Worktop Express Blog

Mar 21, 2018

Sustainability is a core part of our business here at Worktop Express. All of our solid wood worktops and worktop accessories are created using wood that has been harvested renewably. We are also involved in tree planting and conservation schemes across the globe. Forests are undeniably important for everyone on the planet, and it is estimated that an area of trees the size of England is cut down every year.

We are celebrating the United Nations’ International Day of Forests, which falls on Wednesday, 21 March 2018. The day – celebrated since 2013 – raises awareness of deforestation issues and tree conservation. This year’s theme is ‘Forests and Sustainable Cities’, and focuses on making urban environments greener and healthier.

The UN is promoting 11 different key messages as part of the International Day of Forests, including how trees can act as a natural air conditioner – not only filtering out pollution, but being able to cool the temperature down by as much as eight degrees and reducing climate change.

Trees help to reduce noise pollution, and can store water in their branches and soil. Consequently, they can help prevent flooding and regulate water supply. On a more personal level, urban green spaces encourage healthy lifestyles, generate tourism and encourage the beautification of the local area.

The UN’s other key messages can be found on their website, and you can read more about our ongoing sustainability policy here.

There are many events taking place worldwide to mark the day, including tree plantings, art exhibitions and photo competitions. Join in the conversation on social media with the hashtag #IntlForestDay.

How are you celebrating the International Day of Forests? Share your ideas below, or let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

Mar 15, 2018

At Worktop Express, we are proud of the quality and service we provide at the low prices we offer. From now until Friday 23rd March, you can save up to £85 on orders of £300 with our free delivery deal – and it could not be easier to take advantage of this promotion. All you need to do is add the products you require into your online shopping cart. When your order total – excluding delivery costs – reaches £300, your free delivery will be automatically applied. This promotion is also available if you would prefer to order via telephone, email or in one of our nationwide showrooms.

We use our very own in-house 2Man delivery teams to minimise the risk of damage to your worktops during transit and ensure your items arrive promptly and efficiently. A two-hour timeslot is provided and our drivers will try to call you en route to update you when they are half an hour away.

All products on our website, whether you are interested in our solid wood worktops, laminate worktops, accessories or shelves, are included in this offer. Please note that this saving is only applicable for our standard delivery areas within England, Scotland and Wales, and does not include our 1Man Saturday service. To check your postcode is eligible, please visit our delivery details page.

This offer expires on Friday 23rd March at 23:59, so order now if you want to benefit from this generous saving!

Mar 13, 2018

Tuesday may not be the most exciting day of the week, but our latest competition is sure to make yours more appealing.

Constructed from the same exceptional quality timbers as our solid wood worktops, our solid wood chopping boards are durable enough to withstand daily use in busy homes. A low maintenance choice, they look fantastic in any style of kitchen.

If you would like to win one of our chopping boards, you may be in luck! We are giving one away every single Tuesday, and it could not be simpler to enter this competition. All you need to do is head over to our Twitter page, retweet our latest #ChoppingBoardTuesday post and follow us. We will pick a winner at random but, if you do not win, there will be another chance next Tuesday!

Following us on Twitter will ensure you stay up to date with our latest news, promotions and product launches. Why not follow us on Facebook too? For more on our latest deals and promotions, you can also visit our current offers page.

Mar 9, 2018

A slice of banoffee pie topped with banana pieces and toffee sauce

Credit : Wiki Commons

Serves 12

Prep time: 1hr 30 minutes (including 1hr chilling time)

Cooking time: 1 minute

It appears that many of you have a sweet tooth, as banoffee pie came out on top in our very accurate British Pie Week Quiz. We have a very easy-to-follow recipe for this rich and sweet dessert treat, originally from Carnation. It uses mostly household items; a non-stick saucepan and a 20cm cake tin, and your children will definitely want to help out – especially as there is a spoon they can lick!

If you would rather not make the caramel, a tin of ready-made caramel sauce will work too.


  • 175g butter
  • 225g light digestive biscuits
  • 75g dark brown soft sugar
  • 400g can condensed milk
  • 2 medium-sized bananas
  • 150ml whipped cream
  • Cocoa powder (to decorate)
  • Lemon juice (optional)

How to make the best banoffee pie:

  1. Crush the digestive biscuits so they are as small as possible, either using a kitchen mixer or by putting the biscuits in a freezer bag (or similar) and crushing with a rolling pin. Melt 100g of the butter, and mix with the biscuit crumbs.
  2. Grease the cake tin and spoon the mixture into it. Make sure you evenly cover the bottom and sides of the tin, as this is the base of the pie. Then, leave it to chill in the fridge for ten minutes.
  3. Melt the rest of the butter and the sugar in a non-stick saucepan over a low heat, and stir continuously until the sugar has completely dissolved. Add the condensed milk and quickly boil it for about a minute, while still stirring, to get a rich, gooey caramel.
  4. Spread the caramel evenly over the base and leave to cool. Once it’s cooled, chill it for an hour or until it is firm. Take the base and caramel out of the tin and put on a serving plate.
  5. Slice the bananas and put half on top of the caramel layer, and then fold the remaining banana slices into the whipped cream. Spoon this mixture onto the pie and decorate with some more banana, grated chocolate, cocoa powder or caramel dessert sauce.

Our top tips:

Boil the caramel filling for a minute or more to make sure it has the perfect consistency and, if you are topping the pie with more bananas, a dash of lemon juice will stop them going brown.

Have you made this?

If you have made this banoffee pie, let us know how it went on Facebook or Twitter We doubt there will be much left after you have served it – this delicious pie will be a family favourite!

Mar 7, 2018

Over the last two weeks, we have invited our customers to share pictures of their worktops with us, for a chance to win some fantastic prizes including a Kitchen Aid Mixer worth £500 and £100 to spend at Worktop Express.

We are delighted at the high calibre of entries we have received which showcase a variety of our surfaces in a number of different styles and settings. Our worktops have not been limited to life in the kitchen – submissions included bathroom worktops, desks, furniture and even a bed! ! Our judging panel had the unenviable (and very difficult) task of choosing the winner and two runners-up who went head-to-head in our Facebook poll

Iza Filipek has been picked as the lucky winner of our competition, and her outstanding cooking area – complete with one of our Black American Walnut worktops – has won her a brand-new Kitchen Aid Mixer and £100 to spend on our website.

In our Facebook poll, followers of our page put Lauren in second place, who shared a lovely picture of her kitchen – featuring one of our low-maintenance Colmar Oak laminate worktops – and has won £100 in Amazon vouchers. Olly’s kitchen came in third place, with its iroko worktop and mixed flooring, winning him a £50 Amazon voucher.

Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to everyone that entered! If you were unsuccessful on this occasion, please make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay up to date with the latest events at Worktop Express. You can also find details of any current promotions on our current offers page. To see some more fantastic kitchens sent in to us, check out our Customer Kitchen Wooden Worktop Gallery.

Mar 5, 2018

This week is British Pie Week, and we have created perhaps the world’s first worktops and pie quiz to see which you should enjoy! Simply select the options to create your dream kitchen, and we will tell you which pie you will enjoy the most this pie week. Will it be steak, fish or something else entirely? We would love to know if we got it right! Share your answer with us on Facebook and Twitter – we will be sharing a simple to follow (and very tasty!) recipe of the most popular pie, so make sure you keep up to date with us!

Mar 2, 2018

As the UK’s leading online wooden worktop specialist, we are committed to ensuring that the timber we use is sourced and harvested responsibly. We regularly conduct thorough checks to certify that our wood is sustainable, and – as part of our pledge to consider the environment in everything we do – we also support the work of the International Tree Foundation (ITF) in Africa and the UK.

Worktop Express is proud to support ITF and Community Assistance in Development (COMAID), in their Dom Community Food project in Cameroon’s Bamenda Highlands. Home to several hundred people and many unique animal species, the Highlands are part of an outstanding area of biodiversity but were badly neglected until recently.

Deforestation and other unsustainable exploitation led to a 50% decrease in the region’s tree count in just half a century, and this has introduced other problems such as soil erosion and a scarcity of food sources for the local population.

In 2017, the project allowed many community members to be taught about different planting techniques, conservation and tree species. More than 13,000 tree seedlings were planted, in addition to the 20,000 that were planted in the previous year, and forest rangers were given fire prevention training and equipment. Now, sensitive issues such as gender are also starting to be discussed, as a result of the project.

These achievements have gone some way to providing nutrition and income for the Dom community and, since residents have been trained in fire prevention there have been no reported fires.

The partnership between the ITF and COMAID is going from strength to strength, and will continue to offer support and guidance for the Bamenda residents. For this upcoming year, one of the focuses is to empower the community’s women by improving their farming techniques and reduce inequality.

We look forward to seeing the fantastic work achieved by this project in the coming year!

If you would like to learn more about our long-term sustainability commitments, read our environmental policy page.

Mar 1, 2018

At Worktop Express, we control every aspect of the supply chain, enabling us to offer worktops of exceptional quality at prices that provide fantastic value. If you are looking to purchase new kitchen worktops, for two weeks you can save at least £50 with 10% off orders of £500 or more making now an excellent time to buy.

This spring sale runs from today until 14th March and includes almost everything on our site. All you need to do is add the items to your online basket and apply the UP500 discount at the checkout – the discount will be applied to all orders of £500 or more. You can also take advantage of this fantastic offer if you place an order via telephone, email or in person at one of our showrooms. Mention the UP500 code and our sales team will apply the discount for you on eligible orders.

Please note that this 10% saving can be applied to all products on our website excluding samples and clearance worktops, and cannot be redeemed on delivery costs.

For more information , please visit our current offers page. You can also stay up-to-date with our latest products and news by following our Facebook and Twitter.

Feb 27, 2018

Sustainability is incredibly important to us – so much so, that we work hard to ensure the timber for our worktops is from responsibly managed sources, and that we are involved at every stage of the supply chain. This also allows us to ensure we are only supplying our customers with the highest-quality products, and to better illustrate the work we do, we are taking a behind the scenes look at our worktops. Over the coming months, we will be following a wooden worktop from the forest to your front door – and the first instalment starts right at the beginning, with our purchasing team.

Lisa – our purchasing manager here at Worktop Express – has been kind enough to complete this diary of a typical day in the office for her, to illustrate what our purchasing team do and how they fit in the source and supply of the sustainable timbers we use to create our worktops.


I have just arrived in the office, I have a hot drink and I am just checking my inbox. Overnight I received some new paperwork regarding FSC – this is something we have to check regularly as we need to ensure every batch of timber we receive is certified. The FSC – or Forest Stewardship Council – certifies forests and timber suppliers that are managed sustainably and responsibly, which is why it is so important to us.


We have a new worktop range arriving today, so I am just headed over to the warehouse to check the delivery. We have seen several samples, but we check every order that we receive so we can make sure the quality is up to our high standards.

12 Noon

Just in time for a meeting with one of our timber suppliers to improve the packaging we use to prevent damage or waste of the wood in transit – although nothing at Worktop Express actually goes to waste! Any offcuts that are too small or otherwise unsuitable for use as samples or chopping boards, we fuel our biomass heaters with.


In the canteen and I am trying to eat my lunch as quickly as possible – my meeting ran over (as always – so much to talk about!) and I have a lot to get through this afternoon! Top of the list is a call I have scheduled with a supplier regarding a delivery we have coming in next week, making sure we have done everything we can so the delivery goes as smoothly as possible.


Rushing down to the warehouse again to have a look at some timber worktops that have just arrived. We have to check every delivery to ensure everything meets our high standards – this is especially important for timber as there is no other way to guarantee the quality. Even after I have approved them and accepted the delivery, they will be checked again by our warehouse teams when they are picked for orders, and then again when they leave the warehouse.


A big part of my job is looking at current stock we have against the current sales, historical sales trends and also potential future design and décor trends. This helps my purchasing team work out what we need to purchase, when and how much – which ensures we always have enough in stock for our customers.


Almost home-time! I have finally received the paperwork for a new source of one of our exotic timbers – this is something we will check thoroughly to ensure we are sourcing all of the wood we use to create our worktops from responsibly and sustainably managed forests. I will have a look through this before I leave the office today – hopefully it won’t take too long.


Another day is done! Hopefully, this has given you an insiders view of the work we do to honour our commitments to the environment – you are off to our sales department next to see what happens at our end when you order one of our worktops.

If you would like to know more about what goes on behind-the-scenes here at Worktop Express, stay tuned for the next in our series taking you from forest to front door. Sign up to our newsletter to keep up-to-date with our blog posts and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for exclusive content.

Feb 23, 2018

Here at Worktop Express, we are always striving to offer the very best products and customer service. We are capable of tailoring each order to meet the specific requirements of our customers to provide a faultless and hassle-free purchase from the moment you place your order, right through to delivery. Our sales and showroom teams are thoroughly trained and are knowledgeable on all our products to be able to offer personalised advice and answers to any questions that may be thrown their way.

We are delighted to announce that we have now had more than 20,000 Trustpilot reviews. Trustpilot is an independent website that allows our customers to post impartial reviews about their experience using Worktop Express, offering potential customers the chance to research us before making a purchase to update their kitchen, bathroom or office.

Our commitment to providing the ultimate customer experience has been rewarded by an ‘Excellent’ rating, which we are incredibly proud of. We have been given the full five stars by the overwhelming majority of our customers, and in total 96% of reviews show we have provided a ‘Great’ or ‘Excellent’ experience – equating to thousands of happy customers and a rating of 9.3 out of 10 overall.

If you would like to add a review of your own, visit our Trustpilot page, send us an or use our Facebook and Twitter social media pages.

We would like to thank each and every one of the customers that have reviewed us for taking the time to talk about the experiences they had using Worktop Express!