Local company acquires Northants restaurant chain


Simpson Catering has announced the acquisition of nine Buddies restaurants across Northamptonshire.

The company, which is well-known locally for catering for weddings and corporate clients, purchased the chain of American-style diners privately through mutual business contacts.

The day-to-day running of the restaurants will largely carry on as normal but there are plans to introduce a new menu in January.

The menu will still include items Buddies has become synonymous with such as homemade burgers and big breakfasts but with the addition of new appetisers and desserts, real dairy ice cream milkshakes, healthy options, and a separate vegetarian vegan menu. American craft beers and Seattle’s Best Coffee will also be served, in addition to a full American beer wall at Acre Lane.

Simpson Catering has been catering for Northamptonshire clients for 25 years, including working with Wellingborough Golf Club and Rockingham Motor Speedway as their main caterer. In 2016, it bought the freehold of the Olde Victoria in Burton Latimer.

Louise Robinson, Managing Director of Simpson Catering, said: “Buddies is a great local success story and, as a local company ourselves, we are keen to see it thrive. By keeping the things people love about Buddies but adding our knowledge of food and service quality, along with healthy eating and vegan/vegetarian options, we are excited by the possibilities.

“Buddies is a great local success story and, as a local company ourselves, we are keen to see it thrive. "

“The timing was perfect as our contract at Rockingham Motor Speedway was ending due to its closure and our Burton Latimer pub The Olde Victoria is running well following major expenditure this year.”

As soon as the acquisitions were confirmed, the team at Simpson Catering set about talking to staff about their visions for the future.

“We have talked extensively about our ideas and these have been met with a very positive response,” added Louise.

“Right now, our focus is very much on bringing these nine restaurants to where we want them to be. Then, if the right location comes up, we may set up others. We have a great core staff with vast knowledge and skills that can complement and develop Buddies’ existing operation.”