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      04.02.2013 17:47
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      Lots of gadgets you didn't know existed - but also lots of good quality items and gifts.

      ===The Brand===

      Lakeland is a well known British company that sells cooking items and accessories, cleaning and gardening solutions and gifts. The family firm has been going for around 50 years and began by just selling freezer bags. They currently have 60 shops and a website. The companies philosophy is 'always look after the customer and the business will look after itself'.



      ===What they Sell===

      A vast array of cooking items, weird gadgets, cleaning and laundry products, gardening items and gifts.



      ===Where Are They?===

      Lakeland have 60 shops but I have never been in one. I was first acquainted with the Lakeland brand many years ago when they would have a huge stand at out local county show every year.
      Now, as well as their colourful catalogues which come in the post, they also have a large website.



      ===The Lakeland Guarantee===

      Lakeland offer a 100% money back guarantee with no time limit.


      ===Purchasing==

      Items can be bought in-store or from the website and catalogue.
      If ordering on line the postage is free if the order is over £30.



      ===Returns by Post===

      Unlike some other firms if you have something you ordered on line or by post and you do not like it just ring them up. You can return items for a refund or exchange free of charge - they will organise a collection for you. They even send you a letter to tell you the refund has gone through.



      ===The Products===

      I must admit I have not tried a lot of their items - some because I do not need them, some because they are too expensive.
      However some items I have bought and used include: Easiyo yoghurt maker, long handled tile cleaner, cherry pattern freezer shopping bag, ice packs, children's lunch boxes, chocolate moulds, Klippets, microwave saucepans, break-making dish plus Christmas gifts such as pudding doorstop, Christmas Tree tin, wooden Russian Dolls in the image of Father Christmas, recipe Christmas Cards with sweets and light up glass angels.



      ===My Opinion===

      Firstly Lakeland sell a huge amount of cooking utensils, baking tins, yoghurt packs, cake and chocolate moulds as well as electrical items like bread makers. On the cleaning side they sell cleaners and also bottles of various cleaners for every conceivable surface. Around times like Easter and Christmas they sell lovely novelty items, both in the food line and also gifts. I especially like the Christmas gifts as they always have good quality and unusual decorations and gift items such as my gorgeous Christmas pudding doorstop and a super three section green tin like a Christmas tree which we now bring out every year as a decoration.
      I look forward to the catalogues arriving as I enjoy looking through them even if I do not order.
      It always amazes me how they come up with new gadgets for problems you did not know you had. I know it is all a way of making money - as also are the vast selection of cleaning products.
      Personally I find them quite expensive for some things such as slow cookers and bread makers, but I do like all their little novelty gifts. I probably only order about twice a year - the main time being after Christmas when I like to pick up items on the sale. At this time you can get some really good bargains. If you order over £30 the delivery is free anyway - and if you return items that is free too - so I never worry about ordering things that I may not like.
      The customer services have always been friendly and cheerful every time I have rung them.
      If it was not for the cost I would buy many more items as they always have something that appeals to me in ever catalogue.
      The quality has always been excellent in my opinion.



      ===Would I Recommend?===

      Yes definitely.



      ===Star Rating===

      5 stars



      ===Website===

      www.lakeland.co.uk

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        24.05.2010 08:18

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        Very poor replacement for original

        A word of warning! Lakeland has changed Stack a Boxes to a new, far inferior version. I have quite a lot of "Stack a Boxes", which I have had for some years. They are brilliant, and not one has had to be thrown away, despite being through the dishwasher etc frequently. I have just purchased an additional chest freezer, so I bought some more. Now, the ones I already had are square and clear with multi coloured lids. I keep the lids in a pile as they fit any size. An excellent idea. Yesterday I found that they have now moved on to being white with all blue lids. No problem at all. But I have found out that the lids are not interchangeable between the old style and new style boxes. This may seem trivial, but to me it is a nuisance.

        Also the new ones are white and I think they will soon retain food stains. And they no longer do the extremely useful small size.

        I have queried this retrograde step with Lakeland and they replied "we've had to source a new supply, as the mould for the original version had worn out, so could no longer be used."

        So why didn't they ensure the new supply was manufactured to the same specification as the old ones?

        I have also tried to put a negative review on their website, but it has not been published because "Thanks for taking the time to write your review. Many of our customer's have chosen to write reviews about the change of design for our stack-a-boxes and therefore we are no longer able to publish any further reviews relating to the previous design. The reason behind the change is that the original mould used by our suppliers has now worn away. Although we won't be able to publish your review on the site this time, we really appreciate your feedback and your comments have been noted."

        But none of the reviews for the product mention what I have said. They clearly don't want negative comments, and by their own admission have filtered out reviews about the change in design.

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        07.03.2010 12:01
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        actually, call me boring but I love this shop!

        The day I realised I was probably a proper "grown up" wasn't, as you might imagine when I had my first baby, or got married, it was the day that I bought a Lakeland carving tray and took it home proudly, ready to feature in every Sunday Roast Dinner. That's the thing about Lakeland, they sell all those things that make a house a more organised home, and though my house will probably never be a shrine to tidiness, it's true to say that Lakeland is the place that I tend to head when I feel the need to make life that little bit less chaotic.

        Lakeland sells its products via catalogue, on-line and through 45 stores. They mainly specialise in kitchen goods, hence their byline being "the home of creative kitchenware", but they have recently expanded into garden goods and also sell items for the bathroom and kitchen, as well as seasonal goods and items designed to appeal to those who enjoy crafting.

        All the stores I have been to, and I have to confess that there have been a few, are pretty similar in layout. You will find that kitchen items do feature prominently at the entrance, in my most recent visit to my local store in Reading (perhaps the only good thing to come out of the credit crunch for the town), there were Easter goods aplenty on display. If you want to make your own eggs or find bags to put Easter cookies in, Lakeland is happy to oblige. The stores, in my experience, are generally well laid out, spacious, with plenty of tills and knowledgeable staff who actually can tell you about the products in store.

        Mostly Lakeland stock goods from a range of other manufacturers who you might recognise from other kitchen shops if, like me, you are a keen cook, such as "good grips" or "miniamo". They do, however, have their own branded products, such as pans, graters and knives. I have bought both Lakeland own and other goods in the past - I do think their buyers really have the knack of seeking out good products and having them all in the same place.

        Though I do think some of the kitchen appliances are rather highly priced, I wouldn't for example buy a slowcooker or blender from here, sometimes pricing can be keen. I once bought a Simple Human recycling bin online from lakeland for considerably less than I would have paid direct from the manufacturer. Their own goods tend to be of good quality, they do say they test everything, and certainly everything I have ever bought has been very good, from small colour-coded chopping boards, to a parmesan grater I have always found the things I have bought to be of good quality. Lakeland feature honest and sometimes not so complimentary reviews of items on their website, and I do think that they tend to monitor feedback, answer it honestly, and welcome customer suggestions. They also have a guarantee that if you are not happy with anything at any time you can get your money back.

        It is worth checking out the shop at Sale time too as reductions are normally quite good both in store and online, though the best deals do sell out quickly.

        I do have to question the need for some of the more quirky Lakeland items - I always wonder if the cupboards of Britain are full of "banana guards" or cutters to make your cucumber into curly strips that seemed like a good idea at the time.

        From reading reviews on the Lakeland website, and indeed on sites like dooyoo it would appear, however, that these products are loved by many, so I can't criticise the store for providing those things you didn't know you needed. Some of the things I have bought from Lakeland that I didn't know existed have been truly excellent, from an oven liner to a shelf organiser I've found something to make my kitchen a nicer place.

        Another good thing about the Lakeland store is that they do stock a good range of items that clean those more problematic items. I swear by the Maas metal cream I first found at Lakeland, and when I bought a house whose previous occupant seemed to have been auditioning for Kim and Aggie's show, not cleaning, whilst preserving a veener of tidiness, Lakeland was where I headed to in order to work out how to tackle the ingrained grime.

        Lakeland is a family owned British business that I think deserves its growing place on the High Street. I've bought items from the store instore and online, and both experiences are hassle free. Sure shopping here can mean purchasing the mundane, but actually sometimes the ordinary is actually what you, as a shopper need. If you haven't browsed one of the Lakeland catalogues that quite often appear in the Sunday paper, visited the website, or wandered into one of the shops if you have any ounce of latent domesticity in your body I strongly recommend this store. Just don't blame me for the banana guards!


        www.lakeland.co.uk

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          18.02.2010 22:55
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          brilliant shop...

          Lakeland is one of the most unusual and useful shops / sites / catalogues I have ever come across.
          The first time I came across it was at my mum and dad's when I was flicking through the catalogue. Suddenly, I found a number of things that would make my life easier! In fact, I didn't even know that there were such things available. Very soon I had a huge shopping list and shortly after that a very organised kitchen and house.
          Lakeland sell all sorts of things that you will not see in other places and the aim of these things is to make your homelife easier. A pineapple corer, mango splitter, chip cutter which I use as a carrot stick maker... The list goes on.
          They do an amazing amount of things like 'lock 'n' lock' which I think are the best storage containers, easiyo which allows you to make your own healthy yoghurt and a series of 'keeper' bags which help to keep your fruit and veg fresher for longer. I could go on and list everything, but I think I might run out of space! I did visit today though and picked up some new crystals for the moisture traps I have, some stuff to help bread rise better and our family favourite - Australian Liquorice.
          If you buy through the catalogue or online, their customer service is excellent and the things arrive quickly and safely. They are also very good and quick at sorting any problems out both with the delivery and the items themselves should you experience any difficulties.
          Have a look on their website or send off for their catalogue and I can pretty much guarantee you will be sending off for lots of stuff you never knew you needed!

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            09.11.2009 21:52
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            A brilliant shop for gadget gurus and house proud people

            Lakeland Limited is an amazing shop. It sells kitchen and homewares many of which are innovative products that you can't buy elsewhere. To give you an idea of the level of innovation you can often spot things on Dragon's Den that have already been in the Lakeland catalogue and vice versa.

            They have a number of shops across the country, but not to the scale of, say, M&S, where there is one in every town you go to but they do have a very comprehensive online store or you can order by mail order. The shops couldn't possibly display everything in the catalogue anyway so a look online or in the catalogue is always worthwhile. In fact I continue to get each issue of the catalogue (Kitchen, Home Solutions and Christmas) delivered as I find it a really interesting read.

            My favourite things that I have bought from Lakeland (and not seen elsewhere) are; a slimline clothes airer, which holds loads but is takes up practically no floor space; wrap adaptors, plastic shaped to hold phone chargers etc without the wires getting tangled up; orange peelers, small bits of green plastic perfectly designed to make peeling oranges easy. The items they sell range from small gadgets (like the orange peelers which cost a couple of quid) to larger appliances - coffee machines, robot vacuums etc plus a whole host of things inbetween. They have lots of fantastic storage solutions for making the most of your wardrobe or kitchen cupboard space.

            I rave about Lakeland to everyone who'll listen. I love to look at the catalogues but try not to buy anything from them too often as I get carried away and end up spending loads.

            If you like kitchen, home and storage stuff and haven't ever looked at Lakeland you must order a catalogue - you don't know what you're missing.

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            19.08.2009 22:06
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            A first rate company

            As a first time customer, I recently bought a handheld vac from Lakeland. I ordered it by phone, and was very impressed with their agent's friendly and helpful manner. The vac arrived soon after, and although it was a well- made product, it wasn't just what I wanted, so I phoned Lakeland to tell them. I was astonished when their agent (again very friendly and helpful) just asked me to pop it back into the box, and they would arrange collection asap. They would refund the cost, including the delivery charge, to my bank account. The vac was collected within days, and I think the refund reached my account even before they would have received the vac back. They also sent me a letter to apologise for causing me inconvenience (which they certainly had not). I have never before received customer service of such an exceptional standard, from any retailer. I have therefore decided to repay Lakeland by telling others of my experience. I also intend to visit their nearest store to give them my custom, as it is richly deserved. What a fantastic company!

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            25.07.2009 11:50
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            Lakland really is the place to kit out your kitchen and home.

            As some of you who regularly read my reviews you will know that I am slightly addicted to Lakeland. There is a store very close to where I work and I would say I visit at least once a week, even if I don't buy anything I love to look at their ever changing ranges and innovative gadgets for the home.

            What is it ?
            Lakeland is still a family run business, it is owned and managed by three bothers. The company originally started of in the 1960's with a husband and wife who wanted to make some extra money so they started selling plastic bags to farmers who wanted to freeze animal feed.
            It has obviously mod on from then and is now an award winning leading retailer for the kitchen and home.
            Don't be fooled into thinking that it is just another kitchen shop, Lakeland has every thing you need and things you don't even know you need for your house and home.

            Well what sort of things do they sell ?

            There are two main sections of Lakeland, the kitchen department and the home department.
            The Kitchen section sells, bakeware, storage containers, roasting tins, presentation bowls, trays, aprons, Knives, toasters, coffee makers, pots and pans and gadgets like peelers, zesters, garlic presses etc. I could go on forever but in a nut shell they sell everything you could want for your cooking whether you are a novice or the next Delia Smith they will have the right equipment for you.
            The Home section has everything you need to become a domestic goddess from dusters to underbed storage, dish drainers to oven cleaner. If it will make your life easier in the home Lakeland are likely to have it.

            Why is it different ?
            Lakeland is such a friendly place to visit, I have been to many stores over the country, ordered online and over the telephone and every single member of staff have been absolutely delightful. I am not sure if they have to go to happy school or something but they are all so lovely and will bend over backwards to help you.
            The Customer comes first in Lakeland, I had a flask that I had bought about two years ago, I only rang up to see if they sold the seals separately as mine had split, within three days a brand new flask arrived on my doorstep. With a note saying 'sorry our product didn't meet your expectations, I hope this one lasts longer'.

            Lakeland have over 40 stores up and down the country, they also have a brilliant website and a cataloge that you can order from via post or telephone.

            I would say that it is definitely worth a visit, some items may seem expensive but with a long no quibble guarantee and the quality of the products it is worth paying a little extra for.

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              17.07.2009 09:25
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              The place for every idealistic domestic god/goddess

              Lakeland has stores on high streets up and down the country. Its products are also easy to purchase online or through a mail order form through their catalogues which are available in-store or which can be delivered to you via post, on request. The catalogues themselves are split generally into kitchen and home with extra ones displaying Christmas good. They are well thought out and presented and describe the products in a clear, concise but fun way - part of the brand image is that they love their products and just want to be able to share them.

              There is a real variety in the products available from cleaning products to cooking utensils, decorative homeware and sweets and specialist cooking ingredients. This is without mentioning the quirky solutions to problems you never knew you had - a plastic banana case anyone? (Dragon's Den would be proud of some of it). But it would be churlish of me to overemphasise that point as most of the stuff available is really helpful!

              Almost without exception I have been pleased with every product that I have ever bought from Lakeland, including their own-brand non-stick cookware, cake tin liners, Oxy-Kic carpet stain remover (regular and for pets), PVA cleaner and shoe rack grips. The stuff is undoubtedly of a high quality, and yes, you do pay for that but isn't it better to buy one thing that does than tons of inferior products that just don't work as well, if at all?!

              I have to be honest with so much stuff available I do find it hard not to just place a huge internet order and be done with it but willpower is a virtue.

              I have always found the staff in the Lakeland stores to be helpful, especially when finding stuff instore that is in the catalogue as it is not always obvious where in the shop they might be kept.

              One gripe that I do have is that they don't have a wedding list service. I would have liked to have at least part of my list with them as my partner and I are keen cooks and would make a lot of use of some of the higher quality products that they have, especially as we are looking to upgrade a lot of our implements.

              In conclusion, I love Lakeland and I'm not ashamed of it - now where did I put those catalogues.......

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                17.05.2009 14:09
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                I love em

                I adore Lakeland, ever since I moved out of my parents place and bought my own home I've become almost obsessed with them and their wonderful products for the home and garden.

                Lakeland was established in the early 60s by the Rayner family as Lakeland Plastics reflecting the type of products they specialised in. Tupperware and polythene based goods for the home especially freezer bags for the farming industry.

                The company grew from strength to strength and in the 90's changed their name to Lakeland Limited in reflection of the vast variety of goods they now sold and not just plastic based items. Their headquarters are in Winderemere in the Lake District and they have stores up and down the Country from Devon to Scotland.

                The closest store to me is in Salisbury, located in the centre of town it's easy to get to and whilst not the largest of shops it has a good layout and plenty of room to move about and browse without feeling hemmed in or squashed during busy periods.

                I've bought many items for my old home and current one from Lakeland, my latest purchase was yesterday. Whilst browsing upstairs I spotted a new product thats designed to hold handbags. Its made from a long strip of strong fabric with 8 fabric clips down the front each with a pop-stud fastening which you hang bags from. It has a hook at the top to either fit over the back of the bedroom or wardrobe door.

                It cost less than £10 and looks great in my wardrobe with all my bags hanging from it. I'm very pleased with it and would certainly buy more should I get more bags or recommend them to friends.

                Lakeland sell a wonderful array of storage and cleaning products for all over the home. You can either buy in store or from their website which is a delight to use, it's easy to navigate and quick to find what you're looking for. I bought a large box of items when I first decided to buy my first home and everything arrived within days with no bother or fuss.

                The staff at Lakeland are diamonds, a few months ago I had read about a product that sits in the bottom of the fridge and helps prevent bruising to fruit and veg, I couldnt find it in the store so presumed they were out of stock. I went to pay for the rest of my shopping and the assistant asked if I had found everything I was looking for, when I mentioned the item she checked on the stock control system and said they were infact out of stock but offered to have one posted to me postage free! How good is that! as well as that I also received a free sample of tin foil for my "inconvenience"

                Long live Lakeland, they cant be beaten in my opinion.

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                  16.05.2009 19:26
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                  A good company who you can trust to deliver quality products

                  Lakeland and www.lakeland.co.uk are places I love to spend my hard earned money - sad I know!! but I do love nothing more than browsing through their catalogues, that cover a wide range of products from seeds to plants and even clothing.
                  I find that Lakelands prices are very competitive, and that their products of good quality and high standard.

                  I have just recently purchased some lettuce seeds from Lakeland - not my first purchase from then and yet again could not believe what good customer service I received. Lakeland also offer a 24 a day customer service email and helpline, so that whatever time it is, if you have a problem with an order, a product or a purchase - you can always get in touch with them.

                  I have yet to purchase any clothing or kitchenware from Lakeland as of yet, but I hear it is all of good quality. As I say I purchase mainly plants and vegetable products/ pots and so on from Lakeland, and so in this department I cannot recommend them highly enough.

                  So if you are looking for good products at competitive prices, from growing your own veg to clothing then you should request a copy of Lakeland's brochure and read it at your leisure or pop onto their website and browse through their different product ranges.

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                  19.10.2008 15:44
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                  A Company With Excellent Customer Service and A 40 Year Histrory.

                  Lakeland is one of my favourite shops. I love cooking and have bought some really good quality items from them over the years.
                  They are a family business.

                  The other reason I love them is that you may have guessed from reading my other reviews that I am a great fan of companies who have made a name for themselves out of humble beginnings.
                  This company used to be called Lakeland Plastics because in the 60s that is exactly what they were a company supplying plastic bags to farmers who wanted to sell their produce frozen at the farm gate. They also sold other plastic sheeting such as covers for silage and haystacks. They operated firstly from their garage and later from Windermere Station in the Lake District. They rented the Station Master's house and took orders from the front room whilst the customer records were stored in the bathroom in a cast iron bath! In the 70s they expanded and sold freezers and the company started to sell everything for home cooking and baking. The rest is history and you can read it all in detail on their website at www.lakeland.co.uk.

                  I have a passion for the way the company operates as it has a great customer service team who are dedicated to helping you.

                  The products are very unique and I shall be writing about them on dooyoo in length over the next few months as many have become my firm favourites.

                  Some items are sold for a while and if you see them it is worth buying them quickly in case they are not repeated. One of my best purchases a few years ago was a scone tin for making the most delicious home made scones. They come out perfect every time and the tin is as good today as it was then.
                  The customer service team are always ready to listen to any suggestions for products and if there is enough demand they will stock them for you. One of these is called Lavender Wool mix. If you look it up on the website you will read "Since Vera Patterson of Newtownabbey introduced us to this Australian 'laundry must-have', thousands of you have been converted." I am one of the converted and I will tell you all about this product in a later review but it is a really great laundry liquid for delicates and it leaves them smelling like they have been lying in lavender fields in Provence.

                  The website is superb and they have many catalogues each year to browse through at home. Delivery is free if you spend over £50 and if you need to return anything they are second to none. It is free there are no questions asked and if something arrives damaged it is refunded or replaced immediately.

                  What I tend to do now I have been shopping with them for many years is I wait until I need some of my old favourites and I order these and then top the order up to £50 with new items I haven't tried before so the postage is free.

                  The sales are brilliant and you can get some really great items. Last year I bought a half price German frying pan which makes pancakes to die for. They never stick and it makes welsh cakes as good as ones cooked on an Aga.

                  Our nearest store is some miles away but I love to go to the one in Glasgow when I visit one of my daughters in Scotland. The staff are so helpful and it is great to see the items and to enjoy the ambiance and atmosphere of a shop which has captivated my attention since I was newly married in the early 80s.

                  You don't have to be passionate about cooking either.They do great things for picnics. The cool bags are made from Flectalon lining, a high performance insulating material, developed as part of the NASA space research programme. I can honestly say they keep my food cold and fresh on journeys I regularly make from Essex to The Outer Hebrides a journey of over 16 hours.

                  So next time one of their catalogues drops through your letterbox I would say have a good look through. Hopefully I will fulfil my promise to review as many of their products as I can over the coming months.
                  I have one review on their rose and violet creams already on dooyoo and more to follow.

                  I think companies like these should be rewarded for their genesis from humble beginnings to where they are today. Sheer hard work has helped them but more than that I think it is their philosophy which puts the customer first.

                  I think it's time to get some scones in the oven!

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                    04.10.2008 17:13
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                    A great place to buy products for the home

                    Lakeland is one of my favourite shops, as I love cooking, baking and innovative products for the home. Lakeland was founded 45 years ago in the Lake District, and was originally called Lakeland Plastics, as they specialised in food storage boxes and plastic food storage bags. The company has grown a lot since then, and is still run by the same family from their base in Windermere, Cumbria. There are now 39 stores nationwide, with the flagship store at Windermere. Three of the stores also have an in-store cafe.

                    Lakeland sell much more than just kitchenware. There are also many products for the rest of the home, too, such as, cleaning products that are often unavailable elsewhere, home storage, cookery books, food, laundry products, bathroom accessories, environmentally friendly products and gadgets that you never knew you needed.

                    When I am visiting one of Lakeland's shops, I usually take the train to either Chichester or Eastbourne in Sussex, as these are the closest to where I live. There isn't a Lakeland in the Brighton/Hove area yet. I have also been to the shops in Aberdeen, and at Handforth in Cheshire. The latter has a lovely cafe. I have always found the staff at Lakeland's shops to be extremely helpful and polite, something which can be quite rare these days. They also seem to be very knowledgable about the range of products that they stock. It is worth remembering that you will need to take your own bags with you now, as Lakeland have started to charge for theirs (10p each I think).

                    I have also used the website to order from quite a few times. This is really easy to navigate, and the delivery arrives within a few working days. You can also order over the phone and by post by using the form that arrives with the catalogue. The catalogues are sent out several times a year, and often have a specific theme, such as cooking, cleaning products, or Christmas or Easter. Lakeland is very good for buying Christmas presents, as they have some really unusual gifts, especially foods, that are beautifully presented. Lakeland also do gift vouchers.

                    Some of my favourite products from Lakeland are - Lock and Lock boxes, for storing food in the freezer and fridge. I have a variety of these in different sizes. They are also useful for other household items. The EasiYo Yogurt Maker was a good buy, as I can now make fresh yogurt using the different mixes. I find the Vacusac vacuum bags very good for storing and protecting clothes and bedding, as it reduces bulky items in size. The Roll bags are a similar concept, only you don't need to use a vacuum cleaner to remove the excess air. I also have quite a lot of plastic storage boxes and toy boxes, as well as clothing protector bags to store clothes in the wardrobe. The range of cake and bread tins and cooking pots and pans is very good. Lakeland is also a great place to go to if you enjoy cake decorating, as they have a wide range of speciality equipment. There are also a wide range of products to get children involved in cooking and baking. The Children's De Luxe Bakeware Set for £15.99 looks very good (age 3 plus) and I will probably buy this for my daughter when she is a little older.

                    Overall, I think that Lakeland is an excellent shop for those who love cooking, baking and want interesting products for their home. It is sometimes a little expensive, but the products are always very good quality.

                    The website address is www.lakeland.co.uk

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                      17.09.2008 11:28
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                      If you like quality leather take a look here

                      Lakeland is a clothing and accessory shop which is geared mostly to older people. It isn't the sort of place that any of the trendier Dooyers would shop but it does have a name for quality.

                      Looking at the window display you will see sumptuous leather bags and suede jackets at this time of the year.

                      My own favourite is a tan leather weekend bag that I have drooled over for a while now. However, at almost £200 I can't justify it (can't afford it either but I can dream).

                      As you step into our local branch (Carlisle) which isn't very big you can smell leather. I love this!

                      At the front is the seasons range of women's jackets, coats, trousers, etc which tend to be in particular colours each season. They are often drab looking though, in my opinion and much of this stock is quite old fashioned. I have bought a couple of ruby shirt style tops from here but I find their trousers are an odd fit for me. (Or maybe I am an odd fit for their trousers). However, at a standard size 12 I shouldn't have that problem.

                      Their coats and jackets, especially the waterproof and windproofs are excellent quality but a bit on the pricey side.

                      Where Lakeland really shines is in its selection of leather and suede coats and jackets. They have ranges for men and women. The leather feels and smells wonderful and the quality of the finished garments is superb.

                      I bought a leather coat in Lakeland six years ago and it is still as good as new although it has been been worn a lot, In fact it is better than new because the leather has gone soft and supple and it feels great to wear,

                      If you like leather and want something stylish, or you are in the market for good quality waterproof, windproofs that still look stylish this is a good place to look.

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                        01.06.2008 17:01
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                        WELL WORTH A VISIT

                        If there is one shop that I can never manage to walk past without going in, it is Lakeland. I have never come out of this shop emptied handed and I always spend more than I actually intended.

                        Lakeland originated in Windermere in the 1960's when a man called Alan Rayner began supplying polythene bags to the agricultural industry.


                        In the 1970's he was joined by his three sons, Martin, Sam and Julian who have continued to run and expand the company. At that time the company was called Lakeland Plastics.

                        In the 1980's the business changed from the agricultural market into the domestic market and they started selling kitchenware and homeware products made from plastic. This was all done by mail order.

                        In the 1990's when they started manufacturing wooden, ceramic and glass goods they changed their name to Lakeland Limited.

                        Now in the 2000's the company have opened 35 shops nationwide with more in the pipeline.

                        When you go into a Lakeland store you are met by laminate flooring, wooden shelves and lots of chrome which gives the place a cool, light and airy feeling. Everything is well spaced out and you do not have assistants hovering around waiting to pounce. This is something I detest in other stores.

                        You can purchase every piece of kitchen equipment you can imagine, from pineapple corers and lettuce knives to pots, pans, frying pans and griddles. A lettuce knife will set you back around £4. I have had mine for a couple of years and make good use of it. It stops the lettuce turning brown at the edges where you cut it.

                        They sell electrical goods e.g. kettles and toasters, carving knives and slicing machines. The prices are a bit more expensive than other High Street stores but you definitely get something a bit different from the normal.

                        Cleaning products for everything around the house can also be purchased, as can, bottle pour spouts, microwave apple cookers, herbs, garden seeds, napkin holders, doylies, drawer dividers, picnic blankets, lavendar heat pads and lots more.

                        They do a brilliant department on card making kits. With everything you could possibly need to make your own cards. There is also a terrific selection of cookery, home and gardening books. They sell their own brand of candles and also do a good range of Yankee Candles (these are my favourite, but I wait until someone buys them for me as a gift).

                        If that is not enough they do a wonderful seasonal range. I bought an easter lollipop making kit for my grandchildren and they loved making them. The chocolate tasted very good. Again not cheap at £5.99 but the quality was very good. At xmas you can buy anything from a chocolate xmas pudding to an xmas tea towel.

                        Lakeland's promise is "If you are not satisfied at any time, you receive your money back!" I have never had to put this to the test so I cannot comment.

                        From 1st May they charge 10p for a carrier bag. All their carrier bags are reusable.

                        Although Lakeland goods are a bit on the expensive side, I think this is one shop where you definitely get what you pay for, and I can usually pick up a bargain or two from the sale baskets which are always there.

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                          17.08.2006 13:53

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                          Lakeland for more unusual items for the home and crafts

                          I am pleased Lakeland limited are now expanding their chain of shops throughout the UK. At one time their products were only available by mail order or from their main shop in the Lake District.

                          Lakeland is an excellent place to shop for those unusual kitchen items, especially for baking, cooking and freezer. There are all kinds of gadgets and things which you don't find in the usual kitchen equipment places or in the cooking sections of supermarkets etc. They also stock a variety of foodstuffs, some of these are unusual and worth buying.

                          In addition to kitchenware, Lakeland now offer a wide variety of craft making supplies from scrapbooking to card making. They have a good selection of card blanks, toppers, glues etc and have some unusual items in their craft section.

                          Lakeland still offer a mail order service, or you can order online. The shops have a free catalogue which you can take away to browse through and then if you cannot visit in person, you can order from the catalogue.

                          Good value for money, although some items can be slightly expensive but I think this is the price you have to pay for things which are not available elsewhere.

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