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When an infamous tavern in Cornwall was in need of a makeover, flooring from Altro was chosen to create a striking yet safe finish.

Altro, specialist in safety flooring and hygienic wall cladding, had a tough brief to meet when its products were chosen to for a new restaurant servery and kitchen at the notorious Jamaica Inn, on Bodmin Moor, Cornwall.

Steeped in the history of smugglers, pirates and shipwrecks, the 16th century coaching house, made world- famous by Daphne du Maurier's book and a recent BBC drama, boasts 20 en suite bedrooms, an award-winning restaurant, a souvenir shop and a Smugglers’ Museum.

The popularity of the fascinating venue continues to grow and the inn is undergoing major expansion to meet demand, comprising of a brand new £600,000 kitchen and restaurant servery, as well as its new Round House function suite which will be one of the biggest venues in Cornwall.

As a well-established venue with visitors from across the globe, it was essential


that the new facilities kept with the style and feel of the traditional inn, whilst offering a durable and safe solution to accommodate for a heavy footfall.

Jon Baines, Project Manager at commercial refrigeration and catering equipment suppliers KJR, was tasked with designing and delivering the brand new kitchen and restaurant servery for Jamaica Inn, and his brief was to select only the best quality products for the project.

Jon said: “The owners of the inn were very clear they wouldn’t compromise on quality. I always recommend Altro products, for every job I handle, because time and time again they have proven to be the best for all-round value for money, quality, aesthetics and safety.

“My aim for the new kitchen and servery was to create spaces that were appealing visually, but also safe, functional and easy to maintain.

Altro has a superb range of products specifically designed for front and back of house so we were able to select products that perfectly suited the theme, colour scheme and practical needs of the venue.”

Jon was in close discussion with the owners of the inn throughout the design process and conferred with them, as well as Altro and the installer, when selecting the flooring and walling for the kitchen and servery.

For the kitchen, Altro Stronghold 30 safety flooring, in the shade Dolphin, and Altro Whiterock White hygienic wall cladding was chosen.

“Jamaica Inn is a very striking place and people come here for the drama, atmosphere and history. We needed to find flooring and walling that would complement the gravitas of the site, but also meet the needs of a 21st century catering and dining operation.

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