No good pub, bar or hotel these days can do without having a good kitchen. From five star luxury hotels with Michelin star restaurants and high street tapas bars to the lower end bed and breakfast or Sunday Lunch pub – people want food when they are out.
Failing to provide some form of food can result in customers choosing to spend there money elsewhere to more flexible and versatile establishments – so, catering should be considered every bit as important as the other services of the modern drink or hotel establishment.
Ensuring that the kitchen is well-stocked is also essential as service will soon become blocked and customers dissatisfied if the right cooking and preparation equipment is not provided for the staff.
Choosing the right kitchen and catering equipment for you bar or hotel is just like choosing other bar equipment. You need to ensure you have to right equipment and not waste money on superfluous gadgets or fancy accessories that will do little to improve service or the food you provide.
There are, however, some essential gadgets that every good British Pub or bed and breakfast kitchen should have:
Kitchen knives and chopping boards. The most essential item for any chef or cook is a set of knives. Good quality knives are essential and they should be made of stainless steel for ease of cleaning. Knives should always be kept sharp and as for chopping boards, they need to be easy to clean too, and you will need more than one; separate meat and vegetable chopping boards are a hygiene requirement.
A deep fat fryer is essential for a British kitchen. Chips are one of the most popular items on a British menu and if you do not serve them you will alienate a lot of your customers.
You will also have to ensure you staff have appropriate attire so all hair should be in nets or under hats and aprons and whites should be provided for everybody that works in the kitchen as should clear instructions on hand washing and other health and hygiene issues.