August 2019

Tea for Two Competition

Alongside our prize partners at Kimbridge Barn we launched the fantastic ‘Sunday tea for two’ competition in Summer 2019.

All entrants had to do was tell us why they’d enjoy the prize. Our judging panel were delighted to award the prize to Sally and Steve from Southampton (pictured below).

Romsey Woodburners co-owner Angie Sheppard says, “It was a fantastic prize and we were very happy to award it to Sally and Steve, who thoroughly deserved it.”


Kimbridge Barn boasts the following:

The charming and relaxed cafe and tea rooms, set within the original building and extending onto a pretty Garden Courtyard, will offer the perfect place to meet with friends and family for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.  In warmer months, guests will be able to sit outdoors in the courtyard , brimming with flowers, plants and trees.

The adjacent elegant barn with vaulted ceilings and oak beams will be perfect for dream weddings, special birthdays and large corporate functions, accommodating up to 150 guests.  The beautifully rustic barn will extend onto its own private courtyard and rose garden, making the perfect romantic backdrop for wedding photos to be cherished forever. Back inside, the Boot Room will be used for small business meetings and as a place for wedding guests to gather.

The food at Kimbridge Barn will be of the same exceptional quality locals have come to expect from Ideal Collection. The carefully crafted menu has been developed by the group’s executive chef and winner of the Great British Menu 2014, James Durrant, with a range of delicious dishes consisting of only the freshest and finest locally sourced seasonal produce and catering for all dietary requirements. Kimbridge Barn will host supper clubs and special themed evenings that are suited to the season. Sunday lunches are also set to be sensational: leisurely, traditional and a true family affair.


January 2019

Wood Burner Ban a Reality?

You may have heard in the media recently the inflammatory remarks made by Michael Gove regarding ‘strong, urgent action’ needed to improve the air we breath, the solution being to apparently to introduce a wood burner ban.

Whilst we do appreciate that breathing is important and clean air is fantastic, there are a few facts that we would like to introduce to the argument.

Firstly, the hysteria that has arisen from hyperbolic headlines can be eased somewhat by The Guardian, which wrote in 2018 that Mr. Gove won’t impose a wood burner ban at Government level more at local authority level, simply because the main targeted area will be London. Therefore, anyone living outside of London, where stove and fire use is less concentrated are far less likely to be on the receiving end of any type of ban.

Secondly, the culprits are identified as stoves that are of a certain age, and where the logs used are wet/damp. The onus will therefore fall on the owner of the stove to purchase logs that are dry. So, the problem shifts from the stove itself to the fuel. At Romsey Wood Burners the fuel you use is an important part of the choice. Wood is considered a Carbon Neutral Fuel therefore, choosing an approved supplier who ensures that new trees are planted should be enough. There are other, more eco-friendly fuel options available for demonstration at our showroom, ask about our range of pellet stoves or watch Ray demonstrate the MCZ Pellet Stove here

Thirdly, wood burners being a major culprit in the pollution of air isn’t backed up by Alison Cook, director of policy at the British Lung Foundation, who welcomed better monitoring and alerts for people, but warned: “Most importantly we can’t lose focus on transport as a main culprit for air pollution.”

So, whilst Mr. Gove has moved on to start a war on scented candles, we just wanted to bring some common sense into the discussion.

Our doors are always open should anyone want to pop in and ask us any questions about this matter.

Romsey Wood burners offer a wide range of eco-friendly, multifuel wood burners and stoves.