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Business Description

Everything you need to be an amazing cook..the UK’s largest independent cookshop, plus we also stock homewares & gifts. Shop online or at one of our 37 stores.

In October 1985, Liz and David Phillips opened the doors to the very first Steamer Trading on the historic High Street in Alfriston, Sussex. … trecreated the fabulous local Victorian shop selling home-cooked hams, directly imported French cheeses and local English wines – all of which survives in the village to this day.

Back in the 1980s, when Steamer Trading began, specialist cookshops were few and far between. Most cookware still came from France, colour was restrained and every new kitchen tool drew gasps of amazement. Many of the brands that we still stock today date from the time when Steamer Trading first opened – handmade cast iron from Le Creuset, traditional carbon-steel French Sabatier knives, Digoin stoneware pots and Polish glassware from LSA. We supported a lot of British brands from our early days, too – toasters from Dualit, still made today in Sussex, butchers aprons from Rushbrookes, bakeware from Birmingham – and we were one of the very first to stock Emma Bridgewater’s handmade pottery, also founded in 1985.

...buoyed by the success of winning the inaugural ‘Cookshop of the Year’ in 2000 we set off on our journey. Liz and David were joined by their son, Ben, who became Managing Director in 2001 to take Steamer Trading into its second generation as a family-owned company.

The first stage of Steamer Trading’s growth, whilst staying local to our Alfriston roots, was nothing if not ambitious. We teamed up with Terence Conran to design the stunning conversion of a former church hall in Brighton to offer three floors of the very best in kitchenware in the amount of space that we’d only been able to dream of back in our original shop. We also opened our beautiful shop in Eastbourne at the same time, having restored an original Victorian branch of Sainsbury’s back to its former glory.

With the success of these shops, we gradually moved outside Sussex, heading West, East and North, finding and restoring buildings and making them into wonderful cookshops. Our network of beautiful stores now covers all corners of the country with stores in Truro (Cornwall), Glasgow, Chester, Northallerton (North Yorkshire) in addition to our historic home in the South East.

Registered Address

Kpmg Llp 15 Canada Square
Canary Wharf
E14 5GL

Contact Details

Previous Names

STEAMER TRADING LIMITED 1999-07-14 - 2019-01-24

Key Data

5379 Specialty Retailers
Company Number
Private Limited Company
Company Age
20 years
July 14, 1999
Nature of Business
47789 - Other retail sale of new goods in specialised stores n.e.c.
Year End
June 30
Accounts Due
March 31, 2019
Latest Accounts
June 30, 2017

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