Durham firm Ramside’s Pride at catering contract win

David Wood, event catering manager for Ramside Estates and Mark Nichols, chairman of Northern Pride.
David Wood, event catering manager for Ramside Estates and Mark Nichols, chairman of Northern Pride.
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A County Durham catering company is celebrating full of Pride after being awarded the catering contract for one of the UK’s largest LGBT festivals.

Ramside Event Catering, a subsidiary of Ramside Estates, has been chosen to head up the public bars and food outlets for thousands of attendees at this year’s tenth Newcastle Pride festival.

We have managed large scale events such as Hardwick Live and the Lobster and Oyster Festivals in the past but even by our standards, this is a huge catering exercise and it’s not just about quantity, it’s about quality too.

John Adamson

The popular event, which attracted more than 73,000 visitors in 2016, will return to Newcastle’s Town Moor with its largest ever line-up on the July 21 to 23 July weekend.

John Adamson, director of Ramside Estates, which includes North East venues and events such as Ramside Hall Hotel and Spa, Hardwick Hall Hotel, and music festival Hardwick Live, is delighted to have been awarded the catering contract for the event.

“This is a huge coup for us. Newcastle Pride is such a well-established festival, which always attracts huge crowds, and we’re really looking forward to being a part of such an inspiring, community event,” he said.

“We have managed large- scale events such as Hardwick Live and the Lobster and Oyster Festivals in the past but even by our standards, this is a huge catering exercise and it’s not just about quantity, it’s about quality too.

“However, our team is highly experienced and we’re looking forward to serving superb food and drink to everyone attending Pride.”

Mark Nichols, chairman of Northern Pride, which organises Newcastle Pride, said: “We’re thrilled to have Ramside Catering on board as the official caterers for our tenth Newcastle Pride event.

“Their experience catering for large-scale events is unrivalled and we know they are a safe pair of hands who will more than deliver in terms of reliability, quality and enthusiasm over the Pride weekend.”

On the lead-up to the weekend, there will also be satellite events running at venues across Newcastle.