Cafe and restaurant operator Benugo has scooped a contract to become the exclusive provider of catering services at the British Museum.

The five-year deal, thought to be worth £40m, is due to commence in May this year, and follows a competitive tender process. According to Benugo, an integral part of the contract is to overhaul the existing foodservice facilities.

Refurbishments to the museum’s catering facilities will include the complete renovation of the Great Court Cafés and Great Court Restaurant which will become a fast paced casual dining destination.

“Benugo is also planning a number of new locations within the museum, including a new deli lunch style café and espresso bar,” it said.

Ben Warner, founder of Benugo, said: “We are hugely excited by this result, and are enormously proud to now be associated with one of the greatest museums in the world.

“The British Museum has an incredible history and heritage, and we are thrilled to be able to contribute to this through our foodservice which will offer choice, value and excellence to every visitor.”

The firm has won a number of other catering contracts over the years including at: Edinburgh Castle, the Natural History Museum, the Ashmolean Dining Room (Ashmolean Museum), the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen (Hyde Park Royal Parks) and the V&A Café (Victoria and Albert Museum).

Its six cafes in London serve deli-bags, soups, sandwiches, salads, and cakes and muffins from its bakery.