China Blue

China Blue, Totnes: Hours, Address, China Blue Reviews: 4/5

Speciality & Gift Shops • Visitor Centres • Coffee Shops
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Treat yourself to a creative experience at China Blue’s paint-you-own ceramic studio - the largest of its kind in the South West! If paintings not your thing, then take time to look around our homeware & accessories store, packed full of gifts ideas for any occasion. Or sit back, relax and refuel in our cafe. Open 7 days a week. Cafe & Homeware Store - Mon / Sat 9:00 – 4:30, Sun 10:00 – 4:00. Ceramic Studio - Mon / Sat 10:00 – 4:30, Sun 10:00 – 4:00
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Jordan53
Paignton107 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
Enjoyed mooching around the shop after enjoying a lovely lunch.

The food tasted fresh and flavoursome, the green smoothie was just delicious. After eating everything on my plate, I felt full, but not sickly full. Happily eat and try more smoothies here.

The cafe was busy, so a wait for drinks and food, buy well worth it.

Pea fritter stack with salmon added
Wild Thyme with bacon added.
Written 1 April 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are really pleased to hear that you enjoyed your lunch at Wild Thyme Deli & Kitchen, see you again soon!
Written 13 May 2022
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Denise O
1 contribution
Mar 2022
This is Meant to be a friendly Place to visit. I have lived in Totnes for
30 years and run an Airbnb in the town. I would normally recommend visitors to go China Blue. I also take my family including my mother and grandchildren.

I was recently disgusted to see these candles on sale in such a place which is meant to be for all ages. I would suggest that these candles belong in a sex shop rather than a middle of the road, woman orientated interior design shop.

I find the candles tacky beyond measure, insulting to women and certainly not representative of the town of Totnes.

I complained to the woman at the desk and was given rather short shrift. Her attack, rather than defence, was a reply of a need to sell things that are popular. I would question that very strongly. If it was a pair of testicles acting as a egg cups, would that be acceptable. Would that be a family friendly? Would that be okay to show to your mother and your children?

I shall certainly not be recommending this to my Airbnb guests and I shall not be taking my family and friends there until these items are removed.

Vernon you are letting Totnes down.
Written 24 March 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to write us a review, though I am disappointed to see you did not enjoy your experience and were unhappy with the stock we are displaying. This low key feminist design interior trend has been hugely popular over the past year. The idea is to celebrate the female form via art. It is not meant to be sexualising or inappropriate and I would be inclined to say that I don't believe we are the only shop selling body decor locally. However, I am sorry that felt offended and I do hope that you will consider visiting us again.
Written 25 April 2022
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Sizzle
Exeter, UK17 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
I really didn't want to highlight any circle on this review but you have to in order to continue.. so I've reluctantly selected one! The customer service at China Blue is disgusting! We brought an item that appears to be faulty so returned it the next day with the receipt. Staff refused to refund the money initially, no apology for the inconvenience caused and the on duty manager walked off from us leaving my husband stood by the till. Once i collect my £45 worth of pottery from the studio next week I will not be returning back. The staff and management need training on manners and their customer service skills as clearly they are dragging the reputation down the pan.
Written 26 February 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review though I am disappointed to read you did not have a good experience. I hope that you will consider visiting us again soon.
Written 13 May 2022
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markandvicki
Chudleigh, UK37 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
We visited 6th February for lunch with friends, we had the Mini Thyme breakfast brunch which was not worth the £6 glad we didn't have the larger one. The sausage was ok bit cold in the middle, the poached egg and toast was nice but the hash brown was horrible and had a green tint it wasn't a normal hash brown think this needs to be stated on the menu, the Beans were disgusting why serve BBQ beans? they tasted like beans in a spicy tomato sauce and not bbq just service normal baked beans. My friend has the bacon sandwich which again wasn't worth it the bacon was small bits and over done and the bottom slice of bread was soaked in the oil that covered the plate so was soggy. Save your money people and go somewhere else why places like this try to be posher than they need to be baffles me I don't know whats happened to a normal cafe and coffee shop? First time and last time visiting for us. ☹️
Written 6 February 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review, though I am disappointed to hear that you were not impressed by your visit to Wild Thyme Deli & Kitchen. Admittedly, we do try not to be your usual café ... by offering a modern tasty twist on classic brunch dishes where everything is homemade. We have passed your comments onto our general manager. I do hope that you will visit us again in the future and have a 5* experience!
Written 13 May 2022
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Melanie M
Newton Abbot, UK15 contributions
Oct 2021
I'm reviewing the Pottery part - we've now done two sessions of pottery throwing, one with Susan and one with Shona as various family members were visiting and wanted to try. Both times we were a party of 4.

We had a brilliant time. We were well looked after and the tuition was excellent. We were able to try a variety of different shapes/styles. As you can imagine, different Tutors have different styles and both were very accommodating as we hadn't done this before and we learnt LOADS. My Sister in Law used her dishes she made this Christmas. We really appreciated the Tutors patience and good humour as we must have been quite a handful.

Thank you so much to the team, you are brilliant.
Written 30 December 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a such a lovely review! We are glad to hear that you and your family enjoyed our pottery throwing classes. We will pass the positive feedback onto our team. We hope to see you again soon!
Written 13 May 2022
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nickwotton
Newton Abbot, UK4 contributions
Nov 2021
Recently China Blue have stocked my little pocket book of Dartmoor poems. I was in contact with Kellie and she was absolutely brilliant to deal with,,first class in every detail.. I am delighted to sell my books at China Blue and it will remain my only outlet in Totnes ,as they are so good to a small local supplier like myself. I took the opportunity to sample catering there ,which was very good and made my purchases for gifts for family and friends too. The staff were all very helpful and I am always greeted by a smile ,which goes a long way with me. During these difficult times I have been lucky to sell DARTMOOR SUNSET IN MY SOUL around Devon and I am very happy with my outlets. China Blue has impressed me a lot and is a a really good place to shop for that something special for your loved ones. Well done everyone.
Nick Wotton
Written 7 December 2021
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Hannah74920475
England30 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
I am reviewing the café... The shop is lovely. The café has been updated/ called something else,not sure if it's been taken over by someone else?
Very poor menu. Nothing to properly EAT!
All small things that aren't your usual cafe options... The only sandwich was a fish finger Sandwich which was £10! Very expensive for what was on the menu. The only normal thing I would have chosen was the bacon sandwich but it was smoked,no option ion for unsmoked. Everyone in my group couldn't choose anything for lunch so we left. Very disappointed- the café has definitely gone DOWNHILL. We left and went to occombe farm cafe- wguch better choice.
Written 20 October 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to write us a review however, it has been a disappointing read. Our cafe has not been taken over by anyone else, we are still one business. Admittedly, we do try not to be your usual cafe... by offering a modern tasty twist on classic brunch dishes where everything is homemade, from our baked beans to our jams. Though we have bacon and fish finger sandwiches on the menu, we do also have filled bagels, small pies and sausages rolls on our deli counter that can come with, or without a selection of salads which usually satisfies someone looking for a smaller lunch. Our prices reflect the quality of ingredients used therefore they are a little higher than that of a standard cafe. I am glad you were able to find somewhere else to have lunch but do hope you try us again soon.
Written 27 October 2021
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susieLT
South Devon, UK27 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
I've always loved China Blue. We live nearby in Dartington so visit often and always take our visitors there but this last visit was a dissapointment. The stock is greatly reduced to make way for a bigger cafe renamed 'Wild Thyme' ! The food was tasteless and the service not good. We were told to find a table and wait while someone printed some more menus; 20 mins later we still hadn't been bought a menu and just had to go and get one ourselves. I know there have been staff shortages but there seemed to be several staff just chatting. This has not been a change for the better, perhaps should decide if they are a gift shop, pottery or cafe.
Written 3 October 2021
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I am disappointed to read your review. When we are very busy sometimes there is a wait but, I am unhappy to read that you felt the staff were just chatting. We consider ourselves to be a destination and most customers love that we have a shop, ceramics studio and a cafe. I do hope you try us again soon.
Written 27 October 2021
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Sep 2021 • Couples
This is how a coffee shop restaurant should be run. After a horrid experience in Totnes see my other 1 star review we ended up here at China blue Wild Thyme.

Coffee to die for according to my wife. Vegan cake was amazing. The right mix of gooey to crumb to chocolate. Amazing!

Lovely atmosphere and unlike the last place we went they actually use real cups and bring the food and drink to the table.
Written 19 September 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a such a lovely review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon.
Written 27 October 2021
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Rebecca A
20 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
The staff at blue China couldn't be more helpful !
They help us to organise a hen do for my friend giving us a few options and pricings , suggesting breakfast and times .
They had a table reserved and set up for us ,all decorated with balloons and hen do things , we had hen shaped money boxes to paint and they couldn't if been more helpful.

Such a great day out
Written 29 August 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed yourselves and hope the big day went well! :)
Written 27 October 2021
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China Blue is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 - 16:00
  • Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00


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