Marble worktops are absolutely beautiful and are see in bars, restaurants and domestic kitchens. Real marble is often preferred to laminate surfaces imitation the rock and composites that resemble it because the natural surface has its own unique features due to the way natural rock is formed. Laminates and composites all look relatively similar (laminates tend to be a repeating pattern). There are many companies offering marble worktops and some will be local. Marble is heavy and kitchen surfaces made from this are more difficult to cut and shape than laminate and solid wood options.
You can buy marble worktops from sites like eBay. Many items on eBay are new and you have the opportunity to review feedback from other buyers before you make a purchase.
Marble is a metamorphic rock, mined in Italy, USA, Greece, Russia and Romania, as well as some other countries. The term marble is derived from the Greek word marmaron, meaning shining stone (information from Wikipedia). Marble is mined mainly as light off white rock, although some have pink to burgundy coloring.
Marble when it is mined has a much duller appearance than many people associate with the rock. The surface is polished to create the smooth and shiny crystalline-like surface that is seen on surfaces in buildings. Marble is a hard and heavy material, but because of the structure of the rock it can be scratched more easily than other solid rock worktops such as quartz and granite. The scratches on a surface actually add it its uniqueness and so marble with slight abrasions from wear and tear is not only acceptable, but is often seen as being even more stylish than a perfectly finished kitchen worktop. A well loved work surface with abrasions from use tells a story; the meals, the wine, the friends and the happy times.