Hotel & Banqueting Kitchen
Ingatestone, Essex.

Now regarded as one of the premier wedding and function venues in Essex

When Greenwoods Hotel was purchased by its current owners in 2014, it was somewhat rundown and required full refurbishment – including a new kitchen. As one of the companies called in to quote, Nelson Commercial Kitchens impressed through their attention to detail and their sheer wealth of knowledge and were subsequently instructed to design and install the kitchen.

Three years after the initial refurbishment and subsequent surge in bookings for rooms, meals and functions, the decision was made to build a brand new facility, complete with its own kitchen, for large weddings and functions. Because every aspect of the planning for the initial kitchen had gone so smoothly, Greenwoods didn’t hesitate to call on Nelson again.

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“We needed a much larger kitchen for our new Garden Suite and we knew we could absolutely rely on Nelson to provide it,” explains Barry Whitham, the hotel’s maintenance manager. “The new facility, costing several million pounds, can accommodate up to 280 people for a sit down meal and even more for standing functions, so the kitchen needed to be able to deliver.”

Nelson’s design for the second kitchen focuses on a large, bespoke induction suite comprising six induction hobs, a fryer and a sink. To one end is a bank of four combination ovens providing a total grid count of 42. Running parallel between the cooking suite and the pass is a very well specified prep area, accessible from both sides, complete with various refrigerated and heated units and ample holding space.

To one side of the pass is a set of double doors that leads to the cooking area while on the other side, doors lead to a dedicated, custom designed, dishwasher station that allows a highly efficient and very fast throughput of dishes. Stations within the kitchen had to be very carefully designed and allocated to make the kitchen run like clockwork on event days. We think we succeeded in that…

Concludes Whitham, “We are delighted that we are now considered one of the premier wedding and function venues in Essex. With our two, fabulous Nelson kitchens and our multitude of function rooms ranging from small, intimate spaces to our new Garden Room, we can tailor our service to meet the exact requirements of our clientele.“

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