About our Delivery Service and Returns

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Please see below for an update as to how Culinary Concepts are navigating the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.

Firstly, we would like to assure you that we are constantly monitoring the situation and following directions given by the Government, Public Health England and the World Health Organisation – taking any steps necessary to protect the health and wellbeing of our customers and employees.

How to contact us...

Our Customer Services are now operating remotely and can be contacted Monday – Friday, 9am – 5:30pm either by Email or Telephone or by Live Chat. Please do get in touch if you have any questions or would like to place an order.

Placing an order...

Our website remains open 24/7 so you can continue to shop with us from the safety and comfort of your own home. We will continue to dispatch as usual and will keep you up to date with any changes to this.

Dispatch Times...

Our Warehouse is working on limited staff numbers to ensure that strict social distancing rules can be enforced. We are currently dispatching orders as usual with a 2-5 day delivery time. Our Next Day and Weekend Delivery services are also available as usual.

Courier No Contact Delivery Practice...

Our Courier APC has now adopted a ‘No Contact Delivery Practice’. This is for the safety of both the customer and the driver. The delivery driver will no longer ask you to sign the Delivery Handheld Device. Instead, the driver will knock the door/ring the doorbell, place the consignment on the doorstep, step back from the door 2 metres and ask for you to confirm your name. The driver will then type your name into the Delivery Handheld Device.

Royal Mail & Courier Delivery Times...

Due to the unprecedented situation across the globe, an increase in parcel volumes in all delivery networks coupled with a higher staff absence, both Royal Mail and courier services are experiencing some understandable delays.

Our courier APC has reported a delay of 24/48 hours in some parts of the country. We apologise for the inconvenience and please rest assured that your order will be with you as soon as it is possible.

We appreciate your support and understanding at this difficult time for all of us. Please do reach out if you have any questions at all.

The Culinary Concepts Team

Our Delivery Services 

We understand that your gift must be delivered in perfect condition, which is why we take so much care and attention when designing our packaging. We pride ourselves on our customer service and aim to dispatch all orders promptly, subject to stock availability.

Standard Delivery is 2 to 5 days from the date of dispatch, and orders are processed the same or next working day depending upon the time of day it is received.

Please note that we are closed on public Bank Holidays and therefore any Next Day delivery requests received on a Bank Holiday will be processed the next working day, for delivery the following day.

Below you will find all of our delivery charges*.

*Please note that additional charges will apply for postcodes beginning with AB, DD, IV, KW, PA and PH along with Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and Channel Island addresses. This is due to courier surcharges determined by our couriers which are beyond our control.

Delivery Charges

When a courier is used to deliver your order it will arrive with either APC, DPD Local or DPD. Provide your mobile telephone number when your order is placed, and you will receive a text message advising you of your allocated one hour delivery time slot. You can then decide whether or not this is convenient for you and arrange re-delivery if it is not. You will also be notified via email of your allocated delivery time, so you can choose how you wish to interact to re-arrange your delivery if necessary. Please note this service is not available on all items or orders. The 'Predict' service will be used for small to medium sized single packages and will not be available on orders that are fragile or contain glass. It will also not be available on orders over a certain weight.

International Orders

Goods sent overseas will be sent using DHL. All countries are charged according to weight and destination. An order over 100kg will require you to call customer services  on +44 1252 852305 for a bespoke quote to process your order.

Rest of the World

Goods will be sent using DHL. All countries are charged according to weight, dimensions and destination. Goods weighing over 10kg will require you to call customer services on +44 1252 852305 for a bespoke quote to process your order.


If you are ordering products for delivery overseas, you will be subject to import duties and taxes that are levied once the package reaches its destination country. To gain customs clearance there may be additional charges and the payment of these costs are the responsibility of the customer. We have no way to predict what they may be or have any control over the total amount. As customs policies are very different from country to country, you should contact your local customs office for further information.

Please note that when ordering from our website, you are considered the importer of goods and you must therefore comply with all laws and regulations of the destination country of your order. If for any reason a package is refused and has to be returned to us, you will be liable for the cost of this.

Your privacy is very important to us, however, you should be aware that cross-border deliveries are subject to opening and inspection by customs authorities. When sending an order please note that a customs label may list the value of contents and a generic description of internal package contents.

Please be aware that we may also be required to provide certain order, delivery and product information, such as components within an order, to our international carriers in order to facilitate customs clearance and comply with local laws.Please note that on overseas orders where VAT is removed from the final total, the price for each product will be rounded to the closest penny.

Failed Deliveries

If for some reason your goods fail to arrive please call customer services on 01252 852305. Failure of an item to arrive after dispatch as a result of Royal Mail will be claimed for after the standard 15 working day period set out in their terms and conditions. Goods sent by courier will require a signature. The courier company will card a property twice to advise of attempted deliveries. Following this, items will be returned to the local delivery depot and held for 5 days. If uncollected or undelivered, they will be returned to us and a charge of £3.95 for re-delivery will be required to re-send.

Order Tracking and History

If you've placed an order via our website  you can track its progress through our warehouse. Log in to My Account and click on Order History.

Returns Policy

On delivery, the customer should inspect the goods on receipt and notify the company of any defects or damage caused in transit within 48 hours.

If you are not entirely satisfied with the products that you have chosen you may return them to us within 28 days. We will be more than happy to offer you an exchange at our discretion or a refund provided that the products are returned complete, in perfect condition, unused and with the original packaging. Please take extra care to read our Caring For Your Item page. We cannot accept items for a refund or exchange if they have been damaged within a dishwasher or by failing to follow our care instructions.

Please note that we are unable to accept returns when an item has been purchased from another stockist or online store. In these circumstances, you should contact the seller that you purchased the item from who will be able to deal with your return according to their own Returns Policy. We can only accept returns when a receipt or proof of purchase directly from us can be provided.

For all returns, except where the item is faulty, you will be required to arrange and pay for the return of the items, in addition the consumer will have to bear the full costs of returning the goods in the case of withdraw. Any items returned must be adequately packed for protection in transit and in exactly the same packaging and condition as when they were dispatched, i.e. in original Culinary Concepts bags/boxes and complete packaging. Failure to do so may result in the items being returned to the customer and the grounds for refunding the items deemed void. If you prefer, we will arrange to collect the products from you, but the cost will be charged to you and may be deducted from any refund due. To arrange this, it would be helpful if you could call one of our friendly Customer Services team on 01252 852305, as there are occasions when it may not be necessary for you to be inconvenienced by sending a product back to us.

When returning goods, please pack the items in the original packaging, enclose the invoice and/or proof of purchase and address the parcel clearly. When returning items we strongly advise you obtain proof of posting from the Post Office. We cannot accept responsibility for parcels lost in transit. We will only refund or provide an exchange for the costs of postage where the item returned is faulty or you have received an incorrect product. For added convenience returns collections can be organised by Culinary Concepts however there is a minimum charge of £9.95 for UK mainland collections. The charge will increase in cost and is dependent on the size of the item and whether the collection is located outside of the UK.

Items being returned should be sent to:

Culinary Concepts, Lodge Farm, Hook Road, North Warnborough, Hook, RG29 1HA

Download the Returns Form

Lantern Policy

On delivery, the customer should inspect the goods on receipt and notify the company of any defects or damage caused in transit within 48 hours.

Lanterns for return will be collected via our courier company at the same time the replacement lantern is delivered on a set date between 9am and 5:30pm. The driver will provide all relevant returns labels for the items return to us. The customer will be required to sign to say the lantern has been collected and to acknowledge receipt of the replacement.

The lantern will need to be re-packaged in its original packaging.