Just recently we at Castle Chafer have been wondering exactly why you as customers should buy our product…. Not just, as we all know, that it is the most efficient way to keep food hot or indeed cold out there but decided to have a look at the great big world of the internet.

While out there we looked at many of the big travel review sites and saw that on many occasions customers loved where they stayed, the staff and the food on offer. What we did find was a number of times that customers complained that their food was over-cooked, cold when meant to be hot and warm when meant to be cold especially in buffet style settings.

We looked at hotels on some well-known travel advisor sites, after all tis the time for holidays and faraway dreams, and saw that this even resulted in some tips on how to get the best service so as to avoid disappointment.

This advice while good, clear and very helpful struck us as a whole lot of palaver that could be avoided and best service could be guaranteed for all by just using Castle Chafers.  Just a thought for our customers as they wait to welcome their customers this season……

Now while we are not talking about cruises this guide to buffet service struck us as a lot of rules and guidelines to overcome a problem that doesn’t exist with the Castle Chafer.



CE Certification

CBL Equipment is delighted to announce the Castle Chafer has achieved CE Certification as of 23rd March 2016.

CE Marking on a product:

  • is a manufacturer’s declaration that the product complies with the essential requirements of the relevant European health, safety and environmental protection legislation, in practice by many of the so-called Product Directives.
  • indicates to governmental officials that the product may be legally placed on the market in their country.
  • ensures the free movement of the product within the EFTA & European Union (EU) single market (total 28 countries).
  • permits the withdrawal of the non-conforming products by customs and enforcement/vigilance authorities.

In order to have CE Certification awarded it is  necessary to demonstrate that criteria have been met, an appointed independent third party – called a notified body – is required in both type-examination of new appliances or fittings and in production monitoring. Notified bodies will have been assessed by member states to ensure their competence in determining whether or not a product complies with the regulations.

The notified body for Castle Chafer are Kiwa –





CBL Equipment awarded top accolade at Food & Hospitality Ireland 2015

Carlow-based company, CBL Equipment, has been awarded one of the top accolades at Food & Hospitality Ireland 2015 – one of Ireland’s foremost retail, food and hospitality events – for its ‘Castle Chafer’ product, a newly patented waterless chafing dish.

Competing against 50 products and services from exhibitors in the food and hospitality sectors, CBL Equipment was named as the Food & Hospitality Ireland Product of the Show by an independent panel of judges that included Bruce Langlands, Director of Food at Harrods and Kim Leonard, Manager of the Restaurant Association of Ireland (RAI).

The Judges were looking for all-round excellence among the exhibitors’ products in categories such as catering equipment, food & drink and technology.

James Kearney, Founder of CBL Equipment, said: “CBL Equipment is thrilled to receive the award for the Food & Hospitality Ireland Product of the Show for our ‘Castle Chafer’ product.  All of the finalists were of such a high standard and it’s wonderful to see the exciting new innovations coming from Irish companies in the food and hospitality sector.”

Other companies announced as finalists included Hugh Jordan Ltd, Martin Food Equipment and Nutritics.

Vincent Jennings, CEO, Convenience Stores & Newsagents Association (CSNA) and Product of the Show judge concludes: “For the Food & Hospitality Ireland Product of the Show winner – CBL Equipment – and to all of the finalists, we hope that this industry endorsement and recognition will help to generate new business in the months ahead.”

Food & Hospitality Ireland took place on the 16th and 17thth September at the Citywest Events Centre. Thousands of visitors attended the event to view products and services from over 100 companies.

James Kearney, General Manager, CBL Equipment is presented with the Food & Hospitality Ireland Product of the Show Award by Chairman of Insomnia Coffee Company and entrepreneur, Bobby Kerr
James Kearney, General Manager, CBL Equipment is presented with the Food & Hospitality Ireland Product of the Show Award by Chairman of Insomnia Coffee Company and entrepreneur, Bobby Kerr

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