An Lanntair arts centre has announced a new catering partnership with Elior UK, as the arts centre prepares for its phased reopening after lockdown.

Elior UK are widely experienced in the arts and cultural sector, providing food and drink for some of the UK’s most prestigious cultural venues, including Aberdeen Art Gallery and National Museums Wales.

Elior is a national organisation that also has a strong local focus here in the Hebrides, working across the islands from their local hub in Benbecula, where their Area Manager, John Buchanan, originally from Stornoway, is based.

Kenny Finlayson, managing director at Elior UK, comments:  “I am extremely honoured that Elior have been selected as An Lanntair’s new catering partner. This is especially poignant for me as I have strong family connections to Stornoway; my grandfather is the late Captain Alexander Finlayson, M.B.E ,D.S.C, a former harbour master. I recall many happy memories of spending my formative years enjoying summers on the island thus forming this partnership is warmly welcomed.

“I am excited to grow Elior UK’s presence in the highland communities by bringing our renowned expertise and quality food service to another site within the Hebrides whilst always delivering a regional touch. And with Stornoway local, John Buchanan, at the helm of the operation as Group Manager, we welcome the opportunity to deliver a memorable experience for visitors and bring additional employment to the area.”

An Lanntair CE Elly Fletcher added: “This is an exciting new partnership with so much potential for the future. All of us here at An Lanntair are looking forward to working together with Elior to create a wonderful culinary offer that complements and connects with our arts programme throughout the year.”

Elior will be supporting the arts centre to make use of its outside space, where they will offer a delicious taste of what’s to come from an outside catering pod – the pod should open for service in the coming weeks. 

Elior will be serving a selection of sandwiches, salad boxes and drinks from An Lanntair’s pod before moving to take over the Café Bar on the second floor of the arts centre in October, as An Lanntair’s phased reopening progresses. 

An Lanntair reopens its ground floor gallery and shop on Monday 17th August.  It is anticipated, remaining in-line with any changes to government restrictions, that the arts centre will enter phase two of its re-opening in October, with the second floor Café Bar areas once again welcoming visitors and the re-start of the cinema programme, with limited audience seating arrangements and procedures in place to support social distancing.

Elior is also delighted to now announce the beginning of their recruitment process for new staff to run An Lanntair’s Café Bar. Opportunities include Catering Assistants for the Outside Catering Pod, and Front of House Manager, Head Chef, Cafe Assistants and Bartenders for the Café Bar. For more information on these roles please visit

Be sure to follow An Lanntair’s social media for more exciting news on the Café Bar refurbishments, new menus and exciting competitions and promotions, which includes a golden ticket campaign with some free meals to be won from the exciting new menu.