The Victoria Gate Casino in Leeds has confirmed John Davies as its new Head of Food & Beverage.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Victoria Gate Casino has appointed food and drink industry veteran, John Davies, as its new Head of Food and Beverage.
Mr Davies, who has been in the food and drink industry for more than 25 years at venues across the UK and Europe, is the third major appointment for the ‘super casino’ ahead of its opening on January 26.
When it opens, the casino will be the largest casino in the north of England and Scotland, and Mr Davies has confirmed that local, quality produce will be an integral part of the casino’s offering.
Commenting on his approach, John Davies said: “Food and drink is an integral part of the offering at Victoria Gate Casino – it’s not just about gaming but providing an exciting offering that will entice visitors to have a great casino experience.
“Visitors will be coming through the doors purely to enjoy a meal or a drink so we’ve come up with eye-catching options covering everything from snacks and nibbles to stand-out meals and signature cocktails.
“The emphasis is on quality, which is why we’re putting Yorkshire produce at the heart of the menu.”
Before joining Global Gaming Ventures – the operator of Victoria Gate Casino – Mr Davies worked for hotel groups such as InterContinental, Marriott and Principal Hayley, across the UK and Europe and also worked in Yorkshire as part of the Senior Catering Management team at York Racecourse.
Victoria Gate Casino will includes three venues – Live Bar, Curve and V Restaurant – and feature a number of high profile and local suppliers.
Live Bar has a partnership with Molson Coors, whilst Curve, the venue’s cocktail, champagne and craft beer bar, is partnered with Moët and Chandon.
Local suppliers include well-respected names such as Sykes House Farm near Wetherby, R. Bethell and Guiseley-based fruit and vegetable supplier, Threshfield.
York Coffee Emporium has been chosen to supply coffee beans, and a table staff valet service will be available to those playing at the casino tables and gaming machines.
Discussing the casino’s opening this week, Mr Davies added: “It has been a new challenge to create a diverse menu for all types of visitors – from gamers wanting a quick snack to sit-down diners looking to enjoy stand-out dishes – and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed experimenting with different ideas and concepts.
“We’re excited for people to come and try it for themselves now.”