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“Great cups shame about the coffee” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Denby Pottery Factory

Denby Pottery Factory
Derby Road, Denby DE5 8NX, England
01773 740799
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Denby
Type: Factory Outlets, Factory Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: The Denby Pottery Visitor Centre lies on the edge of the Peak District next to our original factory where we have been producing handmade stoneware for over 200 years. Find a great selection of shops and have a bite to eat at Bourne’s Restaurant. Book yourself on a fully guided pottery tour, visit our museum and watch a free cookery demonstration in our emporium. See our website for seasonal events for all the family.Free entry and large free car park. Open Daily (closed 25th & 26th Dec).
Ilkley, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
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“Great cups shame about the coffee”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Went with friends whilst in the area . Bank holiday Sunday so pottery was closed but visitor centre was in full swing on one of our rare summer days .
Bourne restaurant patio was a sun trap for lunch shame the coffee did not match the ambiance , tepid and a pale imitation of capuccino .
Shopping in the seconds shops is a pleasure ,but always buy more than you intend .

Visited May 2013
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“Interesting time”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

A good afternoon out, lots to look at and of course buy. The coffee shop is well worth a visit for a nice break from spending money.

Visited July 2012
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Worth a visit but be prepared to spend a little.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

From junction 28 toward Derby on the A38 we took a turning for Heanor/Belper and followed the brown signs for Denby Pottery Factory. Less than 10 mins we came across our turning on the left which is on the old Denby Colliery site. You will notice the wheel from the old colliery as you head for the free car park. The car park is right next to the Denby Pottery courtyard which is surrounded by shops selling Home, Garden, Cookery items as well as a Denby Pottery Factory shop with reductions up to to 70% off the RRP. The first store you will probably notice ahead of you is the Home store and if you enter then you will be directed downstairs to the Factory clearance shop. To your left is a small garden shop with a cookery and gift shop on the same side. At the end of the courtyard on the left is a restaurant on 2 floors and on a fine day you can sit outside. The factory is situated behind the restaurant at the end of the courtyard. Unfortunately when we visited there was no factory guided tour so if you really need to do this then I suggest contacting the centre beforehand to check tour dates and times. Twice a day there is a cookery demonstration which we attended. They are timed at 12.30 and 14.30 and last for about 30 mins. You do get a copy of the menu and if you wish you will be invited to sample what was cooked at the end. I would recommend arriving just before the demonstration as the seating in arena fashion is uncomfortable as they are hard wooden slippery benches and at one point we were tempted to leave as it was spoiling our experience. However, we were pleased we stayed until the end but you will find you are looking up at the cooking area and cannot really see what is cooking unless you glance at the small TV screen behind and then it's not that clear. On the day we were present the dishes consisted of one main and one desert. Please be aware that naturally this is an opportunity for the site to promote their cookery items which are demonstrated and we did observe a queue afterwards of customers purchasing the items that were shown. So be prepared to spend a little during your visit as it is mostly shops and a restaurant but we are pleased we took the time out to stop off and enjoy our hour or so. By the way the toilets were spotless.

Visited April 2013
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Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom
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“A wonderful day out - sort out timing though”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

I absolutely adore visiting Denby - me and my family often come here when visiting my Grandma. It is extremely popular. We took part in a free cookery demonstration which are available every day at 12.30 and 14.30. We also did an adapted tour of the factory, in which we only partook in the painting of plates and nothing else - however we paid full price (which was fine as we got more time painting). The usual tour consists of watching a short video, listening to a talk on the factory, make a clay frog or bunny in Easter and painting a plate. However, having done all the activities before, we felt it was unneeded to do them all again.

The staff were lovely, and adapted to our every need, even allowing my younger sister to make a rabbit even though she didn't partake in the tour. We did not feel the least bit rushed, and the staff were happy to talk and explain techniques etc.

We had never watched a cookery demonstration before. It was OK, however I wouldn't partake in it again, as it was quite boring for younger children. We left early, not for this reason, but so we could join our tour in the reception. I suggest that Denby, maybe coincide the beginning of a tour with the ending of a demonstration, as this meant we didn't have time to sample the food of the cookery demonstration.

Generally, a very enjoyable attraction with just a few minor issues.

Visited April 2013
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Stoke On Trent
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“We g here a lot”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

We have an elderley grandparent who lives local to here and take her a lot as it is wheelchair friendly wth good parking and is great for a litte wander round. We always go in the coffee shop for lunch or tea and cake and it is pleasant and tasty. I love the cooking demonstrations.In the summer months there is a fake beach for the children to play on with deck chairs for the adults which looks a lot of fun. The goods to buy at this place are expensive but its great for a little afternoon nosy round.

Visited December 2012
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