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60 Years of Rule

We've got about 50 years of RULING so we're not far behind.

Not many people know this but it's Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee this weekend. She has been on the throne for 60 years! We here at Ward's Catering have been supplying commercial catering equipment and refrigeration for nearly as long. Obviously this hasn't always been on the internet, mainly it has been from our showrooms and warehouses. So, to conclude this introduction, we are nearly as good as the Queen of England!

Of course the Jubilee means that we're all going to enjoy a 4-day bank holiday weekend. Therefore we've had a busy week because lots of commercial caterers have required new equipment and repairs before the bank holiday weekend. Our engineers are racing around the county mending things and our delivery drivers are dropping off last minute orders. We are all furiously answering phones and desperately trying to keep our customers happy. However, there comes a point before every bank holiday weekend, when there's nothing more that we can do. We can't get an engineer to you, we can't get a delivery to you, and you're stuck for the bank holiday. It's not happened yet, but we're all waiting for it.

The moral of the story is, make sure you stay on top of your catering equipment. If it's going to break down, it will always do so at the most inconvenient moment.

For example, if you've got an EB3F, make sure you change the filters when it tells you (and keep a spare in stock). This will prevent limescale build-up and prolong the lifespan of the machine as well as improving its performance.

If you have a microwave, make sure you keep the inside spotlessly clean (this may seem obvious, but, if you have a tiny piece of food inside the cavity of your microwave, it will superheat when the microwave operates and can burn it's way through the material.

MOST importantly, if you have a dishwasher you MUST ensure that you rinse off all your plates BEFORE you put them in. Dishwashers are brilliant, but they're not MAGIC, and any rubbish that goes into them doesn't disappear, it ends up in your drain pump! The same can be said of glasswashers and cocktail sticks, bottle tops, broken glass, lemon slices... the list is almost endless. If you report a glasswasher as faulty under warranty and the engineer merely has to remove a cork from the drain pump, they will charge you a full call out charge which can be upwards of £100.00. That's a lot of glasses of wine!

Have a good bank holiday weekend everyone! We'll see you in QE2's 61st year of reign.