Over the past five weeks the Board has reviewed a range of options and applications for the role of caterer at the Club.
I’m delighted to announce that we have agreed a new catering contract with Rathbone Restaurants Ltd. Rathbone own the well known Peebles restaurant “Osso” and have an excellent reputation for both high quality dining and large scale catering.
The club will benefit from the support of Ally McGrath as Executive Chef, who will be responsible for menu design and food \ service quality at the club.
The new menus will focus on fresh locally sourced food, will vary on a regular basis, and include “Golf Club fare” at prices in line with the current menus. This will not be “Osso at PGC” but both parties are committed to providing good quality food to members and their guests.
The new contract commences on Monday 22nd May and the kitchen will be closed for three days for some small layout changes, with a soft launch on Thursday 25th May. Rathbone have confirmed that they will offer employment to all existing catering and waiting staff.
Catering will be provided on a seven day per week basis over the summer and all existing function bookings will be re-confirmed with members. Catering will only be available to members (and their guests) plus visiting golfers. As is currently the case, functions will require a member to make the booking and will be subject to approval by the Committee.
The Board and Rathbone believe that this is an exciting opportunity for both parties. I am sure members will agree. Members should be aware the that Rathbone will pay rent to the Club based upon income generated from food sales. The house is not included in the contract and the Board is reviewing options for future usage.
There will be an inevitable period of disruption as the new team get used to the clubhouse and members get used to the new menus and new faces. I hope that all members will be patient and support the PGC and Rathbone teams through this exciting change.