Normanby Hall catering deal for weddings and events won by Scunthorpe hotelier
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 2 May 2018
A Scunthorpe hotelier has won a contract from North Lincolnshire Council to provide the catering at Normanby Hall for weddings and other functions.
Gez Reilly, a partner in Nowells Hotels Ltd which owns the Wortley House Hotel on Rowland Road, said: "This is a real feather in our cap. I’m pleased the contract has gone to a local-based business and not a multi-national company."
The deal is the first time catering at the stately home, owned by the Sheffield family and leased by the council, has gone out-of-house since 1964 and is part of a plan to expand the scope of events and special occasions on offer at the 350-acre country park.
Mr Reilly, 41, said he planned to take over with his head chef Andrew Robinson from June 1.
He said: "We are delighted to be working in partnership with Normanby Hall and we can't wait to help deliver some exciting events over the coming years.
"I would like to thank Team Wortley, who all contributed to an excellent tender response and ultimately won a very prestigious contract. I would also like to thank North Lincolnshire Council for entrusting such an important contract to a locally owned and operated company.
Gez Reilly, pictured outside Normanby Hall
"Going forward, we feel that the combination of the most experienced team in the area and the most iconic venue in the area will result in an excellent service to our customers."
Councillor Elaine Marper, ward member for Burton-Upon-Stather and Winterton, said: "The beautiful surroundings of Normanby Hall are a stunning place to tie the knot.
"Now, with the Nowell Hotels Ltd on board, we will be able to offer more dining experiences in the regency dining room – from Christmas dinners to afternoon teas.
"Bringing a caterer on board is all part of our plan to make sure visitors to Normanby Hall have the best experience and make the jewel in North Lincolnshire's crown a real destination for the wider area."
Mr Reilly is now in his 15th year at the Wortley after a previous spell as assistant at Scunthorpe's Royal Hotel.
He is now planning to recruit up to 17 more catering workers to add to his present 50-staff.
The catering at Normanby Hall Country Park's Stableyard Café will continue to be operated by the council, with improvements planned in the near future.
All events already booked or organised will go ahead with the advertised menus and prices.
Anyone who would like to discuss details for an event can call Normanby Hall on 01724 720588 to arrange a meeting.