Catering equipment for Village Halls

For everything from salsa classes to young farmers meetings, community discos to dog training schools, even right up to big village fetes and weddings; a village hall is an essential community resource and deserves a good kitchen and some neat seating and dining options to live up to its full potential.

A village hall is a multifunctional space perhaps more than any other venue, so fold away furniture, which stacks easily into a small space, is a great benefit. In the kitchen itself, you'll need the facilities to serve anything from just a few teas and coffees for a small group, up to catering for large numbers of seated diners. The equipment doesn't want to be too specialised or too complex - remember, many different people will be using the village hall kitchen and will need to be able to get to grips with the appliances; they'll want to be able to cook a wide range of foods with it too, so it might be worth sacrificing high performance in one specific area, and any extra features, for a good all round suite of equipment with simple operation. You might even opt for manual controls over digital if you really want to keep it straightforward.

A good commercial oven, one or two microwaves or combination microwave ovens, a hot water boiler and a filter coffee machine are a great start for any village hall. Other flexible, multipurpose equipment you might want to look at are salamander grills, If you do a lot of larger functions, a heated cabinet and/or a bain marie is a good idea. Soup kettles are also popular with village halls and community centres.

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