King’s Lynn firm provides state-of-the-art equipment to historic Houghton Hall

Chris Coughbrough in the Stables Cafe at Houghton Hall ANL-151013-100722001
Chris Coughbrough in the Stables Cafe at Houghton Hall ANL-151013-100722001
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Houghton Hall and well-known chef “the Flying Kiwi” Chris Coughbrough have chosen Lynn-based Williams Refrigeration to provide state-of-the-art chiller equipment to display food in the cafe of the Palladian house.

The Stables Cafe caters for between 500 and 1,000 visitors a day at the hall, which is open to the public from May through October. Chris specialises in traditional seasonal food for the cafe and turnaround can be fast so to enhance food presentation and keep it fresh, he chose Williams Refrigeration to provide the display chillers.

He said: ““The chilled serve display refrigeration we have now with Williams is brilliant because the food and drink is right in front of the customer. The merchandisers are well lit and keep the food as fresh as it can be, coming straight from the garden.”

Alongside the Williams sandwich chiller, the café has two Gem Multidecks, one displaying full meals, such as salads and traditional Ploughmans’, the other with chilled drinks, including cordials presse and juices made from the estate.

He added: “The Williams units have immediately increased customer spend. The customer likes to see the product before they buy it. The bright LED illumination makes the food look great and helps stimulate sales, making them more likely to go for a main meal rather than just a snack.

“Meanwhile the contemporary style and design from Williams fits perfectly in the café and helps visitors move through the self-service area very quickly and get back to what they came for – the halls and the art.”