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Pantries and larders – what’s the difference, and which one’s for you? In this blog post we’ll explain the differences to help you decide…

What is a Pantry?

Traditionally a pantry only stored bread, with the term pantry coming from the French term ‘pain’ meaning bread. Pantries would also include a stone shelf used to keep food cold. Over the decades, the term has changed, and now pantries are used for a whole host of things – including dishes, kitchen supplies, and appliances. They’re large storage spaces that you can walk into, and generally sit just off the kitchen. They’re basically like a mini room dedicated to storage!

What is a Larder?

Nowadays, homes do not have the space for a traditional pantry, but we still need a place to store food and kitchen essentials – that’s where a larder cupboard comes in. A larder is a stylish and practical way to keep kitchen supplies and appliances organised and within reach of the main cooking area.

Larders have quickly become one of the must-have kitchen pieces of the year, perfect for storing everything from bread, pasta and tinned food to kitchen appliances; larders are a versatile option for storing a multitude of things. 

The larder photographed below is part of the bespoke design installed in our Hale kitchen that our team built by hand.

What items should you store in a larder or pantry?

Items that have a long shelf life are perfect for storing in a larder or pantry. For examples:
  • Rice, bread, beans, lentils.
  • Vegetables such as onions, potatoes and carrots.
  • Olive and vegetable oils.
  • Baking supplies such as flour, baking soda, yeast.
  • Canned items such as beans, tomatoes and soup.
  • Jars such as peanut butter, marmite and passata.
  • Other items such as cereals, crisps, crackers and chocolate can also be stored in a larder.


Larders are not only perfect for storing food items, but also appliances. Pictured below is the larder from our Lytham St Annes project. The clients of this home wanted their coffee machine and toaster hidden and out of sight, but weren’t sure on the best practical solution. Our solution included installing power outlets within the larder to enable the use of appliances there. This larder also offers multiple drawers and bespoke shelving, perfect for kitchen essentials. It’s created the ideal breakfast station for their morning routine!

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