Salix completes new manor for Michael Caines

Michael Caines in the Lympstone Manor kitchen that Salix designed. Credit: Mark Ashbee Photography.Michael Caines in the Lympstone Manor kitchen that Salix designed. Credit: Mark Ashbee Photography.

Essex-based distributor Salix has helped renowned chef Michael Caines MBE to design and outfit the kitchen at his new venture in Lympstone Manor, Exmouth.

The Grade-2 listed Georgian manor house is being transformed into a refined, contemporary hotel and restaurant. Caines’ ambitions for this new venture include gaining a third one. “Be assured, Lympstone Manor will be one of the best hotel/restaurants in the UK and Europe. I am aiming at the top echelon!” he enthused.

Caines was involved at every stage of designing the hotel, including the kitchens, where he worked with Salix. “If you want to be the best, you need to make sure everything is planned out exactly,” he said.

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“I wanted to create an efficient and safe environment that had a natural flow, making the process of creating food as smooth as possible”.

Choosing the right equipment was therefore vital. “Consistency and quality are paramount at this level, you need the best equipment to produce the best food,” he added.

“There’s only a few hours a day that the kitchen isn’t in use. We’re working from breakfast through to dinner, so you need to have equipment that can work at that pace.”

Lympstone Manor has warewashers from Winterhalter. “I was already aware of how good Winterhalter’s equipment is,” said Caines. “So including them in our plans was a very easy decision!”

The hotel has separate machines for dishes and glasses. “We have very fine glassware, so we wanted to reduce handling, and therefore breakages,” Caines commented. To help with this, the machines have been equipped with Winterhalter’s Romatik reverse osmosis units.

The RO units filter water through a membrane, removing impurities so no residue is left after washing. This means no additional polishing should be required and items are ready for use as soon as the wash cycle ends. “It gives you a very clean glass straight out of the machine, which saves a lot of time as we don’t need to do extra polishing once it’s finished,” added Caines.

“We’re very committed to making the hotel as energy efficient as possible. Not only is it good for the environment but it also saves us money!”

While it has only opened recently, Lympstone Manor is already gaining glowing reviews for the quality of its menu. “When you’re aiming to be the best, every part of the whole has to work together,” said Caines. “And that’s certainly true of our Winterhalter warewashers – the equipment and the chemicals are the perfect combination!”

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