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Photography by Oliver Perrott.

As any regular customer of Steamer Trading will quickly realise, our Guildford store is no ordinary cookshop!

After opening our first shop on Guildford’s historic High Street in 2004, we soon realised that Steamer Trading was a bit of a hit with keen cooks locally. So much so, that we started to try and fit more and more into our (then) compact store until we were bursting at the seams.

By a stroke of luck, we managed in early 2009 to acquire a former bank building further down the hill, that offered much more space. Constructed of concrete, it wasn’t much of a beauty and added little to the diverse architecture of one of England’s best High Streets. Feeling brave, we enagaged the services of a stirling-prize nominated architect and sat down with local planners and conservationists to design something a little bit special for this very prominent site.

Opened just in time for Christmas that year (thanks to some very busy builders), our new store is one that we’re incredibly proud of. Steamer Trading won the Global Innovator Award for ‘the World’s best cookshop’ in Chicago the following year, and the building was a finalist for the prestigious Guildford Design Awards in 2011 and Retail Interiors Awards in 2010. Most importantly of all, our customers tell us they love the new store too!

Situated over three floors with a polished concrete staircase running between them (there’s a lift as well), our Guildford store carries Steamer Trading’s widest range of kitchenware. From exotic Japanese knives to the best cookware, an extensive range of glass and tableware to design ranges including Iittala, Alessi, Joseph Joseph and Guzzini, we’re sure you’ll find everything your heart (and kitchen) desires.

On our second floor, you’ll find the award-winning Caracoli café (voted best small food shop in the 2012 Daily Telegraph Awards) offering the best coffee, cakes and goodies in Guildford – combined with terrific views and an outdoor roof terrace.

How to find us

Steamer Trading is at the top of the cobbled part of Guildford High Street (pedestrianised during the day). You can spot the store walking up the street from the river – which is why we have such nice views looking back down! Approached also from the junction with North Street, keep an eye open for the statue of George Abbot, former Archbishop of Canterbury. You’ll find that, seen form the right angle, Steamer Trading’s shopfront provides the perfect backdrop for this imposing statue.

Guildford has plenty of nearby parking – the Bright Hill, York Road, North Street, Castle and High Street car parks are all close. Guildford is well served by trains and other public transport.

Access

Having a newly-built building allowed us to make our Guildford store fully accessible. There are easy-going staircases and a lift serving all floors, including the café. Please note that although there is a lift to the lower ground floor, the means of escape is via a staircase which might be unsuitable for some wheelchair users. Our staff are very happy to assist in any way possible with access difficulties.

Awards for Steamer Trading Guildford

GIA Award – ‘Best Cookshop in the World’ 2010

GIA Award – ‘Best Cookshop in the UK’ 2009

Guildford Design Awards – Finalist, 2011

Retail Interiors Awards – Finalist, 2010

Guildford Society – Award, 2006

Contact Us
You can call us during store opening hours, or email or write to us using the details below - or, of course, you can come in and see us – we’ll always make you welcome!

Come in and see us

168 High Street,
Guildford,
GU1 3HS

01483 573448 Guildford@steamer.co.uk

Monday: 09:30 - 18:00
Tuesday: 09:30 - 18:00
Wednesday: 09:30 - 18:00
Thursday: 09:30 - 18:00
Friday: 09:30 - 18:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 18:00
Sunday: 11:00 - 17:00

One of best things about working in Guildford is chatting to our lovely customers and exchanging recipe ideas - one lady even brought in her top-secret Beef Stroganoff recipe for me, which was excellent! As the Flagship store, we receive a brilliant range of products to play with and are lucky enough to work in a beautifully designed building with Guildford's best coffee shop upstairs.

- Andrew Raymond, Guildford Store Manager

My favourite products:

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Profection 20cm Chef's Knife
When we were furnishing our kitchen a few years’ back, this was an essential early purchase. I use this for just about everything (possibly too much!), it’s truly the workhorse of the kitchen. There are a lot of beautiful knives in Guildford’s knife cabinet to choose from but fully-forged German stainless steel is virtually indestructible and a quality chef’s knife is a great place to start building your collection.

Le Creuset Round Cocotte
As a Le Creuset Centre of Excellence, we are lucky enough to carry the Mineral Blue range of cocottes – which are an exclusive for us at Steamer. I recently bought the 28cm ‘behemoth’ which is already proving to be a fantastically versatile piece of cookware and a true lifetime investment. It’s also a real looker when having friends over for dinner!

OXO Good Grips Peeler ‘Y’
This humble peeler – like everything in the OXO Good Grips range – is built to last and a real pleasure to use. There’s a reason my tools drawer is packed full of Good Grips. Highly recommended.

Steamer Trading - Guildford

As any regular customer of Steamer Trading will quickly realise, our Guildford store is no ordinary cookshop!

After opening our first shop on Guildford’s historic High Street in 2004, we soon realised that Steamer Trading was a bit of a hit with keen cooks locally. So much so, that we started to try and fit more and more into our (then) compact store until we were bursting at the seams.

By a stroke of luck, we managed in early 2009 to acquire a former bank building further down the hill, that offered much more space. Constructed of concrete, it wasn’t much of a beauty and added little to the diverse architecture of one of England’s best High Streets. Feeling brave, we enagaged the services of a stirling-prize nominated architect and sat down with local planners and conservationists to design something a little bit special for this very prominent site.

Opened just in time for Christmas that year (thanks to some very busy builders), our new store is one that we’re incredibly proud of. Steamer Trading won the Global Innovator Award for ‘the World’s best cookshop’ in Chicago the following year, and the building was a finalist for the prestigious Guildford Design Awards in 2011 and Retail Interiors Awards in 2010. Most importantly of all, our customers tell us they love the new store too!

Situated over three floors with a polished concrete staircase running between them (there’s a lift as well), our Guildford store carries Steamer Trading’s widest range of kitchenware. From exotic Japanese knives to the best cookware, an extensive range of glass and tableware to design ranges including Iittala, Alessi, Joseph Joseph and Guzzini, we’re sure you’ll find everything your heart (and kitchen) desires.

On our second floor, you’ll find the award-winning Caracoli café (voted best small food shop in the 2012 Daily Telegraph Awards) offering the best coffee, cakes and goodies in Guildford – combined with terrific views and an outdoor roof terrace.

How to find us

Steamer Trading is at the top of the cobbled part of Guildford High Street (pedestrianised during the day). You can spot the store walking up the street from the river – which is why we have such nice views looking back down! Approached also from the junction with North Street, keep an eye open for the statue of George Abbot, former Archbishop of Canterbury. You’ll find that, seen form the right angle, Steamer Trading’s shopfront provides the perfect backdrop for this imposing statue.

Guildford has plenty of nearby parking – the Bright Hill, York Road, North Street, Castle and High Street car parks are all close. Guildford is well served by trains and other public transport.

Access

Having a newly-built building allowed us to make our Guildford store fully accessible. There are easy-going staircases and a lift serving all floors, including the café. Please note that although there is a lift to the lower ground floor, the means of escape is via a staircase which might be unsuitable for some wheelchair users. Our staff are very happy to assist in any way possible with access difficulties.

Awards for Steamer Trading Guildford

GIA Award – ‘Best Cookshop in the World’ 2010

GIA Award – ‘Best Cookshop in the UK’ 2009

Guildford Design Awards – Finalist, 2011

Retail Interiors Awards – Finalist, 2010

Guildford Society – Award, 2006

Contact Us
You can call us during store opening hours, or email or write to us using the details below - or, of course, you can come in and see us – we’ll always make you welcome!

168 High Street Guildford GU1 3HS
01483 573448