Peter Alliss’s ‘hidden gem’ embarks on the next exciting chapter in its 125 year long history.
In a bold and innovative move for an established private members’ golf club, Reigate Heath has reached an agreement with TV chef Tony Tobin to provide all of the club’s catering.
Tony Tobin commented: “I am very excited about this unique opportunity. The clubhouse’s location on a hill in the middle of a heath provides absolutely stunning views, and in many ways it’s the perfect situation for a restaurant, especially in the lighter months and longer evenings. With new food and drinks offerings coming into the market, I’m already coming up with all sorts of ideas for special events and evenings at the club.”
He continued: “The deal is a win win for both the club and myself in all sorts of ways, and now that the word’s getting around, many of my old customers have been getting in touch and are looking forward to coming and trying out the exciting new menus I’m planning.”
Based at the club full time and using the existing kitchen facilities, the immediate benefits of Tony Tobin’s team to the membership and visitors are an increased availability of top quality chef prepared club food and regularly changing seasonal menus using locally sourced ingredients.
Keen to ensure the bar menu proves a hit, Tony Tobin and his team are getting the members’ opinions on the kind of items they want to see included. Judging by the initial reactions, his move to Reigate Heath Golf Club is already proving massively successful in terms of the numbers and club atmosphere as well as the very positive feedback.
What makes this particular initiative bold and innovative is that in a few months’ time Tobin will launch a new restaurant in the club’s dining room on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. This new venture will also be open on Sunday lunchtimes to both members and non-members, while the last Sunday in each month will remain exclusive to the members.
In addition, as one of the UK’s foremost chefs Tony Tobin will also be offering cookery demonstrations, tasting menus and themed evenings at the club to food lovers in the Reigate area.
The result of several months of discussions and planning, the club’s outgoing chairman of house David Hesketh was similarly delighted to strike this deal, commenting: “We are first and foremost a member’s club and Tony Tobin completely supports and encourages that position. Although golf’s undoubtedly going through tough times, this exciting initiative has the potential to transform the financial outlook of Reigate Heath Golf Club, while enhancing the membership’s experience with excellent food throughout the day from breakfast through lunch to tea.”
Hesketh added: “What I’m especially pleased about is that with the new restaurant venture we will be using the time when the clubhouse is not normally open to generate additional revenue. And when they experience our unique and stunning venue, I think the club will also attract new members - both social and golfing - as well.”