Benugo comes to the IoD

A flat white being made by a Benugo barista

The food and drink offering at 116 Pall Mall is evolving as we introduce our new caterers, Benugo

It runs the restaurants in some of the UK’s most renowned organisations, including the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, the Barbican, Natural History Museum, the English National Opera and John Lewis. Now, award-winning food and drink firm Benugo is coming to 116 Pall Mall.

“At the IoD, we’ve always had a strong commitment to providing fresh, great-tasting food for our members,” says IoD finance director Nick Cowley. “Benugo’s devotion to showcasing the very best in healthy food – not to mention their long-term relationships with British suppliers – makes them the perfect choice.”

IoD chair Lady Barbara Judge adds: “As a self-confessed foodie (and restaurant reviewer for Forbes) I am so excited about the IoD’s new relationship. Benugo’s modern, fresh, healthy menus and passion for locally sourced and organic food will enliven any member’s visit to the IoD.”

Two espressos being made at Benugo

What will it mean?

The menu in all three of the building’s lounges – the Directors’ Room, Morning Room and Spears Room – has been revamped: breakfasts will feature dishes such as British Cumberland pork sausage, while sandwich and salad offerings include Benugo bestsellers such as tuna niçoise with cherry tomatoes and olives.

And if you’re a coffee connoisseur, you’ll taste the difference too. Benugo is famous for its coffee credentials, having picked up two London Lifestyle Awards for London’s Coffee Shop of the Year. This espresso culture is reflected in the new barista-brewed drinks, which include flat whites, macchiatos and soft brew. Benugo’s coffee has a 85/15 split between Arabica and Robusta beans, and is sourced from Brazil, Nicaragua, Peru, Colombia and Vietnam – flavours ranging from tropical sweetness to red berry.

The fruit and vegetables in Benugo’s catering outlets are organically sourced, coming from family-run business Watts Farm in Kent. All bread, pastries and cakes will be freshly baked that day in Benugo’s Bermondsey bakery and include the likes of salted caramel millionaire’s shortbread and warm scones with Cornish clotted cream. The restaurant and wine bar will serve consistently high-quality food and beverages, but both menus will feature new additions throughout the year. Café Duke’s menu will remain the same for now but changes will be introduced later in the year. We look forward to seeing you!

The cake offerings at Benugo

Benugo special launch offer

To celebrate the arrival of Benugo at the IoD, members can buy any coffee and a cake for only £5 until 8 April

Benugo at the IoD: What’s on the menu?

While firm favourites remain, here are some of the enticing new dishes appearing on 116 Pall Mall’s new lounge menu


British pork sausage bap

Spicy smashed avocado, eggs, tomato, sourdough bread

Eggs any style, sourdough bread

Eggs Benedict/Florentine on toasted English muffin

Avocado and feta cheese on toast from Benugo


Caesar salad, free-range chicken breast, anchovies, croutons, pancetta, gem and parmesan

Tuna niçoise, cherry tomatoes, olives

Roasted butternut squash, red chard leaves, giant couscous, feta cheese, pomegranate


Carrot cake

Nutty brownie

Victoria sponge cake

Lemon drizzle cake

Chocolate fudge and Malteser Oatmeal cookie

Apricot and blueberry financier cake


White Fox cheddar, balsamic onion baguette

Salami, artichoke baguette

Salt beef, Emmental cheese bagel

Veggie-licious khobez wrap

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Christian Koch

Christian Koch

Alongside his work for Director, Christian has written features for the Evening Standard, The Guardian, Sunday Times Style, The Independent, Q, Cosmopolitan, Stylist, ShortList and Glamour in an eclectic career which has seen him interview everybody from Mariah Carey to Michael Douglas through to Richard Branson with newspaper assignments including reporting on the Japanese tsunami and living with an Italian cult.

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