The Fox & Hounds, Shawbury
The Fox & Hounds for some time had been closed until the new proprietors gave it a major re-fi t, turning this once run down establishment into a fantastic country gastro pub oozing rustic charm with traditional décor & open fi res. Eric Neville’s were called in at an early stage to design a kitchen which could service 180+ diners. Given the space with which to create the kitchen the fi rst thing we needed to look at was planning the layout and the discussions with the proprietors, chef and staff who had to use the kitchen on a daily basis was going to be the key.
After agreeing the layout the quality of equipment that was needed was considered it had to be reliable, powerful and responsive as time was going to be at a premium at peak periods. Extraction and air fl ow issues were also a major consideration as were the:-
1) Wash Up areas designed to be run by the minimum amount of staff yet keep a swift turnover of clean dishes ready for service
2) A cold room for easy access to chilled food was incorporated as the restaurant prides itself on fresh produce.
The kitchen was designed always with the customers ideas in mind and how they wanted it to work and their wishes were always at the forefront in our planning. Fox & Hounds has been open since 2009 and is a success story in the heart of Shropshire.