A Guide to Hot Food Servery Units

Serving food fresh from the kitchen and keeping it at the right temperature can be quite challenging for many commercial caterers. The risks involved if food isn’t maintained properly can prove quite costly otherwise. So what’s the best solution? We’ll guide you through some of the servery units we sell to help keep your food hot (or cold) after it’s been cooked.

What Equipment is Used to Keep Food Hot?

Choosing the right commercial food warmer can make a huge difference to how you prepare and transport your food. Whether you run a restaurant or oversee meal services in a hospital or school setting, we’ll explore various types of warming and holding equipment, how each manages your food and the benefits of using each piece.

Heated Food Trolleys

powder coated servery unit

Heated food trolleys offer the perfect solution where service points are situated at a distance from the kitchen. These popular units are designed with highly durable castors for easy and safe transport – ideal for hospitals, hotels, prisons and care homes. 

The food is kept at a precise temperature until ready to be served and is typically regulated from exterior controls (either manual or digital).

A commercial hot food trolley makes holding and serving a wide range of foods simple. They are capable of transporting individual plated meals or bulk dishes depending on your requirements. And once you’re done, the stainless steel interior allows for easy emptying, cleaning, and refilling, so you can quickly get back to serving without hassle.

What do we recommend? – The Challenger Hot Food Trolley

Hot Cupboards

commercial hot cupboard

Much like a heated food trolley, hot cupboards are designed to ensure your hot food items are kept at safe and optimal serving temperatures. They are excellent static storage solutions for plated, pre-cooked meals intended for future service or for accommodating a significant number of plates for large gatherings.

Hot cupboards are well-insulated, helping to conserve energy and contribute to lower operational costs. They are designed to provide uniform heating throughout the cabinet, ensuring that all parts of the food are kept at the desired temperature. This helps prevent hot spots and uneven heating. 

Furthermore, an additional Bain Marie topper can be added to retain moisture in foods, helping to maintain the quality and flavour of your dishes. The types of food ideal for this are:

  • Sauces, Gravy and Condiments
  • Soups and Stews
  • Pasta Dishes
  • Vegetables
  • Casseroles
  • Breakfast Items (such as beans and scrambled eggs)

Many pubs and restaurants tend to opt for hot cupboards due to their practical design, which often includes sliding doors on both sides of the trolley. These ‘pass through points’ provide a quick and easy way for chefs to place freshly prepared meals directly into the cupboard.

What do we recommend? – Beaumont Hot Cupboard

Carvery Units

Hot Servery Counters

Carvery units are popular choices for catering events and buffets, as they provide a visually striking and practical way to serve large groups efficiently.

These types of units are typically known for serving freshly carved meats such as roast beef, turkey, ham, lamb and more. Pre-cooked meats can be prepared in advance, and carving is done as needed, reducing the overall wait times for customers – helping to streamline the process of serving large groups.

What do we recommend? – Cherwell Servery Unit

How Long Can You Keep Food Warm in a Hot Food Servery Unit?

Generally, hot food servery units can keep food warm for 2-4 hours. Many commercial units are designed to maintain temperatures above the recommended minimum safe holding temperature of 140°F (60°C) for hot food.

Preheating the trolley before placing the food inside can help extend the duration for which the food stays warm.

What if I Need to Keep Food Cool?

Regeneration ovens are designed to handle both chilled and frozen food. These ovens keep the food chilled during transport and (if required) can then be reheated to a safe and enjoyable serving temperature close to the point of service.

Get In Touch

Consider the type of meals you’ll be transporting, where the servery unit needs placing and the number of customers you will be serving to gain a better understanding of what type of equipment you’ll need. We’ve then got the solution to help you keep food at the right temperature, allowing you to maintain high food quality as well as meeting health regulations. Please get in touch with us today if you require further information or for any queries. We will be happy to help.

    Vortex-POD – Fresh Filtered Air Into Your Kitchen

    Do You Need to Get Supply Air Into an Existing Kitchen?

    Current regulations insist on having powered make up air introduced to a kitchen, where gas powered appliances are being used.

    In an existing kitchen that could mean a considerable expensive refurbishment.

    To avoid this, Corsair have developed the Vortex-POD, a self contained supply air unit that is easily fitted into an existing kitchen with the minimum expense and disruption for your client.

    With its own weather cowl, fan unit and integral filtration, this really is a self contained pod, which can be interlocked with the gas interlock system and provides controllable filtered fresh air all in one unit.


    Kitchen ventilation supply air unit

    Link to Literature: POD Brochure

    Link to POD Case Study: Case Study IBIS

    Corsair Supporting the New NHS Nightingale Hospitals – Covid 19

    Corsair and Burlodge Supply Equipment for the New Critical Care Hospitals in the UK: Covid-19 Response

    The two companies are proud to have shipped equipment for the new emergency critical care hospitals dealing with the Covid-19 epidemic; the Nightingale Hospitals in England, the Louisa Jordan in Glasgow and the Dragon’s Heart in Cardiff.

    Burlodge UK is Corsair’s exclusive healthcare partner and their trolleys easily facilitate a complete breakfast and beverage service; crucial at all stages of treatment and recovery.

    hot food trolley

    Whilst many suppliers are closed or operating at much reduced capacity, Corsair and Burlodge continue their manufacturing process to support our NHS at this critical time for our country.

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    Corsair Engineering invites you to explore our new website! This links back to our new group marketing strategy, so expect lots more to come. For more information on our group, please view the Unitech Group site.

    Our new site has been created with customer experience in mind. It includes many new features to help users quickly and easily navigate the site and find the right product or service that they require.

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    At Corsair Engineering we aim to make your life easier, so whatever your requirements are get in touch.

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    Why Choose Corsair Engineering?

    At Corsair Engineering, we’re proud to say that over 70 per cent of our output is bespoke.

    Our commitment to providing these unique products, means that distributors can offer their customers the most efficient and cost-effective solution for their particular application, rather than settling for off-the-shelf offerings.

    bespoke stainless steel fabrication

    There are lots of factors that are pivotal to a dealer’s offering: it’s important that they choose the ‘right’ products for the end user. Cost is a big issue for dealers and their customers but they also must take into consideration the cost-benefit properties for the solutions on offer. We are very keen to empahsise the difference between price and cost at Corsair –

    Making a product adjustable makes it much more convenient and versatile for the end user, and therefore should be attractive to the distributor. Corsair offers various types of height adjustment on our products depending on the application.

    For example, we have just made several height-adjustable fish tables for one of the UK’s leading supermarket groups. We also supply a ‘ladder’ system that allows height adjustment of our wall shelving and our racking can be supplied with adjustability using a Corner clamp bracket.

    The Corsair team is well experienced in dealing with other manufacturers in the industry to ensure that our offering is designed to perfectly interface with their equipment.

    Dishwash Tabling

    Dishwash tabling certainly requires close liaison with other manufacturers since the merge between the fabrication and the dishwasher is fundamental to the correct flow within the washup area. We recently made an entry table to fit a scheme incorporating a dishwasher which was from the Ark. There would have been no chance of success on that project without the close interaction between the main parties.

    For more information on Corsair Engineering’s bespoke and adjustable offerings, call 01295 267021 or email info@corsairengineering.co.uk

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