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Ramsey’s Cooks Up A Stir With 150K Renovation

A Nottingham based kitchen and bathroom showroom, which previously housed the 1926 Rolls Royce Primrose from the hit TV show, The Darling Buds of May, has undergone a 150K renovation as it enters its 47th year in business.

Ramsey’s based in Long Eaton, has just revealed that stage one of its extensive renovation is now complete after five years of blood, sweat, tears and challenges, to turn the site into a state of the art showroom featuring smart kitchens, Wi-Fi ovens and the very latest in cutting edge design.

Managing director of the family run business which has sold to Nottingham Forest Footballers and even provided kitchens to two members of Showaddywaddy, Ramsey Dawson (47) said:

“This year marks our 47th year in business, which is phenomenal considering that many retailers are now opting to take their businesses fully online.

“Our plans to renovate the existing space have finally been made a reality after five years of hard work and we could not be happier.”

Established in 1971 by Ramsey’s father, Peter Dawson, Ramsey’s kitchen and bathroom showroom had very humble beginnings after he entered the business world as a plumbers’ merchant, and sourced its current premises, which has had a very colourful history of its own.

Ramsey continued:

“The building originally started life as a chapel, and later on housed the 1926 Rolls Royce Primrose which was the pride and joy of the character played by David Jason, in the hit TV show, The Darling Buds of May! It was then turned into a builders merchants which is how it was bought by my father in the 70’s.”

The business has over the years become a hotspot for the famous, with celebrities such as Geoff Capes, Sally Dynevor of Corrie fame, and several Derby County and Nottingham Forest players popping in for a visit.

Ramsey from the business which once fitted a kitchen totalling a whopping £80,000, added:

“Over the years we have had many ‘wow’ moments.  We were once asked to replace a metallic gold bathroom suite, which once belonged to Rod Stewart, and we had a visit from an Arabian Prince who was studying locally.  He was so smitten with our kitchens that we designed and shipped one home for him.”

Today, the business on Main Street, Long Eaton specialises in state of the art fitted kitchens, many of which are German in design, along with bedrooms and bathrooms. 

The spot has become a hub for the unique, with customers being able to pick up a smart shower which recognises your temperature and shower preferences, Wi-Fi enabled lighting and even Bluetooth mirrors, which play the radio whilst you are getting ready.

Ramsey from the business which is one of the very few to be named as a Consentino Elite Premium Showroom, added:

“Our most popular products are without doubt light and neutral in colour, however with a little persuasion the customer can see the benefit of adding colour and warmth into the scheme! Our kitchens cater for Contemporary to Traditional, but we certainly have a flair for the adventurous.”

It is expected that the next stage of the renovation will see the firm which has imported its products for the last 47 years, convert the upstairs quarters into a large tile and lighting showroom.

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