Rough Stuff Oak Boards

About Rough Stuff Oak Boards

After branding a local restaurant we were asked to source quality oak boards to serve food. We couldn’t find any anywhere so over a weekend, a few beers, a router and chop saw, we made them ourselves. Our boards were raved about so much so that we were contacted by a restaurant supplier to go and meet with a celebrity chef who went mad for them, at this point we realised we had something. Roughstuff was born and we now design and make (not made directly by us any more I hasten to add!) literally thousands of boards a month for some of the best-known hotels and restaurants.

Whilst walking our dogs around our local prison we had an idea – why not use the prison to make our boards. This ticked a lot of boxes for Roughstuff because it fits with our values and ethos. We worked with the Prison for over 18 months to get things right, we overcame many challenges before we switched our supply.

We have a great working relationship with the The Mount Prison bringing new pride, skills and job discipline to the prisoners. Recently we helped our first ex-prisoner find a job on the outside.

Their processes are second to none as they are full ISO 9002 compliant with absolutely everything having a procedure. A little bit different to Roughstuff ways but a great discipline for us to get into.

Because of all this hard work, we can now put simple, quality design into the prison and quality product comes out of the gates. Read more about Rough Stuff Prison here.


Customer reviews for Rough Stuff Oak Boards

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We are very proud to have been awarded the 2017 Gold Trusted Service by Feefo, the independent ratings experts meaning that we have one of the highest service ratings levels amongst retailers in the UK.

The reviews below relate to our customer service and product quality for Rough Stuff Oak Boards exclusively and show you what our existing customers think about the supplier and us. On this page we only show a maximum of the 20 most recent reviews for this supplier. All product reviews can be seen on the product pages.

Very positive.I was High Sheriff of Cumbria
I thought the lady I spoke to was very friendly and understanding. I liked the idea of supporting a business that was trying to educate and rehabilitate offenders and teach them a skill. I also thought that the names of the various chopping boards were well chosen with an element of humour and self deprecation. Some of the grooves round the edge to collect meat juices were a little crude at the corners.I liked the large Hench board but I think it might be worth considering making one that was about 50% wider, I think there would be a market for it.I do like the fact that the board was quite thick.
The Hench Large Oak Chopping Board
Excellent product with an artisan.feel to it. Wonderful initiative to train offenders with a life skill they can use when they rejoin society. The idea could be rolled out country wide. Try contacting the High Sheriff of your County to tell.him/her what you are doing. Get the support of the Prison Governor and Chief Constable!
by Martyn Hart
Date: August 05, 2018

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