Popular beach restaurant pleased with the impact new Precision refrigeration is having
The Hut is a popular restaurant situated in Colwell Bay, on the northwest coast of the Isle of Wight. Since opening five years ago it has established a reputation for the quality of its menu. “Our philosophy has always been to use local produce as much as possible,” owner George Adams explains. “The quality of the seafood we use is very important, so we need to be able to keep it in perfect condition until it’s ready to be used.”
The Hut recently completed a major refurbishment to improve both the dining area and provide an upgrade to the kitchen. George brought in catering design firm Little Duffy to oversee the project, and he was quite clear about the standard he expected. “It was quite a simple brief, really. We wanted the best of everything!
New kitchen designed to help students experience the industry
In October 2016, Darlington College’s main production kitchens were destroyed in a fire. “The damage was far greater than we’d initially thought,” says James Butterfield, head of estates and facilities. “It was quite a shock when we realised we’d need a complete refurbishment.”
With approximately 1500 full-time and 1500 part-time students to keep fed, this unexpected refurbishment obviously required prompt action. As well as being a vital service for the college it is also part of its educational portfolio. “The kitchen is essentially split into two,” explains James. “One half is for the food served in our food court and coffee shop, the other half produces food for our restaurant, both of which are run by students, supported by staff.” (more…)
The Chestnut Group aims to ‘bring a bit of Soho House to Bury’
“The defining pillars of The Chestnut Group are fantastic service, stylish interiors, and great food – and all of that should be synonymous with a great experience. To deliver that, the kitchen and backbar equipment are very, very important.” So says Philip Turner, founder of The Chestnut Group, a fast-expanding chain of hostelries based in East Anglia. The Group uses Precision for its kitchen and backbar refrigeration in its six sites, including the recently opened The Northgate in Bury St Edmunds.
Two companies making an impact with fast growing restaurant chain
Since opening its first restaurant in the Norfolk village of Middleton back in 2011, Middleton’s Steakhouse has opened a further five across the country. One of the latest is in Leicester and is based in a stunning Grade 2 listed building, a former bank built in the Baroque style. With an open plan theatre style kitchen, executive chef Adam Mott knew they had to have equipment that was both extremely reliable and good looking.
Adam Mott was heavily involved with designing the kitchen and choosing the equipment. “Firstly, I wanted to make sure everything was tough enough to last in a really busy kitchen,” he says. “And being busy, we need the equipment to work well together, creating a seamless system that lets our chefs focus on cooking.” (more…)
Configurator creates Revit files of non-standard models
Following consultation with customers and business partners, Precision has created Revit versions of all its models. Revit files for the standard base models are available in the download area of the Precision website, along with CAD versions, and can also be found on CESABIM and SPECIFI.
However, Precision’s highly flexible product line can be configured to meet customers’ specific requirements – and the company wanted its Revit BIM files to be able to reflect this. “There are over 12,000 different standard configurations in our product range,” says Nick Williams, managing director of Precision. “Most consultants, designers and operators planning their kitchen use a variant rather than a standard product. We wanted them to be able use a BIM file of the specific variation they need – so we created a tool that allows them to do exactly that.” (more…)
Williams’ latest Multidecks cut energy use by up to 15%
Williams has upgraded its range of Gem Multideck grab & go merchandisers by developing special aerofoils that dramatically improve energy efficiency.
The aerofoils are mounted along the front of the unit’s shelves and double as ticket strips. They are carefully angled to trap cold air as it flows around the Multideck, redirecting it onto the shelf below. This redirecting of the cold air saves energy as the unit’s refrigeration doesn’t have to work so hard to maintain temperature. It also improves the customer experience as it reduces ‘cold aisle syndrome’, with most of the cold air staying inside the display, instead of spilling out of the front. This is especially important where runs of Multidecks are grouped together. (more…)
Williams Refrigeration celebrates employees’ long-serving milestones
Williams Refrigeration in King’s Lynn is renowned for its long-serving employees. It’s clearly a good place to work with some of the longest-serving employees celebrating a total of 230 years between them. This year’s celebration of service saw 20 employees rack up significant milestones.
“We think it says something that we have so many employees who stay with us for most, if not all, of their working life. We aim to look after our colleagues and promote job satisfaction in all areas, from the factory floor to management,” says Tim Smith, managing director of Williams Refrigeration. (more…)
British manufacturer also reveals latest ‘small kitchen’ models
Williams will be showing its latest product line at both GulfHost Dubai and Host Milan. The two shows will also see the global launch of an exciting new product – details of which will be unveiled on stand.
GulfHost has taken over from GulFood as the major catering equipment show for the Middle East region and is at the Dubai World Trade Centre, 18th – 20th September 2017. Williams will be on stand SB 39. (more…)
Williams calls time on plain refrigeration with Chameleon
Ever wanted a fridge that’s a work of art? Or covered in leopard skin print? Or made out of marble? Chameleon from Williams is the answer.
Chameleon allows operators to personalise their refrigeration. Using food safe vinyl wrapping, the company can provide completely bespoke designs. There are virtually no limits to what Chameleon can achieve: it can be used to cover just about any Williams model with any colour or pattern and can even be textured to create a truly realistic finish.
“Functionality really works and helps with quickness and ease of service,” says Tom Aikens
Renowned Michelin starred chef Tom Aikens has just opened his first UK Tom’s Kitchen outside of London, at the ritzy new Mailbox Centre in Birmingham. As with his other Tom’s Kitchen restaurants, the menu is largely based around British classics and comfort food – anything from fish ‘n chips to sausage and mash to steaks, stews and burgers. It’s also a very seasonal menu, changing for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. (more…)