Lakes hailed for historic scheme

Lakes outfitted the Levens Kitchen.

Lakes Catering Maintenance has completed a project Elizabethan country home Levens Hall, within the Levens deer park near Kendal.

Set within 9,500 acres of Cumbrian farm land, the stately home dates back to the 13th century and holds much historic value. Owners, the Bagot family, welcome over 35,000 visitors each year from all over the world, and the site is already a well-established as a visitors’ centre, having opened its doors to the public over 60 years ago.

Previously the Hall had been able to offer light teas, running a small coffee shop from a modest facility. But the Bagot family had a vision that the centre would develop its catering facilities into a multi-purpose space, for use by its visitors.

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Therefore, the owners engaged Lakes to create a kitchen to allow them to host a variety of events that have previously been difficult to undertake.

The building’s design has been inspired by some of the historic features of the hall such as oak trusses, lime mortar and ornate lead hoppers. Now the Levens Kitchen incorporates locally sourced materials such as Cumbrian limestone and Burlington slate.

Lakes incorporated an open pass into the kitchen’s design, creating a visual experience for diners.

Prime cooking equipment comes from Control Induction and Rational.

Boasting state of the art equipment, the kitchen features a Controlled Induction suite which includes six energy efficient induction hobs, two French planchas, a rise and fall salamander grill, Rational SCC combi duo ovens and a Cuppone pizza oven from Linda Lewis Kitchens.

Lakes also worked alongside Manchester-based interior designer, NoChintz, to bring together the unique design for the front of house. Working with Proline Counters, the distributor also commissioned Lakeland Bespoke to produce the Cumbrian oak tiles which formed the finish look on the front counter.

The distributor’s MD, Leigh Howard, commented: “This has been an enjoyable project; the highlight for me has been working collaboratively with the project team, pulling together a modern bespoke kitchen, with a sympathetic design which incorporates stainless with warn natural tones and materials.”

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