Worktop Express Blog

Over the last few years some of Britain’s most famous trees have been crowned ‘Tree of the Year’ following a public vote run by the Woodland Trust.

This year, a particularly well-documented tree in Northumberland won this prestigious accolade by securing over 2,500 votes (nearly 12,000 were cast in total): the Sycamore Gap tree. The tree sits in a dip created many thousands of years ago by meltwater flowing beneath an ice age glacier, and can be found on the southern side of Hadrian’s Wall.

The Sycamore Gap tree is regularly photographed by passing hikers along the Hadrian’s Wall Path, and is also occasionally referred to as the “Robin Hood” tree, following its appearance in Kevin Costner’s 1991 film, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

The Sycamore Gap tree is England’s entry for the European Tree of the Year 2017

Credit: John Millar/National Trust

After winning the UK ‘Tree of the Year’ competition, it has now become England’s candidate in the European competition which highlights the tree’s history and connection to the local community. The Woodland Trust is hoping that the Sycamore Gap tree fares better than previous entries, which have failed to impress when measured against their European counterparts.

Voting for the ‘Tree of the Year 2017’ is open until the 28th February, with the award ceremony taking place in Brussels on the 21st of March. To give the Sycamore Gap tree a chance of winning, head over to and select it alongside another of your favourites on the shortlist.

Whilst we may be known as specialists in kitchen worktops, we are keen supporters of trees, too; indeed, we use only the finest, sustainably-sourced European timbers for our products, and are also proud to fund replanting programmes in both the UK and Africa in conjunction with the International Tree Foundation. You can find out more about our commitment to the environment on our Environment Policy page.

Over the last year we have introduced many laminate surfaces, including a variety of gloss worktops that are a superb choice for contemporary kitchens.

Today on the blog we have put together some perfect style sets for utilising high-gloss kitchen worktops in your home.

Black Sparkle Andromeda

Consider glossy black appliances against bright, white cabinets to create a high-contrast look.

Credit: LG

Our black sparkle laminate countertops are among the most popular gloss worktops in our collection. These deep black surfaces feature flecks of real metal that shimmer under bright lighting, and are a superb match for kitchens featuring ultra-modern stainless steel appliances. Mix this high-gloss contemporary worktop with a trendy shade of grey (such as Farrow & Ball’s Parma Gray) to create a truly modern kitchen theme.

Black Gloss – Constellation

Add a splash of colour to your contemporary white kitchen by including a range of red appliances and accessories.

Credit: Bosch

Consider our black gloss laminate worktops in a high-contrast, ultra-modern kitchen design. These gloss worktops have a contemporary square edge profile, are highly reflective, and are a perfect choice alongside brilliant white cabinet frontals, black appliances and walls painted in a clean shade like Farrow & Ball’s All White.

White Sparkle Andromeda

Add a splash of colour to your contemporary white kitchen by including a range of red appliances and accessories.

Credit: KitchenAid

Combine shiny black and white subway tiles on your kitchen walls to complement white gloss worktops.

Credit: Pinterest

Want to achieve the high-contrast look whilst retaining a light and bright feel in your kitchen? Consider our white sparkle laminate worktops. These surfaces feature real metallic flakes that sparkle in bright lighting or natural daylight, and look superb alongside splashes of colour and other gloss kitchen décor such as black and white subway tiling.

Have you used laminate gloss worktops in your kitchen? We’d love to see the results. Share the photos with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and we’ll display the very best to our followers.

To take a closer look at these gloss worktops – or any of the other surfaces in our collection – head to one of our worktop showrooms or order one of our worktop samples today!

Free 2Man delivery is available on orders of £300 or more for the rest of February.

Good news: for the rest of the month we’re offering a fantastic bargain for customers who are covered by our standard 2Man delivery service. Simply place an order for £300 or more and we’ll deduct the cost of delivery, saving you up to £85!

The usual cost for delivery via our 2Man service is £25 for the first worktop (and £15 for each additional worktop), but until 23:59 on February 28th any wooden worktops or laminate surfaces will qualify for free delivery (provided they are to English and Welsh postcodes covered by our 2Man team).

Our next-day 2Man delivery slots are subject to availability, and often get snapped up fairly quickly, so place your order as soon as possible to avoid missing out.

No discount code is required to take advantage of this great saving: simply pick our 2Man delivery option when completing your order at the online checkout, or specify your preference for our free 2Man delivery offer when purchasing via telephone or email.

To find out more about the Worktop Express 2Man delivery service, please visit our delivery details page.

Over the last two weeks we’ve been offering 10% off orders over £500 – but if you’re looking for new worktops and want to make the most of this fantastic offer, you have only two days left!

If you have been hoping to purchase any of our products – from solid wood worktops to worktop accessories – great savings are available if you spend over £500. To qualify, you can purchase anything from our collection, including a kitchen sink, as long as your order is placed before 23:59 on February 15th 2017.

After you have selected your preferred items and added them to your shopping cart, simply enter the code UP500 to receive 10% discount. If you would prefer to speak directly with one of our sales advisors, you can also use this code for orders placed via telephone or email.

A huge range of solid wood worktops are available as well as an extensive selection of laminate work surfaces – not to mention all the accessories needed to complement them perfectly. The only exclusions are samples and our bespoke cutting services. Don’t delay and place your order before 23:59 on February 15th to make the most of this amazing discount!

At Worktop Express® we take great pride in offering the UK’s largest selection of kitchen countertops. Each month we review our extensive collection and choose one ‘Worktop of the Month’, highlighting the fantastic qualities of this individual worktop option.

This month we chose beech as our favoured solid wood surface, which – thanks to its affordable price – is always a firm favourite with our customers, too.

Our European beech timber has a delicate grain pattern and soft golden hue, elements that combine to create a light, bright alternative to our maple or cherry worktops. Beech worktops are suitable in a wide variety of kitchen settings, whether contemporary or classic in theme.

Beech worktops are a highly-affordable solid wood surface that suits any kitchen – whether contemporary or classic in design.

If you think our beech worktops would be the perfect choice for your new kitchen, why not order one of our worktop samples? Priced at just £5 including courier delivery, each wooden worktop sample measures 200mm x 150mm x 40mm and comes pre-oiled on the top face so as to provide a good representation of the finished product. If you go on to order a worktop, the cost of the sample can be discounted – just speak to one of our advisers before making your purchase.

10% off Orders Over £500 until February 15th.

For the next two weeks we are offering customers who spend over £500 the chance to save 10% on their order.

Whether you would like to purchase our solid wood worktops, laminate worktops, or anything else in our collection, any order over £500 will save 10% if placed before 23:59 on February 15th.

To save, simply choose the items you require and add them to your online cart, before entering the discount code UP500 at the online checkout. Alternatively, the discount code can be used when placing your order via telephone or email – just mention it to one of our sales advisers.

As time is limited on this great deal, don’t hesitate to place your order to avoid disappointment.

Iroko Worktops on Sale throughout February

Iroko worktops sale February.

As well as running a fantastic promotion for orders over £500, we’re offering 10% off our standard iroko worktops for the entire month.

This discount has already been applied to our highly-popular iroko surfaces, meaning that you don’t need to enter a discount code to enjoy this amazing saving. Simply head to our iroko page and choose the size of worktop(s) you require before 23:59 on February 28th.

If you’d like to take a closer look at our iroko worktops – or any of the other surfaces in our collection – why not visit one of the Worktop Express showrooms? We currently have six showrooms located across the country, each of which contains samples of our worktops for customers to take away.