Merseyside-based TrakHupfer has supplied four of its Isobox Mobil foodservice trolleys to Ragdale Hall spa near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.
Ragdale’s investment was driven by the need to serve breakfast in 93 rooms, over three floors, in a little over an hour, without deterioration in the quality of hot breakfast items.
Cooked, freshly prepared food is placed in the pre-heated insulated foodservice trolleys in the kitchen, before the trolleys are transferred to the residential landings by lift.
The trolleys, which incorporate modular heating panels, are plugged into an electricity supply at a landing service station, maintaining the unit’s holding temperature above 63°C for food safety and optimum product quality. The units feature fan assisted heating, said to eliminate the potential for condensation, which compromises the quality of the pastries.
Ragdale Hall’s executive head chef, David Ross, reported that the trolleys had helped improve and extend the spa’s breakfast offer: “We now have the ability to deliver a much broader breakfast menu, including sweet and savoury hot pastries, with the confidence that product quality will be maintained throughout the breakfast service. We couldn’t have considered extending our breakfast menu before we purchased the TrakHupfer trolleys.”
The trolleys are designed to have a small footprint and are castor mounted for ease of manoeuvrability. The units have 12 pan supports to accommodate 1/1 GN stainless steel pans, providing sufficient capacity for one unit to serve breakfast on a complete floor of up to 50 rooms.
The stainless steel and aluminium units have bump resistant solid bumper corners and are said to be robust to meet the day-to-day rigours of movement and service. The optional modular heating panels are capable of heating the holding units at up to 100°C, with the temperature set and maintained via digital controls.
Ross added: “Before we purchased the TrakHupfer trolleys we were using simple insulated boxes. Adopting the new trolleys has enabled us to provide our guests with a greater breakfast choice, delivered to their rooms, maintaining the high standards people have come to expect at Ragdale.”