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Cookware and Kitchen | Longacres Garden Centre

Are you getting ready to have the family over at Christmas or looking forward to a relaxing time at home on your own watching all your favourite old movies again? Whatever you are up to over the festive period, here at Longacres we have a range of cookware to help you tackle everything from the biggest turkey to individual vol-au-vents.Joseph Joseph display at Longacres

Joseph Joseph offer a wide range of kitchen tools from colour coded knives to dishes, containers for those leftovers, and carousel sets in wood or steel.

Joseph Joseph Large Chopping Board SetDid you know that their index chopping board set is more than just a way of avoiding cross-contamination of foods?  Each board has its own special feature such as a groove for catching juices on the meat board and an integrated grip to hold fish steady on the fish board.  We currently offer the Index Large Chopping Board Set for just £44.99!

ColourWorks range at Longacres

If you like to match your kitchenware to your colour scheme we also offer a range of popular tools in stunning shades.  Whether you want a yellow colander, blue knife or pink spatula, our ColourWorks range has something for every taste.

Masterclass Bakeware display at LongacresHere in the office we do enjoy it when someone brings in some yummy home-made fairy cakes or biscuits. If baking is your passion, we have a large range of Masterclass bakeware in store, including the revolutionary Crusty Bake tins, perforated to allow your bread, quiche and pizza to cook that much better in the oven.  You can also find a assortment of accessories including piping bags and nozzles to decorate your cakes right beside the ColourWorks section.

Once your baking is complete, you might like to present your masterpieces to your guests using the MasterClass serving stand or cloche.  These also make ideal presents!

 

MasterClass serving stand and cloche

So for a range of cookware to suit every need, pop along to Longacres and stock up on all of your Christmas essentials.

Steaks on a barbecue

What Every British Barbecue Party Needs

Summer is right around the corner and the weather is warming up. Nothing defines the summer season better than beach escapades, cold drinks and a barbecue with friends.
Barbecue parties are one of the best ways to welcome summer bliss. After all, the delectable scent of grilled meat completes the essence of the season. You get to enjoy delicious barbecue while you chatter with your buds or play some outdoor games.

Barbecues are a great way to celebrate the season. Proper planning plays a pivotal role in successful parties. To enjoy an ace of a party, make sure you have the following essentials:

The right equipment

How can you cook the barbecue without the necessary equipment? You can spend as much as you want on grillers and charcoal, but one should restrain oneself from spending hundreds of quid for your first party. Cheaper models work just as well as the expensive ones.
Decide which equipment suits your need. Will you be holding another party or is this your first and last barbecue? Will you need a deluxe multi burner or kettle barbecues? Make sure you have the right equipment before throwing your bash.

The right accessories

A griller is not enough; you’ll need other accessories to complete your grilling party. Complete your barbecue inventory with the following:

Charcoal
Gas canisters
Cooking tools (tongs, grill brushes, skewers, spatulas, branding irons)
Plates and other flatware
Matches

The right food

Your shopping list should be complete with the food essentials. Barbecues are not always about spare ribs, burgers and sausages. Other options are available, especially for your health-conscious guests. Fish, chicken and vegetables make delicious barbecues; just experiment with different coatings and marinades. Also, shop for salad, corn on the cob and dips.

The right decoration

Emphasise the summer season by decorating your home for the party. Select a theme for your party; go Hawaiian or use popular culture for your themes. Search your local party shop for cheap and fun decorations. Welcome the summer heat with a party. Barbecue parties are one of the best ways to enjoy summer bliss. Longacres offers the essentials for a successful barbecue party with your mates. Browse through our selection and call us now.

Join the Weber BBQ cultures journey…

Weber BBQ Cultures Interactivity

“At any given time, somewhere in the world, someone is barbecuing. Let us take you on a journey to some of the most delicious barbecues around.”

These are the powerful opening words of BBQ Cultures; Weber’s brand new cinematic and interactive campaign that allows us to watch a series of short films whilst interacting and learning about Weber products, recipes, tips and tricks along the way.

Click here to view the BBQ Cultures Interactive Campaign

Five distinct BBQ cultures are focussed on, starting with a men’s fishing trip in tranquil Scandinavia and ending at a warm and beautiful wedding in France. The campaign reinforces the fact that there is a barbecue cooking food, at any given time, somewhere in the world – and we at Longacres couldn’t agree more!

Weber Certified Store Premium LogoLongacres are now incredibly proud to be an official Premium Weber Certified Store, meaning that we are fully authorised to offer the entire Weber product range to you. It also means that our seasonal team have been trained by the Weber experts themselves – so you can fully trust us to ensure that we sell only the barbecue(s) and accessories that are right for you. Come and visit us at our Bagshot store where you can see the full range on display.

Weber Display at Bagshot

Weber display at Longacres Bagshot

Did you know that Weber are hosting their much anticipated Grill Academy – On Tour event at our Bagshot store on Thursday the 25th June? The Weber Grill Academy is a live and exciting 2-hour cooking demonstration designed to inspire and excite you, whether you be a barbecuing pro or a total novice!

The Grill Academy will begin at 6:30pm and will last for approximately 2 hours. Tickets cost just £10 and include entry to the event, refreshments, nibbles and samples.

To find out more about the event and to view a video of what to expect click here, or if you’ve already been persuaded enough to buy tickets click here!

Weber Grill Academy Logo

Don’t forget that our seasonal department also has a vast range of barbecues, accessories, furniture and more, with new additions to our BBQ range from the likes of The Big Green Egg and Landmann, as well as new additions to our furniture range including Alexander Rose, the Jamie Oliver range and Bramblecrest.

Take a few minutes to watch the video below to find our more from our seasonal manager, John Connel, and have a glimpse at what we have in store this year.

Burgers on a gas barbecue

Outdoor Projects You Can Do On Your Own | Longacres Garden Centre

Are you the type who enjoys hosting parties at home or laid-back alfresco dinners? Then these simple projects are perfect for you. Make the most out of spring by lining up one outdoor party after another. From a grill night to a low-key ladies’ night, you’re sure to have the most fun outside and under the stars.

Hang Outdoor Lights

Outdoor lights are easy to install. Set up the perfect mood by putting up charming handmade lighting for your next outdoor party. Just screw in some hooks, drape the lights between them and make sure the end plug is near an electrical source. You will have the perfect lighters in no time, and all your guests are sure to gush over it.

Build a Mini-Bar

Whether it is for keeping your friends hydrated or encouraging them to have fun and have a laugh, an outdoor bar is your easiest bet. Shop around for an inexpensive tiered rolling cart to serve as the foundation for this outdoor mini-bar. Stock the heaviest mixers on the bottom, the plastic glasses or paper cups in the middle, and reserve the top for mixing. Extra points if you get to paint the cart to match your outdoor décor scheme.

Create a Cooking Nook

The mood is set and the drinks are mixed. All that is missing is the scrumptious meal you will all be sharing. Appoint a cooking and eating nook in a certain corner. If you and your family are into grilling, set up a barbecue grill to satisfy all your cravings. Find one that blends nicely with the rest of the space and secure the area with a simple fence around it.

Here at Longacres Garden Centre, we only want to provide your best outdoor entertaining needs. We have a wide selection of barbecue grills that range from charcoal to electric. Rest assured you will find something that fits your needs and suits your party needs. Complete your outdoor party set-up with garden furniture and you are ready to call some friends over.

Contact us today so we can help you with all your outdoor entertainment needs.

Tastings and Demonstrations by The Green Olive Firewood Company Saturday 1st November|Longacres Bagshot

Roasting Marshmallows

We are thrilled to welcome The Green Olive Firewood Company through our doors this Saturday (1st November) to host a series of demonstrations and tastings to show how their range of Firewoods can add fun and ambience to your Halloween and Bonfire parties.

Between 10am and 4:30pm, The Green Olive Firewood Company will be featuring a range of products including:

  • Swedish Torches (see video below)
  • Olive Wood Chunks and Logs (see video below)
  • Seasoned Hardwood
  • Organic Fire Lighters
  • Chimeneas
  • Fire Pits/Bowls
  • Weber Kettle BBQs
  • Using a range of Gardecco Cooking Tools, there will also be demonstrations on how to cook popcorn, roasted chestnuts and waffles on their Chimeneas and Firepits. If that isn’t enough to get your taste buds going – they will also be showing how to cook tasty sausages over Olive Wood to achieve a true authentic Mediterranean taste!

    It’s free to attend the demonstrations and there will be offers on all of the products featured; so grab yourself a bargain and we look forward to seeing you here!


Barbecue like a pro with Longacres and Weber!

We recently hosted the Weber BBQ Roadshow – a very enjoyable evening with lots of expertly cooked food and a whole raft of tips to get more out of your gas or charcoal barbecue! You can check out the video below. Tickets to the sold-out event also gave customers a 10% discount off any Weber product that evening. Watch out for next year’s promotion!

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