Pitco Fryer Suite in less than 48 hours

Screwfix head office in Yeovil required a new fryer urgently when their existing unit had failed them, IDS pulled out all the stops to supply and fit a new , Just in time for the Friday Fish & Chip day. The catering staff have been extremely impressed with the service provided by IDS and the chef is very happy with his new toy..

New Pass Through Dishwasher supplied and fitted to award winning restaurant in North Petherton

IDS were asked to supply and fit a new Maidaid C1011d Dishwasher to the award winning Clavelshay Barn ( in North Petherton recently.  Our engineers timed their visit perfectly to coincide with that of the local Thatcher’s rep and were treated to a taste of Somerset’s finest cider to help rehydrate!


IDS and Channel 4’s Eat The Week
IDS were asked recently to provide ‘behind the scenes’ catering equipment for Channel 4’s Eat the Week with Iceland.  A combination oven and dual fuel oven range were supplied, installed and maintained under a hire agreement for use in the prep kitchen at the studio in Portishead.
Presented by Simon Rimmer, Eat The Week aims to help busy families have a healthier diet and can be seen on Sundays at 12.30pm now.
If you are looking to rent Commercial Catering Equipment for long or short term projects please email
New installation at Beese’s Riverside Bar

IDS’ 4 Wheel Drive Transporters came in handy for a recent installation at Beese’s Riverside Bar.

After selling the business a Retigo Combination Oven, IDS engineers were tasked with the intricacies of carrying said oven down a steep, wet path and into the kitchen area overlooking the river. With one engineer ‘too long’ to assist properly it was no mean feat for the other three to navigate the steps keeping the oven level at all times.

Beese’s Riverside Bar is currently undergoing a major revamp and will be open from April. Situated on the River Avon and accessible by Ferry, foot or vehicle the new Beese’s is open for private functions and to the general public and looks like it’s going to be a stunning location for food and drink. Check out their website for a history of the establishment here

Chef René Chapman Holds Another Rational Cookery Demonstration

The latest Rational cookery demonstration was held at IDS HQ this week and was a resounding success.

Chef René Chapman was on hand to demonstrate the capabilities of the Rational combi-oven, preparing and cooking some mouthwatering food. Delegates were treated to Pain au Chocolat and Croissants with their tea and coffee, moving on to sample a full ‘English’ breakfast cooked on one tray. Chef René then discussed how to cook the perfect steak, switching to steamed broccoli within the space of a few minutes. The combi-oven was then used to serve up chicken in breadcrumbs, seasoned aubergine and salmon steaks.

The event was filmed on behalf of a local accountancy firm who were making a promotional video; look out for highlights and interviews within the next few weeks!

IDS will be staging a further Rational demonstration next month but if you are a chef or business owner who would like to come and view a selection of combi-ovens currently available please contact David Giles on 01934 813686. With finance packages now available they are more affordable than you may think!

Ian Dance Services wows with new display kitchen

Weston-super-Mare-based dealer, Ian Dance Services (IDS) has launched a new demonstration kitchen at its headquarters.

IMG_2837MD, Bruce Dance, detailed: “The reason we decided to set up the display kitchen was that often our clients would comment on their interests in purchasing a combination oven or large dishwasher but they could only view these expensive items in a magazine or online, or would have to travel a long distance.

“Those interested would shop online without getting the professional advice required.

“Many times we have been called up to install an appliance that will not either fit where they want it to or may not even have the required services.

“This then often turned out to be an expensive project that could have been avoided if they had sought our advice in the first instance.”

He added: “We wanted to be able to offer our clients and new customers the opportunity to come along and try out various units from different manufacturers in order to see what would suit them best.

“This facility is a great place for them to view in a relaxed atmosphere so they can learn more about these products and to get a real hands-on experience.”

Rational, Retigo and Maidaid appliances were installed at the facility.

On 18 August the kitchen hosted its first event, with Rational promoting its SCC101 5 senses unit.

Dance reported: “The event was a great success, with the customers commenting on the excellent facilities provided from IDS and the amazing advancements in technology that the new Rational oven has to offer.”

The next display event will be on Friday 26 August, where a Retigo chef will be demonstrating the Blue Vision and Orange Vision combination ovens, including the Retigo Vision Smoker.

Furthermore, the next Rational demonstration is set for Thursday 22 September.

IDS will be opening the kitchen everyday and a member of staff will be on hand to give a demonstration when required.

The Retigo Display

We had a successful couple of days when the Chef Jaroslav from Retigo flew over to give a demonstration on the Blue and Orange Vision ovens.

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To see how things went you can view our live Facebook broadcast below:

Victor Hot Cupboard Bain Marie Installation

With their existing built-in Hot Cupboard Bain Marie beyond repair, a school in Radstock were desperate to get a replacement supplied and fitted as soon as possible. This was not a straight forward job as the existing unit was part of a built-in suite.

The IDS team used their experience and skills to remove the existing unit, install the new purpose built hot cupboard and rebuild the whole section as one.

Another satisfied customer.

Combination Oven Specialists Certification

A huge congratulations to Bruce and Glynn who have recently been awarded Rational‘s prestigious certificate of training for the Combi Master Plus and the Self Cooking Center White Efficiency combination ovens.

Glynn, Bruce and all our Engineers work with Rational combination ovens regularly and this training has added to their already impressive portfolio of qualifications. Marshy and Jamie will be attending their training soon to join Bruce and Glynn in this fantastic achievement.

Well done.