The Barrel House — Totnes, Devon

The Barrel House — Totnes, Devon

A beautiful grade 2 listed building over three floors whose new owners are returning it to its former glory. Situated in Totnes, the town that is purported to be linked with Narnia!

The site is having a total overhaul which includes the first floor ballroom ceiling being covered in Dutch gold leaf.

My brief, from day one has meant I am working very closely with the client as the restaurant consultant, completely redesigning the cafe on the ground floor and installing all new ventilation, extraction, cooking equipment and peripherals. The top floor prep kitchen will also be re-equipped. I am project managing all things culinary including liaising with the EHO, fire officer and on site technicians.

I have advised on staffing levels, budgets, costs and required skills. This is a complex project not only because of the buildings structure but also its history as a well known music venue in the south west. It has a real local following so, sensitivity is key in all aspects of change.