From September, the group will manage all catering and service provisions across the venue, as well as support it in the further development of commercial events.
Searcys said it will focus on providing “quality” catering and service across the venue, from refreshed brasserie menus which will feature seasonal British produce, to a new wine bar concept.
For members, a new food and drink menu of signature dishes will be available in the members’ lounge, including artisan coffee and home-made bakes, as well as “more substantial” lunch options.
In September, the headquarters will open its doors to retail customers for the first time, serving a British afternoon tea.
In addition, the partnership will see the introduction of new event and wedding packages to support and develop the venue as a London event destination. Packages will be available for meetings, weddings, conferences and celebrations, and will be tailored to members and external event organisers, alongside added experiences of wine tastings and masterclasses.
Jonathan Geldart, director general of the Institute of Directors, said: “As we begin to put the last year behind us, I am delighted that we are partnering with Searcys to ensure that IoD members and visitors to 116 Pall Mall alike are able to experience the very best food and drink in our historic Georgian venue.”
Searcys managing director Paul Jackson said: “We are honoured to have been appointed as caterers for the prestigious Institute of Directors at 116 Pall Mall. Both Searcys and 116 Pall Mall have an incredible heritage and share the same commitment to quality service and guest experience.
“Hospitality remains pivotal in the social and economic recovery to our city, and with our expertise of running restaurants and events, we look forward to working with the team to create sleek and memorable experiences to realise the venue’s full potential and enhance our guests’ experience. We can’t wait to welcome the members and guests through the doors and showcase this magnificent building in its full glory.”
Founded in 1903, the Institute of Directors is the UK’s longest-running membership organisation for professional business leaders. Its London headquarters are located at 116 Pall Mall, a Georgian Grade-I listed business and event venue.