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 Post subject: help me stock my kitchen!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 1:27 am 
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i'm getting married & moving to the UK in a few months, and i'm way behind on the wedding list. here's a basic list of what i'm looking for:

set of pots & pans
cast iron skillet
a nonstick pan or two
wok
stainless steel mixing bowls
electric mixer (hand-held or stand)
immersion/stick blender
food processor
waffle iron
ice cream maker (doesn't have to be motorized)
pastry/piping bag & tips
plates/dishes
stainless steel cutlery

...there might be more things i can think of later.


i'm not familiar with reputable UK brands for cookware & kitchen appliances, so if you can recommend any really good-quality, durable items, please let me know! if you have suggestions for shops at which to register, that would also be helpful.

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 Post subject: Re: help me stock my kitchen!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 4:11 am 
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Congratulations, ETK.

Here are some of the most popular wedding list places in the UK:
https://www.johnlewisgiftlist.com/gifti ... lsmain.jsp
http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/sto ... 1_65368_-1
http://www.nextgiftlist.co.uk/
http://www.houseoffraserweddinglist.co.uk/

John Lewis is particularly popular - it has a good reputation for quality, it has a price comparison guarantee ("never knowingly undersold"), and it's a co-operative.

And here are some of the high street kitchenware shops that don't do specific wedding lists, but if you asked for vouchers you could choose your own:
http://www.habitat.co.uk/
http://www.lakeland.co.uk/

In Bristol, there's a really nice independent kitchenware shop on Whiteladies Road - but they're not cheap:
http://www.kitchenscookshop.co.uk/

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 Post subject: Re: help me stock my kitchen!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 4:16 am 
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I think Ruby Rose has it covered, but just wanted to second that Lakeland is absolutely wonderful for kitchen stuff - I don't think I have ever been in the shop/on the website without buying something that I didn't even know I absolutely MUST have untill I saw it!

eta - and congratulations!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 5:36 am 
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I second John Lewis & Lakeland. John Lewis for your big stuff (waffle iron, ice cream maker, pots & pans) and Lakeland for the smaller items (decorating tips etc) Mr Jojo & I had our wedding list at John Lewis & everyone working there was so helpful, their customer service is pretty great & as Ruby Rose said they are a co-operative which is pretty cool.

For plates, dishes & cutlery we just went for IKEA but if you've got some spare cash John Lewes would be good for that stuff too, oooh or Habitat, I like to go into Habitat to look at the pretty things but I haven't been able to justify buying anything yet!

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:46 am 
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What everyone else said! And congratulations!

When you're here, we'll have to do some South West meet ups!

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 Post subject: Re: help me stock my kitchen!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 8:17 am 
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Jug Blender!
I love philips for larger appliances like blenders or food processors. But that's because I can't afford a vitamix.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:31 am 
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There's also Kitchens in Bath, opposite the Eastern Eye. I was kind of surprised that they were selling pressure cookers cheaper than amazon.

We had a thread on food processors on the old PPK and someone recommended a Magimix to me. I don't have anything to compare it with, but the motor has a 12 year warranty and my only complaint is that the design means you usually have to clean all three bowls, even if you only use the smallest. You can get the American brands here, but they're way more expensive.

As far as sturdy immersion blenders go, I got the equivalent of a Bamix (ESGE Zauberstab) off amazon.de because of the substantially longer warranty period (5 years) and they don't have the twisty cord and silicone-covered buttons on the ones they sell here. They're kind of expensive but I decided I didn't want another cheap one that would die after three years. My mum bought me one for xmas 6-7 years ago, which she "inherited" from me the last time I moved. It's still alive and kicking.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 2011 6:50 am 
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Ruby Rose wrote:
John Lewis is particularly popular - it has a good reputation for quality, it has a price comparison guarantee ("never knowingly undersold"), and it's a co-operative.


I like John Lewis a lot (I've been there in the past 48 hours). I'd definitely recommend their wedding list service for purchases under £30, however larger (electrical) items are generally 20% cheaper on Amazon.

Debenhams and House of Fraser have both massively slashed the amount of kitchen stuff they sell in recent years - I'm always disappointed when I visit them these days - both in terms of price and choice.

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 Post subject: Re: help me stock my kitchen!
PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:48 pm 
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thanks for all the recommendations! and all the congratulations. *blush*

my partner's mum told me that John Lewis is a popular choice for wedding gifts, and i guess there's a good reason for that. probably a good idea for me to register with them as well as Amazon. just need to make sure it's easy for the American guests to buy through the website. i might also try a universal wish list site if it's not too fussy.

Ruby Rose wrote:
In Bristol, there's a really nice independent kitchenware shop on Whiteladies Road - but they're not cheap:
http://www.kitchenscookshop.co.uk/

i think i've been there! forget what i was looking for, or if i just stopped in to browse.

hana wrote:
What everyone else said! And congratulations!

When you're here, we'll have to do some South West meet ups!

that would be awesome! i'd be happy to come down for some Herbie's :)

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Jug Blender!
I love philips for larger appliances like blenders or food processors. But that's because I can't afford a vitamix.

oh, i'd love a vitamix! but i figured a good immersion blender is more versatile and easier to clean.

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There's also Kitchens in Bath, opposite the Eastern Eye. I was kind of surprised that they were selling pressure cookers cheaper than amazon.

haven't heard of them before, but sounds like they're worth checking out. thanks for all the product info!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 8:12 am 
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Stellar and Le Creuset are two brands of cookware that are very hardwearing. Le Creuset stuff will literally last for ever, I think my parents still have some from the '70s.

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Oh, and my waffle iron is a Cuisinart and it's a good'un.

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