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A unique converted former pottery housing an independent cafe and lifestyle shops. All food in the cafe is freshly prepared each day; we serve brunches, lunch, coffee, cake and afternoon tea, with a beautiful Tranquil Garden for eating outdoors. Our shops stock homewares, gifts, jewellery, cards, clothing and accessories. A family business since 1985.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Brunch
CUISINES
Cafe, British, Contemporary
FEATURES
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Now, where do I start? Our friends took us to the Bottle Kiln for lunch and despite eating out in literally hundreds of places in our area, we had never heard of it, so were eager to try a different venue and pre reading that it was a privately...owned restaurant, made it more appealing. We arrived about 11:30 and were amazed to find the place was almost full, but were fortunate enough to get a table. We had lunch with Jay choosing the pie, Dee choosing a quiche and Frank and I choosing the grilled bacon and stilton sandwich. We didn't  have to wait very long for the food to arrive and it looked delicious, but I did  look at Jay's choice - an exceedingly generous presentation  - and said, 'You're never ever going to eat all that', but he did and clearly enjoyed every fork full.  All the food was absolutely delicious and clearly prepared and served with the aim of quality. We couldn't fault it even though Frank and I had to take some of our food home. Looking around at other guest's tables , we could see that reflected with other obviously happy diners! We were all too full to even contemplate a dessert, but took lemon meringues and fruit roulades home with us after convincing myself that they were not only non fattening, but could even possibly contribute towards weight loss!   Again, without exception, all the staff were friendly and professional and clearly enjoyed their jobs  - a well deserved pat on their backs please! All in all, it really was a lovely atmosphere.  I found the building, the shop with so much unusual quality merchandise and the beautiful Japanese garden so interesting and it really did enhance our visit. Hopefully, next time the weather will be better and we can dine outside.  A huge thank you to all involved. xx I have to add, that if you are looking for a really different, quality venue, you must try the Bottle Kiln - it really is a great choice.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely horrified after paying for breakfast for my Husband and, nothing exotic. 1 bacon and egg sandwich. Along with 1 scrambled egg on toast. Having gone to put said Sandwich in my mouth. To be greeted with Green Mouldy Bread. Husband has then returned this...back to the counter. Oh we will exchange this. Too dam right you will. No apology no nothing from anyone. For a new Sandwich to be given to me with a "there you go" still no apology. Lady frim behind the counter comes round the corner "ohhhh lovely hair,how was breakfast." Moldy I have replied." I'll get this sorted". Never saw her again. Boss was in as he spoke to us when he came in. We have eaten here on many occasions but will never eat there again. Anyone eating here needs to be checking anything served to themMore

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 9 April 2024 via mobile

My family came from the south to visit, so we decided to take them here for breakfast... everything was fresh, hot and served quickly...the place is spotlessly clean...we had a stroll around the shop after breakfast...I purchased a lovely vase and the beautifully presented assistant...said "thank you for coming to see me today"..how wonderful!!!..this place is exceptional in every way.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 11 March 2024

Disappointing quiche- strange concoction of sausage and red onion chutney which was less than tepid and heavy, brown pastry. Friend had the stew recommended by the lady serving which came with two thick slices of bread and mainly consisted of only a small amount of...meat and mainly a large dumpling. Neither of us impressed with the food and wouldn’t go back. Place was absolutely packed out but I don’t understand why!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 11 February 2024

Beautiful place,great outdoor garden area too.Lots of nice things to buy and great to be actually standing inside the kiln whilst reading the history on it. all home made food too.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 28 January 2024

Having visited Bottle kiln for many years, and having never been disappointed, we were shocked to find that the cake and two scones we ordered were bland / burnt / hard and inedible. When we reported this to the Manager, he was extremely rude!! And...when we asked if we could swap for a different slice of cake he had the cheek to try and charge us a £1.75 surcharge. Won’t be coming back here again and I suffer the manager changes his attitude.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 16 December 2023

We had a pre booked afternoon tea for 3, the food was delicious, the vegetarian option was really good. We had to take some cakes home because we couldn’t eat it all. The staff were attentive, efficient and friendly.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 10 December 2023 via mobile

This place came recommended to me and I wasn't disappointed...the food is lovely, the service swift and the shopping area is a calming environment with beautiful gifts.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 23 October 2023

Always a good experience. Nice spread of fresh cakes and wide selection of drinks. We had a tea and cheese scone - lovely flavour and I particulary like the fresh brew tea leaves. Good service. Lovely building.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 16 October 2023 via mobile

Had a wonderful visit with coffee and cake yesterday. Special thanks goes to Niamh (hope this is how you spell your name) who was so friendly and helpful.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 21 September 2023

First visit to The Bottle Kiln and won't be the last! Had the vegan jacket potatoes, one chilli and one avocado with chilli jam, served with a delicious side salad, both were exceptional and great portion sizes. Topped off with an equally delicious vegan lemon...drizzle cake. Although busy, meals and drinks arrived very quickly. Staff were absolutely fantastic, friendly and so accommodating. Would highly recommend and will definitely be regular visitors, already planning to return for the vegan breakfast, and weather permitting sit outside to eat in the peaceful and very calm serenity zen like garden at the back of the restaurant. Well done The Bottle Kiln for such clean, calm and fantastic place to eat and wander round the lovely gift shops, all the staff are an absolute credit to the business.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 27 August 2023 via mobile

This was our first visit to the Bottle Kiln and will definitely not be our last. The staff were superb and the food absolutely brilliant. Wonderful selection available both through the restaurant and shops. Credit in full to the owners who have made this a...truly memorable venue. We shall return very soon.5*****More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 27 July 2023

Cannot rate the Bottle Kiln highly enough today! The Fab Four booked in for afternoon tea and what a real treat it was! The food was devine, presented beautifully. The service was excellent (always with a smile!), all in all it was fantastic! We will...definitely be booking in again!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 12 July 2023

Made our weekly trip to Bottle Kiln for breakfast Unfortunatly it was spoilt by an elderly couple who parked where nobody could get by with a pram or a wheelchair on speaking to the lady we said you cannot park there and that it was...selfish to do so as nobody could get by she said there is another way in yes there is but it is by steps My husband is disabled and the steps for him would be a problem My point is this couple were not thinking about anyone else but themselvesMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 28 June 2023 via mobile

Sister and I are regular ladies that lunch here , a few times a year anyway. Quiche and mixed salad has always been our choice . You normally get imaginative fillings and tasty interesting salads that would be time consuming to do yourself so is...a treat. We had the tomato and Parmesan quiche which was much denser than normal very cheesy with a lot of tomato skin. The pastry normally short and delicious was chewy ( tasted over microwaved) the salads were green, couscous with few chopped peppers which was very bland and some potato salad that was nice. We were very disappointed that our reliable favourite venue seems to have gone down . 13.95 is a lot for this when we were previously happy to pay for the pleasure. Hope it was a blip !!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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I personally would phone, I know they have access on the side of the building but this is a fire exit door, not sure if it can be used to gain access from outside. They are very friendly and helpful and I’m sure they will... More
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We do gluten free quiche and slices though do note they vary from day to day and are made in the same environment as gluten options. We do have a 100% gluten free option on our deli section however. And I'm afraid only guide... More
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