Bartlett plants itself into garden centre outfit

Bartlett of Exeter is currently outfitting a new restaurant at Monkton Elm Garden & Pet Centre in Taunton.

The new eatery has been built from scratch, to double the size of the existing facility, with CDG providing the initial design and Bartlett working with Monkton Elm to develop it into its final form.

The south-western distributor won the £500,000 tender over around seven other competitors back in October, with the installation scheduled to finish at the end of the month, ready for the restaurant’s soft opening in April.

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Bartlett has undertaken works in several stages, firstly carrying out mechanical and electrical works, erecting partition walls and installing the external condensing units and air conditioning systems.

The bespoke shop fitting was executed according to the project’s mandate of employing local contractors, while the counter with a curved glass deli display unit was manufactured by Counterline.

CED provided the necessary fabrication, while the extraction canopy was supplied by Britannia. With a capacity of 350 covers, the kitchen was outfitted with Falcon cooking equipment and Williams refrigeration.

Bartlett’s project manager, Kevin Fidler, told Catering Insight: “An unusual element of this project was the fibreglass leaves Monkton Elm wanted front of house, suspended from the ceiling. We helped to develop a detailed brief to ensure the leaves met fire specifications and were light enough. A local contractor then fitted the leaves.

“Our customer is extremely pleased with what we’ve done on this project.”

As well as the main restaurant, which will serve meals cooked onsite throughout the day, the 1,000m2 facility will be home to a coffee house that will offer coffee and freshly brewed tea, including speciality teas that will complement an expanded range of cakes and biscuits from the centre’s new bakery.

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