Worktop Express Blog

It is all very well taking great pride in our quality wood kitchen countertops, excellent delivery service and knowledgeable customer advisers, but the most telling metric of whether we are achieving our goals is what our customers say about us.

Fortunately, we are luck enough to receive regular compliments from our customers on independent review sites, social media, and often directly into our email inbox.

As well as successfully delivering well in excess of 240,000 orders since our inception in 2009, we now have over 8,000 reviews on Trustpilot and are very proud of our 5-star rating.

We have picked a selection of our reviews to feature on the customer kitchens page of our website, along with images of some of the fantastic kitchens and other areas of homes that our worktops have been lucky enough to be included in.

This page was recently updated to feature some of our more recent feedback, so please do take a look. And check back regularly, too: we will continue to add to this page to reassure customers that we take our position as the UK’s leading online solid wood worktop suppliers very seriously – and that we’ll continually strive to provide the very best service that we can.

When we are not delivering top quality real wood kitchen worksurfaces to our vast array of customers around the country, we are out supporting local sporting heroes throughout Gloucestershire.

We support a number of teams and individuals, the full list of which can be found on our sponsorship page. This autumn the cricket season draws to a close, Gloucester’s Rugby ambitions kick off, and Autograss continues to tear up the track just a couple of miles from our Quedgeley HQ.

Gloucester Rugby and Henry Trinder

Henry has unfortunately been side-lined with a knee injury since February this year, but still continues to do excellent work in the community, whilst he aims to return to the team around Christmas.

In the meantime, Henry has been working as the team’s ambassador to youth teams and helping to endorse the new pre-season West Country Challenge Cup.

Henry also got married in the summer, so congratulations to both him and the lucky bride!

With the Rugby World Cup taking a lot of the attention at Kingsholm over the next few months, members of our team will be at every game to cheer on the international competitors. Gloucester, meanwhile, will be playing their first games against Bath and Exeter at the Bristol Memorial Stadium.

Worktop Express Real Wood Kitchen Worksurfaces Sponsorship Update

Credit: @PeterKVT80 on Twitter

Frocester Cricket Club

This week we received the fantastic news from Frocester that – with still one game left to play – they have officially retained the Premier 1 title for another year.

In their last game against Taunton Dean, Nick Trainor’s men were as imposing as ever with a fantastic score of 291-6.

With an incredibly strong team behind him, Paul Muchall was declared star of the season after scoring his first century for the club.

We look forward to continuing to support Frocester Cricket Club in their ongoing success – congratulations to the whole team!

Stuart Deacon – Autograss Racing

Worktop Express Real Wood Kitchen Worksurfaces Sponsorship Update

Credit: Auto Grass Track Photo Page on Facebook

Autograss racing is a fast-paced and challenging sport, with plenty of trials and tribulations facing every driver on the grid.

Despite this, our man Stuart Deacon has had a highly commendable season so far, and currently sits 8th in the UK Autograss Championship.

With numerous top 3 finishes under his belt, Stuart experienced gearbox issues that slightly hampered his season, but this hasn’t stopped him pushing on, with a fantastic 3rd place finish at York earlier in August.

Outside of the UKAC championship, Stuart has placed first in races at Hereford, Radford and Pennien in Derbyshire. With the season finishing towards the end of October, Stuart tells us he plans to build a new car for next year, based on a classic Mini pickup chassis. Good luck Stuart!

If you represent a local team or sporting individual that you think would benefit from our sponsorship, then please do get in touch.

Otherwise, if you’d like to leave a friendly comment for any of the teams and individuals we sponsor, simply pop along to our Facebook page, or mention us on Twitter.

Last year our logistics team worked very hard to extend our 2Man delivery cut-off times from 10am to 11am, in order to offer our customers the best possible level of service. However, at Worktop Express® we continually strive to improve our offering, and so thanks to continued effort by our transport team and the introduction of a number of new vans, we are now able to offer next day delivery on orders placed by 12pm the day before!

If you are in a hurry to finish your kitchen, and need one of our kitchen worktops or accessories the following day, you now have more time than ever before to place your order.

We are also continually working to extend our delivery networks, with new depots in Chesterfield and Warrington extending the reach of our 2Man service in the north of England. Throughout the next year, we are planning to open even more depots throughout England, Wales and Scotland that will allow us to offer next day delivery to an even wider area.

If you would like to know more about the range of delivery services available, please read our ‘Delivery Details’ page, or take a look at our ‘Top Ten Questions on Worktop Delivery’ information guide.

‘Quicksilver Sale’ Reminder: Final Weekend to Save 10% on Hardwood Counters

For the last two weeks we have had a fantastic discount offer that not only covers our hardwood counters, but the full range of solid oak furnishings and accessories available from the Worktop Express® website.

By simply entering the code QUICK10 at the checkout this weekend, you will save 10% on any hardwood worktops, solid oak shelves, restaurant table tops, sinks and almost anything else on our website.

The only exclusions from this sale are our worktop samples, which are only £5 including delivery, plus our bespoke cutting services. However, if you do wish to order a bespoke worktop, don’t forget that we are already running an ongoing promotion that offers 10% off worktop customisations ordered through our Online Bespoke Tool.

This offer only applies to orders placed via our website (not telephone or email), and must end at precisely 15:59 on Monday the 24th of August, so please do order your worktops soon to avoid disappointment!

Why not rejuvenate your kitchen with a new centrepiece made from a sustainable and hard-wearing material? Our collection includes 15 different timber types in 30 different worktop variations to suit any kind of kitchen environment – whether modern or traditional in theme.

As well as being the location of our own wood block worktops flagship showroom and headquarters, Gloucestershire is also fortunate to be home to two of the country’s most beautiful arboretums. As well as the National Arboretum at Westonbirt, the Batsford Arboretum in North East Gloucestershire is highly regarded, and home to the country’s largest private collection of trees and shrubs.

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the uranium bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, the arboretum at Batsford were honoured to receive seeds from a 200-year-old ginkgo tree that once grew in the Shukkeien Garden less than 1,300m from the centre of the atomic blast.

23 seeds were donated by the Japanese Green Legacy Hiroshima foundation, which manages 170 “survivor trees” and assists in their germination at a variety of locations around the world.

At least 18 of the seeds are currently shooting, and head gardener, Matthew Hall, is “hopeful that a few more will come through.

“As a plants man, you never know what you’re going to get and you expect some mutations, but these trees look no different to any other.”

Once the seeds have continued to grow into larger saplings, they will be planted in a special portion of the arboretum that has been specially put aside to cater for these particularly important specimens.

As you may know, we sponsor the work of the International Tree Foundation – providing funds for tens of thousands of trees to be planted in the UK and Africa – and as keen supporters of environmental rehabilitation through tree planting schemes, we think it is a great opportunity for Gloucestershire to host trees of such historical significance.

If – like us – you were glued to your screens last night for the second episode in the new series of ‘The Great British Bake Off’, you will have noticed that the battling bakers are hard at work creating their cakes on rather lovely beech worktops – a fine choice, we think you will agree.

Love Baking? You Will Love Our Timber Worktops

credit: Paul Hollywood

Timber worktops (such as the beech used on GBBO) are a perfect surface for kitchens – whether you are preparing a lavish meal, or practicing for your application into next year’s Bake Off. The combination of a smooth, hard-wearing material that has inherent food-safe properties is ideal for any food preparation, and also looks great in a kitchen with other solid wood furnishings.

Here are some tips for achieving the ‘GBBO look’ in your own kitchen:

  • Consider solid beech worktops, or another hard-wearing alternative such as oak worktops or walnut worktops.
  • Combine the worktops with solid oak cabinets painted in light blues, greens or greys to accentuate the colour of the timber and keep your kitchen looking bright.
  • Details such as tongue & groove wall panels; ceiling racks for hanging pots and pans; vintage-style brass taps; and matching brass cup handles on doors and drawers all add to the country kitchen aesthetic.

If you are considering revamping your kitchen with wooden worktops, why not order one of our worktop samples to see the quality of our timber for yourself?

We also sell solid wooden chopping boards which measure a generous 450mm x 300mm x 40mm and are also companions for baking. To keep your variety of kitchen utensils tidy, consider our solid wood cutlery drawer inserts to give each item their own special compartment in your cabinet drawers.

If you have been baking along to GBBO in your kitchen, we would love to see the results – feel free to share your pictures on either our Facebook page or Twitter.

We’ve recently incorporated some fantastic additions to our range of wooden workbenches; as such, it’s easy to forget the classics that are some of our most popular choices and equally as worthy of our ‘Worktop of the Month’ accolade.

This August, we have chosen walnut worktops as the worthy recipient of this recognition; a beautiful timber that continues to be one of the best-selling choices in our collection.

European walnut worktops are unmistakable because of the varied stave colouration and gorgeous grain that makes them a stylish choice for both modern and classic kitchen designs. Walnut is also an incredibly hard-wearing, dense and smooth timber – perfect for high-traffic areas like kitchens!

Prices for our walnut worktops start at just £175 for a 2m x 60mm x 40mm surface

Walnut Wooden Workbenches: August’s Worktop of the Month

If you think that our walnut worktops would suit your new kitchen, or perhaps make the perfect dining table or office desk, then why not take advantage of our sample service to see the wood up-close before placing an order? Our samples measure 200mm x 150mm x 40mm, are pre-oiled on one side and cut from current worktop stock to give an accurate representation of the finished worktop. Samples are just £5 including speedy courier delivery, a cost which can be refunded if you go on to purchase a walnut worktop from us.

Here at Worktop Express® we never miss an opportunity to give our customers an amazing deal on our wooden wooden kitchen worktops, and as there isn’t long remaining in this unpredictable British summer, we have decided to send off the summer with a bang by offering 10% off any worktops and other products ordered via our website in our ‘Quicksilver Sale’.

As usual, we have made it incredibly easy to make the saving; simply choose the products you would like to purchase and add them to your online cart, then enter the code QUICK10 in the box at the checkout.

Don’t delay in placing your order; as the name conveys, our ‘quick’ sale is going to move at a lightning pace: this promotion ends at 15:59 on the 24th of August 2015, and won’t be extended!

Please note, this is an website-only sale and does not apply to orders placed via email, telephone or in our worktop showrooms. Further discounts on bespoke cutting services are also excluded as we also already have a fantastic ongoing promotion offering 10% discount on worktop customisations ordered via our Online Bespoke Worktop Tool. Our worktop samples, priced at just £5 including delivery, are also excluded.

As the nights begin to draw in, there is nothing better than having a warm and welcoming kitchen in which to bring the family together and entertain guests. Give your kitchen a natural centrepiece in the form of a wooden worktop, available at an unbeatable price from the UK’s leading online solid wood worktop specialist.

View our full range of hardwood worktops and save today!

As we head into the second half of the year, we are very happy to see a continued increase in activity – our website, telephone lines and showrooms are busier than ever.

To meet rising demand, we have recently taken on additional sale staff, and are pleased to announce that our telephone lines and Gloucester showroom will now open between 9am and 5pm every Saturday from now on (as is already the case for our Essex and Derbyshire showrooms). These extra hours give prospective and existing customers more flexibility to come and view our worktops on display in their native habitat, featured in nine demonstration kitchens.

At our Gloucestershire worktop showroom we also have a full range of samples on display, with more available for you to take away to view in the natural light of your own home.

With more time to advise customers via telephone and in person, we hope that you will find it easier than ever to purchase worktops from the UK’s leading online solid wood worktop specialist. We look forward to meeting you!