When Esme Porter founded the beautiful Enniskeen Hotel, close to Tollymore Forest and the seaside town of Newcastle in Northern Ireland, she also invested in the twin pan Friteuse 1947 fryer from Valentine.

Despite the ups and downs of tourism and the political landscape the hotel has continued to provide its excellent food, service and hospitality, and so has the Friteuse 1947 right up until last year.

Commenting on how the Friteuse has served the hotel, Ian Porter, Esme’s son and the Enniskeen’s current owner, said, “My mother obviously recognised the quality in Valentine fryers over 50 years ago and it hadn’t stopped frying fish, scampi, chips and fritters since then, save for a brief period about 30 years ago when we fitted a replacement element.

“I’ve been running the hotel since 1983 and the Valentine fryer has been extremely reliable, but last year talking to Valentine at Catex about the remarkable service from the fryer we decided to replace it with a more modern fryer.

“We’ve now got our new Valentine V2200 twin pan fryer and although it might have cost more than other choices on the market I know it has built-in quality, a great specification and that same Swiss engineering which will allow it to pay for itself many times over, as our 1947 vintage model did.”