They sell some pans at Whole Foods market in Kensington which have a teflon style coating which isn't unhealthy. I doubt they're cheap, but are not in the all-clad price range.
I second trying Nesbets or Leon Jaeggi & Sons, both of which are located on Shaftsbury Avenue near Leicester Square -- typically cheaper than the department stores.
What pans do you mostly use now please Lyz? I ask because SS (which looks like the way you are heading) can take a bit of getting used to with sticking issues etc. Maybe you could buy a modest item of SS and use it for a bit as a trial? Judge Vista is OK:
Agree with PhilD et al. about the John Lewis "Classic" range of SS. I've got some pieces and they're fine.
re: Robin Joy
Just moved into our new house, threw out old pans they weren't what I really wanted, which is why I'm putting so much time and effort into this !
SS pans seem to be a possibility but I know they stick !
Someone sent me a link to a catering place, with iron panda ( I'm a bit older, so heavy pans can be a problem) and the Iron pans had "no heat free handle" either.
Green Pan was a possibility, but they never replied to my inquiry is they were aluminum free...?
there is also a Co in America which has a healthy eating line called Merola, which I might just have to resort to using, as plain SS cookware can be a pain in the neck to use.
Thank-you for your suggestion !
Will check out John Lewis
Try John Lewis. We got our Le Creuset Tri-ply stainless saucepans from there, I'm pretty sure they do an "own-brand" version as well, which should be cheaper. GIven that it's John Lewis, the own brand will be top quality and come with an impressive guarentee.
Lakeland Limited is also worth looking at, although I'm not sure if they carry an own-brand SS line. THey also have legendary customer service.
Ikea's 365+ range is also SS.
you state "All Clad". This range ? http://www.all-clad.co.uk/
So do you want Stainless Steel only ?
If cast Iron is fine try :
Matthew Fort (Guardian) is a man that answers queries such as this :
Thank-you for the Good suggestions !
All clad is lovely , but way beyond my budget,
cast iron is too heavy for me, but it is very good to cook with, I'll try Matthew Fort,
This is more difficult than I thought..I have been looking for weeks, in America there is Merola cookware, but some of the reviews were too mixed and the cost of having it sent over here would be too pricey, as it is pricy to begin with !
Also GreenPan, I wrote and asked them about aluminum , and they never got back to me?
John Lewis usually stocks decent steel at reasonable price points. Some do have aluminium sandwich bases but this is firmly sandwiched in the core between the steel so doesn't come into contact with the food so is quite safe if concerned about such things. Most saucepans will have copper or aluminium sandwiched in the base to even out the heat distribution as cheap steel on it own can be prone to hotspots thus good pure steel can be expensive.