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Borrowdale Gates Hotel – January 2020 Project

Lakes, teams up with Grande Cuisine to deliver a centre island and kitchen redesign in record time.


January 2020 has got off to a flying start for Lakes with 5 kitchen upgrades to complete before February, one of the more challenging projects was at the Borrowdale Gates Hotel.


Borrowdale Gates a 4-star country house hotel which is set in the beautiful Borrowdale valley close to the shores of Derwent Water which Wainwright described as the ‘loveliest square mile in Lakeland’.

Lakes had a two-week window to rip out the existing kitchen, dig up the floor, lay new drains and then install new Altro non slip safety floor, extract ventilation system, along with the install and commission a new centre Island cooking suite which consisted primarily of a MARENO Star 90 gas suite, Rational Combi oven and Adande refrigerated drawers.


Leigh Howard commented “We worked closely with Grande Cuisine and the head chef, Chris Standhaven to achieve his ideal layout and configuration for the modules that made up the final suite, with the Christmas shut down period all the loose ends had to be tied up well in advance, so we could hit the ground running for the shutdown window.

The project was a tight schedule given the flooring preparation works required before we could commence the main installation of the upgrade to the gas pipe work and main equipment, but we are pleased to have been able to hand over 3 days ahead of plan.”

Following a joint site hand over with Steve Hobbs from Grande Cuisine the hotel will open for guest from the 24th January 2020.


Steve Hobbs – Commented ‘it’s a fabulous installation on a site that had several challenges to overcome and a tight turnaround timescale wise – the client had specific objectives to achieve with the installation and working in an environment where no three phase power is available proved a little challenging equipment specification wise.  The MARENO cook suite comprises all gas elements including a mixture of solid tops and open burner top oven ranges, along with fryers and pasta cooker.  The set-up of the suite is specific to Head Chef Chris Standhaven’s vision of how the kitchen operates with a classical style set up of meat, fish, garnish and sauce sections around the suite’.

Sue Willan (General Manager at Borrowdale Gates) commented ‘We would just like to thank Leigh and his excellent team for a stress free total kitchen re-fit.

We had a tight schedule to get all the works done, which proved a challenge to all the contractors. The support Lakes gave was over and above what we would expect! They made sure we were updated every step of the way and hit our deadline! The quality of the work is exactly what we expected and couldn’t be any happier with the outcome.

We would have no issues recommending this company.’

The Borrowdale Gates is one of three hotels in the Lakes that are owned by Providence Hospitality a South African based hospitality business.


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