Do Jones Britain only cover Tunbridge Wells?

“Do Jones Britain only cover Tunbridge Wells?”

A question we are often asked is ‘what area do we cover’

The simple answer is that we will happily work with clients from any location. Although we are based just outside Royal Tunbridge wells and have plenty of clients in and around the Tunbridge wells area we will work with anyone anywhere. Our furthest afield work has been the south of France and we have done work deep into Cornwall too. It’s safe to say though that most of or work is within a 20 mile radius of Tunbridge Wells

A kitchen we installed recently just outside Tunbridge Wells

Working further afield does make things harder. It’s very difficult to get a plasterer to travel 4-5 hours to go and plaster a room or sending a plumber that distance just to tighten a loose tap however our fitters are used to working away from home and if a project is more than a couple of hours away then we’d normally allow a costing for accommodation within the project figures.

We’ve done quite a lot of work in Wiltshire, for example. Our fitters stay in an AirB&B which allows them to still be on site at 8am in the morning and they tend to work longer hours and complete the project in less time.

For those customer more local to us here’s a list of towns and villages that we regularly work in:

  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Crowborough   
  • Groombridge
  • Tonbridge
  • Sevenoaks
  • East Grinstead
  • Forest Row
  • Mayfield
  • Wadhurst
  • Ticehurst
  • Cranbrook
  • Benenden
  • Heathfield

Here’s a kitchen we fitted in Billingshurst which is further afield.

Our showroom is in Groombridge so we do find ourselves in some of the smaller villages around us like:

  • Penshurst
  • Withyham
  • Cowden
  • Ashurstwood
  • Chelwood Gate
  • Firwarp
  • Maresfield
  • Buxted
  • Rotherfield
  • Hadlow Down
  • Mark Cross
  • Bells Yew Green
  • Matfield
  • Horsmonden
  • Marden
  • Yalding
  • Hadlow
  • Ightham
  • Knockholt
  • Edenbridge

If you’re thinking of starting a new kitchen project and want to discuss your options with a multi award winning designer, then just pick up the phone and give Dan a call. He’d be happy to chat with you and make your journey easier.  

01892 337575

[email protected]

Planning a day out in Groombridge and Royal Tunbridge Wells around your visit to Jones Britain Kitchens

Jones Britain Kitchens is a leading kitchen design and installation company covering a 20 mile radius in and around Royal Tunbridge Wells. We are only 10 minutes from Tunbridge Wells and our extensive showroom has plenty on offer for you to see when you visit. Parking spaces are a plenty and the country vibe is very relaxing. If you’re planning to visit Jones Britain Kitchens to choose your new kitchen, you can make a day of it by exploring the beautiful village of Groombridge and surrounding area.

Things to do before your visit to Jones Britain Kitchens

  • Book your appointment in advance. This will ensure that you have the time and attention of our designer who can help you create your dream kitchen.
  • If you are working with a builder, then don’t forget to bring measurements of your existing kitchen or architects plans of the new space. This will help our designer to build a plan that is tailored to your specific needs.
  • Think about your budget and style preferences. This will help our designer to narrow down the options and find the perfect kitchen for you.

Things to do after your visit to Jones Britain Kitchens

  • If you’ve got time on your hands then you could take a ride on the Spa Valley Railway to and from Groombridge. This heritage steam railway runs from Tunbridge Wells West Station to Groombridge Station, and the journey takes around 45 minutes. It’s a great way to see the beautiful countryside and enjoy a relaxing steam train ride. It’s truly like going back in time.
  • Groombridge Place is currently closed for renovation and will not reopen until 2025, when it will become a high-end hotel and restaurant chain called The Pig. You can, however, walk into the grounds and see this beautiful 17th-century manor house and its moat up close if you wish. We look forward to welcoming The Pig into the area. 
  • Go for a walk on the Forest Way. This 14-mile long footpath runs from East Grinstead to Tunbridge Wells, and passes through some of the most beautiful countryside in Sussex. It’s the perfect place to go for a walk to clear your head and enjoy the scenery. The Forest Way runs close by to the showroom
  • Have lunch at one of the many excellent pubs in Groombridge. The Junction Inn and The Crown are both popular choices, and both offer a variety of delicious food and drinks in their traditional settings.
  • Harrison’s Rocks is a popular climbing and bouldering area located near Groombridge in East Sussex, England. It is situated within the High Rocks nature reserve, which is known for its unique sandstone rock formations. Harrison’s Rocks is a favorite destination for rock climbers and boulderers due to its varied climbing routes and beautiful natural surroundings.

Further afield

  • Visit Scotney Castle. This romantic moated castle is located just a short drive from Groombridge, and makes for a great day out. You can explore the castle, wander through the gardens, and enjoy a picnic on the grounds.
  • Visit Pooh Corner. This shop and visitor attraction is dedicated to the Winnie the Pooh stories, and is located in the village of Hartfield, just a short drive from Groombridge. You can browse the shop for Winnie the Pooh merchandise, visit the Winnie the Pooh Museum, and take a walk through Ashdown Forest, the inspiration for the Hundred Acre Wood.
  • After your morning adventures in Groombridge, make your way to nearby Tunbridge Wells for a delightful lunch experience. The town is renowned for its charming eateries and gastro pubs. You can savour delicious local dishes made with fresh ingredients at popular spots like The Ivy Royal Tunbridge Wells or The Beacon, which offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. For a more casual option, explore the Pantiles, a historic colonnaded walkway filled with cafes and artisanal shops, where you can enjoy a light meal or afternoon tea.

Tips for planning your day

  • Wear comfortable shoes. You’ll be doing a lot of walking, so it’s important to wear comfortable shoes.
  • Bring a raincoat. Even if the weather forecast is good, it’s always a good idea to bring a raincoat in case it rains.
  • Pack a picnic lunch. This is a great way to save money and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Book your restaurant reservation in advance. Especially if you’re visiting during peak season.
  • Allow plenty of time for your visit to Jones Britain Kitchens. There’s a lot to see and do, so it’s important to allow plenty of time.

Conclusion

Groombridge is a beautiful village with a lot to offer visitors. Whether you’re interested in history, nature, or simply want to enjoy a relaxing day out, there’s something for everyone in Groombridge. And of course, no visit to Groombridge would be complete without a visit to Jones Britain Kitchens to choose your beautiful new kitchen.

Kitchen Islands

A kitchen island is highly practical and can become a beautiful feature within your home. Not only are they used for cooking and food preparation, but they can also be used as a seating area and a place to store your kitchen items. A kitchen island is the central focus point within your kitchen. It brings people together and gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to designing your ideal kitchen. Here at Jones Britain East Sussex & Kent, we are proud of our ability to provide you with a stunning kitchen island which is tailored specifically to you. Our handy design service allows you to choose your own measurements, shapes, styles, materials, colours, countertops and storage options for your kitchen island. This enables you to truly personalise your kitchen to suit all of your individual needs and requirements. Our team of highly skilled designers and craftsmen will work closely with you to produce a kitchen island which is strong, beautiful and practical.

Why Choose a Kitchen Island?

There are many key benefits of a kitchen island which will help to make your life easier and make your kitchen more efficient.

Space

Kitchen islands can help to create more space within your kitchen and optimise the available space you already have. With an endless choice of storage solutions, a kitchen island can help to store or hide away all of your kitchen items for a clutter-free environment. With many different features such as drawers, deep drawers, shelving and cabinets, you can easily store your belongings away. You can also choose to have your appliances integrated into your kitchen island such as cooktops, ovens, warming drawers and microwaves etc.

Additional Seating

A kitchen island can act as an additional seating area for your family and guests, it is a perfect way for large families to gather around a central dining area and keep them in view whilst cooking. Compared to a dining table, a kitchen island is stronger and sturdier, meaning there will be fewer accidents from the table being tipped or nudged.

Versatile

A kitchen island is extremely versatile and can be crafted in a wide range of different materials, worktop surfaces, finishes and colours. This gives you plenty of freedom and flexibility to experiment with your design which enables you to truly personalise your kitchen so that it meets your individual needs and tastes.

Appliances

Kitchen islands are a great way to add extra appliances to your kitchen. Additional ovens, fridges, freezers, range hoods and microwaves etc can be extremely practical and are a must-have for avid cooks and busy families.

At Jones Britain, we can create your kitchen island in any size, shape or design you require. No two kitchen islands are the same and your individual choices will make it unique. We work closely with you to gather all of your ideas and determine your needs so you can enjoy a beautiful bespoke kitchen island which is tailored to you. Your kitchen island can be designed as a cooking only area, seating area, storage place or designed to run parallel with other worktops for an efficient running kitchen. With an extensive range of colours, materials and finishes, you will have plenty of choice and flexibility when it comes to designing your ideal kitchen island.

Using only the finest materials, our team of highly skilled designers and craftsmen ensure your kitchen island is high in quality, strong and durable. With a close eye for fine detail and precision craftsmanship, your kitchen island will be created exactly how you want it and we aim to fulfil even the smallest of details.

If you would like any more information about our beautiful bespoke kitchen islands, please do not hesitate to contact us here at Jones Britain. We will be happy to answer any queries you may have and help you to get started on your kitchen island project. We cover East Sussex, Kent and the surrounding areas. We look forward to hearing from you.

Ultraline Doors. A 20mm Incredible Minimal Frame!

It’s not often that we are prepared to recommend a product that we don’t actually sell but having worked with Ultraline sliding doors on a recent project we can’t speak highly enough of them.

Having helped our client source a good quality sliding door product there isn’t a huge amount of information we now don’t know about sliding doors. Ultraline came up trumps! their security, thermal properties and 20mm sightline were the best we could find and the service from the factory and production office were second to none giving us advice prior to installation that was invaluable.

They are not the cheapest on the market but in turn we really felt they were value for money and they look absolutely superb in situ.

Although they are base near Birmingham they do cover the country and they had a team of highly competent fitters who came to site and installed in a relatively short period of time. They were manufactured in 5 weeks which is a lot shorter than other companies had quoted.

Installation day came and our builders were ready for the Ultraline sliding doors to turn up. The doors had been made floor to ceiling and so they were very large panes of glass. 3 sets of doors each having 2 sheets spanning around 4 metres total length for each door. This seemed to be no trouble for the installation team and within an hour the glass doors had been fitted.

We were especially impressed with the locking system. As the doors are minimal frame there is no room for a lock. Instead the locking system is hidden in the top frame with a bolt that drops into place at the press of a sensor button connected to the cables that our electrician had installed.

Once the doors were fitted we were able to plaster in the framework giving the impression of the whole outer frame only being 20mm thick.

The whole kitchen extension project is heading towards completion and we’ll soon be able to post photo in all its glory but for now here are a couple of photos to wet your appetite.

If you are interested in finding out more information about Ultraline sliding doors from our recommendation please contact them at the details below.

Ultraline

5a Grammar School Lane, Halesowen, West Midlands, B63 3SW

0121 550 3066

www.ultraline.co.uk

[email protected]

Monday-Friday 8.30am – 16.30pm by appointment only (Excluding bank holidays) Saturday by appointment only

Happy 9th Birthday Jones Britain!

We have had the pleasure to design and fit many beautiful kitchens for our fantastic clients from ultra modern, handless linear kitchens, oast house kitchens made entirely of curves to traditional in frame bespoke country kitchen designs.

We have won many awards for our thoughtful and creative kitchen designs including:

KBSA Designer of the year Award over 30K, 2017
KDA17- Kent Digital Awards Gold Award Website Winner, 2017
Finalist in KBB Review Awards 2014
Best Of Houzz 2018 Design
Best Of Houzz 2018 Service
Best Of Houzz 2017 Service

The Jones Britain team would like to thank you all for your continued support throughout the fantastic 9 years that we have been designing and fitting your kitchens. We will continue as a team to design and create many more beautiful kitchens to suit every single one of our clients for many years to come!

If you could like to start the process of creating the kitchen of your dreams pop into our Heathfield Showroom or pick up the phone for a quick chat. We never charge for advise.

Blog Post written by: Chloe Hartnup, Junior Kitchen Designer at Jones Britain Kitchens.

23.03.2018

Miele’s Vacuum Drawer

The versatile built-in vacuuming drawer

Perfect conditions for the storage of food or for the preparation of tasty sous-vide cooking. The new vacuuming drawer impresses with its wide range of applications. What is better than to be able to conjure up meals effortlessly that contain everything that the illustration in the cookery book promises. The basic function of the vacuuming drawer is impressively simple: The air (oxygen in particular) is sucked out of the film bags in which the food items are stored and then they are sealed so that they are airtight. This maintains the quality of food items for a longer period of time. In addition, the vacuuming drawer prepares food optimally for sous-vide cooking. Divide into portions, store and prepare for enjoyable cooking.

Step 1: Suitable bag for vacuum sealing
The appliance comes with the correct plastic bag. You can buy replacements from Jones Britain by contacting us on 01435 866435.

2nd Step: Fill the bag
Fill the bag with any type of food. Be careful not to over-fill the bag.

3rd Step: Insert bag
Open the vacuum-sealing drawer. Place the filled bag in the appliance.

4. Step: To select a setting
You have the choice between 3 vacuum settings. The sealing time can be freely selected from 3 settings.

5. Step: Start vacuum-sealing process
When you close the appliance lid the appliance starts the vacuum-sealing process.

6. Step: Remove air
In the vacuuming process the air is drawn out of the vacuum chamber and the plastic bag.

7. Step: Seal food
At the end of the vacuum-sealing process the food is automatically hermetically sealed.

8. Step: Removing food
Open the lid of the vacuuming drawer and remove the vacuumed food.

9. Step: Vacuum-sealed food
The food is completely vacuum sealed and ready for use at a later date.

The sous-vide cooking method

People who are familiar with the sous-vide cookery method happily accept the longer cooking process. Exceptional pleasure is guaranteed! The advantage lies in the evenness of the cooking, whereby the aim is to achieve a specific core temperature. Overcooked edges are a thing of the past. Flavours do not react with oxygen and food stays moist. Food can also be vacuumed with spices or a marinade. The cooking results can always be reproduced.

Particularly tender meat

Meat is cooked very slowly at constantly low temperatures. It is therefore extremely juicy and tender. Thanks to the gentle cooking process the meat cells relax without losing any of their juices. It is impossible to overcook your food. If you like your meat seared, brown it off quickly either before or after vacuuming.

For more information or to view the showroom model, please get in contact with us on 01435 866435 or visit our Heathfield Showroom.

Blog Post written by: Chloe Hartnup, Junior Kitchen Designer at Jones Britain Kitchens

04.09.2017

New: Quooker Flex Tap

Quooker

When you need boiling water in the kitchen, to make a cup of tea for example, you simply turn the childproof tap, and the Quooker dispenses your hot water instantly.

What is Quooker?

You can think of the Quooker as an ingenious fusion between an electric kettle, a thermos flask, a water purifier and a height adjustable tap. The Quooker stores three litres of water at 110 degrees C, in an insulated tank, like a large thermos flask below the work-surface. As the tank is so well insulated, it is cool to the touch, and requires very little energy to keep the water hot. When you turn the tap, the water passes through a filter to purify it, and is dispensed in a fine spray, which helps protect against burns. The Quooker originates in Holland, and is already fitted in over 500,000 kitchens in Europe. It is now available in the UK, in a variety of styles and finishes. If you’re fed up waiting for your electric kettle to boil, the Quooker boiling water tap costs from £850.

Safety

You have to be careful when dealing with boiling water. Knocked over kettles cause hundreds of casualties each year, especially for young children. Such accidents are a thing of the past with the Quooker, thanks to its childproof handle and insulated sides that ensure it never feels hot to the touch. The water is boiling, but the flow is a fine spray rather than a solid jet, giving you plenty of time to get your hands out of harm’s way. Safety and ease of use go hand in hand with the Quooker.

Blog Post written by: Dan Stronge, Head Kitchen Designer at Jones Britain Kitchens

Dan talks about one of his favourite kitchens!

What’s your Favourite Kitchen & Why?

The Cooper Kelly Kitchen in Crowborough stands out in the mind as it was both challenging and different on many levels. The strong edges and bright colours really gave the kitchen a personality that could be felt when you entered the room.

What was the brief?

Design an industrial inspired room that was bold, brave but also functional. The couple had clear ideas about the vibe that they wanted their kitchen to have, and their experience of exotic hotels and bars around the world was a strong influence in the ambience that they wanted to create. There were also specific design elements to include, for example incorporating curved units and a mixture of working surfaces at different heights, as well as making an existing structural pillar a feature rather than concealing it.

What was it made from/finished in?

A mixture of washed and stained oak and lacquered matt painted doors, concrete worktop with endgrain oak butchers block accent and black paper bar. The floor was a mixture of bespoke tiles and engineered wood. The splashback was installed in bronzed mirror.

What appliances did it incorporate?

State of the art Miele ovens side by side, downdraft extractor, Gas hob a hidden wine cooler with touch to open door and an elegant Stainless steel sink, fully integrated dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. American Fridge freezer that dispenses water and ice.

Were there any special requirements for the client?

Curved units were essential and a mixture of different working surfaces at different heights were requested. The client wanted the pillar holding half the house up to be visible but linked in some way. The polished concrete worktops were also poured in situ to create the desired effect and create maximum.

How much would a kitchen like that cost?

As all of our projects are bespoke based on your requirements we work within a pre-determined budget. This kitchen came in a budget of around £80,000 – £90,000.

Colour Palette of the Week- Textural

Textural colour palette

This ultra modern linear design which we recently created could fair looking quite stark without colour and texture to warm it all up.

2017 is the year of mixing materials!

Texture

Texture is gradually taking centre stage with increasing popularity of two-tone kitchen designs. Texture offers designers a versatile palette to mix and match with different shades to layer a design while seamlessly blending the kitchen, dining and living areas together.

Many designers like us at Jones Britain believe the use of textures is just as important as considering other elements such as colours, lighting, flooring, storage and extraction.

Texture is very important for the on-trend kitchens as it offers a less sterile look. However you can use the same idea on more traditional kitchens to give them a more modern look.

How can texture benefit a kitchen?

Textured furniture may be the latest look for a wide variety of kitchen interiors however it also offers advantages within the design.

Using textures can help to break up a large kitchen or define areas to make zones of visual impact/interest.

Colours and textures can be used to give an island impact and stand apart from the run of units behind it or to define an area such as having a dark colour along a run of tall appliance housing units.

Texture warms up a stark kitchen, with many clients choosing handless less fussy kitchen designs the area can start to become quite stark. Colour and texture offers a warm more authentic experience.

Your client may wish to use natural decors which helps bring the outside back into the room and lighten it all up.

Jones Britain’s Most Recent Design

One of our most recent kitchen designs has had this issue- it is a beautiful modern new build with lots of windows, space and our client wanted a handless kitchen.

To warm up the design we made sure there was a range of colour and textures introduced.

Along the tall run of appliance housings we used a matt concrete effect door which contrasted enough against a pergamon gloss door to balance warm and cool.

We then decided to use a 30mm Quartz for the work surfaces. Most trends and kitchen designs we have completed recently involved a lot of lighter coloured work surfaces- this is not the case in this design.

To create more of an impact and keep the kitchen area feeling warm and inviting we have used Quartzforms Veined Baroque which is a dark grey quartz with lighter whisps of grey vein which appear in parts of the surface.

Creating elements of texture which help tie the design together was needed in the breakfast bar, low seating table area and the open bookshelf area. For this we have used a solid walnut work surface which again complements everything else we have chosen as well as warming the whole scheme up which in has given the overall design a real feel of home.

Blog Post written by: Chloe Hartnup, Junior Kitchen Designer at Jones Britain Kitchens

07.03.2017

Dan’s Celebrating his 21st Anniversary of Kitchen Design

Dan in 1977

This week, managing director of Jones Britain, Dan Stronge is celebrating his 21st Anniversary of being in the kitchen design industry.
We sat down to talk with Dan about how he has developed Jones Britain and how he joined the kitchen design industry.
Congratulations on 21 years of successful business!

Can you spot Dan and Sophie in their school photo 1981

So Dan take us back to the beginning… how did it all begin?

Dan’s Early Years

I had an interest in drawing and painting from a very young age, As early as 5-6 years old I entered many art competitions. I also loved building Lego, so I guess you could say Art & Design has been with me and will continue to be with me for my entire life.

1996

On the 22nd of February 1996 a rather young 20 year old version of myself joined a Sussex based kitchen retailer as an admin assistant for the company. After 18 months of working hard and having a driven passion for learning about kitchen design, I was promoted to lead kitchen designer for one of their showrooms. I continued with this role for the next 3-4 years.

2001

In 2001 I decided a change of scenery was needed and I moved over to work for a bedroom furniture manufacturer as their area manager in the South East. Working for this company broadened my knowledge for bedroom design and how each of the units are made by the manufacturer.

Making the most of being an exhibitor at the Ideal Home Show 2004

2003

In 2003 I moved away from bedrooms and back into kitchen design to work for one of my current suppliers, Mereway Kitchens. Between 2001 and 2005 I learnt how other kitchen retailers dealt with customers, designed a space, presented to the client and how they ran their kitchen showrooms. This was all extremely useful experience in preparation for opening my own showroom in years to come.

2005

In 2005 my wife and I, Sophie decided to move to France to start our own family. In France I built my own design studio and sold kitchens to expat’s as well as designing retail showrooms for UK Kitchen companies (which I had done since 2001) under the name of ‘Studio Designs’. This allowed me to keep in the loop with the UK Kitchen Retail market as well as the French market.

Cooking dinner in France 2008

2009

At the beginning of 2009 Sophie and I decided to return to the UK with our two young children and formed Jones Britain.

2011

In 2011 I was given an amazing opportunity of opening a showroom in Heathfield, East Sussex. Having been based in London for two years and working alongside architects and commercial kitchen designs I was eager to get back into designing bespoke, residential kitchens.

Biggest Achievement

My biggest achievement through business would have to be successfully running Jones Britain and it being more successful than I could have ever imagined. Another substantial achievement was being nominated as a finalist at the KBB Review Awards for one of my bespoke kitchen designs which even after 3 years still gains a huge amount of attention

Dan and our head of installations Marcin at Mark our project managers wedding in 2010

2017

This week Dan celebrates 21 Years in the Industry with his Heathfield kitchen showroom still going strong. Dan now designs bespoke Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms for the residential market of East Sussex, Kent, Surrey and surrounding areas giving clients functional yet beautiful and timeless designs. With such a wealth of knowledge and experience Dan’s clients at Jones Britain feel totally at ease that their kitchen is in the hands of a professional.

We congratulate Dan for his 21 years in the industry and wish him all the best for the future with Jones Britain.

Blog Post written by: Chloe Hartnup, Junior Kitchen Designer at Jones Britain Kitchens

22.02.2017

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  • Hendal Farm
  • Cherry Gardens Hill
  • Groombridge
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