New Café to open within the Cloisters at Chichester Cathedral

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6th Jul 2022
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A new Café is to open within the 600-year-old Cloisters at Chichester Cathedral.

The Cloisters Café & Garden will be replacing the much-missed venue which closed two years ago as a result of the pandemic.

Following investment from independent specialist caterer Seasoned, the new concept will create a dining destination, working with local suppliers and using ethically sourced ingredients.

In the past, Seasoned have worked with a range of partners, including English Heritage,  Blenheim Palace,  Natural History Museum, Somerset House and St Paul’s Cathedral.

The opening will also provide 15 local jobs for front of house staff as well as in the kitchen.

The Dean of Chichester, The Very Reverend Stephen Waine, said: “We look forward to working closely with Seasoned to create a welcoming meeting space for the Cathedral and community of Chichester, and for visitors to our great city. We have missed being able to offer Christian hospitality following the closure of the café during the pandemic, and we are excited that we will once again be able to feed both body and soul at the Cathedral.”

The décor and design have been inspired by the Cathedral and its surroundings, and there will be tables indoors and outside with parasols. The Cloisters Café & Garden will offer the opportunity to ‘grab and go’ as well as table service, where diners can enjoy the fresh and seasonal food.

Graham Turner, Seasoned’s Managing Partner, Venues, said: “We’re proud to have the opportunity to work at this beautiful and historic venue and in partnership with the Cathedral to attract visitors to one of the only venues in central Chichester with a garden.”

A café has been on the Cathedral grounds for over 25 years, in Vicars' Hall, the Bell Tower and latterly within the Cloisters. The Cloisters Café & Garden is to open late summer 2022.

Posted
6th Jul 2022
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General