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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: Café 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.

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.