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The cost of running a commercial kitchen

When making a new purchase for your commercial kitchen, it can be incredibly easy to focus on the cost of the equipment and let the running expenses take a backseat. Electricity, gas and water can all be expensive extras, so it’s important to remember to take these into consideration and budget for them accordingly. It’s estimated that, on average, restaurants use around 2.5 times more energy per square foot than other commercial buildings. You wouldn’t want to part with cash for your new equipment to find out you can’t afford to run it!Read More

Grade II-listed Greyhound Inn gets a new lease of life

The Greyhound Inn, situated in Cromford, Matlock, is a venue steeped in history. Built by Richard Arkwright in 1778, the venue was originally designed to encourage visitors, in particular, businessmen, to the nearby cotton mills. 2017 marks a new chapter for the venue, having recently re-opened to the public under new management; Paul and Tina Waddingham. Having contributed a significant investment themselves for all the renovation work, Paul and Tina approached Johnson Reed to explore leasing their catering equipment and appliances, including a state-of-the-art combination oven.Read More

Belpassi Bros open their first restaurant in Tooting

L&L Bros Ltd was established in 2013, when the brothers embarked on a long life-changing trip across Northern and Central Italy to discover the food of their homeland. It was there that they mastered the art of making the perfect meatball, and experienced flawless Italian hospitality. The duo returned to the UK with the intention of opening their own business, keeping their new skills and values at the core of their practice.Read More

New Lease of Life for Hawk Green’s Crown Pub

The decline of the traditional pub is a growing concern for many operators in the industry, after The British Beer and Pub Association revealed last year that up to 29 pubs close every week in the UK. The BBPA attributed this decline to high beer tax, competition from supermarkets selling cheaper alcohol, and an ever-changing demographic.

The Crown in Hawk Green is just one example of how a pub has successfully adapted to survive and thrive in these circumstances. Operators, Simon and Claire Hood, took a new direction with their business, venturing down the gastro-pub route to reinstate great quality food and drink at the heart of the trade.Read More

Just a splash in the ocean for Harbour View Fisheries

Overlooking Collywell Bay, in the little town of Seaton Sluice (just outside Newcastle, for the uninitiated), there is a lovely restaurant called Harbour View Fisheries.

Owned by husband and wife duo Lakhver and Harjit Gill, the restaurant has been established for over 13 years, although the couple have had over 30 years experience in the trade. The restaurant itself seats 48 inside, with plenty of outdoor seats, and caters for takeaways also. And in case dinner leaves you still a little hungry, there is an ice cream parlour nextdoor also owned by Lakhver.Read More

Johnson Reed help the Seagull’s Ocean Boat fry the competition

When experienced businessman Mr Spiros Bojouri recently took over the established fish and chip shop The Seagull’s Ocean Boat in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, he had plans to improve this popular business.

Understanding quality is important in the catering industry he decided to completely revamp this fish bar and take away. This included replacing the old fryer with a new bespoke Hopkins four-pan high-efficiency country frying range and having a custom made curved glass hot and cold display cabinet built.Read More

Johnson Reed helps the White Bull get set up

The White Bull in Gisburn is a newly redevelop restaurant, guest house and a traditional English pub based in a homely Grade II-listed coaching house that dates back to 1865.

Being community minded, owner and Professional Master Chef quarter finalist Simon Salt wants this village pub to offer people the best quality fine food, locally sourced at affordable prices.Read More

Edwards Bar and Dining Ltd expand with Johnson Reed

Edwards Bar and Dining Ltd is run by experienced restaurateurs that wanted to expand into a new marketplace with a prime location in the centre of Worcester.

With a desire to create a relaxed environment where people can get food and drink in elegant surroundings, they planned to get a bespoke the front bar for their new business to give more to their potential customers and beat the local competition.Read More

Johnson Reed helps The Culpeper to grow

The Culpeper is a London pub that offers a mix of traditional British and French provincial cuisine situated close to Petticoat Lane market and Spitalfields market.

Taking its name from the 16th century botanist Thomas Culpeper, it features a unique rooftop vegetable farm that supplies both the restaurant and herbal tinctures for cocktails at the bar.

To compete with stiff competition and offer more to the customer The Culpeper knew they needed to pull out all the stops and get a complete refurbishment, including a brand new kitchen.Read More

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