Kerb named catering and hospitality partner at the National Theatre

23 September 2021 by
Kerb named catering and hospitality partner at the National Theatre

Street food operator Kerb has been named as the official catering and hospitality partner at the National Theatre in London.

Kerb is teaming up with Levy UK, the sports, leisure and hospitality arm of Compass Group UK & Ireland, to create the offer.

It will see a transformation of the National Theatre's food and drink spaces over the next two years, beginning with its riverside cafes and Understudy bar.

A press announcement said the revamped venues will be "accessible, high quality and affordable" and draw on Kerb's network of independent food businesses.

Kerb was founded by Petra Barran in 2012 and operates six street food markets across London with more than 70 traders.

Barran said the partnership "would never have been conceivable" a few years ago.

She added: "Since Day one Kerb has served to liven up the spaces between the buildings with brilliant food served by talented entrepreneurs to curious Londoners.

"Now, as the National Theatre looks to open up more of itself to a wider audience, for us to be invited inside to do what we do is a major step forward for independent food in the capital.

"[The partnership] is a testament to the [National Theatre's] continued ambition and vision that they aren't just rolling over and playing it safe after the treacherous 18 months we've all just had."

Kerb and Levy UK began working together last year with a mission to bring new independent food experiences to stadiums and venues nationwide.

The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Image: Claudio Diviza / Shutterstock

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