Cafe Design


We are delighted to announce we are currently working in partnership with The Auckland Project on several major catering projects, which will continue into 2020. The first of which is the new Bishop’s Kitchen.

What is the Auckland Project?

The Auckland Project is a charity with a mission to revitalise the town of Bishop Auckland, County Durham, using art, faith and heritage to fuel long-term change and regeneration.  As part of this mission, it is creating a new visitor destination centred on the historic Auckland Castle.

Once the seat of England’s powerful Prince Bishops, the 900-year-old Castle is benefitting from a multi-million pound conservation programme and will re-open to the public later this year.

Photo : Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. Image by Graeme Peacock, courtesy of The Auckland Project.

The Bishop’s Kitchen

We are working with The Auckland Project to create a new café in the Castle’s former medieval kitchen and are preserving many of its original features.

This includes, for the first time in over 200 years, full exposure of the Tudor servery. The servery is inscribed with the date 1500, when Richard Fox was the Bishop of Durham during Henry VII’s reign.

In addition, the coves of the old fireplace and the original stone slab flooring have also been sympathetically restored. Natural materials including an oak clad counter and ambient table for cakes and pastries will be installed helping to balance the contemporary aesthetic against the Castle’s original features.

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