When RDA created a new cafe design for Whitegates Garden Nursery some three months ago, little did we know that custom would double and that the owner is already thinking about the next stage of development four years ahead of schedule to cope with demand!

Whitegates Garden Nursery is a family run business, established over 50 years ago with ambitious plans for expansion.

Our client wished to develop a luxurious yet welcoming restaurant, enabling her current and prospective customers to congregate and relax. A strong aspect of community and the importance of customer relationships were highlighted throughout the brief.

A dining space, counter service point and fully equipped kitchen were designed for the scheme, transforming a garden centre shop with no catering facilities, into a fully functioning, warm, country kitchen restaurant environment with contemporary look and feel.

Claire Grange, Owner at Whitegates Garden Nursery
“We are busier than we ever imagined. In the three months since we opened the new café we have more than doubled in customers and this has had a knock-on effect into our garden centre trade which has also seen a significant increase.

“The quality and durability of the kitchen equipment and furniture is second to none and the whole project has helped us to significantly enhance our customer experience.

“RDA guided us through the project seamlessly and were able to provide expert advice not just on the aesthetics but also on areas such as health and safety, legislation, kitchen equipment and the flow of the café, all of which has proved invaluable since opening.”

“We are thrilled with the whole project and are already looking at Phase 2, four years ahead of schedule, to cope with customer demand.”

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