A BRIGHOUSE catering company is going back in time with its latest contract.

Food-4-Thought has been awarded a three-year deal to provide a full range of services to the coffee shop at historic Oakwell Hall at Birstall.

The Elizabethan manor house, which featured in Charlotte Bronte’s novel Shirley, was built in 1583 and by the 1600s had established a reputation for fine dining with much of the food grown in the grounds.

Tony Watkins, founder of Food-4-Thought, said: “Everyone in our company is absolutely delighted at the news which reflects our long standing association with Oakwell Hall.

“We have been working in liaison with them for some years now providing catering for numerous activities such as weddings in their large function room, corporate gatherings and other private meetings together with events arranged by Kirklees Council to whom we are approved suppliers.”

Said Mr Watkins: “We created our company and have built our reputation on providing only seasonal food of the highest quality, sourced locally wherever possible, and supported by stylish service.

“We look forward to being part of the overall Oakwell Hall experience.”