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Culinary Concepts interiors in Guildford - talking shop

PUBLISHED: 16:23 03 December 2013 | UPDATED: 16:23 03 December 2013

The Stag range

The Stag range

© John-Paul Bland 2013

It’s well worth taking a walk to the top of Guildford High Street and turning into Chertsey Street to discover this gem of a gift store

Culinary Concepts

10-12 Chertsey Street, Guildford GU1 4HD 
Tel: 01483 301918 / culinaryconcepts.co.uk

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What you can expect…

It opened nine years ago in a beautiful 300-year-old building and in the hands of owners Kate Jerome and James Denton it became a marriage of classic building meets contemporary design. Initially specialising in tabletop ware, Culinary Concepts has grown into a lifestyle brand of gifts and home accessories.

First impressions…

Intriguingly, this is essentially two shops joined together with two entrances. The inside is light, bright and shiny with cream tongue and groove panelling providing the perfect backdrop to the metal products. All the merchandise is displayed on glass shelves supported on contoured brass piping that’s edged with their signature knot design in stainless steel. Upstairs, at this time of year, you’ll find a festive array of tableware and unique Christmas gifts as well as stunning metal lanterns complete with decorations and non-drip candles.

Unusual finds…

The Polished Knot cutlery, which launched the brand 14 years ago, is still their best-seller but this year saw the addition of the updated Love Knot range too. Besides place settings, there’s a trio of cheese knives, cake servers and more all in stainless steel. Other ranges are also defined by their shape or design like the new Olive Collection that includes pretty bowls, a cake stand with glass dome and serving trays. For the horsey set, the equestrian range of serving pieces and barware includes ice buckets with leather stirrup handles, quirky stirrup-shaped toast racks as well as cruet sets and key rings. One of my favourite ranges is Honey Bee, mainly in silver plate. Each piece, from napkin rings and spoons to butter dishes, has a little bee decoration.

Other highlights…

Look out for the lanterns, which come in all sizes, from small to extra large, and in a variety of designs with wood or metal handles – and don’t miss the table and floor-standing candelabras. The new leather furniture and accessory range inspired by steamer trunks is also a winner. The trunks, chests and tables all come in cigar or cognac-coloured leather plus there’s a lighter range, too, finished in natural canvas.

While you’re there…

Check out the many pieces that are perfect for Christmas gifts. Shaped like a shotgun cartridge, there are key-rings, a letter opener and place card holders. Or take a look at the silver plate champagne flutes and wine goblets; the bottle stoppers with the new stag’s head decoration; the cheese accessories from boards to cheese wires; and the spanner-ended knives and servers. Most of the products come in the signature black gift boxes and can be beautifully wrapped while you wait if you wish.

Why you should visit…

Because at Culinary Concepts, you’ll find a fantastic range of tabletop and home accessories, friendly staff and great vintage background music from Dean Martin to Bobby Darin to put you in a ‘treat yourself’ frame of mind. They also have discount loyalty cards and a wedding gift list.

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