Case Study: The Kings Arms, Haughley

Demonstrating the versatility of flat pack containers for hospitality

Café, Retail & Museums

Flat pack kiosks make the ideal solution for increasing covers and serving outdoor customers for bars, restaurants and pubs throughout the UK. The Kings Arms in Haughley have demonstrated the versatility of flat pack containers by adding a stone-baked pizza oven and bar into theirs.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the UK, the hospitality industry was severely affected and extensive closures left many on their knees. A lifeline was granted with the “Eat Out to Help Out” initiative in Summer 2020, and pubs and restaurants were able to open their doors once again – but there was a catch. It wasn’t long before they could only serve food outdoors, and many had to scramble around to find appropriate solutions to ensure they had enough capacity to warrant being open.

For our local pub, The King’s Arms in Haughley, there was the space to do something creative to help them increase the number of covers they could offer. We wanted to help out as much as we could, knowing how badly they had been affected. As such, we worked with the owners to get one of our flat pack kiosks installed into their beer garden.

The benefits of the flat pack kiosks are their low costs (compared with other permanent structures), how easily they can be installed, the speed with which they can be erected, and the minimal maintenance they require once they are up-and-running. As such, using a flat pack container was the ideal solution for The King’s Arms. They added to this space with a built-in stone-baked pizza oven and versatile bar, creating not only more space, but also a whole new menu for locals and passing visitors to enjoy.

The new cooking and serving space was a huge success, especially on hot sunny days, and is therefore here to stay as a permanent outdoor serving space for meals and drinks. As such a sturdy solution, it will be able to weather many storms (unlike gazebos and other temporary structures) to ensure it remains in use for years to come.

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