The River & Rowing Museum has announced that business partners Dan McCullough and Jason Wild have been awarded the tender to lease the on-site café facility, now known as Thyme café.
Henley local, McCullough, Chief Executive of First Choice Produce, and Wild, Chef Director of Wild About Food, came together to apply for the tender with the vision of combining their extensive industry backgrounds to provide great local produce to the area.
The appointment will see Thyme café manage all food and beverage operations in the museum, including events, supporting the River & Rowing Museum’s continuous aim to improve the visitor experience and provide a hub for people to enjoy.
Thyme will be open from Monday 26 June in a revamped café area, with a new menu featuring breakfasts, small & large plates, desserts, and daily specials on offer. Customer favourites like coffees, cakes and ice creams will still be available.
Interim Director of the River & Rowing Museum, Paul Owen, said: “After an in-depth tender process, we’re pleased to welcome Dan and Jason as the new operators of the museum café. We were impressed with their tender application and we’re confident that they will provide a high-quality service to our visitors. We look forward to seeing the café flourish under their management.”
Dan McCullough said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the tender to operate the café at the River & Rowing Museum. We see some great potential in the space that hasn’t been tapped into yet. We want to pride ourselves on sourcing as much local produce as possible, and we think that the museum was the perfect location for this.”
Jason Wild said: “With our extensive experience in the industry, we have some big ideas that we want to bring to Henley and the museum. Our aim is to have the space be usable for everyone, which is why we have made sure there is something for everybody on the menu, with some new additions to try. We are really looking forward to welcoming our first customers later this month.”
Thyme café is just the first stage of the River & Rowing Museum’s re-opening to the public, with further details to be shared in due course.