Blog Comments, Question and Answers !!

Waterless Cooking! everyone should try and sample waterless cooking, the technique and results are quite amazing, so much so, after my first tasting I immediately invested in a “well known” 18/12 stainless (heat retaining base) waterless cooking set, this was many, many years ago the results then as they are today are my secret still... No More ! :-)

I would not cook by another other method – for the food being cooked does not loose any of it's natural moisture, nor taste or vitamin content and vegetables can be cooked all in together PLUS and timing are NOT ultra critical. Also you will reduce your energy bills

My own special 10 favourite dishes are ,

Chili con carne. Spagetti Bolognais, Canelloni, Beef Wellington, Sole Bon Femme, Cod and Chips, Pork a le crème, Beef Bouginon, Prawn Risotto, Cottage/Shepherds/Comberland Pie – all less than exotic but each and everyone guaranteed to be a reliable choice for great enjoyable meals and evening with friends and relatives

Nottingham Lace Tablecloths Washing Instructions As our products are all hand made using natural fabrics (i.e. cotton, linen viscose and silk), they can be hand washed or laundered at 40°C in a washing machine setting for the appropriate material


We have many BRIT PATS and Nottingham Lace Tablecloth devotees world-wide although it must be said the majority our UK based. We do get many notes of thanks and appreciation, however, to publish them all would be a case of self-gratification and a “step too far”. However we are pleased to add here a copy of the image we use in our header, kindly sent by “David” in France

We should add that whilst we do predominantly offer out goods DIRECT ( payment by cheque only) we do have a close relationship with our only designated Distributor – “Distinctly British” who offer our goods throughout the UK and world-wide via their Online payments procedure - however their prices will included their fees plus VAT

Their website address is www.distinctlybritish.co.uk


Elizabeth - “There are obviously many questions which can arise from many would be customers here are a cross section of few of our inter exchanges with several of our clients over the past year or so. WE trust they will be helpful to everyone interest in our products

30/01/15 Hi Elizabeth. The tablecloth arrived here today (28/01/15 ) - and it as lovely as I hoped. I shall be posting to it to my friend soon, and I know she will love it. Thank you for all your trouble and inconvenience. I really appreciated it. I am afraid there is nothing like this sort of thing available in Australia, unless one is happy to settle for a cheap imitation. Regards Heather
10//3/16 Hello Elizabeth Many thanks for your email. It was good to know to wait in for the postie, and I am delighted with the cloth which has just arrived. It looks absolutely beautiful on the table! So now I'm planning to raid the attic for our wedding china, and, if enough has survived, I'll set it all up and send you a photo! Thanks again With best wishes Elaine
10/3/16 Dear Elizabeth I am writing to confirm receipt of my lovely Milton runner. Thank you.
11/3/16 Hi Elizabeth Just to let you know the parcel has arrived - I haven’t opened it yet as I’m not in the office but thought I’d just let you know that we had received it. Thank you for getting this out to us so quickly - have a good weekend. Kind regards Nicola
03/3/16 The table cloth and napkins were delivered today thank you. I am very pleased with them. Kind regards, Christine ………
Hi Elizabeth It has arrived, and is just as beautiful as we hoped. Many thanks
Hi Elizabeth, Thank you of your email. Would you mind giving me a quote for a bespoke tablecloth as mentioned below. The measurement 96 inches long x 66 inches wide Also, and 108inches long x 70 inches wide. I have looked at the Hampton design on your website but are you able to let me see samples of the other similar designs on your website or anywhere else? I don’t know if I will be able to afford the cost but unless I have a quote I won’t know. Many thanks………………….
Hi Peter Actually the lace is 100% Polyester 'Cluny' Lace and is the only manufacturer still making Nottingham Lace. If you look on our website it is under 'Hampton' design and there are a couple of other similar designs in this lace. I must say it is the best lace you can get, but it is quite expensive to have a bespoke tablecloth made to measure, Thank you again for your interest.
Hi Alyssa Have you received your tablecloth yet? The postal tracking records show it has been delivered to your address.
Thanks for coming back to me. I've placed an order via your website and am posting my cheque to you today. It is important that the tablecloth arrives before 1st October please. Best wishes, Michael On Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 4:30 PM, Elizabeth Cooke This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. wrote: Hello Michael We have a 'Derby' Design Lace Tablecloth 70" x 126" Rectangular in White, which is slightly larger than the size you gave me and will just add a little extra to the drop on the table. The 'Derby' is our best seller, is the largest tablecloth we have in the ready made tablecloths and is the only one near to the size you gave me. The price of this is £184 plus £6.50 Post & Packaging. If you look on our website www.quintessentialenglishlace.co.uk and click on to 'Designs & Prices' then click on to the 'Derby' box, this will show you the design.
Hello Elizabeth Many thanks for your offer. Although the 12 x 28 Lincoln is a little larger than I wanted, it is such a pretty cloth that I will accept your offer with thanks and look forward to receiving it. Thank you too for your attention.
- On 26/10/2015 23:09, Elizabeth Cooke wrote: Hello Jean I have now spoken to the despatch department and the Lincoln 12" x 21" which you ordered, is out of stock. As I cannot give you a definite date for this size to be restocked, I am prepared to offer you the larger Lincoln 12" x 28" for the same price. Please let me know if this is acceptable to you and if so I will arrange for the replacement as soon as possible. I apologise for this delay. Regards Elizabeth
Cheque value at £64.50 is in the first class post as required by yourselves. I look forward to receiving the tablecloth since it looks fabulous in your web site. Many thanks
Hi, I have placed an order on your website and i would like to pay by bank transfer so please let me have your bank details. Kind Regards
I have received confirmation of this order below and the cheque has cleared through my bank account. Please could you let me know the estimated delivery date, because it is a gift and the date is near. Many thanks,
Thanks for coming back to me. I've placed an order via your website and am posting my cheque to you today. It is important that the tablecloth arrives before 1st October please. Thank you for your order, it is now being processed. If you pay by 'Bank Transfer' I can arrange the delivery for early next week, it will require a signature on receipt, on any day you prefer. It is not a problem to have the tablecloth delivered before the 1st October if payment is being made by cheque, it will just take a few days longer.
Hi Elizabeth, Thank you of your email. Would you mind giving me a quote for a bespoke tablecloth as mentioned below. The measurement 96 inches long x 66 inches wide Also, and 108inches long x 70 inches wide. I have looked at the Hampton design on your website but are you able to let me see samples of the other similar designs on your website or anywhere else?
Hi Liz Your Order is now ready for posting. Is there any particular day you would prefer delivery Hi Elizabeth - The order has just arrived safely. Thank you for your help. LIZ
Hi Elizabeth, We have received the tablecloth, my wife is very pleased with it. Thank you John
Hi Elizabeth Many thanks - you probably guessed ....13th Wedding Anniversary. Jason Your order is being despatched today, 1st class Royal Mail Recorded. It will require a signature on receipt. Please let me know when you have received it. - Regards Elizabeth
Q) Would it be possible for us to pick up an item from yourselves? A) Of course ! ---------------------------------------- Having looked through our stock again, we do have a 56" Round Tablecloth and a Runner in the Stratford design, which is almost the same pattern as the Newstead, both the tablecloth and runner are the same shade of Ecru, which is a pale beige. Perhaps you would consider this design, as it has the same flower pattern and is very attractive. ----------------------------------------- Derby can be washed in a DOMESTIC washing machine but not a Commercial washing machine and NEVER in a laundry We recommend 40⁰ Very Light Wash – Wool or handwash setting with a non biological powder Very light gentle spin DO NOT TUMBLE DRY Pull into shape whilst damp Use a warm iron Do not Bleach Do not dry Clean Basically Derby can be machine washed but it must be treated gently The most important thing to do is pull into shape whilst damp as lace is like elastic when it’s damp and needs to be pulled back to size and shape before ironing
09/07/2014 Dear Elizabeth Thank you for your quick response. If you can send me the full invoice, I will send you a cheque. Kind regards Cara
On rare occasions an order may be delayed due re-stocking but we will always advise you of this and provide details of when your order will be expected or offer an alternative product. For any queries and details please get in touch with us. We will be glad to be of service.
20/09/2014 Dear Elizabeth, We would like the white please, and as Dan has just texted from abroad that he would like a 'family gathering' on Wednesday, special delivery at £9:50 please! Once again, I would be extremely grateful if you could fill this order; I am now able to do a transfer from home via e-banking, so if you could let me know at the earliest juncture on Monday, I can make the transfer. Do enjoy the rest of your weekend. With kind regards and thanks, Mike
09/10/2014 Dear Elizabeth, Just to confirm the lace tablecloth has arrived. My mother will love it. Thank you for your assistance. Regards, David
04/10/2014 Hello Elizabeth I’d prefer to order by phone and appreciate your enabling me to do that. I am struggling to make up my mind, you have such a lovely selection! I have the number and will either phone tomorrow or Tuesday if that is OK? My birthday on 15/10/2014 Monday will be busy with entertaining. Margaret Anne
Hi , i am interested in nottingham lace tablecloths , please send me a phone no so i can talk to the sales person, to get some information. THANKS , ALIYA.
18/10/2014 Dear Elizabeth, The lace table cloth arrived this morning. We're absolutely delighted with it, and thank you for rushing the order through. Yours sincerely Victoria Latest QEL blog entries to add to website
09/11 /2014 Thank you so much it arrived on Friday and is just beautiful.. it will be the perfect gift for a friend in Japan.. a memory of the UK Thank you again. Many best wishes Sandra W
Dear Elizabeth Tablecloth safely received, very pleased with it. Many thanks indeed Margaret Anne
06/11/2014 Hello Helen Thank you for your email. We can make a bespoke tablecloth to fit your table in 'Cluny' Lace, this lace is manufactured on old Nottingham Lace machines and is one of the the best laces you can buy. If you decide to have a tablecloth specially made to size, we will send you samples of 2/3 different designs for you to choose from. If you look on our website at the 'Hampton' design, this is one of the traditional designs in 'Cluny' lace. The cost of a tablecloth made up in the size you have given, will be in the region of £250, but I can only give you an approximate cost until you have chosen a design from the samples. If you would like to go ahead with this, I will need your address to send the samples to. We will require approximately 3 weeks making up time from confirmation of order. Elizabeth
Hello June Thank you for your email. Unfortunately we do not have/use credit card facilities, this allows and assists in keeping our prices attractive, good value for money and affordable. If you would prefer not to pay by cheque, we offer an alternative, of payment by 'Bank Credit Transfer' and I can deal with your order direct by email. If you do not prefer either of these options, your order can be made through our London distributors on their website 'www.distinctlybritish.co.uk. You can pay by credit card on this site. Most of our customers prefer to order direct by email and pay by Bank Transfer as this is a more convenient method. Please let me know which method of payment you prefer and I will send you the details. Thank you Regards Elizabeth
Dear Elizabeth, The lace table cloth arrived this morning. We're absolutely delighted with it, and thank you for rushing the order through. Yours sincerely Victoria
Dear Elizabeth, Just to confirm the lace tablecloth has arrived. My mother will love it. Thank you for your assistance. Regards, David
Hi Mike Your order has been posted 'Special Delivery' today, it will be delivered to you tomorrow morning and will require a signature on receipt Regards Elizabeth
Dear Elizabeth, The parcel arrived this morning fine. I've just unpacked it, all present and correct, thank you. They are just gorgeous, I'm absolutely thrilled. They will be the perfect presents for my relatives in Australia. Thank you so much for your help and sending them so promptly. I can't wait to see my cousins' faces when they open them! With best wishes, Andrea
Hi Elizabeth I would love to chat to you on the phone regarding the KENWYN LACE tablecloth! could you e mail me your no so that I can phone you as I have a few queries!! Many Thanks Grace No problem Grace.. ..
11/03/15 It looks wonderful. It arrived almost as soon as the email! I am thrilled and did take a photo but have just been dilatory in downloading. I had a go at lunch time but got into a muddle and ran out of time. I’ve now had to leave the mem card for the hospital to extract a high resolution version of another photo – for their hospital fund raising. I’ll send it as soon as the card is returned. Thank you so much MB

Hi Elizabeth

I would love to chat to you on the phone regarding the KENWYN LACE tablecloth! could you e mail me your no so that I can phone you as I have a few queries!!

Many Thanks
Grace

No problem Grace.. ..

Dear Elizabeth,

The parcel arrived this morning fine. I've just unpacked it, all present and correct, thank you. They are just gorgeous, I'm absolutely thrilled. They will be the perfect presents for my relatives in Australia. Thank you so much for your help and sending them so promptly. I can't wait to see my cousins' faces when they open them!

With best wishes,

Andrea

Hi Mike

Your order has been posted 'Special Delivery' today, it will be delivered to you tomorrow morning and will require a signature on receipt

Regards Elizabeth

Dear Elizabeth,

Just to confirm the lace tablecloth has arrived. My mother will love it.

Thank you for your assistance.

Regards,

David

Dear Elizabeth,

The lace table cloth arrived this morning. We're absolutely delighted with it, and thank you for rushing the order through.

Yours sincerely

Victoria

Hello June

Thank you for your email.

Unfortunately we do not have/use credit card facilities, this allows and assists in keeping our prices attractive, good value for money and affordable.

If you would prefer not to pay by cheque, we offer an alternative, of payment by 'Bank Credit Transfer' and I can deal with your order direct by email.

If you do not prefer either of these options, your order can be made through our London distributors on their website 'www.distinctlybritish.co.uk. You can pay by credit card on this site.

Most of our customers prefer to order direct by email and pay by Bank Transfer as this is a more convenient method.

Please let me know which method of payment you prefer and I will send you the details.

Thank you

Regards
Elizabeth

06/11/2014

Hello Helen

Thank you for your email.

We can make a bespoke tablecloth to fit your table in 'Cluny' Lace, this lace is manufactured on old Nottingham Lace machines and is one of the the best laces you can buy.

If you decide to have a tablecloth specially made to size, we will send you samples of 2/3 different designs for you to choose from. If you look on our website at the 'Hampton' design, this is one of the traditional designs in 'Cluny' lace.

The cost of a tablecloth made up in the size you have given, will be in the region of £250, but I can only give you an approximate cost until you have chosen a design from the samples.

If you would like to go ahead with this, I will need your address to send the samples to.

We will require approximately 3 weeks making up time from confirmation of order.

Elizabeth

Dear Elizabeth
Tablecloth safely received, very pleased with it.
Many thanks indeed

Margaret Anne

Hi Elizabeth - The order has just arrived safely. Thank you for your help. LIZ

Thank you so much it arrived on Friday and is just beautiful.. it will be the perfect gift for a friend in Japan.. a memory of the UK Thank you again.

Many best wishes
Sandra W

Hi Elizabeth - The order has just arrived safely. Thank you for your help. LIZ

Hi Liz Your Order is now ready for posting. Is there any particular day you would prefer delivery

Hi Elizabeth - The order has just arrived safely. Thank you for your help. LIZ

Hi Elizabeth, We have received the tablecloth, my wife is very pleased with it. Thank you John

Hi Elizabeth
Many thanks - you probably guessed ....13th Wedding Anniversary. Jason

Your order is being despatched today, 1st class Royal Mail Recorded. It will require a signature on receipt. Please let me know when you have received it. - Regards Elizabeth

Q) Would it be possible for us to pick up an item from yourselves?

A) Of course !

Having looked through our stock again, we do have a 56" Round Tablecloth and a Runner in the Stratford design, which is almost the same pattern as the Newstead, both the tablecloth and runner are the same shade of Ecru, which is a pale beige.

Perhaps you would consider this design, as it has the same flower pattern and is very attractive.

Derby can be washed in a DOMESTIC washing machine but not a Commercial washing machine and NEVER in a laundry

We recommend
40⁰ Very Light Wash – Wool or handwash setting with a non biological powder
Very light gentle spin DO NOT TUMBLE DRY
Pull into shape whilst damp
Use a warm iron
Do not Bleach
Do not dry Clean
Basically Derby can be machine washed but it must be treated gently

The most important thing to do is pull into shape whilst damp as lace is like elastic when it’s damp and needs to be pulled back to size and shape before ironing

09/07/2014

Dear Elizabeth

Thank you for your quick response. If you can send me the full invoice, I will send you a cheque.
Kind regards

Cara

On rare occasions an order may be delayed due re-stocking but we will always advise you of this and provide details of when your order will be expected or offer an alternative product.

For any queries and details please get in touch with us. We will be glad to be of service.

20/09/2014

Dear Elizabeth,

We would like the white please, and as Dan has just texted from abroad that he would like a 'family gathering' on Wednesday, special delivery at £9:50 please!

Once again, I would be extremely grateful if you could fill this order; I am now able to do a transfer from home via e-banking, so if you could let me know at the earliest juncture on Monday, I can make the transfer.

Do enjoy the rest of your weekend. With kind regards and thanks, Mike

09/10/2014 Dear Elizabeth,

Just to confirm the lace tablecloth has arrived. My mother will love it.

Thank you for your assistance. Regards, David

04/10/2014 Hello Elizabeth

I’d prefer to order by phone and appreciate your enabling me to do that. I am struggling to make up my mind, you have such a lovely selection!
I have the number and will either phone tomorrow or Tuesday if that is OK?
My birthday on 15/10/2014 Monday will be busy with entertaining.

Margaret Anne

Hi , i am interested in nottingham lace tablecloths , please send me a phone no so i can talk to the sales person, to get some information.

THANKS , ALIYA.

18/10/2014

Dear Elizabeth, The lace table cloth arrived this morning. We're absolutely delighted with it, and thank you for rushing the order through.

Yours sincerely Victoria

“Just to say that I opened my lace table cover yesterday and used for the first time and I am delighted with it.

It fits perfectly and looks really good when table set.

So many thanks indeed and I would like you to make me another one exactly the same please.” Just go ahead and do another as soon as possible. Clearly not sure how long you need

The ONLY100% polyester we have in our range is a “Cluny” ( Hampton) design which can be produced to customers individual requirements. Incidentally this can be created as an individual bedspread

Hi, Your order ( Ref 100124304) - for Nottm lace table cloth will be despatched by special delivery to arrive Thursday before 1:00pm

Dear Brian Alvey,
Tablecloth arrived yesterday!
many thanks, Geoff Thorp.

We have had an enquiry for a Thoresby Tablecloth 180cm x 275cm to replace one bought 20 years ago wanting a replacement.

Have you any heard of this one or do you have anything in a similar size please.

Hi Elaine

I am sorry but we do not have premises for the public to visit, we arrange everything by internet and e. mail only.

Do you have a Truro Oval table centre 14" x 25" in stock, if so could you let me know the weight in an envelope please, it is going to the USA.

Hi Robert

Just to let you know that I have not forgotten you. I have been away for a couple of days.

I will look through the stock we have left from the time when we provided the Tourist Centres, Castle etc., most of my gifts were bought by visitors from America, Australia and others wanting to take a Nottingham Lace gift back home. Unfortunately these gifts are no longer available due to the closure of most of the Lace manufacturers.

HI ,thank you for your help with my request on the telephone for Nottingham lace. Tray mats, place mats, serviette's ect.with motif of Robin Hood and Nottingham also places of interest in Nottingham.I wish to send them to friends in America.

Thank you again.

Yes we do make bespoke tablecloths.

We create them in 'Cluny' Lace ( Hampton design) . .

To quote we will need to know the size they would like, or the Tabletop size and required drop preferred, also, whether Rectangular, Oval or Round.

Just to say these arrived safely Saturday ( we were out so I have just collected them from the post office).

they are perfect, and am very pleased. Thank you for chasing for me! Marnie

Hi Sue

I hope you enjoyed your holiday and I am pleased your daughter liked the tablecloth.

Regards

An oval tablecloth on an oval table is always the best but a rectangle on an oval table can look quite effective

The points of the corners just need to be centralised where the oval shape falls away so when you stand back from the table the points are all equal

It is probably better to do this than go for a longer drop if the table is to be used for dining

Best regards

Thank you again for all the efforts you have made. I will be quite happy if you do find something suitable for you to give me a call one weekend, I would be very grateful.

How much is the St.Mary's Church lace also the Statue of Liberty pictorial panel and is the St.Mary's church a centre piece or place mat?

Thank's Bob.

Thank you for your order.

Before we can go ahead, would you please confirm that your table top size is 106" x 40" with oval ends.

I also need to know the drop you would like all round and whether the oval ends are rounded or are a definite oval.

We need to confirm these details before making the tablecloth as when it is specially made to order the tablecloth cannot be returned.

Apologies for the delay my table ends are clear D shape at either end

Table Width = 40 inches Table Length = 9 feet Table Height = 30 inches

Preferred drop from table height I think should be around 10 inches, no more.

Many thanks

The order for the Derby tablecloth which is going to Singapore, is being picked up from me, by her sister, who is flying to Singapore for the wedding.

Thank you for trying to sort this out for me as I know you are busy.

I would like to collect the tablecloth with the order for the York Napkins please.

Will you please let me know when they are ready for collection.-

We have been invited to a "Golden Wedding Anniversary" lunch, Bank Holiday week

Can you suggest anything that you have with gold in it, that would be suitable please!!

There is little or no justification to simply offer your diners/guests, the full Al la Carte/ Table de Hote menu.

Why not surprise them with an enjoyable, yet more basic “Good Olde English” Dish for example

“Cumberland Pie”, “Bakewell Tart”, “Shephards Pie”, “Yorkshire Pudding”, “Haggis”, “Meat and Potato Pie”, “Spotted Dick”, “Bangers and Mash”, “Toad in the Hole”, “Pancakes, ”Steak & Kidney Pie”, “Homemade Fish and Chips”, “Sausages with Sticky Onion Gravy”, “Quick Lamb and Potato Pot”,

The list goes on and on, then to complement the meal, there are numerous English puddings to choose from ie.

“Bilberry Pie”, “Blackberry Jelly”, “Bread & Butter Pudding”, “Summer Pudding”, “Chocolate Truffle”, “Clementine & Posset”, “Crème Fraiche Ice Creme “