A North East catering company sailed ahead to complete a major hospitality design and installation project ahead of a top maritime event.

Crosbys Catering Equipment, based in Brough Park Way, Newcastle, was appointed by the Inn Collection Group to design and install a kitchen and bar, and to provide all light equipment, cutlery, crockery, and chemical and janitorial supplies for the Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth in Northumberland ahead of its grand opening.

The Inn, situated on Blyth’s redeveloped quayside, was located in a prime spot to view The North Sea Tall Ships Regatta, which was held last month for only the second time in six years and marked the 60th anniversary of The Tall Ships Races.

Crosbys was tasked with completing the £240,000 project before a wealth of visitors descended on the seaside town over the August Bank Holiday weekend to welcome the Tall Ships.

The Crosbys team created a comprehensive bar and kitchen design and attended bi-weekly progress meetings on site for six months. The installation was carried out over a four week period, in which time the cold rooms and canopy were completed first, followed by the kitchen area, and finally the bar area.

The team provided full project management from start to finish, which included loading and unloading Crosbys’ delivery vehicles, connecting gas, electrical and water services and commissioning a wide range of equipment.

As the Inn offers a varied menu including steaks, burgers, pizza and fish and chips, Crosbys sourced a vast amount of specialist equipment, from dedicated pizza ovens and combination ovens to a large charbroiler for cooking steaks.

Following the installation, Crosbys carried out on site training for the kitchen equipment with the newly appointed teams of chefs and bar staff.

Paul Carpenter, project sales manager at Crosbys, worked on the scheme from the consultation design stage to project managing the installation. Sales manager Keiron O’Neill was involved in consultation, supply of light equipment and crockery and tableware, and hygiene sales manager Malcolm Heighton worked in consultation, supply of chemical equipment and janitorial supplies.

Paul Carpenter said: “We’ve worked with the Inn Collection Group before and were delighted to be involved in such an exciting project ahead of the arrival of the Tall Ships – one of the North East’s most highly anticipated events this year.

“We were proud to be appointed to manage a project of this size and scope – and of the fact that we supplied everything from the kitchen and bar equipment to pans, chefs’ uniforms, cutlery and crockery. We had a strict programme of works to adhere to and all stainless steel fabrication was bespoke and made to order, so accurate site measurement was a must.

“Our work for the Commissioners Quay Inn marks the latest of our specialist hospitality design projects this year. Our designers continue to go from strength to strength with their creative visions for our clients and we’re keen to continue to grow this arm of the business.”

Crosbys supplies crockery, cutlery, specialist catering equipment, paper and janitorial supplies to more than 2000 customers in the North, including such long-established names as Sir John Fitzgeralds, Ladhar Group Newcastle, Apartment Group and Marriott Hotels, as well as a series of London restaurants and Michelin establishments across the UK and overseas.

For further information about Crosbys, visit www.crosbys.co.uk or tel: 0191 228 4800

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