Case study – The Gunton Arms is gaga about its Watermark Gaggia

23 February 2012 by
Case study – The Gunton Arms is gaga about its Watermark Gaggia

The Gunton Arms is a traditional pub with eight bedrooms in a historic park near Cromer in north Norfolk where chef Stuart Tattersall cooks from local ingredients including venison from the surrounding deer park.

Art dealer Ivor Braka and his artist wife Sarah Graham bought the Gunton Arms in 2009 and started a major restoration. Tattersall and Simone Baker (pictured), the pub manager who also runs front of house, both formerly worked at Mark Hix's restaurants.

"It was really important to us that the pub should be both a drinking and a food pub," says Baker. "We wanted people to be as comfortable about coming for a pint and a sausage roll as for a three course meal."

As with food and wine, the Gunton Arms offers what it considers the best - so the tea is loose leaf from the Rare Tea Company, the coffee beans come from food service specialist Caravan Coffee and the espresso machine is a Gaggia.

"When it came to coffee service, we needed a machine that could make great espresso and be reliable. We serve a lot of coffee - we get through 10 to 15kg of beans a fortnight," says Baker.

The Gaggia Deco is a two group unit with a 13-litre boiler, giving it the capacity to cope with high volumes quickly. Once the bean grinder is correctly set up, the Deco produces rich espresso every time. The unit's features include individual brewing head temperature controls, which allow the coffee's "sweet spot" to be extracted every time, and a turbo-charged steam wand that can steam a litre of milk in just 40 seconds.

The Gaggia range of espresso coffee machines is marketed in the UK by Watermark. For more information,

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