Riverlea Catering

Catering Contract ~ Riverlea Theatre 2017

We are seeking expressions of interest from registered caterers to fulfil our catering needs for the 2017 performance season at Riverlea Theatre, Hillcrest, commencing mid-March.

We are looking for a caterer who is willing to provide a varied menu for each show; kids menu; bar meals a possibility; catering for venue hire such as weddings and 21st; and catering for daytime venue hire such as lunches for conference and training hires.

We would also be happy to have the kitchen used for out-catering sourced by the caterer, with the understanding that Riverlea catering will take precedence. We have, in the past, had a day time café running from the lounge area.


We are a ‘boutique’ community theatre seating up to 138 on regular shows and 120 on dinner shows. We are home to two resident societies and two smaller companies, providing a variety of theatre experiences in drama and musical theatre. We also run an after school drama programme during school terms. Periodically, we hire out the venue for training and conference purposes during the day, and celebrations during the evening.


We have a licenced commercial kitchen with significant preparation areas; three stoves (two electric and one gas); gas hob; microwaves; two-basket deep fryer; two sinks; dish steriliser; lockable panty and storage room; deep freeze and walk-in commercial chiller. There is a variety of kitchen equipment available including a commercial mixer. We have a full on-site liquor licence.


Catering for our shows during the year covers between 20 and 30 performances, generally on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights; charged out on a per head basis and there is no charge for the use of the facilities. In addition, our Christmas dinner show runs during November and December and covers between 10 and 15 performances, charge on a per head basis.

Catering for any events organised by Riverlea Theatre would also be negotiated on a per head/per event basis. Out-catering for caterers’ own contracts would be charged on a negotiated per week/per event basis.


Expressions of interest, in writing, should be sent to The Theatre Manager, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 17th February 2017. Should you require further information please call Jane Norridge on (07) 856 5450.

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