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Container Conversions for Catering - MenuBox Range

Containers Direct specialise in producing container conversions for all types of catering businesses, from the simple pop-up hot stand to a gourmet kitchen and bar. Robust, portable and quick to install, shipping containers provide an ideal foundation for catering units where mobility and security are essential. All our conversion work is carried out in our own workshops, by a team of professional and skilled tradesmen. We've come up with a standard package of catering conversion, the MenuBox, available off the peg in five different sizes, including the standard size 20ft container. This keeps the costs down and enables a simple but highly effective structure when buying catering conversions.

Catering conversions typically need a standard fit out which we have perfected over the years and include all the features you need to get you started without breaking the bank. Optional extras are available at an additional cost. The MenuBox is manufactured from used shipping containers, as these represent the best value for money, while being incredibly strong and offering high levels of security at the same time. A good coat of rubberised marine paint, to the colour of your choice, is used to dramatically improve the external appearance, while wipe-clean melamine lining and vinyl flooring gives a clean and smart interior. We also offer the option of using a new shipping container as the basis for your MenuBox. See below for our comprehensive list of standard features. Bespoke conversions are always available in addition to the standard MenuBox.

Standard fit out of the MenuBox

Personnel Door

  • Welded steel construction

  • 12 point multi locking system

  • Anti-jemmy hinge bolts

Flat panel serving hatch

  • All steel construction

  • Internal shoot bolts

  • Foldable Panels

Exterior Repaint

  • Rubberised marine grade paint

  • Range of colours

  • Solvent free

Melamine Lining

  • Choice of cream or white finish

  • 8mm board over 50mm frame

  • 100mm rockwool insulation

Vinyl flooring

  • Heavy duty 2mm wear layer

  • Stain resistant

  • Slip resistant


  • CE compliant parts (double plug sockets, LED strip lights)

  • 4 way steel consumer unit

  • 2KW convector heater

Work-top counter - fitted to the long side

Double sink unit and water heater

Optional extras


Wood cladding can help to 'disguise' your container. This can help with planning permission in some circumstances and improves the outside appearance of your container in rural settings. We offer three different standard cladding options; Rustic, Clean Cut and Shiplap

Lifting hatch

This is a steel hatch that opens upwards on gas struts. Lockable inside with shoot bolts when the hatches are closed, they provide excellent security once you close up shop for the day.

Roller shutter hatch

Made out of steel and lockable from the inside, these shutters come in either manual or electric (fob operated or key operated).

Sloping Roof

A sloping roof can be added to any container to provide a rain water run off. We usually suggest angling the roof away from main doors and windows however, if required, a sloping roof can also have guttering so the water flows into a drain on site or to the ground.

Sky lights

Sky lights are a great way to bring extra light into your shipping container without taking away wall space. These are perfect for bespoke conversions, or for units where maximum natural light is required. Price for a standard 600mm sq sky light - £375.00 plus VAT.


Vents are the perfect addition to shipping containers if you require extra ventilation or air circulation. These are most commonly found in our Chemical Stores, but are also great for boiler houses and engine rooms. We offer a variety of different sized louvered vents as well as standard shipping vents.

Vinyl Stickers and Decals

Our vinyl stickers can be made in a variety of lengths and sizes, either as one large image or separate letters. These can be text or image based, and can be applied anywhere on the container.

Air Con Units

If you're using your container as an office, or even as storage for temperature sensitive goods, an air con unit can be fitted to keep your temperatures constant. We would recommend fitting these with ply lining or melamine lining and insulation for the best results.

Canteen packages - examples:

Featured products

All the examples below have been converted in our own in-house depot over the past couple of years. Although each conversion project is bespoke, hopefully these models will give you some ideas! Or you may have your own unique specifications, in which case please call our sales and design team.

Flat pack catering kiosk

This flat pack portable kiosk features a large upward tilting hatch making it ideal for catering at events, as it easy to transport in its flat pack form and quick and easy to reassemble. Like all our self assembly containers it is fully man portable, making it ideal for locations with restricted accessibility. It features insulated panels and can be joined up to other insulated flat pack containers for extra storage space.

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"We have been using Containers Direct for many years and the quality of the products and service are excellent. Containers Direct are always helpful and can accommodate our requests."

From CFB Boilers

"You've got it right! Would definitely recommend to others, from the initial enquiry through to delivery you provided excellent customer service. The container itself met our requirements perfectly. Many thanks."

From Steph Bowler - Plymouth Community Homes

"Just wanted to pass on our thanks for the recently delivered converted shipping container, its perfect for our nursery packing building, finished off really nicely with great workmanship. Would definitely recommend your company, and will be placing an order for another fairly soon."

From Mike Read - Perfect Plantings

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