rhubarb was originally established in 1996 as an events business, but expanded its activities in 2003 to include the operation of lease and concession contracts at iconic, high footfall locations, initially by providing high-end catering at Ascot Racecourse.
Today, the company operates long term contracts at venues including the Sky Garden at the “Walkie Talkie” building in London, the Royal Albert Hall and events at the Goodwood Estate. It also provides bespoke catering solutions at around 600 events per year for a broad range of clients, from high profile charity galas for 2,000 guests to small, intimate dinners in country venues.
Our investment is supporting rhubarb’s continued growth across the UK and internationally with the overall aim of doubling in size in the next four years. An experienced portfolio chair of private equity backed businesses, including Tuskerdirect, Audley Travel and CarTrawler, joined as chairman on completion.
“We are very excited to be working with Livingbridge on the next stage of our development, particularly in light of their knowledge of the food and beverage market through their existing investments. We are ideally positioned to benefit from positive market trends and current consumer tastes and, with a good level of visibility over our existing contracts, as well as a strong pipeline of new growth opportunities, we are confident of building on the strong momentum we have generated to date.”
PB Jacobse, CEO
rhubarb established as an events catering business
rhubarb opened their first restaurant at Terminal 3, Heathrow
rhubarb win the catering contract for Royal Albert Hall, managing three restaurants, 13 bars and 142 hospitality boxes
Opened Pilots Bar & Kitchen at Terminal 5, Heathrow
Wins contract for Goodwood
Sky Garden, London opens with two restaurants and one bar
Won the team of the year award at the BVCA Management Team Awards in the South East.
Livingbridge invest in a secondary transaction, to back the management team’s plans for growth