£100 OFF KitchenAid Stand Mixers

Monday morning last week found Jeanne, Em and me on our way to Kensington Olympia for the Top Drawer trade show. It is a very small show for us, with less than a dozen interesting suppliers showing this year, but that of course is half the fun of a trade show, winkling out the nuggets. One of these was the extension of Stelton’s Pilastro range. I realise as I write this that I’ve not introduced you to the Stelton range at all, let alone Pilastro.  And the reason is that Eddingtons, the British importer, have been cherry picking bits of the range rather than doing it thoroughly.

Luckily for me, Richard Walker their commercial manager was there, and between Dave Gosling (our account manager), Richard and I,  we’ve agreed on a strategy to move us forward with complete ranges, that I think will make a real difference and so be worth telling you about.
They produce for instance, one of the best travel cups that I’ve ever come across, which at the moment we have in two or three colours. They are very easy to use, easy to open or shut single handed, easy to clean and coming from an archetypal Danish design house, the looks are simple, clean and quietly handsome. But really, we should be offering such perfection in at least half a dozen colours, if not more.  And this will come to pass in the course of the next couple of months. Meanwhile the colours we have are here.

So back to Pilastro. This range originally caught my eye because of its looks. At present we stock the two original pieces, namely the Pilastro Glass Tumblers (6 for £29.50) and what I would call a “Carafe and Up” (Carafe and Tumbler £45.00). They call it Pilastro Carafe 1 litre and Glass 0.2 litre, a clumsy name which really doesn’t describe them properly! This is an elegant carafe which has a drinking tumbler inverted over it, to act as a stopper, which in this form looks gorgeous. Remove the glass to use it and the whole ensemble is still very classy.  

So now they are extending the range to include, a Highball Tumbler, A Wine Chiller / Vase (!) and a rather classy Cocktail Shaker. Come March we will have these new lines in. Meanwhile, the existing tumblers and carafe continue to be available, and you’ll find them here. This weekend I’m doing the set of 6 Pilastro Glasses for £5 off, down to £24.50.
Use code PIL23 if shopping on the website or tell us who you are if coming into the shops

Other notables from the same designers, are a very beautiful Soda Stream Machine, a lovely simple Lemon Juicer with a pouring spout, and Citrus juicer (Orange size) that reminds me for some reason of the Philippe Starck Lemon Juicer (not sure why because it’s completely different and made of plastic) and a very nice, but expensive, Pour Over individual Coffee Cone and Filter. We also came across placemats that were either just Plain Cork, Cork and Plastics collected from beaches, or Cork and Recycled Rubber from the motor trade! Lastly Crushgrind, one of the finest salt and pepper movements made, are now producing a “Plastic looking” mill body made entirely from wood pulp….clever stuff and all to come in the next few weeks and months.


Offer of the Week

WE have plenty of stock of the KitchenAid Stand Mixer 125 in 3 colours. They should be retailing at £429. We are currently price matching at £349.00. This weekend you can buy one for £329.00. 

Use Code KITSTD23 at the checkout if buying online or tell us who you are if coming into the shops.

The Colours available are:

1.      KitchenAid Contour Silver 125 £349. Down to £329 using code KITSTD23

2.      KitchenAid Onyx Black 125 £349.  Down to £329 using code KITSTD23

3.      KitchenAid Liquid Graphite 125 £349. Down to £329 using code KITSTD23

Le Creuset Marseille Blue to go.

The other news this week is that Le Creuset have decided to discontinue the colour Marseille Blue and replace it with a new blue called Azure. We have limited stocks left of Marseille Blue so if you want to complete a collection, or know someone who may, please let them know, as time is running out for you to be able to do so.


Browse all Le Creuset Marseille Blue


Well, that’s it for this week, or almost. Did you know that food put into landfill releases methane, a greenhouse gas that traps heat in the atmosphere and contributes to global warming. If food waste were a country, it would be the third largest greenhouse gas-emitting country in the world, behind China and the United States, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations have recently reported.

Just thought I’d mention this heart-warming enterprise that I came across the other day. It’s the story of two Irish women who were motivated by this to start a ‘not for profit’ company called FoodCloud.

The article explains that FoodCloud offers two services to redistribute surplus food: Technology that connects producers with the end user and Warehousing to store and redistribute the excess food.

  • “Their technology platform – Foodiverse – directly connects food retailers with surplus or excess food to local community groups. “
  • “They also work closely with the Irish food industry to identify and rescue surplus food from food manufacturers, producers, growers and distributors and redistribute it to community groups, from one of their three food redistribution warehouses, or hubs, across Ireland.”You can find the complete story here Taste of success: FoodCloud uses technology to get surplus food to nonprofits more efficiently

I’d like to wish you a pleasant and peaceful weekend

Kind regards


Andrew Bluett-Duncan



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