Development & Test Kitchens

Our Food Innovation Centre is home to five product development kitchens, available for flexible short-term hire by food and drink businesses. As approved premises, the kitchens meet the latest environmental health legislation and allow businesses of any size, from start-ups to large enterprises to scale-up production, introduce new lines, produce short runs, and pilot product improvements. 

The development kitchens have been built to food-grade standard and include standard catering equipment as well as specialist items initially linked to bakery, dairy, ready meal and drinks development.

Our smaller Test Kitchen is perfect for those currently producing at home and looking to take the next step or start to make larger product runs/batches. Our onsite New Product Development & Innovation Manager will support your development journey whilst using the kitchens. 


Interested in booking a kitchen? Email us on and a member of the team will be in touch to discuss your requirements.



Equipment includes:

  • Combination steam oven
  • Double deck oven
  • Proving oven
  • Pastry break
  • Bun divider
  • Plantary and spiral mixer
  • Donut fryer
  • 3D Chocolate printer
  • Chocolate tempering machine

Equipment includes:

  • 500L jacketed mixing tank
  • 250L jacketed holding tank
  • CIP system
  • 200L cheese vat
  • Ice cream makers
  • High care changing room
Drinks/Sauce kitchen

Equipment includes:

  • In-bottle pasteuriser
  • Carbonator
  • Rational iVario Pro L
  • 4 head gravity filler
  • 100L holding tank
  • Bottle capper
  • Labelling machine
Commercial kitchen

Equipment includes:

  • 2 combination steam ovens
  • Salamander grill
  • Pasta boiler
  • 40L Bratt pan
  • Bradley smoker
  • Induction hob
  • 2 gas hobs
  • L sealer
  • Vac pack
  • Blast chiller
Trial Kitchen

Equipment includes:

  • Electric oven and hob
  • Kitchenaid
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher

Take a virtual tour of the Development Kitchens…

The Food & Drink Forum Ltd

The Food Works SW
Whirlwind Road
BS24 8EF

CALL: 01934 315381