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Kitchens & Tableware

Where can I find one of those old-fashioned kitchen towels on a roller? Are they still made?

Yes, have a look at the website of Period Features . They have a simple utilitarian roller towel holder in oak which can be screwed on to the wall. They also supply the cotton/linen mix towels that fit on to it; they are made in one of the last few remaining towel mills in the UK.

I’d like a colourful glass splashback behind my cooker. Who can I contact? specialises in bespoke glasswork and is best known for producing glass worktops and splashbacks for kitchens and bathrooms. Template-cut glass worktops are hygienic and hard-wearing and can be produced in any shape. By reverse painting the glass, any colour can also be achieved, using paint ranges such as Dulux, Farrow & Ball and Fired Earth.

I am looking for cooler/chiller drawers that would be suitable for storing vegetables.

Fisher & Paykel is a specialist in refrigerated drawers. Fisher & Paykel’s  CoolDrawer allows you to set the temperature to freezer, chill, fridge, pantry or wine so that everything from fresh food to wine can be stored at the correct temperature.

Do you know of any industrial kitchen companies who would be able to work on a domestic job? We are especially interested in stainless steel worktops.

I suggest you try one of the country’s specialists in stainless steel fabrication. GEC Anderson has been manufacturing stainless steel worktops with integrated sinks, plus units, for over 45 years. They work on both commercial and residential commissions, all over the country.

I am redesigning a kitchen and I would like to find vintage kitchen taps and a large butcher's block to sit on the worktop. Can you help?

For restored period basin, bath and kitchen taps, look at  For the butcher's block you could try The Chopping Block Company. They can make a butcher's block to order in the required size if their standard size is unsuitable.

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