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The Great BBQ-Off

What better way to showcase our award-winning furniture, BBQ and accessories this season than to host an Ashes-themed garden party.

With England and Australia set to go to battle with bat and ball in the coming months and the intense rivalry between the nations reaching fever-pitch, we brought in the best of both nations for a head-to-head BBQ-off.

Alec Stewart, who played for England from 1989 to 2003, and Aussie bowler Jeff Thomson – known widely as the fastest bowler in the world – didn’t mince words as the grills fired up, but who was going to be BBQ-master and who was going to be left stumped?

Each sportsman chose their own dish to prepare, with Stewart opting for a stacked burger, and Thomson choosing a traditional steak and prawn combo.

Download the recipes for the stacked burger or the steak and prawn combo to create your own BBQ feast.

The pair’s efforts were overseen by professional chef Ashley Hatton, who holds the position of Head of Development at Michelin-starred Fat Duck Group. In the interest of fair play, the competitors were given identical charcoal BBQs – a Hub from Heston Blumenthal’s Everdure collection.

Whilst Alec and Jeff were experts with a bat and ball, with over 180 Test Match appearances between the pair, it was clear to see that they were out of their comfort zone and not wanting to let their country down. As we powered up the Fast Flame Ignition System™ on the HUB both Alec and Jeff were giving Ashley a grilling of their own to try and secure top BBQ cooking tips and gain an advantage ahead of the culinary clash.

View our video to find out who would triumph in the Kettler Ashes BBQ Off!

Get The Look – if you’re feeling inspired and looking to get your outdoor space ready for a summer garden party, here’s our products as featured.

Get set for summer in style with the latest, luxurious garden furniture from Kettler

One of our most popular ranges, the Palma Collection is part of the modern Casual Dining concept. The outdoor wicker furniture gives you flexibility with wicker and rattan furniture for both the garden and conservatory. Enjoy sofas for lounging and tables for dining on. Palma sets come in a choice of sizes, with the Palma Corner to the Palma Cube as well as individual armchairs and benches for additional seating.

With comfort at its absolute core, the Palma collection features ultra-soft cushioning on all seating with double piping for extra support. The cushions are UV, stain and shower resistant, and all furniture pieces are made from weather-proof wicker, handwoven with a 5mm half-round weave on square-tube aluminium frames for low maintenance and strength. This season’s must-have is available in your choice of rattan or white wash.

For more information or to find stockists click here.

Become the ultimate outdoor entertainer with the Everdure HUB BBQ

For the ultimate charcoal cooking experience, look no further than the HUB BBQ from Everdure by Heston Blumenthal. With its Fast Flame Ignition System, you can get your charcoal burning at the perfect temperature in just ten minutes.

The ideal balance of function and form, the HUB comes with a subtly integrated rotisserie that means you can perfectly cook that show-stopping suckling pig or a whole chicken for all to enjoy!

For more information or to find stockists click here.


Force Gas BBQ Awarded Which? Best Buy

Mint Force 2 Burner Gas BBQ with the Which? Best Buy Barbecues April 2019 logo on a grey background.

We are thrilled to announce that the FORCE™ Gas BBQ from the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal range has been awarded the Which? Magazine Best Buy for April 2019. The 2-burner gas BBQ received an “Excellent” Verdict from the trusted review site.

Independent BBQ Review

Which? has been offering independent reviews since 1957 and their coveted Best Buy gives consumers a great indication of top market leaders. Which? have found that 7 out of 10 consumers are more likely to choose a product when it comes with the trusted Best Buy logo.

The FORCE™ 2-burner gas BBQ received Best Buy after its review which you can read, as a member, on their website. Which? praised the quick pre-heating, the large cooking area and the sleek curves in the design.

Award Winning BBQ’s

The FORCE™ BBQ is one of two gas BBQ’s from the award-winning Everdure by Heston Blumenthal range. The FORCE™ is a versatile gas barbeque made with power and grace. The seamless shape is designed for a smooth airflow for an even cook. Interchangeable cast-iron grills and flat plates mean you can adjust your set-up to suit your recipes.

This collection also includes charcoal BBQ’s and accessories. We saw the launch of the 4K charcoal oven in the Spring of 2019. The 4K BBQ includes the latest in modern outdoor cooking design, including Fast Flame Ignition™ and Touch Screen control.

You can find out more at your local Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Retailer.


Everdure by Heston Blumenthal 2019 BBQ Tour

Steak being salted on a chopping board next to an Everdure by Heston Blumenthal HUB charcoal BBQ.

After a successful tour around UK garden centres in 2018, Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ’s are heading back on the road. Specially trained teams will be cooking on charcoal and gas BBQ’s at different locations across the nation.

Free BBQ Demos

You will have the chance to taste unique recipes designed by chefs from The Fat Duck Group for free. Try the coffee rub steak or a tasty vegetarian BBQ option and get cooking tips to improve your grill skills.

Demo Day Offers

Enjoy special demo day offers on Everdure By Heston Blumenthal BBQ’s and accessories, including the new 4K outdoor oven (T&Cs apply). The Everdure range includes both charcoal and gas BBQ’s with modern features that revolutionise outdoor cooking.

Garden Centre Tour

Below is the list of Everdure by Heston Blumenthal retailers we will be visiting over May and June.

May

Saturday 11th May 2019
Squires Garden Centre (Cobham)
10am – 4pm

Saturday 11th May 2019
Webbs Garden Centre (Droitwich)
10am – 4pm

Sunday 12th May 2019
Garsons Garden Centre (Esher)
10am – 4pm

Sunday 12th May 2019
Radway Bridge Garden Centre
10am – 4pm

Saturday 18th May 2019
Squires Garden Centre (Twickenham)
9am – 6pm

Saturday 18th May 2019
Hilltop Garden Centre (Oxon)
9am – 5.30pm

Sunday 19th May 2019
Morden Hall Park
10am-4pm

Sunday 19th May 2019
Frosts Garden Centre – Millets Farm
10am – 4.30pm

Saturday 25th May 2019
St Johns Garden Centre (Ashford)
9am – 5.30pm

Saturday 25th May 2019
Norwich Camping
9am – 5.30pm

Sunday 26th May 2019
Cambridge Home and Garden
10am – 4pm

 

 

June

Saturday 1st June 2019
Oaktree Garden Centre
8am – 6pm

Saturday 1st June 2019
Frosts Garden Centre (Woburn Sands)
9am – 6pm

Sunday 2nd June 2019
Squires Garden Centre (Shepperton)
10am – 4.30pm

Sunday 2nd June 2019
Bedfordshire BBQ Centre
10am-4pm

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June 2019
Hydropool – Cheltenham Food Festival
TBC

Saturday 15th June 2019
John Lewis Southampton
TBC

Saturday 22nd June 2019
Haskins Garden Centre (West End)
9am – 6pm

Saturday 22nd June 2019
Bourne End Garden Centre
9am – 6pm

Sunday 23rd June 2019
Squires Garden Centre (Woking)
10.30am – 4.30pm

Sunday 23rd June 2019
Haddenham Garden Centre
10.30am – 4.30pm


Everdure by Heston Blumenthal 4K Launch Event

Otto Romer, from The Fat Duck Group, cooking on a 4K BBQ at the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal 4K Launch Event.

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal officially launched the 4K Charcoal BBQ in the UK and Ireland in April. The occasion was marked by a special event in London which saw chefs from The Fat Duck Group cook on the new BBQ. Heston Blumenthal himself made an appearance to celebrate the launch.

4K Charcoal BBQ

Top chefs from The Fat Duck Group cooked on the 4K charcoal BBQ on location in London’s bustling Canary Wharf. Bloggers and journalists tasted unique recipes designed by the chefs and picked up BBQ cooking tips.

Representatives from The Times, Ideal Homes and The Independent attended the event as well as bloggers and influencers. Ex-cricketer and BBQ enthusiast Matthew Hoggard, ex-England rugby player David Flatman and 2018 Great British Bake Off contestant Ruby Bhogal were among the guests invited to the one-off event.

Ruby Bhogal and bloggers drinking cocktails at the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal 4K BBQ launch.

Ex-cricketer and BBQ enthusiast Matthew Hoggard attending the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal 4K Launch party.

Ex-England rugby player David Flatman talking to guests at the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal 4K Launch party.

The BBQ recipes cooked on the new outdoor oven include the harissa baked scallops, Asian ribs with Yuzu coleslaw and the smoked milk ice-cream, black cherry and meringue. Guests watched as the food was cooked in the kamado-style BBQ and saw features such as the touch glass display and new Airflow Control in action.

Meet & Greet with Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal made a special appearance at the event to mark the launch. Journalists and bloggers were able to put their cooking questions to the three Michelin star chef and discover more about the range he developed with Everdure.

In the afternoon, competition winners were able to meet and greet Heston. Guests, who entered a competition on Kettler’s Facebook account, took selfies with the world-renowned chef and tasted the food cooked on the 4K.

The event was a total success and we are excited for the summer ahead of us. Find your nearest Everdure by Heston Blumenthal retailer to find the future of BBQing, now.


Basic Gardening Tips for the Easter Weekend

A little girl running to another child in a garden.

The long Easter weekend is the best time to get into your garden. There is no better time to roll up your sleeves and make your outdoor space beautiful.

Here are some gardening tips to improve your outdoor space this Easter break.

Mow the Lawn

Mowing the grass becomes a weekly job at the end of spring and if you haven’t already, the Easter weekend is the perfect time to start. Cut the grass to an inch and trim the edges with a half-moon tool.

Repair lawns and re-seed bare patches in March or April. Using fertilizer gives grass that lush green appearance. Spike the lawn for drainage and to let the roots breathe.

Wooden basket containing fresh vegetables.

Plant Vegetables and Sow Seeds

Carrots, cauliflower, peas, and potatoes should be on your list of vegetables to plant in April. Sow tomatoes from seed and prepare for the incoming rhubarb stems. Plant summer-flowering bulbs in pots and borders (3 times their depth), throwing away any bulbs from the winter that have rotted.

Introduce kids to the fun world of gardening, taking your children or grandchildren to your local garden centre to buy some seed packets. Show children how to sprinkle the seeds onto well-drained soil in sunny spots in beds and borders. Then rake the seeds into the surface.

2 RHS By Kettler Rosemoor Director's Chairs with a Rosemoor Bistro Table on a patio.

Spring Clean Your Garden Furniture

Take the protective covers off your garden furniture and dust away any leaves or dirt. Wash your garden furniture with warm soapy water and a sponge. Check your cushions, which should be stored indoors over the wet and winter months, so they are ready for the warm weather.

Check your BBQ, cleaning away any old charcoal or grease that may have been missed in the Autumn BBQ clean. Don’t forget to clean the outside of the BBQ too. People respect a good-looking Barbie.

Snail on a stone or wall.

The Garden Dirty Work

Yes, unfortunately, you may need to get your hands dirty this Easter bank holiday. April is the time when weeds begin to show – remove all unwanted weeds by hand or with a hoe. Smother weeds with mulch or use groundcover fabrics to suppress re-growth and be sure to read the labels If you’re using chemical weed killer.

Slugs and snails arrive in the garden with the April showers and warmer temperatures. Use liquid slug killer or wood ash around your plants. Alternatively, if you own chickens, let them protect your garden.

The Easter weekend is a time for relaxing and enjoying a family barbecue or hosting a garden party. However, these quick and simple gardening tips will have your garden looking great in no time. For more gardening tips for April, take a look at the RHS advice pages.

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Join Heston for a BBQ at the Launch of the New 4K

Heston Blumenthal stood in front of the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal BBQ range.

We are celebrating the launch of Everdure by Heston Blumenthal’s 4K: the next innovation in outdoor cooking by launching a competition to join Heston Blumenthal at the BBQ launch.

Heston cooking turkey on 4K Everdure BBQ

The future of charcoal cooking is here! Unleash your inner chef all year round with the new Everdure by Heston Blumenthal 4K outdoor oven (RRP £1795), the latest addition to the Michelin star chef’s hi-tech range!

Launching this Spring, the show-stopping 4K is the pinnacle of outdoor dining, inspired by the 4000-year tradition of Kamado-style and man-made ceramic clay cooking, it merges the rich history of charcoal taste, with revolutionary 21st century technology.

Kettler is the official distributor Everdure by Heston Blumenthal in the UK and Ireland.

The Prize: Up to 25 winners will be invited to bring one guest with them to a BBQ with Heston Blumenthal at The Sipping Room, 16 Hertsmere Road, West India Quay, London, E14 4AX on Wednesday 10th April from 4pm till 6pm.

How to Enter:  Visit our Facebook Page where our competition post will be pinned at the top from 4pm on Friday 5th April through to 12pm on Monday 8th April 2019.

BBQ enthusiasts can enjoy a two hour meet and greet and exclusive demonstration of the 4K.  Simply comment on our competition post stating why you should win, in no more than 50 words.

Terms & Conditions:  By submitting an entry to this Promotion, entrants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. Entry instructions form part of these Terms and Conditions. The competition will be live from 4pm on Friday 5th April to 12pm on Monday 8th April 2019. Entries submitted with incomplete information, or found to contain invalid information, shall be deemed invalid entries. Entrants are limited to over 18s.  No automated, third party or bulk entries are permitted during the term of the promotion. Multiple entries in breach of this provision will result in those entries being disqualified. Entrants must like Kettler’s Facebook page and comment on Kettler’s competition post stating why in no more than 50 words they should win.  Kettler will select up to 25 of the best qualifying responses based on those that demonstrate a passion for outdoor cooking and a genuine interest in the Everdure 4K BBQ.  Entrants will be required to attend the meet and greet event with Heston Blumenthal on Wednesday 10th April from 4pm to 6pm.  Each winner may bring one

guest aged 18 or over. All entrants will be required to arrange their own transport to and from the event, and cover their own expenses. Up to 25 winners will be announced on Monday 8th April at 4pm via Facebook. The Promoter’s decision is final.  The Promoter reserves the right to cancel, amend, terminate or temporarily suspend this Promotion at any time with no liability to any entrant or any third party. The Promoter and its associated agencies and companies accept no liability for any loss, expense or damage which is suffered or sustained (whether or not arising from any person’s negligence) in connection with the Promotion and/or prizes, other than such liability that cannot be excluded by law including death or personal injury caused by negligence, where liability shall be limited to the minimum permissible by law.  If there are reasonable grounds to believe that there has been a breach of these Terms and Conditions by an entrant, The Promoter may, at its sole discretion invalidate the relevant entry and disqualify the entrant from the Promotion, irrespective of the stage in the Promotion reached.  The Promoter’s decision in all matters relating to the Promotion is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered.  Entrants hereby release Facebook of all liability that can be excluded under English law. This Promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. The promoter of this competition is Kettler Garden Furniture, Merse Rd, Redditch B98 9HL.


Everdure by Heston Blumenthal 2019 BBQ Training Day

A chef from the Fat Duck Group cooking on a 4K charcoal BBQ in front of a group of people.

In March, we began celebrations for the Everdure by Heston Blumenthal 2019 BBQ range. We held a training event for retailers from across the UK, including staff from garden centres and John Lewis stores. The day of cooking, learning and eating took place at The Crown in Bray, Heston Blumenthal’s very own gastropub.

The New 4K Outdoor Oven

Guests were introduced to the new 4K charcoal BBQ and shown the outdoor oven in action. Top chefs from The Fat Duck Group fired up the BBQ and cooked low and slow pastrami as well as pork ribs over charcoal.

Cooking Over Charcoal

Attendees received a hands-on cooking experience on the Fusion charcoal BBQs. Chicken wings were cooked in the Rotisserie Cage from the BBQ accessories range. Grilled Sweetcorn was a vegetarian option, grilled with a paprika butter.

Outdoor Cooking Inspiration

Each training event kicked off with marshmallows and pastries cooked over the portable Cube charcoal BBQ. Elsewhere on the day, guests cooked a Banana Split on a gas BBQ, with ice cream, a caramel ganache and bacon.

Our training days were the first of many Everdure by Heston events coming in 2019. We will be hosting an official UK launch event for the 4K BBQ. Also this summer, our teams will be touring with Heston’s BBQ’s, giving cooking tips, free food, and great savings in garden centres across England.

Visit the Everdure website for recipe ideas from Heston Blumenthal and his team of chefs. Discover more about the new 4K BBQ and find your local retailer here.


5 Simple Steps to a Comfortable and Relaxing Garden

The Elba Corner Set and Elba Side Table and free arm parasol on a patio in a garden.

Spending time in your garden helps raise your mood and recharge your batteries. Creating a space to unwind will help you escape this summer.

See our helpful tips to add comfortable, homely touches to your garden.

The Chelsea Steamer with Cushion from the RHS by KETTLER garden furniture range on a lawn..

Choosing your garden design

Pick a calming theme from the latest garden trends to help you relax. An idyllic country garden filled with big green hedges and traditional garden furniture helps us forget about the fast-paced, tech-filled world.

For a modern garden design try the Nordic style, with simple lines, natural colour palette and ultra-soft furniture. A Japanese Zen garden has a stripped back style with flowing water features, low, comfy seating and large, decorative stacked rocks. A Buddhist statue helps achieve a peaceful state of mind.

Creating an Outdoor Nook

For so many, comfort means hiding away, and the garden is the perfect place to escape everything. Finding your nook is easy. Pick a spot that isn’t overlooked by neighbours or near the kids’ play area. Surround yourself with tall plants or fences and put your feet up with a good book.

How to Add Soothing Sounds

Escape the noise of the street in an urban garden with simple garden accessories. Wooden bamboo chimes and a water feature or bird bath bring soft and natural sounds. Introduce calming music to your garden with a wireless parasol speaker or enjoy the natural sounds of a light breeze rustling the trees and plants around you.

Natural fragrances for your Garden

Planting sweet-scented flowers such as gardenia, lavender or sweet peas in your garden not only add fragrance but also helps reduce stress through gardening. These colourful flowers make your garden look warm and welcoming with vibrant petals. Planting herbs in the garden add a fresh fragrance and can be used in dishes at meal times.

Visit your local garden centre or nursery for help on what’s best to plant or pot in your garden.

Outdoor living room furniture

Look for indoor furniture for outdoors, such as a family corner sofa with thick cushions. Put your feet up on an outdoor footstool and bring garden accessories, such as a side table or coffee table to your patio.

Utilise shade on a warm day with a parasol or sit under a tree to enjoy a cool breeze. If you have a garden with a great view, don’t block it up with trees and hedges. For the ultimate touch of leisure in your garden, soak up the bubbles in a hot tub to relieve stress.


Making the Most of Your Home Garden

Close up of a lit Palma Fire Pit Table from the Kettler Palma garden furniture range, in a garden.

As soon as we get a few early days of spring sunshine, everyone begins to wonder what to do with their garden and long, sunny afternoons entertaining seem just around the corner.

To help you make the most of your home garden this spring and summer we have put together some top tips to get your garden looking amazing, no matter what the size.

Modular Garden Furniture

Modular garden furniture gives you the flexibility for all occasions and adapts to the space you have. You can pick and choose the type of furniture to suit the space you have or the guests you are expecting. It’s perfect for both hosting a garden party or relaxing with a good book on the patio.

SHOP: Charlbury Casual Dining Sets

Small Garden Ideas

If you have a small urban garden or even a balcony, introduce plant pots to add colour without using too much space. Replace grass with stones or slabs for a low maintenance design and if it’s just the two of you, buy a bistro set and enjoy romantic meals outdoors.

The Caffe Roma Bistro Set with Aqua Check cushions on a patio.

SHOP: Caffe Roma Bistro Set

Adding Outdoor Accessories

Garden decorations and accessories are a great way to add homely touches to your outdoor space. Put plant pots on garden shelves or plant stands to add different levels to a garden. To give your garden a more spacious feel, a mirror can make a nice addition – alternatively, a side table always makes for a handy place to keep nibbles and drinks within arm’s reach.

Light Up an Evening Garden

Don’t go inside when the night falls! Watch the stars by the warmth of a fire pit table. A fire pit or chiminea creates a focal point for people to huddle round when darkness falls. Hang solar panelled lights over your garden or along a fence for a little eco-friendly light at a low cost.

SHOP: Palma Fire Pit Table with Palma Corner Sofa and Side Table

Your style doesn’t have to end at the back door. The garden is a part of you and when you invite guests over you should be proud to show them your perfect outdoor space. Define your look and then take your style outside.


Kettler to Distribute Belgian Luxury Garden Furniture Brand Jati & Kebon

2 Truro 2 Seater Sofas and a Truro Coffee Table with the Adagio Side Table and Byron Lounger from the Jati & Kebon range on a patio.

Summer 2019 will see Kettler begin a new venture with Belgian garden furniture manufacturers Jati & Kebon.

Jati & Kebon is Indonesian for ‘teak’ and ‘garden’, referring to the company’s beginnings, producing teak garden furniture in the heart of Indonesia. In 2010, they expanded into aluminium garden furniture, made in their state-of-the-art production unit in China since 2010.

Their styles extend the living space, turning gardens into outdoor rooms. The luxury garden furniture cleverly blends form and function for long-lasting quality with impeccable comfort. Their modern designs blend materials, with teak table tops set into aluminium frames.

Jati & Kebon invest heavily in research and development to produce quality-crafted garden furniture with the best materials. Their aluminium garden chairs and tables are strong, light and corrosion resistant while their teak wood is carefully selected for the best durability outdoors. High-quality materials and cutting-edge technologies give the frames a flawless finish.

The modular lounge sets can sit in many different configurations. Each range includes 2-seat and 3-seat sofas as well as side chairs and coffee tables that come together to complete your set. Create a high-quality outdoor dining set with the choice of garden tables and dining chairs. The pieces are available separately to mix and match each piece.

Jati & Kebon garden furniture is sold worldwide, and now we are distributing a selection of handpicked ranges to the UK. We share a love for luxury garden furniture that is sure to make an impact.

View the range very soon.