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NEC Hospitality Show – Informing and Entertaining the Hospitality Industry

Hospitaltiy - Image of table settingIt took more than a little sprinkling of snow and ice to keep visitors from attending the NEC Hospitality Show in January earlier this year. It is the biggest Foodservice and hospitality exhibition held in here in the UK and the exhibitors were rewarded by visitors turning up in their thousands. The Hospitality Shows are the Foodservice trade’s most important shows of the year. They are held bi-annually and the first was held on the 21st to the 23rd of January. It was a great way to kick off the New Year.

Simply the Best

The fact that this show is recognised as being the biggest platform the industry has to display its wares, was born out by the over 350 exhibitors who took part. They represented a wide cross section of the Foodservice industry, including: Continue reading


Published Date: 11th February 2013
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Worcester’s Riverside Valentine Getaway at a Bargain Price

It’s nearly that time of year when lovers old and new start looking for something special to do on St Valentine’s night. So we decided to have a look around ourselves and see what some of our customers have to offer on this most romantic of all nights.

At AC Services (Southern), we’re in the business of installing and maintaining the Rational range of advanced cooking systems. They are used in some of the UK’s best Michelin Star restaurants, so we can always be pretty sure that the quality served up at our customers’ tables will be, in the words of TV chef, Michel Roux Jr., “top notch”.

Worcester’s Country House Hotel

And we’ve found a gem. Tucked away in the old “porcelain quarter of Worcester, behind the cathedral, is one of the faithful city’s best-kept secrets. The Diglis House Hotel is an imposing Grade II listed Georgian building in a stunning location by the River Severn.  Built in the mid 18th century as a private residence, Diglis House was a favourite haunt of landscape artist, John Constable, and is now a popular country house hotel with a conservatory restaurant overlooking the river. Outside are riverside terraced gardens and the beautiful Seymour Suite, a dedicated conference centre with views across the Severn to the Malvern Hills.

Perfect Setting

Under general manager, Steve Pirone, Diglis House has quietly been building a reputation as the perfect setting for intimate dinner dates and uber chic weddings.

This year, Steve has put together a fantastic offer for Valentine’s night.  For just £70, the lucky couples, who manage to bag one of the limited places, will enjoy a five-course dinner for two, including wine. But if you want to stay the night in one of their fabulous country-house chic rooms, just add another £15 a head and Steve will even include their legendary English breakfast. For just £100 for two, that’s got to be the perfect, recession-busting, romantic get-away.

“We are fortunate to have an amazing location here in Worcester and a really talented team who can help to make occasions like Valentine’s Day extra special for our guests,” said Steve.

Rational Cooking Systems

“But it’s not just about great food, great service or about offering great value for money. It’s about being consistent too; having the confidence that we can deliver these high standards on every single occasion, whether it’s a Valentine’s night dinner for two or a wedding for 100.” he said.

“And that confidence must start in our kitchens. I want the best and most reliable equipment, which is why I chose Rational cooking systems. But I also need to be sure that they won’t let me down and a maintenance contract with a company like AC Services (Southern), who are authorised and trained by Rational, will deliver that peace of mind. I know if I need them, they are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

AC Services Exceeding Expectations

We know it’s not easy to establish a reputation as a dinner destination these days. Guests can be unforgiving if their experiences don’t match their expectations; and Steve sets the bar very high at the Diglis House Hotel.

So at AC Services (Southern), we take great pride in being able to support businesses like this by ensuring that the systems we maintain are kept in peak condition, that our service levels exceed expectations and that we are always ready to step in at a moment’s notice if there is a problem.


Published Date: 5th February 2013
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The Abercrave Inn – Best Kept Secret in the Brecon Beacons

The Abercrave InnThe Abercrave Inn is one of the many Great British pubs that make England one of the most sought after holiday destinations in the world. With its stunning countryside, picture postcard villages, bustling market towns and cities brimming with life, vigour, history and heritage, Great Britain has it all. People come here from all over the globe to experience our country at its very best. But the British people too are eager to see the delights that sit on their doorsteps – delights such as the Brecon Beacon National Park, and the Swansea valley.

A Subterranean World as Old as Time itself

Wales has been delighting visitors from both home and abroad for decades. Take Abercrave for example. This unassuming small town is the gateway to the Brecon Beacons. Not only that, but it is also home to Dan-yr-Ogof, the National Show-cave Centre for Wales, which so happens to boast the most spectacular show-cave complex in Northern Europe. It attracts thousands of visitors every year who flock here to explore the subterranean world that is as old as time itself. But that’s not all. There’s a culinary delight in store for visitors too. Continue reading


Published Date: 25th January 2013
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Mass Catering with Fine Dining Cooking Standards

Mass Catering OvenMass catering doesn’t automatically have to mean the type of cooking that many people associate with canteen style cuisine. Before we get tons of comments from disgruntled canteen chefs, we’d better elaborate that that’s not supposed to infer that canteens cook badly. But they do tend to get put under a lot of pressure to serve food in bulk quantities, and things like al dente pasta and vegetables, and the quality of presentation can, and often do, suffer.

Technology Marches On
We all remember the jokes we used to make about mass catering and school dinners in particular, (and we expect they’re still being made). But things have moved on big time in terms of kitchen equipment in the past 2 or 3 decades. Technology now exists that allows mass catering and fine dining to go hand in hand. So if your dream business is to serve top quality cooking to a discerning audience, such as a large group of wedding reception guests for example, you can compete for cooking quality with some of the top restaurants in the country. Continue reading


Published Date: 21st January 2013
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Did your wish at Christmas for a new Rational oven come true?

Rational ovensIf not, then for 2013 make it your New Year’s Resolution to buy a Rational SCC White Efficiency or a Rational Combimaster Plus Oven.

Not sure what oven size you need or what model is right for you?

Then your first choice is to visit the Hospitality Show on the 21 – 23 January at the NEC Birmingham, where Rational UK have a stand and will be able to discuss your requirements and demonstrate the SCC White Efficiencies capabilities to help you decide what you need from your most important investment in 2013. For details on the Show visit the website. Continue reading


Published Date: 9th January 2013
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Diarise all those important dates for 2013

Olympics closing ceremonyHappy New Year From A C Services (Southern) Ltd, your South, South West & South Wales Rational Service Partner

Make 2013 your most prosperous year yet!

2012 was one of the most fantastic years in Great Britain’s history.
Not only was it the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee but Great Britain hosted the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics. Continue reading


Published Date: 4th January 2013
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Rational Ovens – Fine Dining Wouldn’t be the same Without Them

Rational ovensRational ovens are one of the best professional kitchen cooking appliances on the market today. It’s not just the fact that they are one of the most reliable ovens on sale today. Nor is it the fact that they are one of the most versatile cooking appliances you can buy. It may have something to do with the fact that these whitefficiency® SelfCookingCenters® clean themselves, and monitor their own health and safety programs too. Then there’s the fact that if your kitchen is in the South, Southwest, or South Wales, you can contract your service and maintenance to AC Services (Southern); one of the best service partners on Rational’s books. Continue reading


Published Date: 21st December 2012
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AC Services (Southern) get the Tortworth Court Hotel Seal of Approval

Tortworth Court Hotel pictureWe at AC Services (Southern) pride ourselves in providing the very best levels of customer service. Whilst most other service providers set their sights on achieving customer satisfaction, we look further afield. We set our sights on generating customer enthusiasm. That is why we are so pleased when our clients take the time and effort to expound their feelings about what we do for them – take the Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel for example.

Tortworth Court – Beauty and Elegance in the Cotswolds
The Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel is a splendidly impressive, Victorian built Hotel, nestling amongst the stunning beauty of the Cotswolds. As well as providing luxury accommodation, set in its own private grounds overlooking a serene, peaceful lake, Tortworth Court also offers one of the best fine dining experiences in the West Country. Continue reading


Published Date: 13th December 2012
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A C Services (Southern) Christmas Hours

Christmas Cuisine cleaning products imageIf you are in the South, South West and South Wales, there is one telephone number for all your Rational Service and Spare requirements

Telephone 01454 322222

Christmas is fast approaching and all Rational Oven users, need to know for ‘peace of mind’ when and how they are able to contact their local Rational Service Partner. Continue reading


Published Date: 6th December 2012
Category: News



Christmas Cuisine Poetry – Promoting Harmonious Relations in the Kitchen

Christmas Cuisine cleaning products imageChristmas is right at the forefront of all chefs’ minds once again, and we at ACS (Southern) would like to be amongst the first to offer you our best wishes for the coming festive feasting season.

The Spirit of Christmas
“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and Jack Frost nipping at your nose” – the words from Nat King Cole’s famous Christmas song “Merry Christmas”, a song so popular that is has been dubbed “The Christmas Song”. It somehow sums up the spirit of Christmas, with visions of a blazing log fire, crackling away, ready and waiting to warm you as you come inside from the cold after a long hard day’s Christmas present shopping.

The Hard Work is in the Preparation
Christmas is enormous fun, but there’s always so much preparation needed to make sure that you get the best out of the holiday; cards to write, presents to buy, Christmas trees to decorate, and Christmas cuisine menus to plan.

It’s All in the Planning
But if you’re a professional chef, in order to make sure that your Christmas Cuisine doesn’t disappoint, there’s something else you must plan too. You must make sure that you have plenty of oven cleaning materials in stock. Most professional ovens, (and Rational Self-Cooking-Centres in particular), have automatic cleaning programs built into their software. When used with the right proprietary cleaning materials (which ACS Southern always hold in stock), you get fantastic results which are not just cosmetically clean, but hygienically clean too.

Raising the Bar
Christmas cuisine gets more and more demanding every year. It’s partly to do with the number of cookery programs on TV, and partly to do with the huge variety of products that are available. Once, a simple roast chicken was a rare treat. Then we followed in the wake of the US and began eating turkey. Nowadays you get far more exotic combinations, like a bird within a bird, within a bird – a boned goose, stuffed with a chicken, stuffed with a pheasant, with a layer of pork, Cointreau, and orange stuffing between each layer. The bar just keeps on being set higher, especially for restaurants.

Early Birds Catch the Worms
But do yourself a favour. Don’t compound what is already a very demanding time in the kitchen by adding unnecessary work. Let your oven clean itself, and make sure you’ve got the wherewithal to do so. The most important thing is not to forget to place your order for your oven cleaning materials early. It’s a bit like the old post office motto – post early for Christmas. The problem is that so many people have a tendency to leave things until the last moment. When they finally do remember, or simply get around to doing it – it’s often too late. They’re jumping on a band wagon that is already too full to take any more.

So please – don’t leave it to the last moment to order your cleaning materials. Call ACS now. The difference between receiving your materials before Christmas or after, is lots of extra hour’s worth of manual cleaning.

A Wee Christmas Ditty
In order to help you to remember, here’s our little ACS Christmas cuisine poem:
Christmas cuisine is pretty obscene,

As far as your oven’s concerned,
Getting rid of the grease,
After cooking those Geese,
Is a chore that no one has earned.

But if you are smart, put horse before cart,
Place your order with ACS now,
With cleaning agents at hand,
The best in the land,
You will ward off a kitchen staff row.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Order your cleaning products in plenty of time from ACS to make sure your Christmas has that ‘Added Christmas Sparkle’.

Have a great Christmas and a prosperous New Year – from all here at AC Services (Southern)

N.B. Final date for guaranteed delivery before Christmas is Friday 14th December


Published Date: 28th November 2012
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