Longford Pantry, H|M Showroom in Felsted, Essex

Our Longford pantry in the H|M showroom in Felsted is a fresh take on the traditional English version of this vital ancillary room.  Pantry, from the latin “panna” meaning bread, was originally a small room dedicated exclusively to the storage of bread and bakery items, however, by the mid-nineteenth century it had become a space for the general storage of dry goods.

Historically, English country houses would have a kitchen, scullery, larder, pantry, storeroom, coal room, housekeeper’s room and several large miscellaneous cupboards incorporated into the design and these were considered the absolute bare minimum. Larger houses had an almost bewildering array of other ancillary rooms including a gun room, lamp room, still room, pastry room, butler’s pantry, fish store, bakehouse, game larder, brewery, knife room, brush room, shoe room. A large country house in Wales even had a room dedicated to ironing newspapers while others could include a spicery, buttery, poultery or even a ewery – a room exclusively used for keeping water jugs.

Originally a cold, dark room that was purely utilitarian – the main purpose of the pantry was to allow servants easy access to dry goods – this was a room that was never seen and therefore never warranted any special attention. Today things are thankfully much simpler with open plan kitchen and dining spaces for the whole family to enjoy together. In order to keep the main kitchen area uncluttered, it’s necessary to incorporate storage into other areas – cue the modern pantry. The Longford pantry embraces all the usual H|M design aesthetics of simplicity, symmetry, proportion and restraint with plenty of open storage.

Under counter storage

With plenty of storage space under the counters on the right and to the rear, the Longford pantry provides versatility in terms of what can be stored – things like wine cases, vases and hampers all take up a lot of space and can be heavy to manoeuvre so keeping them at a lower level makes sense from a practical point of view.

Artisan Shelving and Ladder

Our classic artisan shelves on the right hand side have subtle plate racks incorporated so we can display our beautiful tableware from John Julian with plenty of countertop space below. The rail that runs along the length of the countertop is for the mini ladder so the top shelf can be easily reached, and is also a great spot for keeping tea towels.

Longford Cabinetry

On the left of the pantry is more open shelving with a bank of large deep drawers that have our new H|M Bray handles finished in bronze. Open shelving means that items are instantly identifiable and accessible – there is no rooting around in the back of cupboards searching for a rogue pot of baking powder.


The large Manoir tumbled limestone floor tiles are available from our H|M Stone Atelier. The Manoir tumbled limestone has a lovely honey tone which is perfect for classic contemporary spaces. For details please click here.