Year: 2018

Merry Christmas 2018 from the Kettler Team

Members of the Kettler team wearing Christmas jumpers in the office,

Merry Christmas from the Kettler team!

#ChristmasJumperDay

We have all dug out our Christmas jumpers and headwear for Christmas Jumper Day. From the warehouse team and transport team to accounts and our customer service team, we’ve all dressed up to keep warm this festive season.

Our office shuts from Saturday 22nd December and reopens on the 2nd January.

We at Kettler all hope you have a happy holiday season and fun new year.

Kettler Go-Kart Shortlisted for Finals of The Outdoor Toy Awards 2018

The Outdoor Toy Awards Final Commendation logo.

This year, Kettler entered one of our most popular Go-Karts into the annual Outdoor Toy Awards. Hundreds of the latest and greatest toys for kids entered the summer competition. The toy awards are split into many categories, including Pre-School, Flying Toys and Trampolines or Inflatable bouncing toys.

Daytona Air Go Kart Reaches Final

Kettler submitted the Daytona Air Go-Kart for the Ride-On Category. The Daytona Air go-kart is suitable for children from 4-8 years. The high quality steel tubing frame is scratch-resistant while the moulded seat has a spinal support. The tyres are air fill and include sporty hubs.

The Outdoor Toy Awards are organised by renowned industry experts, Toyology. Teen YouTubers Jaadin the Kid and Amazing Arabella were among the judges who spent the day having fun playing with all the toys and putting them through their paces. The winners were announced via a live-stream on Facebook.

A child riding the Kettler Daytona Air Go-Kart around a race track.

Kettler’s Daytona Air go kart made it to the final of the competition where it received a commendation from the judges. The Ride On group is the toughest category of the awards and we are over the moon with the result.

Christmas Present Ideas for Kids

Buy the Daytona Air Go-Kart now and save 20% on the Kettler website. Our pedal go-kart is the perfect Christmas present for kids from 4 to 8 years.

Discover our full range of go karts or buy a kid’s wheeled toy online today. For help choosing the right toy for your child this Christmas, try our handy ride-on toy buying guides full of helpful tips.

Kettler Garden Furniture on ITV’s Love Your Garden

The Ezra Sofa Set with tea and cakes on top, similar to the one used in ITV's Love Your Garden.

ITV’s Love Your Garden is a prime-time television show currently in its 8th series. Alan Titchmarsh and his team of professional gardeners’ surprise people across Britain by transforming their home gardens into luxury outdoor living spaces. Watch green-fingered experts turn neglected grounds into spectacular gardens all in time for the big reveal to close the show.

The Love Your Garden team came to us, asking to donate Kettler garden furniture for the show. Each episode includes a family deserving of a luxury garden to enjoy time together outdoors. We love the look on their faces when presented with their new outdoor spaces as well as the handy gardening hints and tips given each episode in our own gardens.

Luxury Wood & Wicker Patio Furniture

In episode 4 of series 8, Alan and his team redesigned the garden of a young family with a mother fighting stage 3 secondary cancer. The couple wanted a natural garden full of colour and space for their 3-year-old daughter, Ivy to play in.

Our Cora Round wooden dining table and Cora round back dining chairs were chosen for the garden. The modern mix of handwoven wicker with natural acacia wood was a perfect contrast to the midnight slate patio.

Each episode comes with a “Get the Look” guide to help with your garden design.

Ezra Casual Dining Corner Set

We also donated our Ezra Corner set to a garden in Hackney for episode 8. The Ezra corner set is one of our most luxurious garden furniture sets from the Casual Dining range and we loved seeing what Alan, David Domoney and Katie Rushworth did with the garden lounge set and the garden around it.

Take a look at the “Get the Look” guide for this episode.

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ Experience

This summer we gave customers an opportunity to win a Michelin Star BBQ Experience at home. Chefs from Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck Group will cook a unique meal on an Everdure BBQ for the lucky winner and 10 friends. The competition ran in retailers stocking the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal range over the summer.

Michelin Star Barbecues

The Fat Duck Group are a team of chefs with Heston Blumenthal as their fearless leader. The Berkshire restaurant, The Fat Duck has won international accolades and been awarded 3 Michelin stars. The Fat Duck Group travel the world as a team, promoting Heston’s unique cooking style at events such as the Waitrose Summer Festival, annual trade shows and at the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal UK launch event.

In 2017 Heston launched the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ range in the UK. The range of charcoal and gas barbecues are designed to make it easy for anyone who enjoys outdoor cooking.

Who better to re-imagine the barbecue, than a chef who inspires millions.

And the winner is…

The submissions for the competition have been collected and a name has been picked. We are excited to announce that the winner of the Michelin star BBQ experience in their garden is Alison Walsh.

Members of the Fat Duck Group will visit her house for her very own BBQ experience, cooked on an Everdure HUB charcoal BBQ. Congratulations Alison and we hope you enjoy your experience.

For inspiration on how to cook like a Michelin star chef, there are plenty of BBQ recipe ideas on the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal website to try at home.

Future Garden Trends and Outdoor Cooking on Show at SOLEX

Kettler displays 2019 garden furniture at Solex 2018.

The annual trade show for garden furniture and outdoor living took place at the NEC this July. SOLEX is the best place for industry buyers to see what Kettler will be offering in 2019.

New Garden Furniture Trends

So, what can you look forward to? The Palma range will continue to impress with a new table design set to fire up the garden furniture market.

Our wicker range will expand, with a new family going into garden centres across the UK.

We have new furniture blends, mixing two materials to make one modern set. Our RHS range is set to grow after the success of the wooden garden furniture and Harlow Carr wicker sets (pictured above).

Our new accessories will help you unwind outdoors. We are dipping our toe in new territory, continuing to innovate and improve the garden experience.

The Future of Outdoor Cooking

We introduced the BBQ accessories from the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal range to buyers. The accessories will improve your cooking prowess and inspire your BBQ recipe repertoire.

Chefs from Heston’s Fat Duck Group visited the show for the first time ever and cooked delicious tasters for our guests. They cooked prawns on the Furnace gas BBQ and chicken souvlaki (pictured above) on the spit of the HUB charcoal BBQ.  Not only that, but our customers had a special, private look at the ultimate outdoor cooking machine.

4,000 years in the making, the future of outdoor cooking is coming to the UK…

 

Were You Prepared for the Heatwave?

SOLEX is always a great time for Kettler to not only look forward to the new year’s garden trends, but also reflect on the past year. We saw people flock to their garden furniture when the summer heatwave hit this year. We are proud to help you be ready to relax in these high temperatures on high-quality luxury garden furniture.

Winning Gold at the British Triathlon National Championships

Mireille Cook winning Gold at the British Triathlon National Championships.

The triathlon season is now underway with races and competitions taking place across the nation. The sport attracts people of all ages who want to test their endurance in three different disciplines – swimming, cycling and running.

2018 British Triathlon Championships

Last summer we sponsored Mireille Cook, a 42-year-old working mother of 2 and a triathlete. She had a successful year, winning bronze in the Triathlon World Championships. She became European Champion for Standard Distance Triathlon as well as England Sprint Distance Champion in her age group.

This year she hopes to build on the success of the previous summer. On June 10th she entered the Women’s (ages 40-44) British Age-Group Standard Distance Championship race at the British Triathlon National Championships in Leeds. She gave a fantastic performance and won Gold!

Mireille Cook receiving her Gold medal at the British Triathlon National Championships.370 ladies participated in the triathlon over several age groups.  Mireille was the fastest lady on the 36km cycle section in her age group and was the 5th lady overall.

Mireille said of her win, “I am thrilled to be National Champion. I hadn’t competed in a National championship before so I didn’t know what to expect and I know in the UK the field is very competitive. I had been training hard throughout Spring but it was worth it!

Mireille trained for triathlon competition over the Winter and Spring months using her Kettler Racer S Indoor Training Bike. She used her indoor bike for interval training to improve her performance and fitness, ready for the new season. You can read our post on her training for the triathlon season.

Mireille Cook training at home on her Kettler Racer S Indoor Training Bike.

The Half Iron Triathlon and Beyond

Her next big event is in early September at the Triathlon England National Championship for Half Iron Distance. The distance of a half iron triathlon is a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile cycle and a 13.11-mile run (the distance of a half marathon). Mireille is used to running Olympic distance races but a half iron triathlon is a much bigger and therefore more challenging undertaking.

Furthermore, she has qualified for the 2019 European Triathlon Championships in Holland and the 2019 World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland. With a busy 12 months ahead, we will report back on how Mireille’s training, how she performed and what will come next.

We wish her good luck and look forward to hearing about her experiences in the coming months.

Enjoy the Sunshine with a Portable BBQ

A portable BBQ is ideal for an impromptu outdoor meal. They allow you to easily enjoy an al fresco meal in the privacy of your garden or socialise at the nearby park. Wherever you use it a portable BBQ is the perfect sunshine accessory.

How to Select the Best Portable BBQ

A portable BBQ should include everything you need for outdoor cooking. The perfect mini BBQ would include a space to store and prepare food as well as a lid for securely closing the BBQ during transit.

Portable BBQs come in different styles and sizes. Although many lack the added extras of a larger BBQ, portable models make up for it in design. Some can be placed safely on any surfaces, such as table tops, for added convenience.

It is important to clean the ash out of a portable charcoal BBQ after use. Selecting one with a removable charcoal tray will make this much easier. After you’ve finished the BBQ, douse the hot coals with water to make sure they are cool, wrap them in tin foil, and bin them. However, portable gas BBQs are more convenient with less mess. Just like using a cooker at home, simply turn the gas on and you’re ready to cook.

Camping and Caravanning BBQs

A small camping BBQ brings people together in the great outdoors. Pack your portable BBQ and cook a meal for the family with ease. You can cook an authentic meal over charcoal next to your tent or caravan.

Check the campsite guidelines for rules on cooking on a BBQ. Don’t put the fire too close to your caravan or tent and consider the direction of the wind when placing your BBQ. DO NOT light your BBQ inside your tent – it can not only cause a fire, but it may also create a build-up of carbon dioxide.

BBQ in the City

Got limited space? A portable BBQ can easily be placed on your balcony or set up in a local park to enjoy an urban al fresco meal. Outdoor living is in, regardless of when and where; put the cider on ice and mix the gin cocktails for the perfect summer party.

Invite your friends and head to the park to heat up the portable grill. Parks in the summer have a great atmosphere, filled with plenty of sun-worshippers out to have fun. Beware of people around you – the smell of a good barbecue may cause jealousy. But do make sure you check local guidelines about using a BBQ in a local park before heading out.

BBQ on the Beach

Recreate an Australian BBQ by cooking on the beach. Raised portable BBQs are the best style for beaches as cooking on the sand or pebbles creates lasting heat that can burn other people’s feet once you’ve left. After you have finished cooking, make sure to cover the hot stones or sand.

Disposable vs Portable BBQs

The disposable BBQs at petrol stations are cheap, cheerful, and will work for cooking a bacon sandwich. Although to enjoy the perfect outdoor meal, you’ll need something more substantial.

A disposable BBQ is more likely to char as the food sits close to the fire. Dripping fat will increase the risk of flare-ups which can result in the food looking black instead of brown. You may also find that food sticks to the grill. Disposable BBQs can also burn the grass underneath them and aren’t currently environmentally friendly.

Portable BBQs are easier to use, light, and often include a larger cooking area as well as heat resistant handles. In addition, portable BBQs are more environmentally friendly and some have a very stylish appearance.

Quick and Easy Meals on a Portable Barbecue

Heston’s Cheeseburger

Enjoy a classic burger with Heston Blumenthal’s own recipe cooked on a CUBE BBQ. Melt cheese slices onto beef burgers and serve up with a delicious sauce, vegetables, and brioche burger bun.

Romaine Lettuce Vegetable Wedge

Cook a vegetarian or vegan BBQ meal with the Romaine lettuce vegetable wedge. This delicious, healthy side includes peppers and mushroom as well as a tasty dressing.

Open Face Steak Sandwich

Serve a delicious steak on top of a pain de campagne. Finish with a mustard vinaigrette and blue cheese. Easy to prepare and simple to cook, it is the perfect summer lunchtime meal.

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Tour the UK

Everdure by Heston UK Tour with free live deonstrations.

If you’re keen to learn more about the future of BBQs and have a love of exciting and unique food, you won’t want to miss our UK tour of FREE live BBQ demonstrations of the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal range.

From Dorset to Cumbria, the talented team behind the UK’s newest innovation in both gas and charcoal BBQs will be touring UK garden centres and department stores providing live cooking demonstrations.

In addition to all of the sumptuous food, there will be exclusive offers, cooking tips and insights into how to get the best from your BBQ and, of course, the finest recipes to sample – such as Chicken chipotle, delicious breakfast muffins and mouth-watering steak with coffee rub.

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal represents the very best in outdoor cooking and comes with the seal of approval from the three-star Michelin chef, who used his 20 years of professional experience in helping design the BBQs.

With the first event starting on May 12th at Beetham Nurseries, Cumbria, to the last demonstration at Brigg Garden Centre in Lincoln on June 1st, the full list of venues, dates and times can be found below.

Whether you’re a newbie to the world of outdoor cooking or a veteran with seasoning, there is no need to book, just turn up and enjoy the flexibility of these state-of-the-art BBQs, as they cook everything from all-day breakfasts to sweet desserts, including Heston’s own unique cuisine!

Those looking to get a head start on the pop-ups can watch BBQ cooking videos here, featuring the impressive BBQs at work and cooking tips (we don’t advise doing so if you’re hungry).

Barbecues for All Diets

Logo for the barbecues for all diets blog post on a grey background.

Some of the best memories are made outdoors in the garden, with good food and even better friends. With BBQ season now in full swing, we wanted to make sure everyone is catered for at your next gathering. It’s easy to create a menu suitable for everybody – all you need is a little bit of planning.

Vegan and vegetarian BBQs

Attending a meat-eating friend’s BBQ as a veggie or vegan can be a bit of a minefield, especially if you’re new to the scene. In addition, it can be equally confusing hosting someone with specific dietary requirements.

Vegetarians follow a diet with no meat or fish. Vegans, on the other hand, exclude, as far as possible, all forms of animal products. The dietary aspect of veganism involves plant-based foods. However, someone who only follows a ‘plant-based’ diet sometimes doesn’t avoid animal testing or by-products, unlike vegans.

A barbecue doesn’t have to revolve around meat. There are plenty of vegan and veggie BBQ options suitable for everyone’s tastes and requirements. Making sure you’ve got an extra throw-away BBQ or a separate area to cook will help avoid any cross contamination and is a great way to make sure everyone feels comfortable. If in doubt, always ask your guests about their preferences.

Top tip: Ask your veggie and vegan friends for ideas! There are numerous meat substitutes out there.

Food allergy advice

In addition to those who follow special diets, it’s estimated that around 2 million people living in the UK have a food allergy – this figure doesn’t include those with food intolerances. To help prevent guests from having an allergic reaction to food, make sure you read up on their requirements beforehand. Similar to catering for veggies and vegans, it’s a good idea to ask for some suggestions of foods they can and want to eat.

Top tip: Freefrom sections in supermarkets are a great place to find popular foods that omit some of the top allergens.

We’ve put together some tips to help understand all your guests’ dietary requirements and make sure everyone has a good time.

With a little bit of research, chefs of all skill levels can create a healthy BBQ to accommodate everyone. From veggie and vegan meals to gluten-free BBQ foods; a barbecue can be diverse, as well as delicious. Try Heston’s char-grilled tomato and avocado slaw as a yummy vegan accompaniment or, for some vegetarian BBQ ideas, the roasted pineapple sundae is perfect for dessert.

Now all you need is the perfect barbeque from our Everdure range. From the charcoal hub to our furnace gas BBQ, we’ve got something for every outdoor garden party.

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ Experience

Steak and bread cooking on a Fusion charcoal BBQ at the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ experience.

Garden Centres and Department stores from across the UK received an invitation to Bray in Maidenhead to enjoy a hands-on cooking experience with an Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ range. Hosted in the garden of The Crown, Heston’s very own gastropub, the event included chefs from the award-winning Fat Duck Team.

An Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Fusion charcoal BBQ on display at our BBQ experience.

A Hands-On BBQ Experience

The Everdure by Heston Blumenthal range was on full show over the two-day event. Heston’s usual, unique cuisine was cooked on gas and charcoal barbeques. From all-day breakfasts to sweet desserts, guests were taught how to harness these impressive outdoor cooking machines with tasty results.

Staff from John Lewis, Notcutts and other garden centres attended the event. Despite the cold and wet British weather, the enthusiasm on the day showed our passion for a good old-fashioned BBQ.

Unique BBQ Recipes

The event included four cooking stations, each with their own recipe and BBQ. Steak with blue cheese and watercress on toast was cooked on a Fusion charcoal BBQ. Guests cooked an apple tart and full English breakfast on the Force and Furnace gas BBQs.

A Fat Duck chef teaching staff how to cook a full English breakfast on a Furnace gas BBQ.

While we learnt, a suckling pig cooked throughout the day on the built-in rotisserie system of a HUB charcoal BBQ. We then closed the event with pulled pork sliders, with a brioche bun, specially made BBQ sauce and coleslaw. See the full recipe here.

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Ambassadors

A Fat Duck chef teaching an audience how an Everdure by Heston Blumenthal HUB BBQ works.

Our aim for the event was to show our customers just what you can achieve on our unique BBQs. Look out for our new Everdure “Ambassadors”, ready to inform you of what delicious food they made at our event.

We would like to thank all who attended our BBQ experience. Also, a big thank you to the chefs from the Fat Duck team. They arranged the delicious recipes and imparted their extensive knowledge. We hope this will inspire the whole of the UK to go out and master the heat on their BBQ.

We are LOFAssured

Palma Mini Set in rattan from KETTLER's Casual Dining range in a conservatory

Kettler is now officially LOFAssured.

LOFA is the Leisure & Outdoor Furniture Association, and we are a member. They give us advice and services to ensure our products are compliant with official regulations so we can create the best furniture for the end consumer.

Fire Safety

The LOFAssured scheme is an audit process which all LOFA members must pass. The scheme ensures we adhere to best business practices. The LOFAssured label means we do everything in our power to comply with the Flammability Regulations. We perform ample due diligence during the manufacturing process, therefore, ensuring our products come readymade for your home.

The Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations 1988 set levels of fire resistance for domestic upholstered furniture, furnishings and other products containing upholstery. It is illegal for furniture not to comply with these regulations.

 

What is covered?

  • All filling material in upholstered furniture must meet the specified ignition requirement.
  • Upholstery composites must be Cigarette Resistant.
  • Covers/Outer Material must be Match Resistant.
  • Every item of furniture must have a permanent label.
  • A display label must be present at the point of sale.

Safe Garden Furniture

The initiative ensures all cushions comply with Trading Standards as well as FIRA’s (Furniture Industry Research Association) fire safety regulations. With the LOFAssured tag on our garden furniture, you can take comfort in the knowledge that our cushions are up to standard.

A Guide to Training for a Triathlon

Mireille at the Newbury Triathlon 2014.

Last year Kettler sponsored Triathlon athlete Mireille Cook. Mireille competes for Great Britain on an international level. Last summer she won the bronze medal in her age group at the Triathlon World Championships. Her journey from beginner to competitor took two years.

Here is her guide to training for a triathlon:

First Triathlon Experience

I have always been sporty, having played hockey since I was a teenager. But I was always a jack of all trades, master of none! Hockey gave me a great base fitness for running, which is probably my strongest part of triathlon now. The main drive for doing sport though is that I am massively competitive (mainly against myself) and exercise is how I relax.

In the Summer of 2014, (always up for a new challenge!) I decided to take part in a local Sprint Distance Triathlon in my hometown of Newbury. After a few of my friends had done one I was intrigued to try a triathlon. I had no real swim experience but knew that I probably had enough basic fitness to manage the bike and run sections.

I did no training for it and had no proper triathlon kit back then so cobbled together some bits and pieces to be able to do the race. I did the 600m Lido swim in some cycling shorts and a sports bra, then stuck on a t-shirt for the 20k cycle and 5k run. Without a proper road bike, I used my Mountain bike (decidedly non-aerodynamic!) for the bike section.

I absolutely LOVED the event – it was fun, informal, friendly and I really enjoyed the challenge of changing from 1 discipline to another. I don’t know where I finished but it certainly was nowhere near the Podium!

Why triathlon?

Triathlon was something I was aware of, but it wasn’t until friends recommended it that I decided to get involved. There is so much variety with triathlon it is easy to enjoy. Nor do you have to be amazing at 1 particular sport, which was great for me as I was more of an all-rounder.

Triathlon: Beginner to Competitor

The great thing about Triathlon is that anyone can do them, especially the shorter distance events. You just need to be able to swim (any stroke), own a pair of trainers and a bike!  This meant I could take up competing straight away. After the Newbury Triathlon in 2014, I decided I would like to be more competitive. I realised I would need to get better in all 3 disciplines – especially swimming.

I started training properly in the Spring of 2015, which basically consisted of lots of short sessions at the pool, reading/youtube research on swimming and a few lessons. At that point, I started to really enjoy swimming so I joined a club. It all went on from there! Before I knew it, I was fitting in a couple of swim sessions, run sessions and bike rides a week. I just had to learn the art of waking at 6am and getting it done before the family awoke!

 

The triathlon diet

One of the main advantages of training for triathlon is that you generally have a licence to eat as much as you like! It’s definitely a motivator! The only change to my diet is that I make sure I drink lots of water and eat plenty of protein. The hardest thing is that during the race season I tend not to drink much and I do miss being able to enjoy a glass or 2 of wine!

Do you take a break during Christmas?

OH yes! I definitely take a break around Christmas! I think it’s important not to train hard all the time and have a bit of downtime. There is no real routine around Christmas so I just tend to pop out for the odd run to blow away the cobwebs and if the weather is bad I use my Kettler Racer S Indoor training bike, which is perfect for working out whilst watching a movie!