Set up amongst the South Downs, only 5 minutes’ drive away from iconic Goodwood House, Farbridge Wedding Venue is a historic barn which has completely been renovated to create an idealic location for that special day. Set within the West Dean estate much of the menu is locally sourced or grown on site, the entire site has a carbon neutral underfloor heating system which is powered by an environmentally-friendly Biomass boiler fuelled by wood chips sourced from the, 2000-acre, sustainable West Dean Forest.
Increasing the capacity of wedding guests from 50 to 150, Simon and Nicola knew they had to expand and update their kitchen to cater to more covers. In addition to increased capacity, with people booking weddings on days following on from one another due to the sites popularity, a larger kitchen was need to organise and prep food for the following day. They needed a bigger kitchen to accommodate more guests and multiple weddings per week.
Not only did the kitchen need enhancing and updating to help with the process of creating and delivering excellent food. It also needed an extension to be built so a larger work force could operate simultaneously, working on food for that day and the following days wedding menu. Large walk-in cold rooms and a state-of-the-art cookline were installed.
Simon tells us he had 5 quotes from various catering companies across the South but in his words the reason he worked with BFES – “The presentation from BFES with images and 3D design made decision making much easier, many companies usually charge for this service so to have this done prior to any contracts were signed, I could allow myself to really see what it was going to look like but also have the freedom to make amendments for any personal preferences”.
Since the extension and install of new kitchen the business has gone from strength to strength with 100 weddings a year and a waiting list of nearly 18 months, this wouldn’t have been possible had a new kitchen not been installed. We caught up with Simon, and he had this to say:
Would you recommend us to someone experiencing the same problem or considering working with us? If yes, why would you recommend us?
Absolutely 100% – anyone who needed a bigger kitchen or just general kitchen work I would recommend BFES.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The process stood out for me! From the initial planning, 3-D designs and installation. It was enjoyable and took unnecessary stress off my shoulders and put my mind at ease.
Simon Dixon, Head Chef & Director at Farbridge Wedding Venue