New Marstair Cellar Cooler ideal for historical inn

11th April 2011

imageEquipment manufactured by Marstair Ltd has been installed in one of the oldest coaching inns in England and is performing a modern job in a building of great historical significance.

The King's Head Inn is located in the Market Square of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, and while the oldest part of the current structure of the building is of 15th century design, the cellars are much older, dating back to the 13th century.

The inn is now in the care of the National Trust but is still run as a lively public house, managed by Chiltern Brewery. A Marstair mail-shot to the brewery trade proved timely because Chiltern Brewery were refurbishing the bar and had recognised the need for a temperature-controlled underground cellar environment in which to keep beer in the optimum condition. As a result, a Marstair cellar cooler and ducted condensing unit was recommended and supplied by distributor Heronhill Air Conditioning Ltd, and installed at the inn by contractor Oxford Refrigeration.

Peter Bentley, managing director of Oxford Refrigeration, explained that because of the unique history of the King's Head (it was associated with Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War) and its aesthetics (it is now set back from a corner of the market square and reached through a narrow cobbled passage), The condensing unit linked to the Cellar Cooler had to be hidden.

The unit installed was a CX 40 E with electronic digital controls, matched to a DCU 30+ ducted condensing unit.  

The restrictions of the building were a challenge, and it was necessary to make certain compromises with the installation, added Mr Bentley, but the Marstair equipment had the flexibility to meet these requirements and still work effectively.

Brewer Thomas Jenkinson of Chiltern Brewery, established in 1980 as one of the first of the "new wave" micro-breweries, said that noise levels were a major consideration but the Marstair equipment can barely be heard inside or out. 

The condensing unit had to be hidden in the basement and the hot air outlet from it was ducted to a hidden discharge grille in the stairwell.

"The system is working well and we're very happy with it. It is keeping the air cooled efficiently and quietly, as required", added Mr Jenkinson.