Babbage’s Bistro & Bar - an Exciting Catering Opportunity at Mountain View

Mountain View Innovation Centre – located just outside Ramsey on the old Island Film Studios Site, has seen a multi-million-pound investment to develop it as a mixed-use community and business resource to the highest levels of social, environmental, and technical excellence. Businesses already located at Mountain View include Media, IT, Home Care, Beauty Salon, Therapy Services, Energy Management and Pre-School childcare (Grasshoppers Nursery) – with approxi-mately 60 people employed on site, and an increasing number of business visitors daily.

We also offer a Mountain View Membership scheme for persons and businesses who wish to have access to Mountain View facilities on an informal basis and for collaborative working and these members visit the site on a more casual basis – sometimes with their customer and contacts. All Mountain View Members (and staff employed on site) have access to free hot beverages using kitchenette facilities but increasing numbers of other customers visit for beverages. etc.

A wide range of corporate, family, charity and community events enjoy the venues, the ample and easy vehicle parking, EV charging facilities and, of course, the beautiful landscape, sculptures, nature walks, and gardens all set in 25 acres of stunning scenery. (We do not currently solicit wedding business and do not intend to do so). Recent events in 2022 so far include the TT Press Launch, Ramsey Motorcycle Show, Manx Classic Car AGM, private birthday celebrations and various cycling events in addition to regular provision of catering for training and meeting room customers.

Babbage’s Bistro at Mountain View is fully-licensed and has a well-equipped, newly-modernised commercial kitchen, with a variety of venue spaces for events from 40 – 1300 people. Although run as a separate business entity to Mountain View, Babbage’s Bistro is very much a key element of the Mountain View site and as such any incumbent should be prepared to run it as an integrated facility within the site, working in the best mutual interests of the Bistro and the site as a whole.

Expressions of interest are invited for the operation of the catering and bar facilities during an initial period ending 30 March 2025. This is an exciting opportunity to take on an established facility which has built a good reputation, a solid and thriving customer base, is generating meaningful income and has considerable scope for further development and growth.

Whilst there is room for discussion and flexibility, the following provisions must be included:

There is also an expectation that a successful applicant will seek to develop and expand on the already established provisions - for which we will provide support and guidance.

The commercial agreement for the operation of the catering and bar facilities at Mountain View is based on a very attractive revenue-share agreement which includes provision of premises, utilities, and equipment.

Please respond outlining your ideas, any relevant experience, and any other information you feel may be pertinent. Successful applicants will be invited for an informal interview prior to which they will be provided with the full proposed catering partner agreement.

For queries please call (01624) 811700 or [email protected].

Closing date for applications: Monday 30th May 2022.