Kylesku Hotel - Kylesku, Sutherland


Set on the shores of Loch Glendhu in the Scottish Highlands is the Kylesku Hotel, a family run, old coaching inn dating back to 1680. A hotel that is passionate about food, locally sourced produce is Kylesku's speciality. With fishing boats landing on the slipway outside the hotel, it's more about 'food metres' than 'food miles'. In addition to the destination restaurant the Kylesku Hotel has 11 bedrooms allowing guests to experience quality food in welcoming, friendly and comfortable surroundings.


Having purchased the long standing inn, new owners Tanja Lister and Sonya Virechauveix continued to operate the business in its inherited state. After a few months in operation it was clear that the hotel was tired, inefficient and in need of a complete refurbishment, so the search began for a company that could carry out the project. This task was harder than expected for the pair, due to the hotel's remote issolated loation very few would contemplate such a project. However, for Target Catering Equipment who had recently completed a project for Sodexo's Remote Sites Base in Aberdeen continuing further North was not an issue.

Offering the complete service including design, manufacture, supply and installation of a commercial kitchne, meant Target could meet all the owner's needs and following a visit to site to discuss the project and carry out a site survey were subsequently selected to begin the refurbishment process.     


With the remote location came high running costs. The hotel was relying on LPG gas to run the restaurant's kitchen and the gas bill was averaging at over £600 per month. Becoming more energy efficient and reducing overheads was the only option to ensure the future of the business. 

The existing kitchen was small and difficult to operate in resulting in unhappy staff and dissatisfied cutomers. Bespoke fabricated items would be needed in order to meet the specific space requirements and needs for the kitchen.

Working closely with Tanja and Sonia, David Pedrette, Managing Director of Target Catering Equipment designed a suitable commercial kitchen that all would enjoy working in. It was decided that the hotel should upgrade its electrical supply to accomodate the new energy efficient equipment, which would in turn provide savings that would soon outway the initial upgrade costs. 


The new commercial catering equipment included within the commercial kitchen specification consisted of; bespoke manufactured stainless steel catering equipment, including sinks, tables, racking, along with a bespoke Target commercial induction cooking suite and other supplied kitchen appliances, and completed with kitchen extraction system to suit.


Target's team project managed the install and completed the total kitchen refurbishment in 7 days whilst staying over at the remote site. The installation included installation of mechanical and electrical services, Altro hygienic wall cladding, commercial kitchen flooring and ceilings, along with all catering equipment.


Following the refurbishment Kylesku Hotel was commended in the 2012 Good Hotel Guide and the 2012 Michelin Guide to Eating in Pubs, and has since been awarded 2014 'Scottish Hotel of the Year' by the Good Hotel Guide. 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 many more busy seasons to come.


"From start to finish Charlotte, David and the rest of the team were there. We never knew of problems only solutions. Aproject well managed and brilliantly executed!"
"It's been 5 months already! 5 months of improved atmosphere in the kitchen, of improved productivity and much improved cooking!! Thank you all for the great job you did we hope to see you all at some point again!"

Tanja Lister and Sonia Virechauveix - Owners of Kylesku Hotel