Hallmark Kitchens has worked with Precision Refrigeration to provide equipment in various cafes and outlets of the historic Leonardslee estate in Lower Beeding, near Horsham.
Executive chef Jean Delport and his team have high expectations for what they need from their refrigeration equipment, and therefore chose to work with Hallmark Kitchens and Precision Refrigeration.
Restaurant Interlude offers both sandwich lunches and hot meals to the general public, and dinner consisting of 14 to 21 courses. All meals aim to bring the estate to life on the table.
“When it comes to refrigeration, we have very specific needs,” said Delport. “Leonardslee is a Grade 2 listed house, so the equipment needs to be compact, as well as performing really well. They also need to be stylish, sleek and energy efficient. When it came to planning our fine dining kitchen needs, Hallmark Kitchens chose Precision equipment because they had every single product available that I needed, and filled any gap I had, to make the kitchen area look great and efficient.”
Delport chose to work with Hallmark Kitchens from colleague recommendations, and the distributor was chosen to help design and manage this project for Leonardslee.
“The most useful piece of Precision Refrigeration equipment in this kitchen, is the space savers long drawer option,” commented Delport. “We chose this product purely for the amount of ingredients it holds, as well as easy access to produce. Precision’s space saving refrigeration equipment is well designed, and deceivingly big.”
Leonardslee has a deer park which is home to four species of deer, therefore storing meat as part of its food offering was important to the team.
“We included a Precision meat ageing cabinet in our refrigeration needs,” said Delport. “The meat ager allows me to store meat effectively, and the Himalayan salt blocks in the unit adds lots of flavour into the meat. The Precision meat ager performs really well, and allows me to age our meat for 250 days. It’s a great addition to the refrigeration equipment on site.”
A small bar area was needed at Leonardslee to meet its customer needs. Delport and his team asked Hallmark to come up with a solution for this. The distributor chose Precision back bar refrigeration equipment, as it had the exact models and sizes needed. The glass doors and internal lighting of the bottle coolers should showcase the drinks inside.
Being in an area of such natural beauty, Leonardslee takes its environmental responsibilities seriously, and is conscious about its carbon footprint and environmental impact. Both Hallmark and Precision took these points into consideration when specifying the refrigeration equipment. With the continuous improvements to energy ratings, and electricity consumption across the Precision range, these requirements were reportedly met.
“Working with Hallmark Kitchens and Precision Refrigeration was a breeze,” said Delport. “Everything ran very smoothly, and I’m really pleased with the end result. With this in mind, I would happily put Precision Refrigeration in a kitchen again in the future.”