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The beauty of an AGA or any wood-fired stove is the fact it teaches you the art of patience. Even something as simple as making a cup of tea takes a little longer when you don’t use an electric kettle.

However, there is nothing as British as the sound of a whistling kettle at teatime and for some reason, a cuppa made with water boiled on a stove tastes that little bit better.

We decided to take a look at what stove-top kettles are out there to suit all budgets.


Sweet & Simple

This pretty little charcoal-coloured enamel stove kettle from Garden Trading manages to strike a balance between traditional and contemporary. It’s fairly small so more of a kettle aimed at tea for two. Suitable for gas hobs, Agas or range cookers, it’s made from dark grey enamel with a wooden handle.


A fair price at £24 form Hurn & Hurn.


A Little Whistle

This jolly red porcelain enamel whistling kettle from Prestige looks like something Mrs Tiggywinkle would bustle about with in the Tales of Beatrix Potter. Not only is its cheery colour perfect for the autumn months ahead, but it also has a traditional whistle to let you know when it’s time for tea. The spout locks in the open position for easy filling and pouring. Suitable for all cooker types including induction.

It has an RRP of around £35 and can be found here.


Top Of The Range

Feel yourself come over all steam punk with this classic kettle from Alessi. Designed by Richard Sapper, this kettle was the first design to come out of the renowned Italian design factory. It has a melodic whistle that will convince you an American locomotive is passing through your kitchen, but the idea was to produce a sound less stressful than a normal whistle.

It features a polished stainless steel body and a copper base, smart black handle and is guaranteed to last a lifetime, which is a good job really given it will cost you around £180.



What’s a cup of tea without a biscuit to dunk in it? Being the posh lot that we are at Certainly Wood, we thought you’d enjoy this upmarket alternative to a McVitie’s Digestive.


Pistachio & Cranberry Cookies 


175g butter
85g golden caster sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract
225g plain flour
75g pistachios
75g dried cranberries


Mix the butter, sugar and vanilla extract with a wooden spoon. Stir in the flour, then tip in the pistachios and cranberries – you might need to get your hands in at this stage to bring the mix together as a dough. Halve the dough and shape each half into a log about 5cm across. Wrap in cling film, then chill for 1 hour or freeze for up to 3 months.

Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.  Slice the logs into 1cm-thick rounds, place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment and bake for 12-15 mins. Cool completely on the tray.


Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2011