we 'inherited from last owner' slate tiles. When we needed to have another area of the kitchen worktop done where we'd put in extra cupboards, we got a tiler to cut cheap roof slates and tile the area with an off white grout. Looks good, is heatproof, wears well and gives a lovely silk finish effect if you use Lakeland's worktop wonder on them. An idea?
have you looked at granite prices elsewhere? I bet you can find it a lot cheaper than Wickes if you look online. Or try slate worktops. How much worktop do you need? If not huge amounts of worktop, people even sell their old granite worktops on ebay which you can then get trimmed to fit your units, you may get lucky!
We bought new granite worktops through ebay - all fitted on site for a very reasonable price. We have had them about 6 years now and still love them. I have had a quick google and I think the seller is www.mistermarble.co.uk
It's probably worth having a look at them or other online sellers as kitsmummy suggests before you rule out granite completely. I really wanted granite but could never have paid the local showroom prices,