreement.

 “the tender deadline has been extended to the 22nd February” Contract start date: May 2019.

Feb 22: expression of interest deadline

March 8th: tenders in

  • by March 13th: selection of top 6 candidates / time to ask additional questions
  • by by March 22: top 3 candidates invited in for interview & tasting & site visit
  • Week of March 25th: interviews and tastings
  • March 29th: appoint operator.

To express an interest and for further details, please e-mail sarahr@pdt.org.uk