I've recently started to feel old. I've taken up a new love of baking scones, I look forward to a night in and I get excited about shops like Lakeland.
I first came across a Lakeland catalogue at a friend's house and was immediately impressed, 'So like, their egg poacher will actually allow me to make a decent poached egg?!' Wow. I couldn't resist a nosey around Edinburgh's grand-looking Lakeland store on George Street (where else?).
Lakeland is home to all sorts of kitchenware goodness with innovative storage solutions, funky kitchen equipment and culinary delights. Even those of you unfamiliar with the cooker are bound to find something to make you think 'ooooh looky!'. It's a great place to go for gifts, I'd especially recommend it if you're struggling for aunts/uncles and grandparents. This store is large taking over the first, and basement levels of the building.
I'm not yet a regular shopper at Lakeland. I think I'll need to be over the age of 35 and have my salary increase somewhat before that happens, but on the odd occasion, it comes up trumps.
Lakeland is kind of like crack for bakers. It has some great cooking and general kitchen doo-dad gear too, but mostly I come here for the baking stuff.
They've got really high quality and sometimes hard to find ingredients like Madagascar vanilla and vanilla sugar, loads of cute cupcake liners, any size baking tin you could ever need, cake decorating supplies, and the list literally goes on and on and on.
Beyond this, they've got a downstairs I only recently discovered that has loads of practical (and pricey) things like apparently the best oven cleaner *ever* (which if you're like me you need because cleaning the oven is often avoided in my house).
The only downside is that everything is so pretty, but not necessarily so genuinely practical or afford-ably priced.
Just like Eleanor, I'm also never more at home than when cooking up something in the kitchen. I can only actually cook one dish mind, but what a dish it is. Pasta with clams, tomatoes, onions, parsley, garlic and lots and lots of chilli. It's healthy, delicious, and so unbelievably spicy that it's barely edible to anyone without an asbestos tongue like me.
As a lover of food, the fancy and quirky cookware at Lakeland is always of enough interest to keep me browsing, and their knack of making stuff which is both striking looking and totally practical has to be applauded. It's not the cheapest though, so I still stick to my rusty old grease-soaked pan.
This Lakeland location is in the most lovely space. Bright, airy, and full of light, it's not at all crowded and all the gadgets and kitchen goodies can be easily seen and explored. We stopped in for one specific thing, easily found it, and enjoyed a good wander around.
Oh my goodness, I just LOVE Lakeland! For some people cooking is a chore, my mum can't stand it and so only does it out of necessity but for me, it never gets boring. Whether I'm firing a pizza in the oven or baking some fresh bread I love nothing better than to rustle up a storm in the kitchen.
I've recently been experimenting with baking, making all kinds of cakes, muffins and brownies and adding as much chocolate as possible.
Lakeland is a dream for someone who loves cooking and sees it as more of a hobby than a chore. They have so many quirky kitchen accessories including pretty moulds for cakes, cake stands, apple slicers, blenders and various other cooking utensils.
On a recent visit I noticed that they have the Soda Stream and I used to have one of them in my old flat and it was ace. It retails at just under £60 and at the moment if you buy it you get a free sampler kit with various different flavours to add to it - sounds awesome!
Lakeland is the place to go for that weird kitchen or household gadget you absolutely NEED. It can be a little pricey at times, but I often use it for stuff that I would only be able to get on the internet otherwise - gel icing colours, miniature tartlet tins, madeleine moulds - stuff you wouldn't find in the cooking aisle at Tesco!
The ground floor is mostly cookery items, and downstairs is cleaning and household. The staff are friendly, and generally seem to use a lot of the products themselves - so they often have first hand knowledge of the problem you are looking to solve.
It might be a sign of age but I love lakeland.
Whenever I go in I always spend far more than I meant to. They have a good range of cookware and home essentials. Their storage containers are great (i like the Lock n store). Downstairs they have cleaning products and craft stuff. The do a cleaning product called bar keepers friend that is amazing for cleaning steel sinks and pots.
If you're hungry they also have lots of rather nice chocolate and liquorice.
Lakeland is a pretty cool shop - lots of kitchen and home related stuff, They specialise in quirky and useful kitchen stuff. If you have a cleaning problem then this is the place to come.
We got very useful carpet scrapers that lets you get right into the corners on the stairs to get rid of cat hair.
They also have some nice food and sweets.
Good mail order service too.
Lakeland is like an up-market Aladdin's cave full of really useful things that you have always wanted, but did not know where to buy them. It also has gadgets for the kitchen that you would have never imagined existed - but now you do you do not know what you did without it.
The prices are a little expensive but you definitely get what you pay for. I bought a couple of wall mounted clingfilm and foil dispensers and they are great, they mount on the wall, saving space and you press the lid down to tear the clingfilm or foil - no more struggling and fighting with those stupid boxes they are sold in.
You could spend hours wandering around just placing things into your basket!! They also have food, lovely oils and spices etc.
Lakeland is ideal if: you want to get you supplies in one place, you dont need anything too exotic, price is not an issue.
I wouldn't make it a first stop, but I also wouldn't forget to check there.
They have an extensive baking selection, lots of gadgets and lots of tinned cookies and other gifty things. It reminds me of Williams-Sonoma in the States, but with less professional cookware/knives/obscure tools.
A reasonably good kitchen shop that sells all those very specialist impliments that you don't get in many places. Prices are strange ... sometimes feels like you're getting good value, other times that things are overpriced ... but I can't say exactly why it feels that way.
Lakeland has a fantastic range of catering and kitchen equipment. Much of this is useful but much of it can end up sitting in kitchen cupboards taking up valuable space so think before you decide you need an egg slicer (and a bean slicer and one for avocados too).
Prices are good, not as cheap as going to wholesalers for professional kit but certainly much more accessible for the high street.
Definitely worth a visit!
I love this shop, as my credit card bills will confirm!! Lakelands is stocked full of unusual and wonderful gadgets for your kitchen and goodies for your home. They have utensils I've never seen before, and usually never even thought about before, but more often than not I come away with something new that I just can't wait to use! Aside from the unusual, they have standard kitchen and homeware and it's a great place to find gifts for those who love their homes, especiallly if you need some cute ideas and have had a mental block on what to get great-Auntie Anna! An absolute must shop, even if you have a browse through because it's raining outside, you'll find yourself drawn back! Look out, it's addictive!
This is a wonderful shop housed in a traditional building on the corner of George Street, with a huge and bewildering range of products arranged over two levels. Upstairs is the kitchenware section with a wide variety of products you never knew you might ever need! There are also a couple of aisles of seasonal and other gifts, usually food-based and delicious-looking. Downstairs is the home organisation section including laundry, bathroom products and home storage. A real treasure trove of goodies for tidying and organising your home or office, and the staff at the tills are always very helpful and knowledgeable. Altogether a lovely shop and a delightful shopping experience.
This is the place to go for all your kitchen needs. They have an amazing range, and sometimes do 3 for 2 deals on baking tins. There are also lots of ingenious gadgets to solve culinary problems you didn't even know you had! I can also highly recommend their apple liquorice
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