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Purslane Restaurant Opens In Cheltenham PDF Print E-mail
Commercial Catering Equipment News - August 2012
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 13:04

Purslane Restaurant Opens In Cheltenham

Specialising in fish and seafood, Purslane Restaurant recently opened its doors in Cheltenham.

For Gareth and Helena Fulford, together with business partner Stephanie Ronssin, the dream of one day opening their own restaurant has finally come to fruition.  By combining the freshest local ingredients and sustainably-caught seafood from British shores with wines from well-known names and independent vineyards, former Head Chef and Front of House Manager at the renowned Kingham Plough restaurant in the Cotswolds, will offer a real seafood destination in Gloucestershire.

restaurant kitchen design french plancha in use at Purslane Restaurant Purslane Restaurant Opens In Cheltenham

The kitchen at Purslane was designed by Gareth with help from Target Catering Equipment. Target's newly designed French style plancha was incorporated into the kitchen design and is used by Gareth not only for searing fish and hand-dived Orkney scallops but also as a solid top for cooking with pans.  A custom built hot pass, to enable easy installation up the small staircase leading to the upstairs kitchen, was also designed and manufactured by Target. The hot pass is one of the most important pieces of equipment in the kitchen, keeping plates hot ready for plating up and ensuring the smooth transition of dishes from the kitchen to the dining area.

With locally sourced ingredients and some of the finest seafood supplied fresh from Orkney to the Scilly Isles, dishes are cooked to perfection at Purslane Restaurant on equipment manufactured in Gloucestershire by Target Catering Equipment.

Cooking Stations Aid Cookery Teaching At Primary School PDF Print E-mail
Commercial Catering Equipment News - June 2012
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 15:08

Cooking Stations Aid Cookery Teaching At Primary School

Birchen Coppice Primary School in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, a state of the art, sustainable school and community facility with eco features including a grass roof and biomass energy production system, recently added to its buildings sustainable energy profile with energy efficient induction cooking stations.

cooking stations at Birchen Coppice Primary School Birchen Coppice Primary School cooking stations, mobile cooking stations

Designed and built by Target Catering Equipment, these mobile, multi functional, cookery teaching units will give staff, pupils and parents the opportunity of learning to cook and improve their cooking skills using this new facility. The mobile cooking stations can be used in any classroom or shared space as required, they are easily moved on heavy duty castors and only require a 13 amp plug to power the in built induction hobs.

Along with two stacked, multi use Blue Seal Turbofan ovens which are mounted on a mobile trolley and only require 13 amp plugs and sockets, the cooking stations provide a simple but effective way of teaching cooking and will enable all students to "Reach For The Stars" when it comes to learning to cook at Birchen Coppice.

"The service I have received from Target Catering Equipment has been second to none.  From the initial site visit David Pedrette understood exactly what I was trying to deliver and helped me come up with a practical design for the cooking stations I needed that delivered maximum flexibility.

The delivery staff were very helpful, gave an excellent demonstration of the equipment and even removed the packing material from site.

We are delighted with the finished product which looks superb and is incredibly easy to manoeuvre.  I would not hesitate in recommending Target Catering Equipment"

Sarah Turner

Community Activities Coordinator

Birchen Coppice Primary School


Induction Hobs Win At Home At The Posh PDF Print E-mail
Commercial Catering Equipment News - June 2012
Friday, 08 June 2012 14:22

Induction Hobs Win At Home At The Posh

Peterborough United Football Club, nicknamed "The Posh" and sponsored by Peterborough Renewable Energy Ltd, discovered their gas cooking equipment was not as green as they thought, they also found out that their ventilation system did not comply with current gas safety regulations.

A solution was needed to replace their 6 burner gas range and oven as well as their deep fat fryer.  Main electrical contractors working at the club, researched the market place and discovered Target Catering Equipment, manufacturers of heavy duty induction cookers.  Following further investigation and talks with the Target team,  induction cooking was chosen as a viable alternative.

Peterborough Football Club - POSH 6 zone induction hob cooking station Entrance at Peterborough United Football Club

An all electric solution was in sight and Target Catering Equipment was commissioned to build the heavy duty 6 zone induction hob cooking station.  Combined with double stacked Rational White Efficiency® combination ovens, the heavy duty induction hob cooking station would cut energy bills and optimise production in the kitchen on matchdays and corporate hospitality days.

For further bespoke induction hob information visit our shop or call 01452 410447.

Sustainable Catering Equipment Is Sweet Success For Food Factory PDF Print E-mail
Commercial Catering Equipment News - May 2012
Thursday, 07 June 2012 14:49

Sustainable Catering Equipment Is Sweet Success For Food Factory

Yaadgaar Foods of Bradford, manufacturers of authentic Asian sweets, pastries and  breads in the former Yorkshire Dales Bakery, had spiralling energy costs and antiquated cooking processes that needed updating.

They contacted Target Catering Equipment, specialists in sustainable catering equipment and manufacturers of a range of high power induction cooking equipment, to help.  It was initially thought that changing the gas cooking processes to electric induction would be the answer but following an initial factory visit it became immediately obvious that induction cooking was not the solution.  The energy efficient Frima VarioCooking Center 311 was suggested as a viable alternative.

Yaadgaar Asian sweets sustainable catering equipment Yaadgaar Foods sustainable catering equipment - Frima 311 Vario Asian sweets on display

With massive ingredient quantities and the need to use large pans, manual lifting was an issue along with the heat and waste energy generated during the production process.  The high energy costs had to be reduced and a 30 day free trial was arranged through Target Catering Equipment for the largest Frima 311 VarioCooking Center® with a working capacity of 150 litres.  Following trials and tests the Frima finally demonstrated massive energy savings and improvements in productivity, whilst also reducing health and safety issues within the factory.

The special basket lifting system and automatic tilting mechanisms, along with the built in filling and emptying drainage system, speeded up production and made cleaning easy.

susatinable catering equipment Frima VarioCooking Center

Most importantly HACCP records for the Frima download onto a USB stick providing complete production records and temperature control analysis, not to mention production control records showing exactly how and when the Frima was used and times taken in the cooking processes.

With the latest sustainable catering equipment from Target Catering Equipment, Yaadgaar Foods is already enjoying energy cost savings and the Asian specialist bakery and food business is efficiently producing products for their chain of shops in West Yorkshire.

For further information about the Frima VarioCooking Center® please call 01452 410447.

Induction Proves Spot On For Baker Brothers PDF Print E-mail
Commercial Catering Equipment News - April 2012
Wednesday, 02 May 2012 14:24

Induction Proves Spot On For Baker Brothers

Induction cooking technology has teamed up with a traditional wood fired baking oven to produce a winning combination at Hobbs House Bakery and Bistro in Nailsworth, Gloucestershire

Following the successful, Channel 4 Fabulous Baker Brothers series, Tom and Henry Herbert, along with Cotswold Food And Drink Award winning chef Anthony Smith from the Nailsworth Bistro, turned to local manufacturer, Target Catering Equipment, to design a cooking range and workstation using the lastest Target ihob induction range of equipment.


Fabulous Baker Brothers At Hobbs House Bistro Nailsworth Hobbs House Bistro Nailsworth Gloucestershire Cakes on display at Hobbs House Bakery And Cafe


The induction cooking range was made to accomodate a new undercounter drawer fridge and existing Blue Seal convection oven and incorporated an overhead heated gantry and shelf unit which would allow chef Anthony to keep food piping hot once ready for service.  The new induction unit also contained 2/1 gastro cooling racks which were designed to hold the Hobbs House bakery products.

Installed next to the wood fired oven,  the induction cooking range optimises full use of the limited space within the kitchen.


induction cooking range Hobbs House Nailsworth induction range cooker Hobbs House Hobbs House Bistro kitchen installation

Target also designed and installed a new ventilation system in the kitchen following special listed building consent for an unobtrusive ventilation outlet at low level. Combined grease, particulate and odour control filters, an optional extra, were also fitted to comply with EHO requirements for grease and odour control.



induction cooking range

The amount of equipment that's squeezed into this small kitchen is unbelievable but everything fits perfectly and is easily to hand.  Chef Anthony Smith's daily routine is now much easier and his  cooking area is no longer a through route in the kitchen.

"We love the induction hobs you've put in for us at Hobbs House Bistro in Nailsworth.  2 thumbs up from Chef Antony Smith and I'm sure William Morris would also approve. #BeautifulandUseful"

Tom Herbert

Hobbs House Bakery

4 George Street





Energy Efficient Induction Replaces Gas At The Lion, Winchcombe PDF Print E-mail
Commercial Catering Equipment News - April 2012
Tuesday, 17 April 2012 12:41

Energy Efficient Induction Replaces Gas At The Lion, Winchcombe

The Lion in North Street, Winchcombe has recently been completely transformed by entrepreneur, Annie Fox-Hamilton.  Turning what was a rundown country pub, with rooms, into a comfortable restaurant and lounge bar, with luxury accommodation, Annie is now open for business.  With easy parking at the rear and a large courtyard garden for eating out in hot summer nights, The Lion is now poised to become an ideal foody destination.

Following a visit to view induction equipment at Target Catering Equipment's demonstration kitchen, with chefs and design consultant Anton Cull of Anton and K,  Annie decided to convert the kitchen to operate using energy efficient induction catering equipment, designed and manufactured by Target.


induction cooking station dishwasher system commercial kitchen ventilation system


The old gas kitchen was particularly run down and non compliant with current gas safety regulations.  Benefitting from a 3 phase 400 volt electrical supply the kitchen was an ideal candidate for converting to induction cooking and an all electric cookline.

The new, energy efficient kitchen included a new dishwashing system placed in front of the newly restored arched window and an induction cooking station, which was positioned on the main cookline along with a Rational Combination oven and electric deep fat fryers.  Along with a traditional menu it is proposed to offer Italian style pizza for which a double decked pizza oven and granite topped pizza preparation counter was also installed.

Induction Cooking Station incorporated into the main cookline at The Lion, Winchcombe

induction cooking station

A new Gram refrigerated counter also forms the pass and prep area in front of the cookline and  together with reworked and refurbished existing equipment the kitchen is complete and ready to go.



Cotswold Life Food And Drink Awards 2012 - Cotswold Food Hero PDF Print E-mail
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Cotswold Life Food And Drink Awards 2012 - Cotswold Food Hero

For the third year running Target Catering Equipment are proud to help sponsor the local Gloucestershire, Cotswold Life Food And Drink awards.  Nominations must be in by Friday 13th April.  The celebrations are expected to be an Olympian event as it also marks the 10th aniversary of the awards.

Cotswold Life Food And Drink Awards 2012

The award ceremony will be held at the prestigious Centaur venue at Cheltenham Race course on Monday 2nd July and will celebrate all that is great about locally produced food and drink.  Headline sponsors Warners Budgens, supporters of local suppliers and producers will once again be seen alongside many other local sponsors supporting their local businesses.

Who do you want to win?  Nominate them now for entry into the finest, local food and drink awards held in the Cotswolds and county of Gloucestershire and don't forget to book your tickets early to ensure a place at the awards ceremony, tickets are available to purchase from 1 May, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information.

Take another look at the presentation of Cotswold Food Hero 2011 award at the ceremony last year:

Last Updated on Thursday, 12 April 2012 14:11
Kitchen Refurbishment - The Royal Oak Gretton PDF Print E-mail
Commercial Catering Equipment News - March 2012
Friday, 09 March 2012 11:51

Kitchen Refurbishment - The Royal Oak Gretton

When the Royal Oak in Gretton, Gloucestershire closed it's doors, locals lost their popular village pub destination.  But good news was around the corner as restauranteurs Matthew and Wendy Brown, who already run the popular Wesley House in Winchcombe and the successful outside catering business Wesley House Events, took over the lease and the pub and restaurant has now reopened in time for the Cheltenham Gold Cup festival.


View From The Terrace At The Royal Oak Gretton The Royal Oak Gretton - Kitchen Refurbishment The Conservatory At The Royal Oak Gretton


After the complete internal refurbishment which included ripping out the old bars, this popular local hub has been brought back to life.  The kitchen also needed to be refurbished and Matthew chose Target Catering Equipment to carry out the renovations.  In order to keep costs to a minimum, the original kitchen ventilation system was able to be left in place and reused along with existing stainless steel tabling, gantry and shelving which were all modified at Target's Gloucester workshops in order to fit over the new Target hot cupboard and Gram fridges.


The The Main Cookline Incorporates Lincat Series 600 Catering Equipment Head Chef Rob Owen And Chef Lewis Dixon Commercial Dishwasher And Dishwashing Area


With limited electrical power available and in order to comply with gas safety regulations, if the old ventilation system was to remain, gas equipment narrow enough to fit under the existing canopy was required.  UK manufactured, Lincat 600 series catering equipment proved to be the ideal solution for this small kitchen.


Commercial Dishwasher And Dishwasher Tabling

With a complete new premium dishwashing system designed and made by Target to fit exactly into the space available and a new streamlined glass washing area behind the bar which included a Target premium commercial dishwasher and glasswasher from DC Products, Executive Chef Alex Breech, Head Chef Rob Owen and Chef Lewis Dixon now have a new, workable kitchen and are ready for the off in Gretton.



Commercial Kitchen Refurbishment Replaces LPG With Induction PDF Print E-mail
Commercial Catering Equipment News - Restaurant And Kitchen Design Latest News
Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:03

Commercial Kitchen Refurbishment Replaces LPG With Induction

Set on the shores of two large sea lochs, Loch Glendhu and Loch Glencoul in the Scottish Highlands, the Kylesku Hotel became the most northerly commercial kitchen refurbishment undertaken by Target Catering Equipment.


Scottish Loch In The Highlands Award Winning Kylesku Hotel Kylesku Bridge


Following a visit last year to Sodexo's Remote Sites Aberdeen base, to supply a front of house, theatre induction cooking station, designed for use on oil platforms, Target's MD David Pedrette continued north to The Kylesku Hotel to discuss kitchen design plans with owners Tanja Lister and Sonia Virechauveix and complete a survey of the hotel's commercial kitchen.

It was obvious that the LPG gas kitchen, which the owners had inherited with the hotel, was tired and needed a complete refurbishment and with gas bills averaging over £600 per month, an energy efficient alternative was needed.  Target Catering Equipment was chosen to design, manufacture and install their complete commercial kitchen which would also incorporate a bespoke induction range cooker specifically designed and manufactured by Target to suit Tanja and Sonia's requirements.


Induction Range Cooker With Built In Griddle And Mini Combi

Previously relying on LPG gas, the hotel needed to upgrade its electrical supply to accomodate the new kitchen but with the extortionate existing gas bills, the projected savings gained by switching to induction cooking equipment and an all electric kitchen would soon benefit the running costs of the kitchen.


catering kitchen refurbishment stainless steel extraction canopy over main cookline Pastry Dessert Prep Area Tabletop Induction Hob

Few would contemplate a project at such a remote site but Target, with its own team of designers, manufacturers and commercial kitchen installers could take on the complete kitchen refurbishment project including hygenic cladding of walls, commercial kitchen flooring and ceilings, mechanical and electrical services installation, manufacture of the stainless steel catering equipment, including the kitchen extraction system and the new induction cooking suite along with the supply of all the new catering equipment for the commercial kitchen.

Target's team completed the total kitchen refurbishment in 7 days whilst staying over at the remote site and enjoyed an outstanding level of hospitality by the patrons which also included fresh seafood which was delivered daily by boat.


Fresh Fish Daily Delivery For Hotel Restaurant Happy Clients In Their Refurbished Kitchen Red Deer Stag

Recently commended in the 2012 Good Hotel Guide and 2012 Michelin Guide To Eating In Pubs, The Kylesku Hotel now relies on Scottish hydro power for all its needs and with its state of the art new induction kitchen equipment and kitchen refit, Tanja and Sonia are well equipped for another busy season at this remote highland getaway.

"From start to finish Charlotte, David and the rest of the team were there.  We never knew of problems only solutions.  A project well managed and brilliantly executed.  Too bad I will need to wait 20 years for another one!!

"Hello all,

It's been 5 months already!  5 months of improved atmosphere in the kitchen, of improved productivity and much improved cooking!!  Thank you all again for the great job you did and we hope to see you all at some point again"

Sonia Virechauveix and Tanja Lister

The Kylesku Hotel

Kylesku by Lairg


IV27 4HW


The Speech House Hotel Kitchen Gets Induction Solid Top PDF Print E-mail
Commercial Catering Equipment News - Induction Range Latest News
Friday, 27 January 2012 12:25

The Speech House Hotel Kitchen Gets Induction Solid Top

Based in a former 17th century hunting lodge, The Speech House Hotel, with its busy function suite and large garden marquee, was struggling to manage with the spiralling energy costs of LPG gas and an outdated kitchen and urgently needed an upgrade.

Energy specialist advisors were called in to survey the kitchen and suggest a way to reduce costs.  A change to more manageable and controllable electric catering equipment, including induction cooking technology was recommended and a visit to Target Catering Equipment's demonstration kitchen to trial cooking with induction and other energy efficient equipment was arranged.


The Speech House Hotel, induction solid top The Speech House Hotel, induction solid top The Speech House Hotel, induction solid top


On finalising the contract, Target's team of engineers set about removing all the redundant kitchen equipment and renovating the old Lincat hot cupboards which were also fitted with new hot pass gantries.  A new grill section gantry was manufactured and positioned over the existing fridge and table tops to create an island preparation area.

To replace the redundant LPG gas solid top and 6 burner gas range, Target Catering Equipment manufactured a bespoke Induction Solid Top Range Cooker incorporating an induction solid top with control power slide top.  The induction solid top replicates the features of a traditional gas solid top with programmable induction zones to enable graduated heat zones across the Ceran® glass top.


induction solid top range cooker

Providing extra oven space a versatile Blue Seal E31D4 oven and grill was incorporated into the Induction Soild Top Range Cooker.  The Blue Seal oven accepts standard gastro-norm containers and being programmable with simple digital controls, makes it ideal for the busy hotel kitchen.

The installation was completed ahead of schedule and Gill Hands, a director at The Speech House Hotel, is "over the moon" with the result.   The once sweltering kitchen has become a cool, calm and controlled cooking facility with energy efficient cooking technology producing perfect results using a fraction of the power previously consumed.

For further details about the Induction Solid Top Range Cooker call Target on 01452 410447.


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