Wilson Vale gains a first at Cambridge

14th October 2019

We are delighted to report that we have gained our first Cambridge college  – Clare Hall, a graduate college of the University of Cambridge.


Under a contract valued at £500K in annual turnover, a team of ten now provides a lunch, supper and a weekly formal dinner service to graduate students, Fellows, staff and visitors since the contract started on 2nd September 2019.


We will also cater for three annual feasts at Clare Hall and will work closely with College staff to provide catering support for conferences, meetings, private dinners and other events.


Situated in peaceful surroundings off Herschel Road in West Cambridge, in attractive listed buildings designed by British architect, Ralph Erskine, Clare Hall is one of Cambridge’s youngest colleges, founded in 1966. It is renowned for its informal approach to college life and for its international diversity.


Andrew Wilson, co-founder of Wilson Vale, said: “This is a significant milestone in our history to date. We are fortunate to have a strong presence in the Cambridge area; Clare Hall is our eleventh contract in the county but our first Cambridge college so it is a wonderful addition to our portfolio.”


Clare Hall’s mission is the pursuit of excellence in a warm, welcoming and supportive environment.


Andrew said: “Clare Hall’s sense of community is palpable, and the provision of quality food and a warm and friendly service is an important part of that. It’s about gathering diverse people together to share good food and to showcase the College’s high standards and the value it places on its community of people.”


We are now working closely with our new client to explore the commercial development of the College as a venue.


“We have a strong presence within the conference and venues sector, so our vision is to support our new client in developing Clare Hall’s potential to become a venue in its own right,” said Andrew.


Bursar of Clare Hall, Ian Strachan, said: “The College is delighted to welcome Wilson Vale as our catering team, and they are already demonstrating what they can bring to Clare Hall, with imaginative, varied menus, a focus on locally-sourced produce and an excellent team of chefs. Wilson Vale understands the ethos of the College, appreciates the importance of the Dining Hall to College life and has a team with the skills and experience to build on our reputation for the quality of our dining and hospitality.”