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Our table has been much admired by many and is used 3 times a day every day. It is the hub of the house. The icing on the cake is that an arts and crafts expert has recently put a value of 10K on it (we’ll never sell it).


 I wanted to say how delighted we were with all the pieces from you. They are just stunning!!!  You and your team are a so very clever.


Thank you again.


 Angelica and David 

I think it looks amazing.  Proportionally fits the room just right.  Commode

is stunning.

We were inspired by what definitely must be the most extraordinarily huge collection of dining room tables and chairs - truly inspiring. Our selected table was renovated to our exact specifications, delivered and installed efficiently and with care. We are delighted with the results. Exceptional service. I would highly recommend this company. 

Nick Hewer (The Apprentice)       Google Review

The table is looking absolutely splendid, beautifully restored and worth every penny. It’s a good fit for the room, too, despite the relatively limited space.


Peter Reid

Many thanks for our table, it is fantastic as you said! We are very pleased, the transformation is amazing and the work involved very skilled.



A big thank you to you and all of the team for doing such a fantastic job on the table and chairs - and in time for Christmas too! 

We are really thrilled with the table and the chairs are lovely too.


Many thanks for delivering the table and chairs they look fantastic and as you say a very pleasant surprise.



Amazing collection of antique furniture. They are incredibly knowledgeable and guide you to the most appropriate pieces. Highly recommended. 

Hayden Jones      Google Review

Chris listened carefully to our requirements, gave us a full range of options and delivered exactly what we needed. His team repaired and finished the table and chairs to a very high standard. The result is stunning and we are very pleased.

Pete Redman      Google Review

What an amazing experience from start to finish. I recently moved house from London to Northamptonshire and found Elisabeth James by accident when googling for a dining table. Chris is a real pleasure to deal with, there were no hard sell tactics but he listened to my requirements and more importantly my wish list and then showed me exactly what I wanted. The warehouse is in the middle of nowhere but worth a visit and is choc full of unrestored furniture, tables and chairs etc and a selection were put out in the yard for me to view, I was assured that the delivered pieces would be perfect and honestly they were. I purchased a Georgian dining table , two regency carvers, a Georgian sideboard, a Sheraton sofa and four 17thc oak chairs, all the furniture was just beautifully restored to perfection and the sofa was reupholstered with fabric I supplied and again was stunning! All in all we are more than happy and will definitely buy from Chris again and again.

These are a real trustworthy firm and nothing was too much trouble. Highly recommended.

Jonathan Lloyd-Ham     Google Review

We purchased a dining table, 14 chairs, a cabinet, a secretaries, a side board and 2 small tables, and all came to our house beautifully restored and polished. Chris at Elisabeth James Antiques was so helpful in helping us to find the right furniture in his huge barn filled with antiques. Where else would you find such a selection of dining tables and so many matching chairs? We could then discuss the restoration and the result is beautiful! I highly recommend this antique dealer and we look forward to our next visit!

KDM     Google Review

We recently purchased an elegant mahogany dining table and a set of Regency dining chairs, alongside a Regency sideboard from Elisabeth James Antiques. We’re absolutely delighted with our purchases and found the whole process an informative and enjoyable experience from start to finish. 

As soon as we walked into the warehouse in Northamptonshire we were extremely impressed with the vast array of antique furniture which encompassed a huge range of antique periods and styles. We were guided by Chris the owner who provided a friendly and first rate service throughout. Having explained our requirements to him he spent a great deal of time with us showing us a variety of options, to suit a range of budgets. Nothing was too much trouble and we never felt under any pressure to buy. His knowledge of antique furniture is second to none and his expertise is matched by his enthusiasm for the subject! Furthermore, he is very straightforward to deal with and his honest and trustworthy approach to business is very refreshing.

Stella Milligan     Google Review

It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with Chris. We are delighted with our purchase (a beautiful Sheraton era dining table) and Chris' warm and professional service. Chris and his team have done a fantastic job with the restoration, retaining patina but bringing the table back to life and, when we had an accident with our builders shortly after we installed the table in our home, he sorted a repair out with a smile and sympathy, very generously completing the repair and transportation without charging us. It was completely in keeping with our experience with Chris as a whole which has been absolutely first rate.

J. Wandrin     Google Review

My wife and I recently travelled from Ireland to Elizabeth James Antiques in England. There early one Saturday morning, we were welcomed by Chris and his friendly and very polite staff. We were given a mug of tea and afforded free reign to wander about and explore his impressive antiques stores and show room - there was no pressure placed on us to buy anything.

In the end, we were so very impressed we made the decision to purchase an antique oval Irish wake dining room table; which is stunning and an absolutely 'stand-out' example of its type. 

Chris was very reasonable with us at all times. Importantly, he offered us a fair deal that everybody was happy with, he personally organised for our table to be couriered to Ireland for us [our table only took two days to be delivered] and he was at all times patient and attentive to the many e-mail exchanges which took place. In short, he offered us an absolutely 'excellent' service and I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Elizabeth James Antiques to any other Irish customer that's thinking of making a purchase.

Donal and Louise Corcoran


Donal P. Corcoran     Google Review

'We consider ourselves very fortunate to have stumbled across Chris at Elizabeth James Antiques over 10 years ago, since then, following Chris' s advice and guidance, we have furnished our house with over a dozen beautiful pieces of antique furniture.

Chris is a one off, combining an expert eye with passion and honesty. We feel we should recommend Chris to everyone we know but we would also like to keep it a secret!'

Emilie Redhead     Google Review

Excellent service and an amazing range of furniture.

We had great service from Chris and his team, nothing was too much trouble. Chris offered to bring the table to our house before finishing to ensure we were happy with the fit in the room. The table was finished exactly as we had agreed within the promised time.

Chris Featherstone     Google Review

Elisabeth James Antiques provided us with outstanding service during our search for an antique dining table. Nothing was too much trouble for Chris and he delivered 3 different tables to our apartment (3rd floor/no stairs) over a period of just 2 weeks until we decided on our preferred piece. We are absolutely delighted with our choice and recommend them highly.

Scott Lidbetter     Google Review

We recently purchased an oak dining table with eight mahogany chairs from Elisabeth James Antiques and are absolutely delighted with the furniture. The owner, Chris, spent a couple of hours with us at the start of the process making sure that we were completely happy with every aspect. His knowledge and customer care was brilliant and gave us huge confidence that the restoration of the table and chairs was in very good hands. We are now the proud owners of beautiful antique dining furniture that makes me smile every time I look at it!

Chris is properly "old school" and he was a pleasure to do business with - we thoroughly recommend him, his business and his fantastic furniture.

Adrian Farnell     Google Review

Chris was highly knowledgeable and was very helpful in selecting the right table to suit our requirements. He has an extensive supply of beautiful tables and his team did an excellent job 'tailoring' one to fit to our specific requirements. We are very pleased with the result. 

David Chubb     Google Review

If you are looking for quality furniture and excellent service, then you couldn't do better than go to Elisabeth James Antiques. Chris and his team of craftsmen have done a beautiful job of renovating our recent purchase, a 9ft Arts and Crafts dining table. The price, quality and service have been great. We will no doubt go to Chris again next time we are looking for furniture and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend Chris to family and friends.

Sevarin Bennett     Google Review


I found EJ Antiques randomly by searching for a specific type of dining table I wanted. They were very obliging, would finish the wood how I wanted it, and drove it to Edinburgh from England so I could try it in my home. The table was beautiful, and I chose to buy it. Amazing service - no delivery charge, and if you don't like it, they'll take it back. Really pleased with the result.


Alistair Hann     Google Review


Delighted to have found Elisabeth James antiques and to meet the charming Chris "The Tables". We are delighted with our extending Regency table. Great service and the table looks stunning.


Martin Reith     Google Review

Chris and the team have looked after me on a few occasions and nothing is too much trouble. Their knowledge on antiques furniture is superb and I'd gladly recommend their services to anyone. 

Chris Metcalfe     Google Review

We bought a beautiful William Table and matched set of 14 chairs Elisabeth James Antiques. The choice is excellent - they have more quality furniture coming through than any other dealers I have found. The price is also excellent compared with the retailers in the West of London through which you'd pay several times what I paid here.

Sam Brooks     Google Review

Have just received beautiful Victorian dining table and sideboard Bought it from website

pictures and the help of Chris who showed great patience and skill, matching colour from my photos. Delivered yesterday by two charming gentlemen who took great care and pride in putting it together and removing any fingerprints etc. It is more beautiful

than I could have imagined and Chris has been incredibly helpful throughout. I will definitely be buying more pieces from him.

Jeanette Gates     Google Review

A superb range of good quality tables and chairs to choose from- we were spoilt for choice. Chris was extremely helpful, and very flexible in meeting us at the 'showroom' on a wet Bank Holiday Monday. Also very flexible in arranging delivery once the table and chairs had been restored. 

The restoration has been done to a very high standard, both the woodwork and the upholstering.

We have already recommended to friends and wouldn’t hesitate in doing so again.

Overall a great experience - thanks very much

Mike Windsor     Google Review

We bought an oak pedestal desk recently. We are very happy with the desk and whole experience, especially the level of attention to detail. Chris brought a test sample of leather to our house for us to check the colour and borrowed an oak shelf so that the colour of the desk should fit. It did, perfectly. The desk is exactly what we wanted and we would recommend Elisabeth James Antiques to anyone.

Chris Tyler- Smith     Google Review

Elisabeth James Antiques offers a rather different shopping experience. Chris has an extensive range of interesting furniture (see his website for examples) but they are not displayed in showroom format or condition. This gives you the opportunity to browse a large range of pieces and to see them in whatever condition they are currently. If you select a piece and agree a price, then Chris and his team will restore the piece to a high standard (and deliver to you) to your own requirements - offering you more choice in what you can actually acquire. For example, the upholstery for your chairs, the leather colour and finish on your desk, your bookcase lighter or darker, amending pieces to fit your needs, etc. I have found this to be a good way of getting some suitable antique pieces for my house - nine pieces, so far ! This method may not suit everyone but personally I have found it to be very flexible and would recommend that you give it a try.

Brendan Wells            Google Review

We would happily recommend Chris and his team.  He completely repaid our trust in his ability to deliver exactly what we wanted.  We now have a Victorian walnut dining table, but one that has been refinished by the Elisabeth James team to exactly the tone and lustre that we wanted, which works brilliantly in a contemporary environment .It was though a leap of faith.   Elisabeth James work premises is a large shed in a farming community near Milton Keynes, so no glossy signs or ritzy salespeople.  But equally, no hard sell or pressure.  We found a really friendly team, with a large varied stock of unrestored tables (and chairs), and all the time we wanted to talk through a wide variety of options.  Much better than trawling the internet. After some time with Chris, and a bit of quiet thinking time of our own over coffee, we chose an unrestored walnut table but which we wanted stripped back to a particular colour tone, and lustre.  This was some way away from how the table looked when we chose it, but Chris understood what we wanted to achieve and was completely clear that the team could strip the table back and then create exactly what we had specified.And they did – it was delivered five weeks later, and was exactly as ordered.   If it hadn’t been right they would have taken it back and refinished it. Happily that wasn’t necessary, but it was a real reassurance to us in making the original decision to go ahead with Elisabeth James.  Looking back, it was a leap of faith but one that was entirely justified.  We would highly recommend.

Stephen Collier            Google Review

We have bought quite a lot of furniture from EJ over the last few years, including three large glass fronted bookcases, a Desk and chair, a Wellington chest, a mahogany card table, a Georgian Mahogany chest and most recently a set of 8 Hepplewhite design dining chairs.I can not speak highly enough of the exceptional customer service Chris has given us, he has taken great care to find things that have worked well in our house.  To give you an example of great customer service, when our office furniture was delivered last year we showed Chris our dining table which had been scratched by our dogs.  Chris offered to repair the table, even though we had bought it from a French dealer many years ago.  Not only did he repair the scratches but also repaired the leaves which were damaged and one of the legs.  Chris did not charge us for this work, as we had been good customers of EJ and it was because of this sort of personal service that we will return for all our furniture needs.

David Allsop         Google Review

We were rather concerned at buying our table, chairs and serving table online from abroad and at transferring the money rather than using a credit card. The furniture is fantastic and exceeded our expectations as has the service we have received from you throughout.

Pauline Crogan             Google Review

We were able to see the large extendable Georgian dining table we bought in an unrestored condition. The restoration work done by Elisabeth James there in their own workshop was of the highest order with the French Polish finish to the table leaves having that full and rich gloss you so rarely see in restored work these days. The table functions fully as it was intended and the wood has proved to be very stable in a centrally heated room. When the table was damaged EJ repaired it simply and skillfully. Never let your insurer talk you into using their "expert" as we learned to our cost. In the end EJ had to undo a bad repair and then repair it properly. It would have been so much cheaper had they done it properly in the first place. EJ collected and delivered. Knowing you can go back to them for a proper repair at a very reasonable price is great.

Richard Adams                 Google Review

Chris is a great Guy. Very helpful & knowledgeable. He assisted us in locating a couple of pieces we were looking for. He also found Chairs for the table we bought from him & could not do enough to help. We hope to buy more pieces in the future & have already recommended Chris to her daughter to assist in furnishing our new home .Highly Recommended.

Clive Godfrey            Google Review


We were looking for a Victorian windout table and came across Elisabeth James Antiques. From first point of contact the owner, Chris, was polite, knowledgeable and extremely helpful. Chris went out of his way, was patient and his customer service was and is exemplary. We chose a stunning Walnut 10 foot table which he restored to our exact specification. It was delivered exactly when we wanted it to be and time was taken  by him to explain to us how to care for the table. Our friends and family have complimented its beauty and enjoyed many a dinner party at it. We have no hesitation in recommending Chris and his company and have done so to our fussy North London circle.  Professor John and Mrs Polly Pasi

Polly Pasi        Google Review

We were recommended Elisabeth James Antiques by a friend as we've been searching for a Georgian Dining Room Table and Chairs for many months.  After a trip to see Chris we found exactly what we wanted from his extensive range.  Last weekend we took delivery of our table and chairs which were sympathetically restored by his team of craftsmen and we are extremely happy with the quality of the job and also with the fantastic service we received.  Chris kept us constantly updated either by email or a phone call of the progress of our order and delivered at the most convenient time for us.  We would highly recommend Elisabeth James Antiques and already have been in contact with Chris to source us a sideboard to compliment our Table and Chairs.

Wendy Cooper          Google Review


Amazing range of tables and chairs, had an interesting 3 hours, they where really helpful and amazing table and chairs arrived beautifully polished.

Darren Snusher             Google Review


Kim Berry           09 August 2015 


We recently purchased a dining table from Chris at Elisabeth James Antiques and we are absolutely delighted with it.


We found this company on the internet and popped in to have a look at what stock they had. We were amazed at the quantity and diversity of stock and Chris’s knowledge of what he had in what appeared to be just a warehouse full of old furniture.


Do not be put off by any preconceptions you may have – Chris had wonderful knowledge and experience and will guide you to the right piece for you. We also had a set of 10 chairs that needed upholstering .  Chris assured us that his men were very experienced in upholstery and we should not have worried.  We handed over 10 badly neglected oak dining chairs and took back 10 beautifully restored chairs. The dining table we chose was incredibly old and needed quite abit of work to bring it back to life and again Chris advised that his team would be able to do just this. Again what he promised he delivered. The table was French polished and restored to a beautiful condition.


This company does not have a flashiest of show roomsor a shop front but  they have an amazing selection of furniture and clearly a great team of craftsmen that provide you with exactly what you invisage.


If you are looking for something antique, then this is the place for you. Its really worth a look !


Mrs Kim Berry.


Susanna                  23 June 2015

Dear Chris,

Thanks so much for bringing the table down last night. It's beautiful. We

love it !

Many thanks


Sent from my iPhone

Alistair Hann                   14 June 2015 


Hi Chris,


The table arrived today and looks stunning.


Best wishes,




nita           03 June 2015 


Dear Chris:

I am delighted with my new table. It arrived n perfect shape and it s a lovely addition to my home.

Thank you so very much.

Best Regards,



Nuno Da Silva           08 May 2015

Dear Chris,

Just a quick note to let you know that the table and chairs have arrived at

last. They are beautiful ! Thank you so much for your excellent work and for

taking care of the shipment. I'm impressed with the quality of the

restoration. I'm happy to recommend you to others if you wish.

Thanks again! I'm a happy man :-)


Kim Mash             25 April 2015 

 Hi Chris

What an enjoyable experience and what a final result.

You were a delight to deal with and we both feel we know so much more about antique tables. Thanks for the education.

Having chosen our table, there was trepidation over how it would eventually look, but we needn't have worried. It was exactly what we hoped for; actually, it was better!,

We will be back with another project.


Kim and Tracy


Tracy              18 April 2015

Dear Chris,

Thank you so much for the fantastic table and chairs.  As you can see from

the photo, we decided to try the larger leaf in the centre after you left

and found the table fits absolutely perfectly and with all 8 chairs around -

this is how we plan to keep it on a day to day basis.

We are truly delighted and will continue to spread the word - will also add

a review to your site.

Many thanks once again, we are sure we will be up to peruse your stocks in

the near future.

Kind regards

Tracy and Kim Mash

Alec          28 March 2015


I took a few photos but not really very good ones. These are the best but I doubt they are good enough for your web


Best wishes


Nicholas van Eek      27 March 2015 


Dear Chris,

 Good to have spoken to you today.

The table looks wonderful, thank you so much for your efforts.


Best wishes

Nicholas van Eek


Huw Williams                 23 March 2015 


Hi Chris


Still very pleased with our table - it really is a fabulously beautiful piece of furniture. 






25 February 2015

Hi Chris,

I've attached some snaps of your beautiful table. There is still another leaf to go in and I will take more when I do that.

I am really enjoying using the table – thanks, really really pleased with it.




Alistair Bowden               23 February 2015 

 Good evening Chris

 The table and chairs look wonderful – most impressive!


Many thanks




Ella Leonard                      09 February 2015

Dear Chris

 Please see attached a photograph of the beautiful table and chairs in situ.  I’m not sure it really does them justice!  We are really delighted with the result and think we will swathe one in plastic for Jacob (our five year old) to use!


Kind regards




From: Belinda Ellis                       06 February 2015

Hi chris

Just got the table home. It is a really great piece and looks fantastic in

the dining room.

Thanks very much!


Graham Fry           02 January 2015

Dear Chris,

Happy New Year

We have travelled the table to our villa in Portugal and it looks great.

Chairs to follow.

Well done and thanks


Graham Fry

Jeanette Gates           19 November 2014 10:22

Good morning Chris, I'm absolutely delighted with the furniture.Thank you so much for the way in which you carried it out. At sometime in the future I will also want a set of chairs too and it”s good to know that you are there to help and it”s a pleasure trusting your ideas ! Again, thank you.


Dear Chris,

The courier has just delivered the table - it is very beautiful indeed and excellently restored! Marvellous!


Hi Chris,

Desk looks great. Thanks for all your assistance in getting it prepared and shipped.

Can you send me an invoice for the remaining amount I owe?


James Bailey, Duluth US

Dear Chris

Thank you so so much, we are so thrilled with all the pieces, they look beautiful.

I have sent the £ 3000 so you should find it in your bank account shortly.

I have lost my tape measure, but as soon as it turns up I will send through those dimensions for the chest and second bedside table.


Hi Chris

John and I wanted to thank you for all the time you spent with us; your patience and knowledge are exemplary. Friends have constantly admired the beautiful walnut table you restored. We have passed on your details.

Kind regards

John and Polly

Hi Chris

Thank you so much for our lovely table and chairs — we're thrilled with them.

When you have a minute could I ask you t just email me the care instructions you talked to me about yesterday - I'll never remember them.

I've transferred £5000 into your account this morning and it should be there within the next 2 hours.

Many thanks, once again.


16ft Victorian table and set 12 chairs

Dear Chris

We were rather concerned at buying our table, chairs and serving table online from abroad and at transferring the money rather than using a credit card. The furniture is fantastic and exceeded our expectations as has the service we have received from you throughout.

Thank you so much,

Pauline Crogan and John Bishop

Beijing, China PRC

Chris, I just wanted to say THANK YOU. You and your team have done better than a great job - rather the transformation is truly fantastic - wow!!!! The table and chairs looked like they had been in a barn with animals when we bought them - now they look as if they have come from a palace!! - an amazing restoration. If anyone asks for a reference - please feel free to give them our number. Kind regards Heather & Hugh Holland and London

You and your team provided us with an absolutely beautiful small Victorian oak extender table, with bobbin turned legs, which you had stripped and then matched to the colour of our chairs. I was away when you delivered it and I cannot tell you how thrilled I was when I returned to find it in pride of place in our dining room. You have done such a great job on it and it is absolutely perfect. It is certainly something we will treasure for a long, long time. So a huge thank you.

Amy, Harpenden

Hi Chris, table and chairs arrived safe & sound this morning. Your driver is very nice, professional and helped me in with the goods.

Your team have done a terrific job, we are delighted.

Thank you very much.


Neil & Michaela


Hi Chris,

I'm sitting in my living room looking at my magnificent table and chairs. They really are beautiful! Thank you so much for everything!



US Airforce

Dear Chris

Thank you so much for delivering the tables and chairs. They are stunning and beautifully restored.

Jan, London

Chris, thank you so much for coming today, sorry you got lost and I'm really sorry it was under so much pressure. I'd love for you to come in for tea when you're next in town.

The table has been christened with my first con and the clients were highly impressed. One of them panicked slightly as he made some good scratch marks with a wicker milk matt - they have rubbed off with a soft cloth as you suggested.

I am looking for a larger desk now as this one looks a little ridiculous next to its new neighbour! If you come across anything you think may be suitable please let me know.

Thank you again and hope to see you soon.

Best wishes,


Lawyer, London

Hi Chris - good to see you today - hope you got back in time! Alison and I love the table - just the job.

Please keep a look out for a mirror



Dear Chris,

Thank you the table and chairs look stunning in our dinning room and Matthew and his helper did a great job on Saturday.

We have transferred the remainder of the money into your account.

With best wishes,

Kate and Rob McCorquodale


We are absolutely delighted with the table and chairs and can’t wait to christening this Christmas!

Thank you so much,