Merry Christmas! From Cooker Spare Parts

Are you excited for Christmas? We certainly are! With barely 100 hours to go before Santa arrives, everyone's in festive overdrive right now - shopping for presents, preparing the food, getting ready for family members to arrive, and - of course - opening the last few doors of the advent calendar!

It's all a bit of a rush right now, but we at Cooker Spare Parts just wanted to take a moment to wish all of our friends, clients and customers a very merry Christmas. It's been a landmark year for us, with the launch of this very website still fresh in our memories; of course, we're hoping that next year will be even bigger and even better on all counts!

So have a great Christmas and, whatever you're doing over the next week or two, be sure to enjoy it to the full. Thank you for your support in 2013, and remember: if your cooker breaks down, you know where we are!

When we are not providing spare parts to fix people’s cookers, we are enjoying fine foods and feasts produced by those cookers that are working! Cardiff may not strike you as a massive culinary capital such as Paris or Rome, but if you know where to look there are plenty of taste treasures and spice sensations to be had.

All the foodies here at Cooker Spare Parts have had a little bit of a debate, and come up with our top 5 restaurants in Cardiff to dine out in (in no particular order):

The Goat Major

If you are a fan of the traditional British pub, you’ll adore The Goat Major! Nestled at the end of the main High Street, and in fittingly close vicinity to Cardiff’s medieval castle, The Goat Major has the comforting ambience of a timeless tavern. But it’s not all Tudor beams and hanging baskets, as here you will also find a range of award winning pies, ales, and other perfectly executed hearty grub!


Our favourite haunt on Quay Street is definitely Casanova – an authentic Italian restaurant yards away from the great Millennium stadium.  There are plenty of Italian eateries to choose from in Cardiff, but what we like about Casanova is its drive for authenticity, and its seasonal use of local ingredients. There is a large Italian community in South Wales, and they feel most at home at Casanova.

The Meating Place

As its name alludes to, our next favourite is a real treat for all you carnivores! In the centre of St Mary Street, this tastefully designed brasserie pays homage to the wonder that is meat, so you better leave any vegetarians at home (though there are V options)! The large range of steaks here are exquisitely well cooked, and you can even have a marinated meat skewer of your choice cooked on a charcoal grill, then elaborately hung above your table. You’ll be glad you met The Meating Place.

Las Iguanas

This may well be our only chain restaurant on the list, but let us assure you there is nothing mundane or forgettable about Las Iguanas on Mill Lane. Serving up a well spiced, beautifully seasoned affair of South American cooking, we can’t stop returning to this lively establishment. And even if Latin food is not your thing, they even have an awesome cocktail bar in the basement that is hard to resist – especially at happy hour!

The Potted Pig

The quirkily named Potted Pig restaurant can be found in a stylish basement setting on St Mary Street.  Serving up British food with a certain French flair, every single meal we’ve consumed at The Potted Pig has been sumptuous, seasonal, and oh-so succulent. We recommend this place for anyone who appreciates excellent local ingredients and ales, all served up in a friendly and bustling environment.

Black and white Hotpoint logo

Hotpoint has been one of the UK's biggest appliance manufacturers for some time now - way back in 2002, they already had a 23% market share - and if you've got one of their cookers in your kitchen, you'll be pleased to hear that we stock a huge range of Hotpoint parts for any and all purposes. If you can't find what you're looking for, don't hesitate to give us a call on 02920 451 222 - we'll do our best to help you out!

Hotpoint's motto is 'Our Ideas, Your Home', and as that would suggest, innovation has always been the company's strong point. Many of their cookers use catalytic liners, which help to reduce the amount of grease and grot that accumulates in your oven. They're very clever with their cooker timers, too, making it easier than ever to programme your oven and make it turn on and off at particular times.

Essentially, Hotpoint are all about streamlining their appliances and, where cooking is concerned, making your mealtime as easy and as straightforward as possible. We're big fans of Hotpoint ovens here at Cooker Spare Parts, and we're proud to stock spare parts for their customers. Whether you're looking for a spare control knob, a new element, or a replacement fan, we've got more or less everything you'll need to get your Hotpoint cooker back to its best!

Picture the scene: it’s Christmas Day. You’re in the kitchen. Your extended family are gathered around the dining table, pulling crackers and awaiting the arrival of the festive feast. What they don’t know is that your cooker is broken – they’re looking forward to a succulent roast while you’re frantically stacking slices of toast on a plate, praying that nobody will ask what’s happened to the turkey.

There’s no good time for your cooker to break down, but it would be especially disastrous at this time of year. Christmas Day is just around the corner, and if your cooker is currently working at anything less than optimum efficiency, you may find yourself feeling rather stressed on the 25th.

Don’t worry, though, because Cooker Spare Parts are here to help! If you order a part from stock, you can tick ‘Next Day Delivery’ at the checkout, and (as long as you complete your order before 3.30pm) you’ll get it tomorrow! ‘Express’ delivery (1-2 days) is also available - here’s an email we received from a happy customer who took advantage of that option:

“Thank you so much! That’s great customer service. You’ve done me a big favour.”

Don’t let your broken cooker ruin Christmas. Order the parts you need today, and if you choose the right delivery options, you’ll have everything ship-shape again with time to spare!

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Broken ovens can be a bit of a nightmare. Partially because you have to survive on takeaways and microwaveables for a little while, but mainly because, sooner or later, you'll have to bite the bullet and get the darn thing fixed.

But don't call the professionals in yet. Repairing your oven may be easier than you think - to help, here are a few commonly-asked questions that the Cooker Spare Parts team have attempted to answer.


Q: What’s wrong with my cooker?

A: That’s a very broad question, but there are a few diagnostic tricks you can use to narrow down the possibilities. Firstly, switch your oven on – if there’s no sign of life whatsoever, it’s likely to be an electrical issue, and you might need a new terminal block. If the lights are on but nobody’s home – that is, if your oven turns on but fails to heat up – you may have a broken element.

Bear in mind that oven elements can break without being faulty in themselves. If you have a malfunctioning thermostat, or if something else is awry in your oven, these problems can cause perfectly serviceable elements to kick the bucket. Don’t assume that you can simply replace a broken element and get back to business as usual – there could be another issue at work.


Q: How do I find the right part for my appliance?

A: We appreciate that there are lots of different cooker parts that look more or less interchangeable. Instead of making you inspect every single product on our site, we’ve done our best to make finding the right part as easy and as streamlined as possible. 

For example, if you’re looking for a new oven timer on the Cooker Spare Parts website, you can select your manufacturer from the list on the left-hand side. For extra reassurance, we recommend entering your model number while you search as well.


Q: I can’t find my model number! Where is it?

A: Our dedicated Help Centre page contains all the information you’ll need to find your cooker’s model number. Knowing your number will make the spare-buying process a whole lot simpler, so it’s definitely a good idea to track it down before you proceed.


Q: Is there anything I should know before I attempt to repair my oven?

A: First of all, you must always unplug your oven at the wall before you begin any work on it. From there on out, it kind of depends on what you’re repairing – thanks to this wonderful thing we call the internet, specific advice is just a Google search away.

Finally, we should make it clear that it’s not a good idea to attempt oven repair work if you’re not sure what you’re doing. If you’ve taken a good hard look at the problem, read all of the articles online, and you’re still a bit fuzzy on how to fix it, then it’s always better to leave it to a professional. After all, you don’t want to make it any worse!