Catering Businesses come in many guises, and are used for a range of purposes, from eat-in restaurants to mobile catering units that provide food and drink to the masses at outdoor events. This article aims to provide information on all of these businesses, and everything in between.
Catering and Restaurant
Restaurants are probably the first place that you think of when a catering business is mentioned. Restaurants can be super expensive or reasonably priced and like most businesses come in a range of qualities. Restaurants can be themed or serve a specific kind of food, or countrys food. For example Planet Hollywood is themed superstar style with memorabilia from films and a themed menu; some restaurants will just serve vegetarian or seafood fair; and there are restaurants from every type of country from China to India, Ethiopia to England. Fine restaurants often appear in top class hotels.
Catering and Pub
Pubs, once the domain of just drinking, are becoming more and more aware that people like to eat whilst drinking and socialising. Some pubs have fine menus, source excellent ingredients and employ revered chefs (who often are the owners), these are known as gastro pubs. Other pubs offer simply home cooked food. But the largest percent of chain pubs offer microwavable and pre packaged dinner, which is cheap and quick to prepare for en masse drinkers.
Catering and Café
Cafes in the UK range in quality and who they are aiming to sell their food to. There are places known as greasy spoons, where fried breakfasts and traditional cooked dinners are served mainly to working men. There are tea shops which offer beverages and cakes generally patronised by the older generation. And there are the increasingly popular coffee shops where a range of different coffees and snacks are available. Sandwich shops tend to offer sandwiches to go to the lunchtime crowd, with a small amount of seating for those who choose to eat in.