A compact and versatile mobile workstation.
The contemporary kitchen is less 'fully fitted' and blends the efficiency of fitted units with some free-standing furniture - more flexible and less regimented.
The Cook's trolley draws from Victorian kitchen units, the use of stone worktops, and the proper old Spitalfields butcher's block.
Design, styling and finish can range from traditional (here) to highly contemporary, with crisp simple lines, light woods or paint finishes, black quartz, stainless steel, etched glass...
Each Cook's Trolley is made to order and the exact size is decided by you.
The working height can be standard to align with fitted kitchen tops (900mm normally) or adjusted to suit your optimum working height (often lower - see worktop heights in The Journal).
Features are extensive but flexible - shelves, rails, drawers and accessories are all to customer specification.
Another example, in beech with granite top, is shown lower down the page.
Build: approx. 4 - 6 weeks. Guide price depending on final spec: from £950 (version shown here £1000 excluding beech cutting block, £80 extra).
Compact, mobile and versatile
Reclaimed marble top, solid cherry carcase finished F&B 'Lichen'.
Three drawers under open from either side and close flush. Hand-forged hooks, solid beech butcher's block.
Professional-grade locking castors, oak rails and shelves.
Lots of storage, just where you want it
Maximum practical storage in a compact mobile unit. The exact choice of shelves and drawers are all a part of the customer options.
Solid beech butcher's block
Made the traditional way. Solid end-grain English beech so both faces are identical. Solid beech frame, hand-turned oak handles.
Choose your top, size and height
The worktop can be any material I can get. Favourites are solid stones (marble here, or granite, quartz, slate...) or more contemporary stainless steel or Corian.
Choose the size for your space and how you work. This one is 860 x 540mm.
Worktop height is optimised for you - the standard kitchen worktop height (900mm) will align with other worksurfaces. Or I can advise on an ideal working height for you - there is a lot of evidence and opinion that a little lower is ideal.
Traditional joinery throughout
Solid hardwoods (even when painted, this one is solid English cherry).
All drawers are made the traditional way with solid hardwood sides and back, and cedar of Lebanon drawer bases fitted in drawer slips. The drawer base underside is finished with a scrub plane - a centuries-old detail. And the cedar of Lebanon emits a very subtle and pleasing aroma.
The drawers open either side (matchbox style) and discreetly centre-close (using hidden rare earth magnets).
Hand forged hooks
It's all in the detail. These hooks are made for me in England, in a proper old forge (there are very few left capable of making tools or furniture hardware). No two are exactly the same.
The rails here are English oak, hand turned.
Granite top, beech with fumed oak shelves. I really like the charcoal granite and beech together.
Fumed oak finials, burnished ebony drawer knobs.
Cedar of Lebanon drawer bases, and excellent depth to the natural granite (unlike the reconstituted 'granite' that abounds.
Hand-forged hooks from 'John the Blacksmith'. The fumed oak was used on the shelves so they recede a little but also so they don't show marks so easily.