Fulcrum completes pivotal pub project

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Marlborough-based Fulcrum Commercial Kitchens has executed a kitchen scheme for the Red Lion Freehouse in East Chisenbury, Wiltshire – a thatched Michelin-starred gastropub.

The £23,000 project involved outfitting a small and difficult-to-access kitchen in order to launch the pub’s new glass-walled Chefs Dining Room directly adjacent to the first floor prep room.

Some non-standard equipment was required, including a 6ft long central-island maple butchers block provided by SJH Row & Sons, and a couple of complex fabrications created by Unitech.

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Other equipment installed included a 10-grid Rational combi oven, Lincat induction cooktops – which were installed in a window bay, and Foster four-door counter fridge.

Fulcrum’s director, David Burnett, reported: “Access to this kitchen was a difficult issue and we had to mostly manhandle large, heavy kit up a very narrow flight of stairs with just 8mm of tolerance overall. We had no alternative way to get up there.

“The pub was closed for a construction window of only 5 days so we had to really be on our toes – both with our own deadlines and ensuring that our discussions with the main contractor and his M&E subcontractors left no room for interpretation. Communication and management of the job were paramount.”

However, the project was completed on time and Burnett feels the design looks good. “The striking racing-green tile colour and black Altro floor in the kitchen are a bold statement and really work well,” he added.

“The Red Lion’s husband and wife patrons, Guy and Brittany Manning, chose us as they source as much as they possibly can locally. They have used other distributors in the past who’d continually underperformed – they just didn’t know we were only up the road!”

It seems Guy Manning is very happy with the outcome, as he commented: “Working with David has been a pleasure. He has coordinated the project seamlessly with our building contractor and we are thrilled with the end result. Throughout the design process and through to fitting and snagging his attention to detail has been excellent and he has exceeded our expectations.

“I would not hesitate to recommend Fulcrum, and look forward to working with them in the future.”

The dealer has had a busy orderbook in recent months, as it has completed other high profile installs at the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum’s Christmas Ice Rink (which was just a 7 day turnaround from the order) plus its Red Zone Cafe kitchens/kiosks, John Lewis’ Oxford Street branch and Birmingham Grand Central Station.

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