Steamer Trading Cookshop reveals opening date of Truro branch

A new branch of housewares specialist Steamer Trading Cookshop will make its debut next Saturday (July 9).

Set in the Cornish city of Truro, the outlet measures 4,400sq  ft over two floors and is in a prime location on 2-3 Pydar Street, near the cathedral.

The premises is a Grade II listed building previously occupied by fashion retailer River Island. Steamer Trading said: ‘The interior of the Grade II listed building has been sympathetically and carefully remodelled and modernised to offer customers a bright, light and airy atmosphere.”

Ben Phillips, managing director of Steamer Trading, told that a special programme of events is planned for the opening day.

He added that as well as an extensive range of cookware, kitchenware, tabletop and small electricals, the new branch “will focus more on local product, such as Cornish pottery and Cornish textiles.”

The store will include a cookery school upstairs, operating under the Divertimenti brand. The school, which launches later this summer, is Divertimenti’s first ever undertaking outside the capital.

In March, Steamer Trading acquired the Divertimenti name and website and took over the lease of the 3,700sq ft Divertimenti cookshop at 227-229 Brompton Road in south Knightsbridge, which includes the Divertimenti cookery school.

And last month it acquired 100% of the shares of Kitchens (Catering Utensils) Ltd. Under the deal, Kitchens’ three award-winning stores in Bath, Bristol and Cardiff have become part of Steamer Trading. In addition, Kitchens’ website,, was acquired.

Steamer Trading is a family-owned business founded in 1985 by Ben’s parents David and Liz Phillips. Headquartered in the East Sussex town of Lewes, it has 41 stores throughout the UK. The company also sells online at, and

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