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As part of our continuous quest to offer the most comprehensive range of block wood countertops in Britain, we are happy announce that yet another gorgeous collection is now available from Worktop Express: sapele worktops.

This stunning new timber has a reddish hue that is darker than our iroko worktops, but lighter and with a more subtle grain than black American walnut. It is very dense and hard-wearing, which makes it an ideal surface for kitchen worktops.

Sapele trees are very tall and native to tropical Africa, where they are often known as ‘aboudikro’.

Like other exotic timbers in our collection, we only source sapele from certified sources with established tree-planting schemes in place – and we always demand a full chain of custody.

These worktops can be considered for both modern and traditional kitchen settings, and – like iroko – are versatile enough to suit kitchens in a wide array of colour schemes.

If you would like to see our sapele worktops up close, don’t forget you can order worktop samples for just £5 including fast courier delivery.

Replacement Worksurfaces Christmas Delivery Dates + Worktop Express Opening Hours

It is that time of year when suddenly Christmas feels right around the corner – our phone lines and sales rooms are already feeling considerably busier as customers hurry to get their stunning new kitchen fitted and finished in time for the festive period.

If you are considering ordering replacement worksurfaces from us, then do take the time to look at the following schedule – it contains all the vital info that you will need if you are hoping to order worktops with pre-Christmas delivery.

Tuesday 15th December

Place your bespoke worktop order by 12 noon to receive your order in time for Christmas (final fabrication diagram must be confirmed and approved by 12 noon on 16th December to qualify for pre-Christmas delivery).

Monday 21st December

Our last pre-Christmas order date for ‘off the shelf’ worktops. Place your order by 12 noon for delivery on our 2Man next-day service.

Tuesday 22nd December

For customers wishing to use our 2Man delivery service, this is the final pre-Christmas delivery date.

Wednesday 23rd December

No deliveries on this day. Sales lines and showrooms will be open until 2pm

Thursday 2th & Friday 25th December


Saturday 26th December

Sales lines and all showroom’s open 10am – 2pm.

Sunday 27th December


Monday 28th December

Sales lines and Gloucester showroom open 9am – 5pm.

All other showrooms open 10am – 2pm.

Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th December

First post-Christmas 2Man delivery dates.

Thursday 31st December

Sales lines and Gloucester showroom open 9am – 5pm.

All other showrooms open 10am – 2pm.

Friday 1st January


Saturday 2nd of January

Sales lines and Gloucester showroom open 9am – 5pm.

All other showrooms open 10am – 2pm.

If you are ordering a bespoke worktop, your fabrication request must be received by 12 noon on the 15th of December in order to be confirmed the following day. If the diagram is not confirmed, we cannot guarantee completing the fabrication before Christmas.

For standard worktop purchases, make sure you have placed your order as early as possible to ensure a choice of delivery dates. Our 2Man team will be able to deliver some worktops ordered on Monday the 21st on Tuesday the 22nd, but this is on a first-come first-served basis, so we recommend ordering sooner to avoid disappointment.

Please note that the quoted dates are for delivery via our own 2Man teams, which do not cover all areas of the United Kingdom. Scottish deliveries will take a minimum of 3 working days from the point of order, and we do not cover all Scotland postcodes every weekday; please consult our delivery details page to find out when we deliver to your area.

Normal opening hours resume on Monday 4th January. If you have any additional queries about our delivery schedule or opening times over Christmas and New Year, please do not hesitate to contact us via telephone or email.

Save 10% on Wood Kitchen Worksurfaces in our ‘Bargain Flash’ Sale

We have a real bargain to share with you thanks to our new flash sale: 10% off ALL wood kitchen worksurfaces, worktop installation accessories and other products if ordered before 23:59 on November 30th! Simply enter the discount code BARGAIN10 at the online checkout, or mention it to one of our advisers if ordering via telephone or email.

Choose from our comprehensive range of solid wood worktops and kitchen sinks, or pick from many other unique hardwood products including solid wood floating shelves, restaurant table tops and worktop accessories.

Please note that our Prime Oak worktops are already discounted by an incredible 20%, so no further discount can be applied during this promotion. The only other items excluded from this sale are our worktop samples, which we think you will already find to be excellent value for money (and can be refunded if you go on to buy a worktop). Our bespoke cutting services are also excluded; however, if you order custom worktops via the Online Bespoke Tool before the end of the month, you can also enjoy a 25% discount on bespoke options.

If you want to spruce up your kitchen with some flash new worktops in time for the festive period, what are you waiting for? Don’t hesitate to contact us and place your order today!

Here at Worktop Express, we are regularly making steps to widen our range of solid wood replacement countertops, and this month we are delighted to introduce a new variant of one of our most opulent timbers: wenge.

Now available in the ‘Deluxe’ formation, this dark and luxurious timber creates a stunning surface that is incredibly hard-wearing and very strong (50% more dense than oak). Deluxe Wenge worktops are made from a number of 90mm wide staves, showing off the intense brown and black grain pattern to a greater degree than is possible with standard (thinner) staves, whilst offering better value than our full stave option.

The exotic wenge timber is imported from mid and western Africa, from stock that is carefully sourced by our team; we only select timber from merchants that are able to provide a fully proven ‘chain of custody’, which verifies that the timber is logged legally and in an environmentally-sound manner from areas with established replanting schemes in place.

New Deluxe Wenge Replacement Countertops:  November’s Worktop of the Month

Our Deluxe Wenge worktops are available now from only £350 for a 2M x 620mm x 40mm worktop, with many other sizes available on our 2Man delivery service throughout many parts of England, Wales and Scotland.

It may only be November, but now is the ideal time to get your Christmas shopping all wrapped up and avoid the inevitable panic-buying that descends throughout December.

If there is anyone in your life who appreciates the beauty of solid wood, our gifts are unique, hard-wearing and long-lasting enough to be cherished for many years to come.

Below are our top picks from our fantastic range of solid wood gifts:

WEX Wireless Worktop Chargers

If you know anyone with one of the latest smartphones or gadgets that feature wireless charging technology, the new WEX Wireless Worktop Charger is the ideal gift to free them from wires this Christmas. Available in a variety of end grain wood choices, or as a standalone unit for installation onto the underside of block wood worksurfaces and other furnishings.

Prices start at £80

Solid Wood Tablet / Mobile Phone Stands

Almost everyone has a smartphone or tablet in their home, and with one of our wooden tablet stands or mobile phone holders they will now have a sturdy solution for holding the device whilst charging. Our stands are also ideal for hands-free use – whether following a recipe in the kitchen, or playing videos or music anywhere in the home.

Solid Wood Mobile Phone Stands from £15

Solid Wood Tablet Stands from £20

Solid Wood Chopping Boards

Our wide range of solid wood chopping boards are ideal for anyone who enjoys cooking and appreciates the beauty of solid wood. Each chopping board is large enough to cut, prepare and present food on, and all are fully sanded and oiled with a pencil edge profile on the top and bottom to make them ready for use straight away on Christmas day.

Available from just £20

Solid Wood Cutlery Drawer Inserts

If a friend or relative has just had a brand new kitchen installed, or their existing kitchen is crying out for some improved cutlery organisation, our solid wood cutlery drawer inserts might be the perfect gift. Available in a variety of timber choices, and in sizes ranging from 310mm wide up to 910mm wide.

Prices start at only £48.50

To see our full range of wood Christmas gifts, do visit our Christmas Gift Ideas page; or, if you’re stuck for inspiration, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Over the last year, Worktop Express has been providing extensive support to the International Tree Foundation, helping to fund tree-planting schemes both here in England and further afield in Africa.

Thanks to our consistently excellent sales of solid wood worktops for kitchens, we are proud to have now funded the planting of over 60,800 trees (at the time of writing).

In 2014, we provided funding to support a number of grants to projects in both the UK and Africa. During this time, the International Tree Foundation planted nearly 250,000 trees in local communities in 5 African countries: Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria and Uganda. Their projects directly benefited in excess of 7,750 people and made a tangible difference to thousands more.

This year we delivered further support with projects such as the Tree Planting Day at Ham Hill, where 1,000 native trees were planted in a 12 acre woodland known as Pit Wood. A further 400 trees (including oak and lime trees) were also were also planted by volunteers at the Green Wood on Greenslate Community Farm near Wigan earlier in the year.

We will continue to support tree-planting initiatives in conjunction with The International Tree Foundation throughout the next two years; with the aim that tens of thousands – if not hundreds of thousands – of trees will be planted throughout the UK and Africa before the end of 2016.

If you would like to know more about our environmental credentials and initiatives, please visit our Environmental Policy page.

Order Bespoke Solid Wood Worktops for 25% Less!

Customers ordering worktop customisations via our innovative Online Bespoke Worktop Tool have already been enjoying a 10% discount on bespoke solid wood worktops; however, we’re pleased to announce that this discount has been expanded to a whopping 25% for the rest of the month with our ‘Brilliant Bespoke Sale’!

Our online tool makes it easy to create, price up and order your dream worktops from the comfort of your home, providing a simple method by which to add sink cut-outs, hob cut-outs, radius corners, edge profiles, and more. There’s no need to worry about mistakes, either, because our skilled fabrication team will check your order and send you a finalised diagram to check prior to beginning manufacture; and with a 5-7 working day lead-time from point of diagram confirmation, you can receive your perfected worktops in just over a week!

So don’t hesitate: place your order before 23:59 on the 30th November and you’ll receive a 25% discount off all the bespoke cutting services in our range. Please note that in order to enjoy this fabulous saving you will need to purchase your worktops via the Online Bespoke Tool, though – the discount will be automatically applied so no code is needed. If you have any questions about this sale or any other aspect of our service, please feel free to contact us.

Save 20% on Prime Oak Replacement Wood Worktops in November

Almost every month we discount a worktop in order to offer our customers unprecedented savings across our range of replacement wood worktops. Whilst we usually offer a 10% discount during the majority of our promotions, this November we are offering an amazing 20% discount on all sizes of our Prime Oak worktops.

If you are considering an oak worktop for your new kitchen, with this great saving you may want to consider our more luxurious Prime variant instead. In contrast to our standard oak worktops, Prime Oak is constructed from 40mm staves that are specifically chosen for their uniform colouration, grain and lack of natural imperfections, creating an extremely elegant surface.

We have made it very easy to save on Prime Oak worktops, as there is no discount code required – we have already reduced the prices for you. Simply head to the product page before 23:59 on Monday the 30th of November and add the worktops required to your shopping basket.

If you would like to read more about these worktops before placing your order, read our Prime Oak Worktops Nutshell Guide. To view examples of Prime Oak worktops before making a purchase, why not visit our Prime Oak Wooden Worktops Gallery?

As always, if you would like to get ‘hands-on’ with this worktop before placing your order, we welcome you to purchase one of our worktop samples for just £5 including delivery. If you then decide to make a purchase, we will happily discount this £5 from your order.

Alternatively, you can visit one of our Worktop Express Showrooms, each of which features displays that showcase our Prime Oak worktops, as well as offering a variety of samples to take away. We hope to see you soon!