Architecting Innovation at the new Pennethorne Cafe Bar

18 December 2014

Warrington, Cheshire UK – 18th December 2014 – Levy Restaurants UK, the sport, leisure and hospitality sector of caterer Compass Group UK & Ireland have extended its contract with Somerset House and have recently opened Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar. Named after Sir James Pennethorne the 19th century architect who designed the area where the cafe residesis and many other parts of London, the 85-cover Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar and menu is inspired by his travels across Europe and brings classic flavours from the Grand Tour travels.

Levy Restaurants UK appointed Verteda to provide innovation through the use of technology to enhance its operations and guest experience. Trevor Roberts, Sales Director for Verteda Ltd comments “The design team at Levy had a fantastic vision as to the atmosphere and experience their guests would enjoy in Pennethorne’s Café Bar. By engaging early in the design process Verteda were able to compliment this vision with appropriate technology that subtly blends into the design and yet offers staff the sophistication and benefits of the InfoGenesis Point of Sale & Back Office solution (POS)”  .

Mark Hislop, Commercial Director at Somerset House Trust said: “Somerset House is an iconic cultural venue that is popular with visitors of all ages and is a truly unique London landmark receiving over 2.4 million visits per annum. We wanted to provide our visitors with a range of restaurant and cafes that meet the needs of all our visitors and reflect the ethos and atmosphere of Somerset House. Our partnership with Levy Restaurants UK is enabling us to deliver this vision; creating the new Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar has been very exciting.” 

Pennethorne have embraced mobile technology using the InfoGenesis Flex solution running on Tablets empowering wait staff with all the tools they need to serve guests and manage bar and kitchen orders more efficiently, whilst managers have access to administrative tools and real-time stock accuracy. Static InfoGenesis POS terminals are discreetly out of sight whilst guests enjoy an experience at the Chef’s table whilst the Coffee Bar benefits from the speed and convenience of an integrated contactless payment solution. The cloud based solution is hosted in Verteda’s Tier 4 data centre.

Jonathan Davidson, Business Director for leisure at Levy Restaurants UK said: “We’re passionate about delivering great experiences and have worked really hard to deliver an innovative service at Somerset House. I’m thrilled that we’ve been awarded a further 15 year contract. With Pennethorne’s Cafe Bar; we’re focusing on quality, simplicity and freshness with a nod to Sir James Pennethorne himself, it’s going to be fantastic.”