Our Tableware Ranges
Our most FAQ is 'How easy is it to clean your slate tableware. Watch this short video to see how simple it is -
Ben's Cornish Kitchen Range - Click to buy these items
Ben Prior owns and is the head chef at 'Bens Cornish Kitchen' in Marazion, near Penzance. With Ben's input we have developed a hand made slate tableware range that we are pleased to say is not only our lead range, but is only available to buy through this website or at Ben's Restaurant. Ben will be serving selected dishes from his menu on this special slate tableware range.
Ben's determination to provide top quality food in Cornwall, using locally sourced products with invention and finesse, has already seen him take the 'Best in the West' award for the Best Restaurant in the west country. We are proud to be associated with him and his restaurant.
The CAFE Range - Click to buy these items
The CAFE Range has been introduced by us as an 'entry level' product and is aimed at the Cafe, Bistro and small restaurant market. We want to make products that everyone can enjoy and the CAFE Range fits right in here. The Cafe Range carries the STEVENS™ name so it was essential that the products were were of the correct quality, were still made by us in Cornwall. Research showed us that potential clients wanted to buy products Made in England (and of course Cornwall) and by a local business. Check out our prices. You can buy cheaper but it won't be made in Cornwall and it will not have the STEVENS™ brand.
The Tregenna Range - Click to buy these items
Our Tregenna Range handmade slate tableware range is made from slate direct from the Delabole quarry. Each piece is selected by us to try and ensure that we have consistent quality in terms of evenness, thickness and colour. The slate is unique and famous throughout the world and is usually the first name anyone thinks of if you mention 'slate'. By selecting each and every piece ourselves, we are confident that each slate is made to the highest standard. The deep grey colouring, flecked with pyrite, the chopped edges, they all play their part in delivering pieces of real quality.
St. Eia Range - Click to buy these items
Over time and with weathering, each piece of slate takes on its very own unique features in terms of colouring and it is visually highly attractive. The condition of the slate when we get it is such that each piece must be cleaned before we can even begin to start work on it. Producing this range requires much additional work and care. Our St. eia range of hand made slate tableware is made from personally selected reclaimed Delabole slate, again from a source near Delabole. The used slate is mostly between 50 and 200 years old.
Slate that has been in use for this period of time can be more fragile than unused material and therefore it must be handled more carefully.The end result though is well worth the extra effort.
The 'Digey' Range - Click to buy these items
Our Digey range is made from imported Spanish dark slate which we importantly, source locally. It has a different look and fewer pyrites in the slate than the Delabole slates. The deep black colouring does make for great contrast when served with light coloured foods
As with all of our products, they are all hand cut and finished with a high quality food safe treatment. Whatever you choose you will get a hand cut, finished and treated item that will look great in any situation.
The St Ives Connection
St. Eia is commonly thought to be the evangelist and Irish Princess after whom 'St. Ives' takes its name and is the street where Anne's family lived.
The name 'Stevens' is synonymous with St. Ives too. Many families in the small fishing town on the North Cornish Coast at the far west of Cornwall, share the name.
In order to differentiate one from another, the families were given nicknames. Anne's great grandfather, and her family since then, are known as 'Roundy Stevens' and this is the inspiration behind our business.
To help you make the 'St. Ives' connection, we decided to theme the names for our tableware on St. Ives and its icons.
St. Eia comes from the name of the street where the 'Roundys' lived, 'Tregenna', from the famous Tregenna Castle landmark, and 'The Digey', one of the famous little streets that used to house the fishermen of St Ives in the 'Downalong' area near the harbour. We hope that when you use any our of slate pieces it will put a picture in your mind of this iconic fishing village in Cornwall and take you back to the very place itself..........