RDA nurses new garden café to life

RDA designed this café for Whitegates Nursery in North Yorkshire.

RDA was recently appointed by Whitegates Nursery in North Yorkshire to transform its existing tea room into a contemporary country kitchen style cafe.

A family business, Whitegates was established over 50 years ago grows plants across its 15acre site. Owners Claire and John Grainge approached RDA when they were looking to renovate the existing catering facilities as part of the garden centre’s ongoing improvements and expansions.

Claire said: “I wanted something different to the traditional bland look and feel of many garden centre cafes. I was immediately attracted to what RDA could offer and liked that they were a like- minded, family business. I really felt they understood the brief and was confident that they would create something special whilst retaining the individuality and family atmosphere which has become synonymous to Whitegates.”

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The RDA team designed and installed a newly built kitchen which included a Blue Seal cooking suite with extraction canopy, a Merrychef oven, Lincat cooking equipment, Williams storage and display refrigeration microwave, a bain marie, soup kettle and wash station.

Front of house the distributor created what it says is “a warm and welcoming country kitchen restaurant environment with a contemporary twist”.

To create this look, RDA used a combination of lounge and dining furniture, warm ambient lighting and a mis-match of colours and materials.

Furthermore, the counter features artisan tiling and was cladded with natural wood ready to display the selection of locally sourced, homemade and home grown hot and cold food, cakes and infusion teas.

Claire added: “We wanted to create an area within the garden centre for our customers where they could gather and chat about gardening.  A cosy yet luxurious and welcoming space where our customers could stay and relax, perhaps read a magazine, or a book whilst enjoying our home-made goods. I feel RDA has encapsulated that perfectly, and I couldn’t be happier with the result.”

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