Specialists Archives | Kitchens Cookshop


We include a varied list of food and cooking related people and businesses. You'll find specialists and enthusiasts who can care for cooking equipment, cookery schools, food bloggers, directories and more. These are not necessarily our recommendations, we list them for your own interest and research.

hobsons | choice, a specialist kitchen designer, has three showrooms in Bath, Swindon and Winchester. hobsons|choice is proud to be the longest standing independent retailer of bulthaup kitchens in the UK. We take great pride and care when designing and fitting bulthaup kitchens, luxury bathrooms and Rimadesio interior doors and furniture into our clients properties, which range from Victorian townhouses and thatched cottages to modern apartments and new builds. Take a closer look.

Marion Dean’s passion for truffles has evolved into a business that encourages an ethical and efficient way to hunt truffles. Marion conducts training sessions for dogs – see if your dog has got the nose to hunt out British truffles? As well as knowing where and how to find truffles Marion can also advise on how best to prepare and cook them – so that you too can enjoy this delicious gourmet treat. Take a look at her website to learn more about Marion and her interesting business – www.trufflehuntersdogschool.com


Coppice Guild are award winning bespoke kitchen designers. They work with local cabinet makers to design and create fittings for your kitchen, bedroom, home office – anywhere you need them! Based in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire. Read more on their website.

Foodies 100 is a directory of the top food and drink blogs in the UK. It’s great for foodie bloggers and blog readers. Go to the site to find bloggers that you’d like to follow, see the featured bloggers, enter competitions and check out 100s of recipes. As a blogger you can register so that your blog will be entered into the Foodies 100. Every month they create an index of the top 100 UK foodies blogs ranking them according to ‘popularity, engagement and influence’ – so you’ll find the most popular foodie blogs by going via this website.

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Cooking Holidays guides you around the world with suggestions for holidays immersed in the local food and wine.  The site includes details of cookery courses, bread making and wine tours. Find a holiday or course to suit you in a wide range of destinations from Australia to Vietnam.

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The delicious, award winning Marshfield ice cream and sorbets are made on Will and Dawn Hawking’s organic dairy farm just a few miles from Bath. When Will was first experimenting with making ice cream he bought his first ice cream machine from us at Kitchens Cookshop! Over 25 years later the family run business produces a fantastic array of flavours. Choose a traditional ice cream or sorbet, or go wild for toffee fudge fiasco, cointreau and orange, blackcurrants in clotted cream ice cream, or one of the other amazing flavours.  Buy direct from Marshfield farm (weekends only) or from retailers throughout the country – read more about Marshfield Ice Cream and find your local stockist on their website.

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Shipton Mill is in a beautiful Cotswold valley near Tetbury. The mill has been producing flour since the time of the Domesday Book. Today it produces flours using both traditional grain and traditional methods. Choose from a wide range of speciality flours for baking bread, pastry and cakes. The website includes information about grains, many different flours and milling; there are also a number of recipes and many baking techniques and tips.

Shipton Mill have a wonderful approach to flour and baking…

“We mill a wide range of organic flour.

But there is more to us than just being a speciality miller of organic flour. We have a deep seated belief in how we do what we do, as much as making sure that what we do, we do better than anybody.

We make sure of that by really understanding our product and its application – whether you are an artisan baker running a business or a home baker making the occasional loaf, cake or pastry.

Somewhere in our range of organic flour and speciality flour, rare flours or rye flours, there is something for everyone.  In addition, we have a tremendous knowledge base and should be able to answer any questions you may have.”

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More than just a blog, Well Seasoned, promotes British seasonal eating by including all sorts of advice as well as seasonality charts. They discuss the advantages of eating seasonal produce, when you should buy it or forage for it.  The site includes a seasonal calendar so you can choose to celebrate a traditional feast day – which of course will focus on the food in season.

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Big Barn promotes local independent food retailers and producers to local consumers. Enter your postcode on the website to find the food producers in your area. This not only helps to promote local businesses but also gives consumers ‘access to cheaper, fresh, seasonal, accountable, food.’  If consumers buy local produce it can help to reduce food miles and boost local economies. Try entering your postcode and discover the producers local to you.

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Local Food Advisor was set up to help consumers and businesses search for local food. The database includes the UK’s top award winning food producers, retailers, local food restaurants and Farmers markets. The site includes a directory of food bloggers and some restaurant reviews.  If you’re searching for good quality food that is produced locally to where you live, try searching on this site so see which producers are in your area. 

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The Love Food Hate Waste website aims to reduce the problem of food waste. There’s all sorts of advice on how to reduce your own food waste – which will not only save money but also benefit the environment. There are facts about food waste, advice on planning meals, shopping and portion sizes. There’s information on use by dates and how to make the most of your freezer. There’s a section on food storage aimed at prolonging shelf life. A selection of recipes suggest how to use up a variety of food.

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Still Tasty is an interesting and helpful site advises how best to store and how long to keep all sorts of raw, cooked or preserved produce, including home baked goods, fresh fruit and veg and everything from jars of open mustard to ice cream – pretty much any food or drink you can think of.  As it’s an American site there are food items we’re not familiar with, but the Brits can certainly relate to much of it and very useful if you’re wondering whether you should keep, eat or throw away a particular food item.

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