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Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh

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Address: Port Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 3PE, England
Phone Number: +44 1782 499766
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Description: Middleport Pottery Home of Burleigh is a unique visitor attraction. We are...
Middleport Pottery Home of Burleigh is a unique visitor attraction. We are open to the public and have a whole host of things to see and do. -Burleigh Factory Shop Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm/Sun 10am-4pm -Middleport Visitor Centre Open Tues-Sun 10am-5pm -Cafe Open Mon-Sun 9am-4pm -Factory Tours Tues-Thurs at 11am and 2pm, and Fri at 11am (all guided tours must be pre-booked) On arriving at the visitor centre reception situated in the old lodge you can collect a map designed to guide you through areas of the factory that bring to life the history of the building and the people behind the pottery itself. Enjoy tea and cake on the canal side in the cafe. Understand the whole production process on one of the pre-booked guided tours. Then finish the day off with a visit to the Burleigh factory shop, where we have a wide range of handcrafted pottery. The Prince's Regeneration Trust raised £8.5 miliion to purchase the Middleport Pottery site and to carry out restoration work which prevented existing jobs and skills from being lost from the area and will ensure the future of this unique site. The funding came from a range of sources including the Regional Growth Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and European Regional Development Fund as well as from private donors, Stoke-On-Trent City Council has been a key partner in the project. Middleport Pottery continues to be the 'Home of Burleigh'; the pottery business which occupies approximately half the site. Burleigh is now owned by Denby Holdings and they continue to produce beautiful ware in the building which has been their home since it was bulit in 1888. In 2014 the atmospheric site will feature a new visitors centre to explore and cafe to enjoy. These facilities will attract visitors from out of the area and offer spaces and facilities for community use. We will also offer a varied programme of education, events and activities. In the remaining space, workshops will be created for small creative businesses bringing further jobs to the area, and allow them to grow and flourish. On the top floor, at the core of the site, serviced office space will also provide accommodation for small businesses. We are committed to offering training and development and are working in partnership with the other Prince's Charities, Staffordshire University and many local organisations to offer exciting opportunities. For the moment visitors are very welcome in the Burleigh shop and pre bookable factory tours are available.
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I had worked in the pottery industry nearly all my working life, so a factory tour was like a busman's holiday to me. How wrong I was, the whole experience was fascinating from... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Didn't have time to do the full tour of the pottery, but the parts of the pottery we could view on our own were fascinating. Excellent explanations of how the pottery used to work, and able to go inside a bottle kiln. Lovely staff. Finished visit with lunch in the cafe. Very good value in pleasant surroundings. Can also sit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

I had worked in the pottery industry nearly all my working life, so a factory tour was like a busman's holiday to me. How wrong I was, the whole experience was fascinating from beginning to end,and the tour guides were just brilliant If you are after a great day out in the Potteries then please try this experience, the staff... More 

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

A fascinating place to visit, had a look round the shop the visitor centre where a gentleman gave us lots of information on the history of the factory, and then the cafe what an absolute gem, lovely decor with great staff and fabulous food especially the full English breakfast. I've visited four times in the last week.

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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Four times in a week?! If you aren't careful we will be signing you up as a volunteer :) Its wonderful to hear from a repeat visitor, its reassuring to know that people will return time and time again. Thank you for your kind words about one of our gentlemen volunteers, they are a real fount of knowledge and love... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We had planned a visit to the seconds shop but were amazed by the whole place. The staff were so friendly especially the manager we came across in the cafe who couldn't do enough to share the delights of the visitor centre with us and make us feel welcome. The cafe was atmospheric and the way the building had been... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Local resident or visitor, young or old, there will be something to fascinate in this piece of living historyl I visited on this occasion as part of a group of locals - for some it was a trip down memory lane, for others, like me, it was like being in a time warp as pottery is still made pretty much... More 

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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Thank you for such a lovely review, I must say i could leave an equally lovely review about your group! It was really nice to host such enthusiastic guests with so many memories of the industry. We do hope you are able to visit again, perhaps in the week when the factory is actually in production. (Note to readers- we... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Appreciate that this review will simply echo those of previous reviewers but the café here is brilliant. It's unpretentious & relaxed; décor is cool (Burleigh inspired of course); staff are friendly; and prices are really reasonable. The oatcakes are a particular speciality (non-Staffordshire peeps, you'll need to Google these!). But the afternoon tea is the crowning glory... loads of different... More 

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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. You may agree with previous reviewers but each review is incredibly important to us, you wouldn't believe how often people visit because of our great reviews so do keep helping us to spread the word! The cafe is wonderful and the Afternoon Tea is something special and as you say its excellent value. Although... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

An almost unique factory museum that provides a vivid experience of an earlier age. But its more than a museum because you see pottery being made and decorated that is beautiful, delicate, colourful and relevant to our age and wants. The cafe/gift shop is not to be missed. Real Potteries Oatcakes, very savoury definitely not sweet but then there are... More 

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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Its always lovely to hear from repeat visitors so thank you very much for taking the time to write this kind review. We loved your phrase "more than a museum" it sums the place up very well indeed. The nature of The Prince's Regeneration Trust project here was to make a Victorian factory building sustainable and vibrant again, not to... More 

Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Visited this in July and found the staff very friendly. Just remember that it closes at 4:30pm so don't leave it too late to visit. Free entry and lots to see. The Bottle Kiln is tucked away down an alley so don't miss this. Very interesting.

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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words, its amazing how often our reviewers comment on the friendliness of the staff. The whole team here, staff and volunteers, are a wonderful bunch and we are always very proud when our excellent service and friendliness is noticed. The Bottle Kiln entrance certainly is tucked away down one of our atmospheric alleyways but is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Well worth the money. We needed a doggy bag. Probably the best afternoon tea we have had. Lovely setting. You do need to prebook. We rang the day before. We do go here regularly for lunch but would certainly come again for afternoon tea.

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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Thank you for another lovely review, you really must be one of our most devoted supporters and we are delighted that we continue to impress on your return visits :) The Afternoon Tea's are gaining something of a reputation, they are proving very popular and justifiably so. Its very kind of you to add the photos to your review, they... More 

Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Visited this pottery today. Plenty to see and do, transported back in time. History at first hand. The makers' craft fair was a suitable addition. No factory visit as this is still Sunday (or this would have been 5 stars). Interesting comments from real life employees. Good cafe and excellent food. Seconds and best ware examples of the pottery available... More 

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Teresa F, Manager at Middleport Pottery - Home of Burleigh, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. Its wonderful to be described as "Regeneration at its best"! We certainly are in a great spot for walking along the canal, we highly recommend a stroll to Westport Lake and their Visitor Centre (and great play area for the little ones) or in the other direction toward... More 

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