Tenders invited for café at iconic Castell Coch

Monday 24 March 2014

Do you fancy running a tea shop in one of Wales’s most iconic landmarks?

Castell Coch

Castell Coch

If so, Cadw, the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, may have the perfect business opportunity for anybody with a taste for history. The contract to run the café within the nineteenth-century castle’s walls is now open to tender.

Castell Coch’s (Red Castle) tearooms are a popular stopping off point for the gothic, fairy-tale castle built by the third marquess of Bute, John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, and his architect, William Burges, in Tongwynlais on the outskirts of Cardiff.

The castle, built to complement the opulence of his main residence, Cardiff Castle, is a riot of colour, dazzling ceilings and over-the-top furnishings. Detailed architectural drawings still survive today, and following Burges’s death (in 1881) colleagues faithfully continued work on the interiors for another 10 years.

The tearooms offer a fantastic and unique business opportunity for anybody with an eye on offering a choice of light lunches and beverages within this important tourism site.

Expressions of interest are invited from organisations, companies or individuals. The café should trade during the period of April to October and during special events by prior agreement. A proposal to trade all year round will be considered favourably.

How to apply

For further information — and to apply — interested parties will need to be registered on the following websites. Registration is free.  

  • Sell2Wales — for the advert specification
  • eTenderWales — for the ITT documents. Search for PQQ/ITT code 42355 within the appropriate area.

The closing date for tenders is 2pm on 16 April 2014 and the successful applicant would be expected to commence trading from 30 April 2014.