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New Country Living, Vintage & Antique Interior Showroom Opening Soon in Haslingden, Rossendale, Lancashire

In early 2012 we began to use our slate craft skills to create a range of high quality, natural slate gifts. The first pieces to be made were our popular rectangle place mats and coasters. Due to their popularity we decided to add more products to the range including, cheeseboards, cake stands, wine racks and memo boards etc.

After working out of a 6x4ft garden shed for over 12 months, we had gained over 100 stockists accross the UK and Europe. To date we are selling to over 500 retailers including the UK, Europe, Canada, UAE, Australia and the Far East.

In 2015 due to the demand and success of our slateware brand www.PlattersSlate.com, we launched an interior brand focusing on high quality, hand finished, antique, vintage and country living homeware. Platters Interiors will consist of an ever changing collection of unique, on trend interior furniture. Ranging from Ercol Welsh dressers to Early 20th Century sideboards our aim is to offer high quality, hand-finished furniture to suit your home.

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July 13, 2015
In Blog

Why should I sell slate tableware in my store.

If you’re a retailer in the Homeware or related markets, there are good commercial reasons why stocking a range of Slate Products is a must for the coming season. In this article we take a look at what is out there and why you should stock Slate Products.

Slate goods are available in a wide range of styles, from the practical to the decorative and are suited to a wide range of retail outlets. Whether you are a homeware stockist, a gift shop or a food retailer there is something in the range of products that will enhance your customer offering and work well as an upsell to your clientele.

In addition, if you operate a restaurant or café and want something different for placemats, coasters, serving platters or plates, then slate is an ideal alternative to the more usual table settings.

Slate products are natural, hard wearing, food safe and provide the ideal backdrop for you to showcase your food and table layout. The tableware range includes as you would expect, placemats, coasters, serving platters, cheeseboards, and cake stands. But in addition to this, you can also find candle holders, dip bowls, salt and pepper mills and table centres, all of which beautifully enhance the overall look of the table layout.

They can be found in a range of sizes and colours to suit a wide range of décor styles. Slate platters for the most part lend themselves to showcasing food that is artistically displayed such as nouvelle cuisine or sushi and desserts look particularly attractive when set off by the dark background that slate provides.

If you operate a specialist food outlet whether it be a cheese shop, delicatessen, wine shop, farm shop or even a butchers, slate products make an ideal accompaniment to your range of produce. They can be used to showcase your foods or sold as an additional item to increase your profits.

Slate can also be personalised with the name of your restaurant, business or with any message that you wish to convey to your customers.

Slate items sell particularly well as gifts for both the home and outdoors. Here again the range is extensive, Memo Boards, plaques, photo frames, house signs, name plates and clocks are all available and can be customised to suit your customers individual tastes. Again they can be incorporated into your individual company theme as required.

Whilst some products are evergreen and will sell well at all times of the year, others will lend themselves to seasonal promotions. Items can be tailored to suit

Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Spring (garden accessories), Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Birthdays, Anniversaries etc, the list is quite extensive.

Whilst Slate Products have been around for years, sales have increased year on year in recent times, proving that interest in these products is very much in vogue at this time.

Hi, I’m Lianne Shepherd. I love writing about trends in home style and gift ideas. If you’re a retailer or restaurant owner and want a range of products that are not run of the mill, then why not take a look at the range of slate products at www.plattersslate.com. You’re sure to find something in the range that will suit needs and wow your customers.

Sticky
November 20, 2014
In Blog

How to Style a Slate Cheeseboard for that Special Dinner Party.

How to Style a Slate Cheeseboard for that Special Dinner Party.

If you’re planning a dinner party and want to impress your friends, there’s no better way to complete the meal than with a beautifully styled slate cheeseboard. In this article we will tell you all that you need to know and give you some hints and tips on how to present your cheeseboard for maximum effect.

Cheeseboards themselves come in a variety of materials, shapes and sizes, but the best way to showcase your cheeses is to use a Slate Cheeseboard and preferably one in black. A black slate cheeseboard is the perfect backdrop to show off the assortment of coloured cheeses on display, together with a complimentary garnish to add that extra something to the table.

When choosing cheeses for a dinner party, it’s important to have a good selection, so that you cater for the individual palettes of your guests. It is also important to make sure that the quality is good, so shopping at a high class delicatessen or at the deli counter of your local supermarket is recommended.

Present a range of both hard and soft cheeses, together with an assortment of crackers and speciality breads to complement the cheeses.

To start off choose a good Cheddar, can be Mild or Mature, according to taste. Red Leicester and Edam add a nice colour contrast, along with a blue cheese like Stilton and soft cheeses such as Brie and Camembert.

Take the cheese from the fridge a least one hour before you intend to serve it. This allows the flavours to develop. This is particularly important for soft cheeses which are at their best served at room temperature. Cheese is traditionally displayed as wedges, although there are some exceptions such as small round goat’s cheeses. If the cheese that you have bought is not wedge shaped, it is recommended that you cut it into wedge shapes before you start dressing your slate cheeseboard.

Start by taking a square of kitchen parchment approximately 4 inches (10cms) square, scrunch it up and then flatten it out and place it at the centre of your slate cheeseboard. Slice some of the Cheddar and place it on the parchment, with some slices leaning at an angle to the main piece.

Next take the Red Leicester and break off a corner of the narrow end, place the Red Leicester at an angle across one corner of the board. At the opposite corner of the board place the Edam on its side with the red wax coating facing outwards. This gives a great colour contrast. From here, take the Brie, by now it should be beautifully soft, cut off the tip at an angle and place it at one of the remaining free corners. Find a space opposite to the Brie for the Camembert, so that you have a soft cheese on either side of the board.

Now for the Stilton. If you have a small chopping board, ideally in a contrasting colour to your black slate cheeseboard, place this with the Stilton on it at the remaining corner of the cheeseboard. Honey compliments Stilton exceptionally well, so a small bowl of honey and a honey spoon placed next to the Stilton sets it off perfectly.

To add the finishing touches to your cheeseboard, add small clusters of red and green grapes, possibly a small bowl with a chutney of your choice. In addition you can garnish the cheeseboard with apples, pears, nuts or celery depending on your taste. For a touch of the exotic, why not add a fig or two?

Take your fig and slice it down the middle, stopping just before the base. Then turn the fig a quarter of a turn and repeat. Now squeeze the fig near the base and it should open at the top revealing the pale inner flesh, resembling a flower bud opening. Add this to the cheeseboard wherever you feel is appropriate.

Remember that there is no right or wrong way to style your slate cheeseboard; it is very much a matter of personal taste.

And finally don’t forget a lovely bottle of red wine or Madeira, which will complement your cheeseboard beautifully.

I hope that you found this article interesting and agree with me that a Black Slate Cheeseboard is the ideal accessory to compliment any dinner party. Why not check out the range of beautifully handcrafted slate plates at www.plattersslate.com. You will find a wide variety of tableware to suit all tastes and budgets.

Sticky
July 27, 2014