As temperatures start to rise and winter becomes a distant memory, the UK hospitality and tourism sectors begin to look to the beginning of the late spring and summer seasons. With one of the largest up and coming trends of 2023 being buffet style dining Alliance Online talk through the newest products to help you take advantage of this theme.

Dapper Displays
Buffets areas are a staple of most hotels, especially ones which offer breakfast and lunch options. With refined options for crockery, cutlery and glassware it seems only right to match them with an equally premium food display area. So, if you’re looking to add a touch of sophistication to your display offering we firstly recommend items from Craster’s new range of Fare Display Trolleys. The system is fully modular meaning it can be tailored to your particular taste and layout along with various shelves, pots and rails allowing you to build exactly what you need.

If you are already happy with your buffet area but want some new ways of displaying the food itself, then Craster have you covered on that front too by way of their Tilt Buffet range. The selection comprises of multi-level stainless-steel riser frames and matching presentation plinths and bowls. The plinths can be made of either walnut, white marble or grey marble whilst the bowls come in brass, grey ceramic and white ceramic giving your displays a stylish and contemporary aesthetic.

Vintage is Vogue
The next buffet trend hitting the industry is vintage serveware and pieces which evoke feelings of retro and rustic vibes. One great range which perfectly encapsulated this antique aesthetic is GenWare’s Vintage Steel collection. The selection of products include classic black with golden handle mini serving frying pans, saucepans, and oval dishes along with copper serving cups and ramekins and finished with accenting industrial steel pieces too.

Melamine is going Mainstream
Finally, we come to our last trend which is the inclusion and rise in popularity in melamine buffet solutions. The durability and versality makes it perfect for catering serveware but the finish ensures that the material doesn’t look plastic. A prime example of a sleek and modern use of melamine is the Hoxton range from Dalebrook with its matte finish and wide variety of dishes and platters making it perfect for any hotel or restaurant buffet area.

For more information on any of the ranges included or other options available for buffet solutions contact Alliance Online on 01270 252333 or email us on