The Gunton Arms

Norfolk pub, renowned for food and art, gets peace of mind with our British-built refrigeration

With its emphasis on local, seasonal produce – including whole venison – The Gunton Arms in North Norfolk relies heavily on its refrigeration. The unusual and highly praised venue, which opened late in 2011, invested in a complete new kitchen which was installed by Eximius Projects. A variety of Precision counter fridges and freezers were specified.

Stuart Tattersall is head chef. Formerly with Mark Hix, who has advised throughout the project, Stuart’s vision for The Gunton Arms is to serve food with minimum fuss, to let it speak for itself. “This is not a restaurant: the pool table in the bar helps define us as a pub. What that means for food is that we can be more honest, and maybe less flamboyant – people aren’t expecting a smear of jus on their plate!” he says.

If the food is simple, the cooking itself can be very flamboyant – Stuart prepares several dishes on the open fire in the middle of the restaurant. In fact, the whole pub interior is flamboyant: owner Ivor Braka is an art dealer and not far from the pool table are ceramics by Tracey Emin and a Gilbert & George print.

“Here we are in a thousand-odd acres of beautiful parkland – I think the food needs to do the setting justice. In the season we go to town on game birds. We forage for wild garlic – there’s an abundance of wild ingredients around us. With venison, we celebrate the meat by using the whole carcass, in a variety of dishes.”

Precision @ The Gunton Arms:

  • MCU 211 - 2 door 670 Series counter, capacity 300 litres
  • LCU 211 – 2 door 670 series counter freezer, capacity 300 litres
  • MCU 311 x 2 – 3 door 670 Series counter, capacity 450 litres
  • LPU 150 – 1 door space saving under counter freezer, capacity 150 litres
  • HUC 150 – 1 door space saving fridge, capacity 150 litres