Andrew Hutchinson

General Manager
Bar 52 & Purple Peacock Newcastle

Andrew started his hospitality career of 15 years at The Stadium of Light with Sunderland AFC. While there he was bar manager for matchday hospitality and events, he also worked as part of the management team within the catering division which also involved the public catering provision. Working as part of a driven and fast paced business with exceptionally high standards as required by the board of the football club, some of the key highlights involved working as part of the planning and delivery of the major music concerts at the stadium from 2009 onwards starting with Take That and Oasis- these events then becoming a key part of the stadiums out of season business.


The executive catering division was taken in house when the club set up 1879 events management which was set up to service the stadiums 3,000 plus capacity hospitality areas, but it also serviced key off site event from shoot lunches to the Sunderland Air show or Northern pride in Newcastle for 60,000 people plus. Andrew played a key role in the planning and deployment of all the off site events , again working as part of the divisions management team. 


Andrew then switched venue locations to join the highly successful Aspers Casino in Newcastle where he worked in a key role as the hospitality manager for the casino and events. This role included the opening of a new sports bar and the fast paced role involved management of three on site bars and restaurants – with a wide range of clientele due to the hours of operation the venue would host. 


Finally before High Street Hospitality,  Andrew played a senior role working for Chrysalis Leisure who were the owner of Fat Buddha and the Antler Alpine Bar at 55 degrees where he played a role as the operations manager for the venues when they were at their peak levels after the £1 million refurbishment.