Shine Catering Systems has demonstrated its kitchen build and installation excellence once again, working alongside an extensive project team to deliver the main kitchen, bar and coffee shop at Liverpool’s newest landmark hotel.

The Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village hotel opened in July 2022 – a 16-storey, 221-bedroom hotel located in the heart of the city’s Knowledge Quarter.

The showpiece kitchen sits at the heart of the hotel’s food and beverage offer, serving the contemporary restaurant and bar which can cater for 160 diners. The hotel offers continental, English hot and cold breakfast options in the morning, before serving an international menu for lunch and evening diners. The all-day dining offer is also complemented by a ground floor coffee shop.

Shine worked closely with main contractors Morgan Sindall and the appointed catering consultant, after successfully tendering for fabrications and installation across all catering facilities.

Attention to detail for enhanced cooking results

The kitchen features a Josper oven which uses charcoal fuel to create distinct flavour, alongside a Mareno cooking suite with a range of cooking technology including induction tops, pasta cooker, bain maries, a flat-top grill, salamander, fry top and fryers – all to cope with the demands of the varying international menu.

Rational combi ovens, Corsair ventilation, Foster refrigeration and cold rooms, Hoshizaki ice makers, Meiko warewashing equipment and Shine’s own fabrications complete the facility. Training was provided to kitchen staff from Shine’s experienced team, making sure that the hotel team are making best use of the leading equipment supplied in their new kitchen.

Kieran Maxwell, Head Chef at Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village,  said: “It was a pleasure working with Shine Catering Systems during the build and installation of the main kitchen and bar here at Novotel Liverpool Paddington Village. The showcase kitchen and bar sits at the heart of the hotel, while both spaces are a pleasure to operate in.

“The hotel offers continental, English hot and cold breakfast options in the morning, before serving an extensive menu for lunch and evening diners, so our kitchen needs to be able to cope with the demands of serving a varying menu. The kitchen has been the heartland of much debate during the design phase, though the Josper is very unique and one of the first in Liverpool, making it one of the key items in the kitchen.

“By working closely with the Shine team, I am confident that the team of chefs at the hotel will enjoy working in this state-of-the-art, showpiece catering facility.”


Collaboration for success

The hotel is owned by Liverpool City Council, franchised by Accor and will be managed by Legacy Hotels & Resorts on the Council’s behalf. It was designed by Ryder Architecture, with Faithful+Gould acting as project managers.

Leon Hoyles, senior contracts manager at Shine Catering Systems, said: “The main pass area brought specific challenges because it’s used for the hot breakfast buffet in the morning, utilising undercounter-mounted induction chafing dish technology, then switches to a traditional pass of plated meals for lunch and evening service.

“But working closely with the consultant, we were able to install the solution to their intended design and early feedback received from the kitchen staff has been entirely positive. We’re confident the chefs will enjoy working in this kitchen.

“I was incredibly proud to have worked on this project, which is a significant development for Liverpool and has created a lasting impression on the skyline as the tallest hotel in the city.”