Posted on 29th May 2015

Work Starts On The Kitchen in Poole Park.

Construction, has started on a £400k project to transform Poole Park with the refurbishment of a spectacular new waterside restaurant and ice-cream parlour.

‘The Kitchen,’ which occupies the former ‘Boat Shed’ site on the edge of the boating lake, will provide a stylish new venue to eat, drink and relax, with stunning panoramic views across the water.  The work, due for completion in July 2015 will see Greendale completely refurbish the interior of the building with a new bar area and kitchen layout, with new entrance canopy and landscaping to the surrounding outdoor area, enabling visitors to enjoy alfresco dining.

A new ice cream parlour, ‘Scoops,’ situated alongside ‘The Kitchen’ will be serving a range of ice creams, waffles, sundaes, milkshakes, teas and coffees.

The ambitious project is the second major development in the park for Poole husband and wife team, Richard and Sarah de Lisle, who also own award winning family attraction, The Ark, which opened in 2013 and recently won a Poole and Dorset Tourism Award.

Sarah de Lisle said: “For us Poole Park is a magical place with its idyllic setting, family appeal and outstanding natural beauty, so when the opportunity came up to also acquire the Boat Shed we were both really excited.

“Our aim is to create a warm, friendly and above-all welcoming atmosphere where people of all ages can meet up and enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed, stylish environment.

“There will be lots of indoor and outdoor seating areas and new landscaped spaces to make the most of the truly spectacular waterfront location. We’re also going to have an open-plan kitchen area so people can watch the chefs at work,” she added.

Poole based Chartered Building Company, Greendale director, Rob Hooker, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed main contractors on this fast track project to transform and refurbish the current buildings and external areas.  It is in a beautiful location and Greendale look forward to working with our clients and architects DMWA on this project.”

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