Restaurant Design To Maximise Comfort and Efficiency

Having the right setting in your restaurant can give your customers the best possible experience. Your dining and front of house areas should be welcoming and comfortable, and your kitchen space should be built with efficiency and flow in mind. Restaurant design as a whole is so important for so many reasons, so we’ve put together a few factors to implement in the design stage, or if you’re planning a few upgrades.

Seating and dining areas 

Getting the right balance between the amount of seating you can fit into your space and keeping customers feeling as comfortable as possible is so important. Having enough customers in your restaurant is needed to keep business running and make a profit, but your customers’ needs must be prioritised. 

Depending on the type of restaurant you have, your dining areas may be different. For example, fine dining restaurants have a bigger focus on ambience and overall customer experience and satisfaction, whereas bigger chain restaurants may want to pack more people into the space they have. Finding the right balance depending on what your customers expect from you can bring a much better dining experience.

Heating and ventilation 

Whether your restaurant and kitchen is brand new or already established, getting your heating and ventilation just right can create more comfortable environments for both staff and customers. Kitchens can release lots of smells, heat and smoke, which needs to be dealt with and controlled using the right ventilation.

Air conditioning and heating at the appropriate times of year is also important to make your customers feel comfortable when dining with you. Poor ventilation and air conditioning can cost you sales if customers seek more comfortable restaurants to dine in. If we can help with your ventilation or you have any questions, do get in touch.

Kitchen design and layout

The processes that go on behind the scenes of a restaurant should be organised with the correct storage spaces, stations for preparation and service, as well as for cleaning and washing. Restaurant kitchen design and layout can make or break the success of your kitchen, which is why it’s a good idea to think about any improvements that can be made before issues arise.

Whether your restaurant is big or small, there are ways to really optimise the space you have depending on how you work. From space-saving storage areas, well-flowing cooking and serving stations for staff organisation to easy access sanitation areas, we have the design and installation team available to make the most of your space. Let us help bring your visions to life!

Up-to-date commercial kitchen equipment

Having quality pieces of catering equipment can create an efficient kitchen space, and incorporating these into your restaurant design can make your kitchen a pleasant place to be and create more effective ways to cook and serve food.

From fridges, freezers and ovens to counters and laundry, incorporating these pieces of equipment into your restaurant kitchen design in the right way can help your staff to work as efficiently as possible. Over the years, we’ve helped thousands of kitchens get to where they want to be by supplying some of the best catering equipment from industry leading brands. Talk to us about our commercial kitchen equipment today.

For restaurant design you can count on, choose Swift.

Allow our team to help you maximise comfort and efficiency in your own restaurant. With more than four decades of experience in the industry, we can turn your commercial kitchen makeover into a reality. Whether you’re looking for a single item or a complete kitchen redesign, we can help you get there. Give us a call today to book an appointment: 0121 505 4001.

8 Essential Pieces of Commercial Kitchen Equipment

Running a successful commercial kitchen environment isn’t just about having a great team of chefs and kitchen assistants working behind the scenes. It’s also about the quality and reliability of the kitchen equipment you use every day. There are many essential pieces of commercial kitchen equipment to see you through each service, and each one can make preparing and cooking food much easier and quicker, without compromising on quality or taste. 

We’ve put together our 8 recommendations for essential catering equipment to not only create a more smooth-running kitchen, but to also help you transform your menu and what you offer your customers. 

1. Commercial Fridge/Freezer

Refrigeration products are invaluable to every restaurant kitchen. They work hard to keep fresh produce and ingredients at the right temperatures to ensure they’re as fresh and as tasty as possible when they reach a diner’s plate. As one of the UK’s leading refrigeration supply companies, Swift can supply the most effective commercial fridges and fridge freezers on the market.

2. Dishwashers/Glasswashers

Crockery and glassware that is sparkling clean is an essential element of the catering business. Commercial dishwashers and glass washers that can cope with the demand of your restaurant are such vital pieces of equipment, and having thorough cleaning of equipment is even more important as we navigate our way through the pandemic. 

3. Commercial ovens

The commercial oven is an essential element of professional kitchen equipment. You need an appliance that meets your demands as well as providing the type of cooking that you need. Here at Swift, we supply a range of commercial ovens, including bakery ovens, combi-steam ovens and convection ovens, all from industry leading brands.

4. Preparation counters

Having adequate space in your kitchen to prepare ingredients and food before it’s loaded onto a plate is a perfect way to keep your kitchen processes more organised. Setting up a dedicated station for preparation purposes with easy access to ingredients and cooking equipment should be an essential part of any commercial kitchen design. We can help with this too – get in touch with us and let’s have a chat!

5. Grills

There are many different types of grill to choose from to suit your menu, whether you’re cooking burgers or a range of toasted sandwiches and paninis. From flat-top grills and griddles to food-specific grills, you’ll find so much choice to really tailor your kitchen to your menu, providing nothing but the best dining experience for your customers.

6. Mixing, slicing and processing equipment

Sometimes, the chaotic atmosphere of the kitchen means staff need a little more help where they can get it, which is why in some restaurants, mixing, slicing and food processing equipment can be a big help to reduce preparation times and cater for large volumes of orders. They’re also particularly useful if you’re selling freshly made baked goods.

7. Storage and shelving

Whilst not something that would immediately come to mind when thinking about catering equipment, the right storage and shelving equipment is a vital part of your commercial kitchen. Look for clever storage solutions that maximise the space you have, and choose quality materials that will last. Keeping ingredients and equipment safe and secure is also important in your kitchen.

8. Safety equipment

Again, vital equipment, but not something that would immediately spring to mind when thinking of commercial kitchen equipment. Your safety comes before anything else, especially as we all need to take extra precautions in our kitchens due to the pandemic. The right safety equipment and PPE can help to keep yourself and others safe. Safety equipment also includes the right ventilation, sanitation and waste management equipment.

Choose Swift to help you find the best commercial kitchen equipment

We take great pride in providing the finest standard of commercial catering equipment to businesses throughout the UK. If you need any advice about the equipment you should be choosing for your kitchen, or you’d like to chat about recommendations, you can always give our team a call on 0121 505 4001.