Kitchen Pantry Buscot Park


Being commissioned to re-design a bespoke kitchen pantry for a National Trust house is a great privelidge for the Guild Anderson design team. This particular kitchen pantry also acted as a scullery and servery which adjoins the main kitchen at Buscot and hadn’t been touched since the 1940s.

Buscot Park is a Grade II* listed neoclassical house build in the late 1700’s.  The house sits in breathtaking landscape was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1956.  During the pre-war years, the domestic spaces and back of house rooms at large houses like Buscot Park would have been frenetic spaces, very busy with butler’s, under butler’s, cooks, maids and other staff.  Working rooms like the pantry would have seen a lot of activity; far more than most large houses of this type see today.

Kitchen pantry with a panelled back and open shelves

Our light touch renovation meant keeping much of the original work

Glazed cabinets in a butler's pantry

The servery element of the bespoke kitchen pantry


Despite looking a little dated, we took the decision to retain the two original Butler’s sinks. They were in perfectly good order. We also decided to retain the original and very lovely teak top which had a beautiful patina.  Keeping these original items creates a certain charm and character which would have been costly to replicate. Our light touch renovation involved designing a panelled back and shelves for the scullery part of the room, and also a glazed servery.

A good kitchen pantry design does not have to be complicated; quite the opposite in fact.  There are some key areas to focus on.  First is convenience.  A kitchen pantry should really be located near to where the food is prepared.  Second is accessibility.  It should be easy to access items without having to move other items around.  This means that visibility is important and the key reason why many pantries have open shelves or glazed doors.


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