“ The Mill Batley Bradford Road / Batley / West Yorkshire / WF17 5LZ / Tel: 01924 423172. „
i only live walking distance from The Mill Batley and frequently shop there since it opened. it actually has a really good range of shops including suits you, corroll, book depot and many more. its a really good day out and open seven days a week.
i mainly shop at corroll, great for household things like duvet sets, kitchen utensils, towel sets and also decorative items. The other shop i go to regularly is book depot. it has a brilliant range of book and videos at a really competitive prices. they also sell painting items and craft and card games for children.
If you want to make a day of it, there are some really good tea shops selling various cakes and sandwiches with tea, coffee and hot chocolate. I normally go to the one above the Manna shop, the atmosphere is really nice and the staff are really welcomg too. An added extra is that there is also a creche service during the weekdays at a small cost.
I like to visit Batley Mills intermittently. Main draw is the lovely coffee shop on the first floor (one level up on the escalator). Delicious coffees, try their hot chocolate and foods such as field mushroom and goats cheese brushettas with balsamic glaze, as well as other tasty treats. The busy staff at this cafe are always pleasant and accomodating.As a younger person though mainly shop at Planet / Precis Petite and the Hideskin / tula handbag shops. Bought some lovely things over the years from Batley Mills. For returns, staff have done so without quibble.Parking really convenient too. Aliah :)
Well, pleased to report they did refund my money, saying that after inspecting the garment they found it was poor quality. No apology for not taking me at my word or for the humiliating experience. I don't take clothes back often only, when damaged. It's pretty unreasonable to put a customer through the hassle of taking clothes back and then feel like they are committing a crime for doing so.
Felt like a criminal...
I've just returned a dress today that I bought from the shop yesterday that had a rip in it. The staff didn't believe me and have so far refused to provide a refund.
One of the shop girls even gave as their excuse "it happens a lot". What happens a lot - you sell faulty goods?
The manager wasn't much better, even asked me to go back the next day, apparently they were going to ask the manufacturer if they sold "faulty goods". I'd be interested to hear what they have to say - oh yes all the time.
The manager actually smelt the dress and said "you've worn this dress" of course I have worn the dress. It wasn't until I put the thing on I saw the rip. A very humilaiting experience.
I've wrote to them and Consumer Direct. Not impressed with this place at all.
The Mill at Batley is in West Yorkshire, about ten miles from Leeds city centre and easily accessible from the M1 and M62 motorways.
As its name suggests, this used to be a mill, but has now been revamped and is apparently one of the largest retail mills in the UK. The area around Batley was once a thriving textile town and instead of demolishing this former woollen mill, they have put it to such good use that it is now well known. Batley used to be famous for its Batley Variety Club years ago, when big showbiz stars performed there. The Mill is only about half a mile from where that was and has helped put Batley back on the map.
It is easily located on the A652 Bradford Road half a mile from Batley town centre. It is on major bus routes, a few minutes walk from Batley railway and bus stations and there is a huge,level car park, with disabled spaces.
The Mill department store is the main building, but before I go into details about this, I want to mention the surroundings. To the rear of The Mill there is a courtyard with several retail outlets, selling stationery, books, toys, sewing and craft materials, and bedding, curtains and linen. I have also heard that future plan for expansion are to incorporate a food hall. Julian Graves, health foods have a department inside the main building at the moment.
As you enter The Mill main shopping area you will find yourself inside a four storey department store. They sell everything from clothing for all the family to household goods and gifts.
On the ground floor there is The Officers Club menswear, Mountain warehouse, Pilot and Select. This area is useful for young people looking for trendy clothing and jewellery and accessories at discount prices.
Ponden Mill also have an area set apart from this section, where you will find everything from bedlinen and towels to accessories for the home.
Take the escalator to the first floor and you will find ladieswear at discount prices from leading labels cush as Jacques Vert, Planet, Windsmoor and Alexon. Tula and Radley bags are also in this area. Up a few steps from this area you will find Lilley and Skinner footwear and handbags. The majority of this floor is taken up with ladies clothes, shoes and handbags. Whatever the occasion you could make great savings by shopping here.
There is a "posh frock" section where you can browse through bridal wear, prom/evening dresses, or maybe you are looking for cruise wear or an outfit for a special occasion. This is the floor to find it.
The second floor also has clothing but at cheaper prices and not leading labels. You will also find curtains and bedding and household goods and gifts here.
EVERYTHING FOR THE HOME
On the top floor, there is a huge showroom of Skopos material and ready made curtains and bedspreads, made in Skopos fabric. If you are handy with a needle then you can choose fabrics from a large choice to make curtains etc. Often there are special offers and sales where you can make substantial savings.
Also on this floor is a furniture section where you can buy a sofa or just an occasional table. To complement the furniture and soft furnishings, you can then browse in the lighting department and move onto the Peter Jones china department. In fact, on this floor there is everything you need for the home. Cutlery, fine china, dinner services, glasses, ornaments - you will find them all here.
Yankee Candles also have a display area where you can see the different fragrances and types of candles.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
The Mill at Batley is worth a visit, you can take the kids as there is a creche and there is a restaurant and a coffee bar as well. As it is all indoors it is an ideal place to go when the weather is not good. You can spend a few hours browsing the various deparments, have a break for a coffee in the snack bar, then perhaps eat something more substantial for lunch in the main restaurant from the more varied menu.
If you organise outings for work or social club etc you can contact the Mill as they cater for group visits. I have been there when coachloads of people have travelled from many areas of England.
This is an ideal place to grab a bargain, particularly if you visit at this time or year, or around Christmas/New Year. These are the times when the stores offer greatly reduced prices in their sales. I have had so many bargains from here that my wardrobe is positively bulging!!! The summer sale began at the end of June and there are reductions of up to 50% on some items. This is not the usual rubbish specially bought in for the sales, it is all genuinely reduced. Therefore, I make a special trip at least twice a year, more often if I need something for an "occasion".
As an example, a friend of mine needed a hat for a wedding and she had seen a Jacques Vert one she liked but it was in the region of eighty pounds. I told her about The Mill and she got the same hat for thirty pounds! Even with the cost of travel she made a substantial saving and had a lovely day of retail therapy at the same time!
It is a great place to go for a day out, especially if you enjoy shopping! The idea of The Mill is to give an outlet to retailers where they can sell their goods are discounted prices. These are sometimes end of ranges, or samples used by the representatives. I only wish I was a size 10 when I see some of the fantastic clothes that are listed as "samples" at a fraction of their true cost.
Throughout the school holidays The Mill have special events taking place, but not only for the kids. There is a golf day, a beauty treatment spa and for the kids there is face painting and stilt walking.
Check out their website www.themillbatley.com for more information on what's on.
The Mill is open Monday to Saturday 9.30 am to 5.30pm and Sundays 11 am to 5 pm. Towards Christmas there are extended opening hours.
If you are stuck for something to do in this wet summer, then plan a day out here. If you also check out the website www.yorkshiremillmile.com you will find other interesting places to visit at the same time.
The Mill, Batley is the largest retail mill in the UK, and has four huge shopping floors including ladies' and men's designer and quality fashion clothing, footwear, textiles, glass and china, homeware and gifts. Facilities also include a restaurant, coffee shop and a crèche.