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"I was very impressed with this amazing retro cookstore, even more so when I discovered an original Leisure Sink unit on display! Leisuresinks.co.uk"
"First visited on Saturday - I'll be back. I loved everything in this shop, including the music. I wanted ...everything!"
"After searching and almost giving up I found your online shop sold the Kaymet Gold tray I remember from many years ago. Stylish and durable the Rolls Royce of trays! Although not cheap, I think its worth its weight in gold and should last for years. Not only that, the ordering process was straightforward and I actually received my tray by recorded delivery two days after ordering it. How's that for service. One delighted customer."
Jan , Devon
"I love Utility - please can you move your entire shop to Exeter so I can visit everyday? Actually, stay in Brighton - gives me an added excuse to visit! Fantastic range - like being in my Nan's kitchen again."
"What a fabulous shop.....lots of lovely 'back to basics' bits, loving the packs four candles!!!!!!! and now enjoying a nice cup of tea made in our new teapot. We'll be back again soon!"
"Fab shop. Yummy stuff. Grand folk. Also loving the red top jam jars. Great for home made mayo look in' sexy on the table. Also the tattoo plates. Yay. "
"Everytime we visit Brighton we make a beeline for Utility. We've bought Anchor shot glasses as favours for wedding guests, huge pickle jars to use as vases, vintage cutlery, silver plated jugs - the list could go on and on. We'll be back very soon to kit out our new VW Camper kitchen. Such a great value, interesting and useful place to shop. "
Lee & Lou
"We absolutely LOVE Utility. There were some original 1940's (I think) Hovis bread tins when we popped in the first time, and I was kicking myself on our second visit because they'd all sold out!
I settled for some pie tins instead (that's a whole other story of culinary disaster).
Lovely shop, and lovely Colin! "
"Your shop is understated and beautiful, full of good old fashioned stuff that last's forever.You seem proud of how and where everything is made.I find myself lusting after items such as dustpans and brushes.By far my favourite shop in Brighton."
"What a fantastic shop! I found this place when on a day trip to Brighton. I absolutely love the products, the service was brilliant and the whole atmosphere of the shop (including the music!) was lovely. I'm a huge fan and will most definitely be making plenty of online purchases! "
"Your shop is brilliant! I have a rage-inducing dislike of unnecessarily labeled crockery… When I saw your window display 'Bread bins with no "Bread"', I thought, "finally, my spiritual home!" . Thank you for saving my kitchen from the ravages of bad taste"
"This shop is wonderful. OK, so I'm fifty years old, so have lots of memories that include items sold here: but they're STILL practical, and they're STILL well-made, with help always and pleasantly on hand when making a choice."
"I am in USa but originally from UK - lovely to see such a nicce array of goods online - have ordered the spout doctor in the hope that my cupboard full of drippy teapots will be saved before I bin the lot. Will be ordering lots of enamel stuff for my poor husband to bring over for me when he visits in Spring!! Fingers crossed for spout doctor success. Thanks! "
"I can't believe I have only just discovered you. Have a very long list of wanties..."
"Fantastic service email received from you at half three yesterday order arrived 10.30 this morning well impressed.
Visited the shop last summer love it the smell the stock all fabulous. I also think you should open another shop in Glasgow but if not aw well I'll just need to visit Brighton AGAIN .... yeh!"
"A package full of useful, pleasing, functional stuff. Thank you"
"popped in on Thursday and had a lovely rummage about. Could have spent a small fortune on loads of lovely stuff but managed to stop myself with a jug and vegetable peeler. I will be back!"
"Really fantastic shop and good value. I was lucky enough to be bought a big skillet as a present.My favourite thing ever in the kitchen. "
"Visited you recently. I've just done an on line order and can't wait to receive my goods. I feel like a kid looking forward to Christmas. "
"cracking shop!!!! nice to see a lovely old style english kitchen utility shop and well priced and friendly helpful staff get in there and have a butchers!!!"
"Fabulous find in Brighton. We spent ages browsing, great stuff, great prices and really friendly, happy staff!"
"My new favourite place. The smell of carbolic, bristle and Brillo drew me in like a charm. Full of reasonably priced homeware both beautiful, functional and nostalgic. I could die and have my ashes scattered here. Right up my street. "
"I currently have three items on my household shopping list. Two of them have been on the list for about a month, the third for over five years. Utility has all three. Will be down to Brighton this week! Small delights bring big smile :-)"
"Online shopper in Scotland, here... brilliant service... ordered yesterday, arrived this morning! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! x"
"Fantastic shop! Love the feel, the sound and the smell. Always make a B line for Utility!"
Clare from Bournemouth
"Love going to this shop. Always top of the list when visiting Brighton which I try and do often. I made some cushion covers from the herringbone floor cloths. They look amazing."
"Particularly like the music you play in the shop- if you released a mixtape/cd album I would definitely buy it."
"Best shop in the world! If I could buy everything in it I would (I? working on it)."
"After about a 20 minute browse and a great 10 minute chat with Colin spending just over a fiver came out with a big cheesy grin on my face and four exercise books, builders pencils and a fishing net. A fantastic shopping experience, the shop is not a museum but is reminiscent of a bygone age. Keen prices on the own brand stuff too. When are you opening a branch in Wales?"
"Ilove my giant serving spoon so shiny so big and so spoony."
"We always love coming into your shop - such lovely (but useful) stuff and a good old fashioned feel to the place - with good old fashioned service! Love it !"
"this shop is amazing: great stuff, good prices, friendly staff and cool
music. I love this shop!"
"i stumbled across your shop on Sunday, what an absolute treasue, and wonderful music too, thank you x"
Mrs Liz Cook
"I am extremely impressed with both the customer service and lovely retro items that your business offers. My bread bin looks amazing on my work top and I am very grateful to Martha for sorting out my email address with Hubby last week. I would highly recommend this website for online shopping!"
"I visited Brighton for the first time last week and stumbled across UTILITY...what a wonderful shop. "
"When are you opening a shop in Glasgow!!?? Love your website and all the lovely stuff in it, would love to come visit you in Brighton one day! Enjoyed the enamel ware on our camping trip and lusting after the Kayment yellow tea tray....swoon....xx"
"Discovered this shop on a visit to Brighton and walked around with the biggest grin for ages afterwards.
This place is a gem, and everything in it filled me with nostalgia.
Also, the stuff is amazing quality for great prices. I have been after enamel stuff for yonks and got some lovely pieces for amazing prices. "
"I have just lost a whole half hour laughing at the descriptions on your website. Good job I am coming to Brighton soon to visit my friend Linsay (well that is why she thinks I am coming)."
"There is no shop in the world more perfect or more British than Utility. Nor will you find any other shop that has the individual, personal and friendly customer service. It is a true joy to shop here and since discovering it a year ago, I shop nowhere else for things for my house, which is slowly starting to feel like a home thanks to the treasures I have found here. Thank you Utility. "
"I cannot fault this shop. Absolute classics at perfect prices. I will happily let you abuse my pay packet each month. Thank you "
"Love, love, LOVE your store! stumbled upon it on trip to brighton yesterday and am already browsing the online shop... will be placing an order very soon! G"
ray bruce. London
"what an amazing shop. loved it!! rather liked the blue tin ;-)"
"Love your shop. I am seriously addicted."
Fork handles reviewed by Karina Wells
"Brilliant price for the item and the sense of humour. Warmed our day."
Multi purpose cloths reviewed by Laura Brown
"Excellent! Fantastic multi-purpose cloths - good for everything a busy home kitchen throws up and a bit beautiful to boot. I would bulk-buy although they never seem to wear, its just nice to have a load on stand-by. "
Big mug reviewed by Christine Ball
"Excellent big pot!
Just the job for hubby who has broken several pint pots.
Very good comfy handle, makes it feel safer somehow?
Delivery good and quick too! Will be back.
Leather key fob reviewed by Wasim
"Leather Key Fob:
Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you to Colin who was very friendly and helpful on our first visit to Brighton. He helped us choose some amazing leather key fobs and was kind enough to show us his (as per the description) and even gave us a guide book for the local area. Amazing shop, keep up the good work! All the best, Wasim
Carbolic slabs reviewed by David
"This is the business if you want a fresh clear start to everyday, wonderful"
Roller towel reviewed by Tina Diggory
"Perfect size for my Aga. No more towels on the floor!"
Copper cloths (pair) reviewed by Megumi Fukuda
"My favourite product. I cleaned glasses, a stainless steel sink, and an enamel hob top, leaving them all refreshed and without scratches.
Highly recommended to everyone!"
Denim Apron reviewed by Melanie Metcalfe
"on looking at your fab apron, I think alot of people , like me, would love one in the condition yours is ... i.e. distressed like you buy jeans ... just saying ..."
Multi purpose cloths reviewed by Ali D
", I use them as tea towels and as I have washed them they have got better and so softI really love them I know this sounds sad but I have lots (I mean lots) of tea towels some very expensive but keep coming back to these. I am even thinking of buying more to make outside cusions and a table cloth. "
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