Crosbys’ theatre kitchen designed to produce good quality food with the minimum of stress
The Beaumont Hotel in Hexham is a classic Victorian building that’s being turned into a stylish, modern, designer venue. It’s undergoing an extensive refurbishment, following its sale for £1.9million in 2016. Proprietor Roger Davy is a local who spent 20 years working in hospitality in London. “We’re creating a casual environment,” he says. “People can choose what they want to do and where they want to do it. They have the freedom to go into a space and use it for a variety of occasions. People come in for breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner… the change is seamless.” (more…)
Ultra-slim cabinet for ultra-small kitchens
Williams has expanded its ‘Small Kitchen’ range of slimline refrigeration with the launch of the Jade J300 – with a footprint of just 595mm by 684mm, it’s the company’s slimmest-ever upright cabinet.
As operators go for smaller and smaller kitchens, the demand for compact fridges is increasing rapidly. However, compact doesn’t mean inferior: chefs still need the quality that can cope with pressure, lots of door openings and ambient temperatures up to 43°C. That’s why Williams continues to base its compact fridges around the flagship Jade model. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
“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…)
The Professional Kitchen’s purpose-built CPU features a suite of seventeen Williams coldrooms
Pre-school childcare is booming as working parents look for safe and stimulating havens for their youngsters. While nurseries have come a long way in recent years, one area that can still be an issue is meal times. Children need their meals to have the right balance of nutrition, to be healthy and safe, and, of course, to taste good. The food supplier also has to be able to cope with any special dietary requirements. Despite the boom, no foodservice company has set up a CPU dedicated to the specific needs of nursery foodservice – until now. The Professional Kitchen is a new company created to supply nurseries with lunches, five days a week. Meals are made in a purpose-built facility in Basildon, Essex, which local EHO officers described as ‘the best central production unit’ they had ever seen. It was designed and installed by PHCC Limited and is planned so that food is moved around the building with no danger of cross contamination – a system that relies on a suite of seventeen coldrooms, built by British manufacturer Williams Refrigeration. (more…)
AFE brands look to grow business in increasingly important and competitive market
Williams has expanded its sales force in the Middle East region by appointing Daniel Hall as the company’s Business Development Manager. Daniel will work alongside the existing four person team based in the AFE offices located in Dubai.
As well as promoting Williams products, Daniel will also support the other AFE leading equipment brands in the region – Falcon prime cooking equipment and Mono bakery equipment (more…)