Category: Home and Garden


Deans Traditional Commercial Awning at Thai Restaurant in Barnes

Traditional Commercial Awning installed at Thai Restaurant

The popular “Awesome Thai” Restaurant in Barnes chose Deans Blinds and Awnings to install their new traditional Victorian commercial awning. Barnes is a suburban district in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The restaurant is well known in the area for its Modern and Classic style of Thai cuisine. The Deans traditional shop blind installed was perfect for the historic Barnes setting. It is decorated with the restaurant log by Deans in-house graphics artist.

About Awesome Thai Restaurant

The best food and friendly service Thai Restaurant in Barnes. Awesome Thai introduces a wonderful modern and classic Thai dishes with a touch of western presentation coupled with reasonable prices. Visit them at

About Deans Blinds and Awnings UK

Having been in business when Queen Victoria reigned, Deans is the only blind and awnings manufacturer and installation company that is still in business in London who can provide an authentic Victorian or Edwardian awning or blind to complete the finishing touch to a serious restoration project on shop, restaurant or even a special private house. More info about their traditional Victorian commercial awning at


Deans Commercial Roller Blinds Installed for Pret in Chichester

commercial interior roller blinds

While awnings and blinds manufacturer and installer, Deans, are renowned for their commercial awnings and patio canopies. They also install a range of interior blinds for domestic and commercial use.

Most of Deans shop blinds are electrically operated and installed in skylight lanterns. Or on bifold glass doors as Deans bifold door blinds. Their own graphics facility means that they are able to please their key national Account customers with interior blinds graphically decorated with the customers’s special logos.

The company has installed many of these distinctive roller blinds in Pret restaurants all over the country. And this one is in the historic town of Chichester.

Working with the main contractor, 3Sixty Construction, Deans are well placed for this type of commercial contract by their reputation of holding many Health and Safety qualifications such as CHAS, ConstructionLine and Safe Contractor.

Pret (originally Pret a Manger) is a sandwich and coffee shop which avoids using chemicals, additives or other preservatives in the food they serve. Pret creates handmade natural food avoiding all the obscure extras common to so much of the ‘prepared’ and ‘fast’ food on the market today.


Introducing the Markilux 879 Skylight Lantern Blind

London – July 8, 2016 – Deans Blinds and Awnings UK, a renowned UK blinds and awnings manufacturer and installer, got an interesting job down on the south coast. A particular client wanted more than just a simple plain cover to their skylight lantern blind. And so the Markilux 879 Skylight Lantern Blind was installed. The stunning Swela bold black and white stripes on it make a dramatic statement.The product was one of the first Markilux Tracfix skylight lanterns to be installed in the UK.

A perfect shading system for the skylight lantern or smaller glazed patio. It is a modern alternative to pleated roof blinds.

The attractive round cassette made from extruded aluminium is powder-coated. It allows for the most light when retracted and the fabric is tucked away

The awning cover is guided along lateral strong aluminium guide tracks. A special tensioning system using a combined elastic and kevlar belt provides ideal cover tension when the awning is fully extended. If only partially extended, the cover could have a natural tendency to sag. As a result of this design feature, virtually invisible stainless steel wires prevent sag in the cover.

All components need minimal maintenance and are protected against corrosion.

The Markilux 879 underglass awning offers technology at its best for large and small glass areas. Special gas ­tensioned springs tension the cover really well. Quiet retraction gliders also make the retraction and extension operation more quiet.

Find out more about the Markilux 879 and 889 Tracfix.

Click the link for the pdf brochure.

Markilux 879 Skylight Lantern Blind


This Week Is National Gardening Week

Let us all hope that the weather will be fine for this week’s National Gardening Week – from Monday 13th April to Sunday 19th April.

On Friday 17th of April it’s National Open Gardens Day, with the noble goal of raising awareness of the diversity, richness and cultural value of the United Kingdom’s gardens. Locally, the following will offer free entry on Friday,

Slightly further afield, there are some wonderful gardens to visit:


The English Sunday Roast: A Short History


A Sunday roast is what you’ll be thinking about when it comes to British dining and one of the first things which springs to mind. Also often referred to as Sunday dinner, Sunday lunch, Sunday tea, Roast dinner, etc., the origins of the Sunday beef roast are not exactly clear. Some maintain that the concept was started during the days of the industrial revolution, while others maintain that the tradition stretches all the way back to medieval times.

It’s safe to assume that this tradition has its roots in ancient practices, especially given the English people’s love of beef. For example, the term “beefeater” (of which you’ll find a number of other historic English-derived items bearing the same name) is a famous title for the Yeomen Warders which were formed in 1485 by King Henry VII. As it is often said, during the 15th century, these guards would dine on fresh roasted beef on Sundays after church service (often consuming leftovers for the rest of the week as well). Similarly, there is the notion of village serfs being treated to oxen roasted on a spit after church services and battle training were complete (perhaps as a reward from the nobility of the day).

Some maintain that the English Sunday roast as we know it developed out of practices employed during the industrial age. As it is said, many Yorkshire families might pop a roast into the oven before they left to go to church knowing that by the time the returned, their meal would be cooked and ready. For all intents and purposes, this seems to be an idea which holds credence to the modern iteration of the Sunday roast. For instance, when we consider that one of the staple side dishes of the Sunday dinner, Yorkshire pudding, was developed sometime around 1737 (which also seems to directly precede the date when the industrial revolution began, somewhere around 1760).

Additionally, chicken, lamb or pork are also alternate popular choices for beef as well as duck, goose, turkey or game animals (which are often featured seasonally). As far as the vegetables are concerned, they’re usually roasted, but steaming and boiling were also popular, particularly among those who like to cook at home or those who might be somewhat health conscious. Naturally, potatoes are a featured item, but carrots, broccoli, green beans, cabbage and turnips are also popular choices.

In modern times, the Sunday roast has become regularly common and is routinely chosen for lunch or dinner, seven days a week. Even if you’re not into home cooking, all you need to do is drop into an English restaurant or pub on Sunday and chances are that a nice roast dinner will be the featured item on the menu.


The Oldest Fridge In The UK?

“Bloody marvellous”. Is this really Britain’s oldest working fridge?

The record, established in summer 2010 as being 56-years-old, has been broken by a GE fridge purchased in Malaya (now present-day Malaysia) in 1952 and is still going strong 62 years on.

The General Electric (GE) fridge was purchased by the Stogdale family to keep baby milk fresh for Doris Stogdale’s new addition, David, who was born in Malacca while the family was overseas working.

Today, in Oxford 62 years later, Doris Stogdale is still using the same fridge which was shipped back to the UK in 1960.

When ITV’s Daybreak heard about her amazing fridge — which has been in continuous use and has never required any maintenance, nor a single replacement part — they wanted to get Doris on the show.

Doris loved it too much to ever part with it even though she was offered a trip around the world and an ultra-modern new fridge in exchange for her durable working antique “icebox”.


Patio Awnings and Awnings in Ottershaw

Whether for your home or for your business, will have the right awnings product for you in Ottershaw.

Spanning three centuries, Deans is a business name which is synonymous with patio awnings and various types of canopies. The name says it all and we have been manufacturing and installing with patio awnings and awnings in Ottershaw since 1894! Whether for your home or for your business in Ottershaw,  Deans Awnings will have the right product for you in Ottershaw – awnings, patio awnings, restaurant awnings, cafe awnings in Ottershaw, awnings for business, shop awnings, school awnings in Ottershaw. Deans Awnings don’t try to offer one stop shops in Ottershaw for everything we just do what it says in our name – we manufacture and install awnings and their associated accessories in Ottershaw  – patio awnings and  awnings of all types.

Deans Awnings and Blinds are pleased to be listed on Great Park Portal.


Please refer to the following Deans pages,

For patio awnings:

For patio canopies and external sun blinds:

For awnings of various types:

For garden canopies:

For awnings for cafes, restaurants, and pubs:

For commercial blinds, canopies, and awnings for schools:,_/

For Traditional Victorian awnings:

For Markilux products for which Deans is the licensed distributor and installer:

For all weather awnings for schools:

For automatic or electrical awnings:

For electric blinds, blackout blinds, and other commercial blind types: visit here or at



Evergreen Landscaping in Ottershaw Surrey

Evergreen Landscaping is a family business based in Virginia Water who has been providing gardening services in the area for over 27 years. Evergreen Landscaping pride themselves in providing solutions to all your landscaping problems in Ottershaw Surrey- slopes, shade, drought, poor, wet or eroding soils.

Lawn maintenance in Ottershaw Surrey is something that must be done at the right time to ensure the quality grown. Evergreen Landscaping take care of your lawn and apply the right products at the right time. They are fully insured to provide treatments for your lawn.

Should you wish to indulge your creative dreams and design a new garden in Ottershaw Surrey or enhance your existing garden in Ottershaw Surrey, Evergreen Landscaping work with their clients to create that dream garden – they can incorporate many garden features including ponds, upright stones, statues, and granite insets etc. Garden design in Ottershaw Surrey is about teamwork and Evergreen Landscaping pride themselves in working with their clients in Ottershaw Surrey as a team.

Tree maintenance in Ottershaw Surrey is necessary to ensure proper growth of your tress and the plants around them. Evergreen Landscaping provide full tree surgery and maintenance in Ottershaw Surrey .

Security fencing may be necessary to protect your garden from intruders in Ottershaw Surrey – perhaps deer from around the Great Park and the many Crown Estates around the area. Security Fencing can in wood, metal and concrete.

Contact via their website for more details about they can help your with all your gardening in Ottershaw Surrey and landscaping services in Ottershaw Surrey.