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Amazing kitchenware shop on Northcote Road, Battersea

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La Cuisiniere: Kitchenware shop in Battersea

As Northcote Road institutions go, you can’t do much better than La Cuisinière.  Owned by French native Anne Blackie, this popular kitchenware retailer has been a much loved Battersea stalwart for over twenty years.  As well as stocking near enough any utensil or cooking tool you might think of, La Cuisinière also leases cake tins and offers a wealth of cookware expertise via a very helpful website.  Of course, the best way to get to know La Cuisinière is to spend a while exploring its shelves and corners.  The store compares itself online to an Aladdin’s Cave and a better description could not be found.

Before you spend an hour pottering at La Cuisinière on Northcote road, take a moment to read our interview with Anne Blackie and find out what makes the store so special.

  1. Could you give us a taster of some of the cookware you have in store?

It’s hard to know where to start!  As a taster, our most popular brands are:

  • Le Creuset (Cookware)
  • ScanPan (Cookware)
  • Joseph Joseph (kitchen Accessories)
  • Global/Wusthof/Robert Welch/I.O. Shen (Kitchen Knives)
  • Good Grips (OXO gadgets)
  • Silverwood (Bakeware)
  • Nespresso (Coffee machines)
  • KitchenAid/Dualit/Magimix/Cuisiniart small electricals

The following types of item also prove popular:

  • Cake decorations and candles
  • PVC table clothes
  • Ceramics and glassware
  • Silicone tools
  • Children lunch boxes
  • Barware

2. How has La Cuisinière changed over the past twenty five years?

We haven’t really changed that much from the original concept of being a Cookware and Tableware outlet.  The only major change was when we opened La Cuisinière Too in 2003 due to the fact that we were desperate for more shop space.

The current set up was established in 2012. With the ever growing popularity and increased demand for home baking, our bakeware section was moved lock, stock and ‘rolling pin’ into La Cuis Too. The main shop of La Cusinière has always and still provides the best range and quality of all types of cookware.

3. Have you seen a big change in how much people enjoy cooking over the years?

Not really! Residents of Battersea have always enjoyed cooking and entertaining at home providing great meals for family and friends. As mentioned in the previous section, we have seen a steady growth in baking product requirements in recent years.

Trends: The last few years have seen a definite increase in simple and earthy types of cooking. (Pie dishes and casseroles sell well).

4. How long have you been in Battersea and why did you choose to open a store along Northcote Road?

Annie Price was the founder of La Cuisinière and she was the one who discovered Northcote Road and saw its potential. Not only did she open the shop in 1988, she also moved from Fulham to Hendrick Avenue at the same time. She sadly died in 2004. I was Annie’s first manager and have been here ever since!

5. Do you have a favourite eatery or food supplier along Northcote Road?

Over the years, we have often enjoyed going to Buena Sera and Lola Roja.  We regularly use the fishmongers in Northcote Road and for a treat, we buy our cheese and deli produce from Hamish Johnston.

6. Which are your favourite items that you have in store?

My recommended brands are:

  • Laguiole knives – beautifully hand crafted knives from France. Not particularly well known in the UK, but not many Frenchmen would sit down to a “steak frites” without one!
  • Le Creuset “buffet” shallow casserole. To my mind, one of the most versatile cooking implements in the kitchen.
  • Glover and Smith pewter tableware – handmade in England.
  • Ecozone –  a planet-friendly cleaning range.
  • Tala and Silverwood bakeware – Tala is deliciously retro in design and has hardly changed since the fifties! Silverwood’s tinware is made for the British market and made in Britain!

7. Could you offer our readers a cooking or baking tip which you couldn’t do without?

One of the most important tools in the kitchen is the kitchen knife. But it’s got to be of good quality and kept sharp! So my tip is to have a quality knife sharpener to hand where you prepare your food.  Each time you use the knife give it a swipe or two through the sharpener and you will always have the sharpest of knives.

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