CDG racks up fifth job for leisure operator

Catering Design Group has completed a fifth pub refurbishment for the Red Mist Leisure portfolio.

The company designed and refurbished the Wheatsheaf Pub & Grill, supplying and installing an open kitchen to support the front-of house operation.

This was achieved by taking an existing outside barn and transforming it into a high-spec theatre style kitchen capable of catering for up to 200 covers in one session and around 1,500 covers a week.

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The brief to CDG was to create a destination for locals which was cutting edge, innovative and would deliver the ‘wow’ factor. Fresh, locally sourced seasonal food of the very highest standard is at the heart of the pub’s offering, so ensuring that customers had visibility into the kitchen was key to showcasing the quality of their produce and the professionalism of the chefs at work.

CDG’s research into the local area revealed that that the famous writer and playwright, J M Barrie, wrote Peter Pan while living in Farnham.

This heritage was incorporated into the designs, with an area inspired by the eponymous hero, featuring hand-painted mosaic floor tiles, a rich grey and navy colour scheme and sparkling lights alongside Peter Pan illustrations.

Focal points were also created to draw customers’ attention into the kitchen. Huge silhouettes depicting ‘butcher’s cuts’ were complemented by bespoke wallpaper, inspired by retro packaging, over the open pass to reflect the quality and provenance of the food on offer.

Mark Robson, co-founder of Red Mist Leisure, said CDG delivered exactly what it wanted in terms of design and operation.

“The refurbishment of The Wheatsheaf Pub & Grill represented a very exciting milestone for us as our first high street location away from our traditional rural locations in Surrey and Hampshire,” he commented.

“With the design, we wanted to move slightly away from the country gastro pub feel of our other pubs but retain the cosy, welcoming atmosphere.”

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