MEPS-compliant two-door cabinets will be popular cost- and energy-saving options
Responding to the requirements of MEPS, Precision has launched upgraded versions of its two-door fridges and freezer cabinets. Offering low running costs and great energy savings, these British-manufactured cabinets are designed to provide professional caterers with reliable, efficient refrigerated storage solutions.
“Two-door cabinets are cost effective and space-saving, so they’re a popular option,” says Nick Williams, managing director of Precision. “The energy data disclosure required by MEPS-compliant refrigeration gives end users the opportunity to easily compare and select the most energy efficient equipment for their catering operation.”
Space-saving refrigeration from Precision optimises operations in 15m2 kitchen
The pressure on retail space in London is incredible and when it comes to finding new sites for restaurants, a creative approach is essential. Now one enterprising restaurateur has taken things to the extreme, by opening up in ‘the smallest room in the house’. Except in the case of the Festa sul Prato, Italian Café and Restaurant, it is a formerly derelict toilet block in Folkestone Gardens, a small park in Deptford, South London. And it’s a triumph of both design and cuisine that is proving to be hugely popular.
Thetford company’s Retro Refrigeration wows judges
Precision won the prestigious Catering Equipment Award for best supplier of heavy equipment. The award judges highlighted the company’s radical Retro Refrigeration design, which combines classic style with the latest energy-saving technology. Precision is based in Thetford, Norfolk.
The award was presented at a glittering ceremony at The Globe, London, on 30 November 2016 organised by trade magazine Catering Insight. (more…)
Variety of refrigeration manufacturer’s range helps designers maximise chilled storage
The Taiwanese and Chinese street food-inspired restaurant chain BAO gets rave reviews. Its latest venue is in Windmill Street, Fitzrovia, just off Tottenham Court Road, seats 47 and, if its established Soho site is anything to go by, there will be queues of eager eaters stretching down the road – a result of BAO’s outstanding dishes, low prices and ‘no-booking’ policy.
BAO specialises in ‘guabao’ which are Taiwanese steamed buns, as well as ‘xiao chi’ or small eats. A family owned business, the BAO story began with a six-seater bar and stall in Netil Market a few years back. “We opened our first restaurant in Soho in April 2015,” says Shing Tat Chung, co-founder. “Now we have this new venue in Fitzrovia. It’s an exciting time for us.”
Ambitious restaurant/outlet uses Precision Refrigeration to guarantee quality
Based in the newly redeveloped Turnmill Building, Albion Clerkenwell is the latest addition to the small group of food and drink destinations established by Prescott & Conran.
The largest Albion to date, it offers a range of dining options suitable for everything from breakfast to dinner. With a menu that combines classic recipes with a modern sensibility, it also includes a Grill Room, a Pie Room and an Oyster Bar, all spread over two floors. Alongside dining, Albion aims to be an everyday resource for its local community. A grocery showcases the finest in British food, including charcuterie and a range of cheeses, while a bakery prepares fresh bread and pastries in-house. Ian Wood, Prescott & Conran executive chef, explains. “We make as much of what we sell here on site as we can, so we have a lot of quality ingredients we need to keep in top condition. Good refrigeration is very important to us.”
Hubbard offers hotels advice on Christmas ice
Christmas is one of the busiest times of year for hotels, with parties and events causing spikes in custom on top of the overall higher numbers of guests. Having a steady supply of ice provides extra peace of mind that there’ll be no problems meeting the increase in demand.
Busy hotels can benefit from modular machines – perfect for high volume ice production. Hubbard’s Scotsman MXG range of modular ‘supercuber’ ice machines combine productivity, reliability and ease-of-use, with aesthetic-appeal and quieter operation. The MXG models offer high production with one unit capable of producing up to 410kg of gourmet ice per 24 hours, on a global standard footprint.
Precision claims some of the best energy ratings and running costs in the market for its new cabinets
Following the introduction of energy labelling for professional refrigeration, Precision redesigned its cabinets to conform to the European EcoDesign Energy Labelling Standard. The cabinets can now claim some of the best energy ratings and ultra low running costs on the market. For example, the MPT601 only uses 1.25kWh/24hr under EcoDesign test conditions, giving running costs of just £50.19 a year. (Based on energy price of £0.11/kW).
British manufacturer’s ultra-flexible, energy-saving individually refrigerated drawer unit
Precision has launched the latest version of its Variable Temperature Drawer, the individually refrigerated unit that provides a compact, incredibly flexible bulk storage solution, right in the heart of the kitchen. The new version, model VUBC121, is the first Precision individual drawer to launch since the introduction of the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives and MEPS (Minimum Energy Performance Standard). In independent tests, carried out by RD&T, the drawer scored ‘A’ when operating as a fridge and ‘B’ when being used as a freezer (EN16825 Climate Test Class 4). What makes the VUBC121 even more attractive, according to Precision, is that it offers the best value of any unit of its type on the market.
Precision Refrigeration shows off retro-themed, ultra-cool cabinet
Stand GE49, London Olympia, 3rd-5th October 2016
Visitors to the Restaurant Show can go back to the future with Precision’s ultra-cool Retro Refrigeration.
The Retro Refrigeration cabinet combines attractive, fifties-inspired style with the latest in modern technology to create an energy efficient, high performance refrigerator that will add designer class wherever it’s sited.
Popular, boutique Cambridge venue uses both Scotsman supercubes and Scotsman nugget ice
More and more operators are looking for speciality ice that suits their specific application. The Varsity Hotel in Cambridge has ordered two very different Scotsman models – a gourmet supercube machine and a nugget icemaker, each of which is set to fulfil specific and very different functions.
The Varsity Hotel and Spa is a chic, boutique 46-bedroom hotel right in the heart of Cambridge. It’s popular with tourists, locals and visiting celebrities (Daniel Craig and Rachael Weisz stayed recently). A stunning roof terrace overlooking the city seats 100 for drinks and a barbecue menu. In the former bonded warehouse next door there’s a 75-cover steak house and cocktail bar overlooking the river, which is also very busy. Recently the hotel opened a brand new, 145-cover restaurant, SIX, on the sixth floor, which offers 360° views over Cambridge. It serves wood-fired pizza, rotisserie chicken and Ottolenghi-style small plates. It also features a large bar, specialising in gins.