Crosbys renovates historic Hexham hotel

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Crosbys installed the Best Western Beaumont Hotel’s kitchen in what was formerly the ballroom.

Crosbys Catering Equipment, based in Newcastle, was appointed by the Best Western Beaumont Hotel – a Victorian landmark in Hexham, Northumberland, to undertake a major £150,000 6-month open kitchen installation project.

The hotel, which overlooks Hexham Abbey and Sele Park, has 32 double en-suite bedrooms and was purchased last year by owners Roger and Magda Davy.

Crosbys was tasked with installing a new kitchen on the ground floor, to the rear of the hotel, in what was formerly the ballroom. The kitchen was to be visible to the public from the car park at the rear and open to the restaurant at the front.

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An up-to-date pastry section was also key to the kitchen design, in order to provide afternoon tea to the highest standard. The owners have plans for afternoon tea to be served on the first floor of the hotel, making the most of the views of the park and Abbey. The pastry area now boasts Adande multi temperature drawers, a Thermomix and a Pacojet 2 restaurant system, allowing the chefs to micropuree fresh ingredients into mousses, ice creams and sorbets.

Crosbys also selected a Meiko dishwash system with a reverse osmosis function. The extract canopy, manufactured by RS Vent, not only had to look the part and be functional, but also had to be quiet, due to the open nature of the kitchen.

John Clarke, projects design manager, said: “We were delighted to be appointed to work within the Best Western Beaumont Hotel, and it was a great experience for the team to work within such a grand, beautiful Victorian building.

“As we were installing a kitchen which was to be highly visible to the public, we needed to ensure that it was aesthetically pleasing. The range selection was therefore very important – it had to be heavy duty, but striking. We recommended Waldorf Bold by Blue Seal with a polished industrial steel and dramatic vitreous enamel black finish. It was manufactured to order for the Beaumont Hotel in New Zealand with a 14-week lead in, and is first Waldorf suite to be supplied to the North of England. Williams’ refrigerated drawers were provided either side of the range for reliability and ease of access to ingredients during service.

“Our client was keen to have all the ductwork exposed on the kitchen ceiling as part of the kitchen visual, so we paid close attention to this detail. The finished kitchen looks stunning with the exposed stainless canopy, ducts, Waldorf polished steel and black enamel panels contrasting against the grey crackle ceramic wall tiles. It makes for one of the best looking commercial kitchens around, and we are very proud of its functionality and appearance.”

Roger Davy, owner of Best Western Beaumont Hotel, said: “When we purchased the Beaumont last year, we were thrilled to become the latest custodians of such a much-loved Hexham hotel. It has a lot of sentimental value for us, as we have celebrated many family occasions there.

“We felt that the ballroom had fantastic potential to become a thriving open kitchen for a brasserie-style eatery, so it’s very satisfying to see our plans come to fruition. Crosbys brought our vision to life and the chefs are very happy with both the high quality of the equipment and the excellent look of the kitchen. We are very much looking forward to seeing what our guests think of the new developments.”

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