We adore the concept of a larder cupboard, and are hugely impressed that so many of our clients ask us to design a bespoke larder for their new kitchen. In these days of giant fridge-freezers, the larder cupboard can be seen as the primary storage space for everyday groceries and all those little jars and packets of spices and condiments.
The nice thing about a larder is that the double doors (most of our designs, space permitting, have double doors although we can of course make single versions too, such as our Pulborough one) can be opened wide and all your supplies can be seen at a glance. It streamlines the storage facilities, and saves rummaging through several cupboards or drawers before finding that long-lost jar of cinnamon sticks. Of course, we’re not suggesting that all your groceries and dried goods are crammed into the larder, but all the daily-use ones can be, allowing your less-often used or more specialist ingredients to be stored in separate drawers or cupboards or indeed, in the pantry.
There can be an element of ‘zoning’ within the larder. In our Hermitage Larder, on the right, our clients wanted a combination of open shelves and three substantial drawers. The drawers can be used for dried goods, bread and vegetables – we can replace one or more drawers with baskets which can be used for fruit and veg and the door-hung racks can hold all sorts of smaller items as well as your collection of tall olive oil bottles or small spice jars. And don’t forget, all our larder cupboards will be designed to include internal lighting as well. Our Claygate Larder, on the left, has plug sockets in the back panel, so it can be used as a surface for a blender or mixer, or perhaps for the coffee grinder. Our clients chose open pull-out trays, which glide out beautifully to allow an instant assessment of what’s in store – a great choice if you want to accommodate lots of boxes or packets. We always tailor our larders to suit a client’s needs to make cooking and prep as easy as pie!