Bed and breakfast businesses vary a great deal in size and style, but at their core the requirements for catering equipment and appliances are very similar. Provision of a good quality breakfast meal and clean, comfortable beds with fresh linen are the two main elements of guest service, although some bed and breakfasts and guesthouses may also offer a packed lunch service or even an evening meal. In general however this is ancilliary business and a higher specification of the catering equipment used for breakfast service is normally perfectly adequate to handle this, rather than investing in additional appliances (which there may not be room for anyway).
Smaller bed and breakfasts up to three or four bedrooms are likely to be able to cook their breakfast produce on a straightforward four burner electric or gas oven, possibly with a salamander grill for extra space, a water boiler, coffee machine and a decent toaster. For larger businesses or those wishing to offer evening meal service, upgrading to a six burner oven, or complementing the four burner with a wide capacity griddle is a good option, as are adding commercial microwaves, stand alone hotplates, induction hobs or counter top boiling plates for extra capacity when needed. Some compact refrigeration and freezing options will also be needed, and again for the very largest bed and breakfasts a commercial dishwasher with a three or four minute cycle may be required, rather than a domestic dishwasher with a much longer washing time.
The provision of tea and coffee making facilities within bedrooms is generally expected by customers, and a simple but attractive kettle, tea set and cups and saucers are all that is required (along with the beverage ingredients themselves). To keep you well stocked in clean, pressed linen, take a look at laundry equipment and particularly for guesthouses with a lot of bedrooms, the ironing presses.