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Tucked in the heart of Derbyshire is the famous Denby Pottery,although we have bought many pieces of Denby tableware until we visited the area the factory wherabouts remained a mystery.The Pottery could easily be driven past unnoticed,but for the Denby Visitor Centre which is well signposted.As you round the corner into the large car park you will be suprised to find a bustling centre filled with pretty prestigious shops.
The Cookery Emporium has to be top of the list for a visit,if you are a `foodie`they have 30 minute sessions between 12.30 and 2.30 in the Demonstration Theatre,with the latest kitchen equipment and locally sourced ingredients they prepare and cook one or more recipes,you get the chance to taste it as well as being able to buy Homemade cakes,Herbs and different types of tea.
The Garden Emporium is tempting to say the least!A huge array of garden gifts,bird boxes,greetings cards and outdoor pots,plants and garden features.
An irresistable selection of jewellery,bath products,toys and handbags are on sale in the Gift Emporium.
All open daily 9am-5.30pm,Sunday opening varies slightly the Visitor centre is open 10am-5pm,the Factory shop 11am-5pm.
We paid £92 for a 20 piece boxed set of Denby Regency Green in John Lewis last year four cups and saucers,four tea plates,four dinner plates and four soup/cereal bowls.The soft gentle watercolour of the Regency green range makes attractive tablewear;Denbyware is extremely durable,safe for use in the oven,microwave,dishwasher and freezer.The beauty of Denby tableware is that you can add to your collection as you can afford to,so now we have the Regency green sauce boat and stand,the salt and pepper pot and two divided serving dishes.
We had talked for some time about adding another two place settings so this was the purpose of the visit,strike while the iron is hot!
In the Factory shop we were able to buy two more place settings at half price,having managed to visit when there was a sale on.
So as an extra treat we bought a large oval serving platter that cost £31.88(A 25%price reduction)
To round off the day we all had coffee and cakes in the Bourne restaurant and then headed off to take a look around the Denby museum and see the wonderful glassware designed by Paul Barcroft,whose work is sold in the museum shop.
An enjoyable day out if you ever get the chance.
THE DENBY POTTERY
Denby is a pottery in the heart of Derbyshire that makes stoneware dinner services that can be used for cooking and serving food. Many of the main department stores stock Denby crockery and it is often a staple on wedding gift lists these days. We added several items from their Regency Green range to our wedding list and I'm so glad we did. It is also available directly from Denby via their website www.denby.co.uk
Regency Green is once of Denby's best known ranges. I know someone who had it on their wedding list 15 years ago and we had it on ours 4 years ago. So it has stood the test of time. This is not a surprise considering it is such a classic colour. Denby calls it a "subtle natural watercolour" which is spot on. It is a combination of white glaze and the palest of greens. Often around the edges, underneath and so protected by the glaze, there are very narrow bits of beige, where you can see the stoneware. I think it is quite an old-fashioned colour and reminds me of my Nan's generation (not that she had Regency Green Denby tableware, it just reminds me of her because it seems stylish and from another era.)
Our Denby has lasted well despite being man-handled by several grumpy washer-uppers, the dishwasher, being used in the oven, in the microwave, the fridge and a few times even outside as saucers for plants! I have even dropped a plate once (and who knows how many times my husband has dropped pieces that he will never admit to!) It is solid stoneware and so does not chip or break easily. Also the glaze has not cracked or chipped at all. Denby say that their glazes are harder than steel, taking 180 years to perfect. We have been extremely happy with the quality and durability of our Denby dinner service.
The retail prices are listed below for a few of the key tableware items but there is a 25% off sale at Debenhams and other department stores at least twice yearly so I would wait if you can. Also, there are factory shops that sell seconds. We have a few pieces that are seconds and now they are mixed up with our non-seconds, I honestly could not tell you which are which.
Dinner Plate £12.50 (Plain white with a pale green rim)
Craftman's Mug £11.00 (we don't have these YET but I so want them. They have a beautiful curved shape to them.)
Rice Bowl £11.24 (These are very small and pale green inside and out. They are excellent for serving puddings.)
Rimmed Bowl £12.75 (White inside and out with just a pale green rim)
You can register your details and the set you have chosen with Denby and if they ever discontinue it, they will give you 12 months notice so that you are able to stock up. I think this is a great idea but I cannot imagine Regency Green will be on the list anytime soon. It is far too much of a classic!