Bidfood Catering Equipment completed a 2 year project to refurbished Chester Cathedral’s Refectory Café earlier this year.
As it is visited by hundreds of people every day, it was essential that the café met the demands of sudden lunch-rushes, as well as enhanced customer experience.
The distributor turned to Victor Manufacturing to provide counters for the café so that the venue can now serve soups, salads, cakes and sandwiches 7 days a week. The room and kitchens are also used to cater for events with full table service and bar facility.
In order to bridge the gap between the cathedral’s history and requirements for a modern café, traditional and modern materials were selected.
For the main counter top, a 40mm-thick Silestone was chosen, while Negro Tabas was selected as the colour and inset tray runners with LED lighting were incorporated to complement the venue’s Gothic style whilst providing some contemporary aesthetics. For the counter front panels, traditional wood was used, while stainless steel was installed on shadow gaps and kick plinths.
A range of catering equipment from Victor was installed within the bespoke counter, including a round arm curved glass Synergy drop in units, designed to be dropped into a counter to form a food servery; and a roll in heated, refrigerated and ambient Optimax merchandising units, designed to facilitate the effective presentation of chilled produce whilst maintaining core product temperatures.
Victor also manufactured custom-built shop fitting shelving, enabling goods to be positioned within key areas of the café to emphasise product visibility.