There has been a pottery at Chessell on the Isle of Wight since the 1970’s and in 2003 Pottery Café moved in – set in a small courtyard of converted barns in an area of outstanding natural beauty, it is comprised of a working pottery, decorating studio, gift barn, courtyard café and garden.
The pottery itself makes over 15,000 items of English earthenware a year and it is here that visitors can have a go at painting their own pottery. The spacious studio seats over 50 people and is popular throughout the season for visitors making mementoes of their visit to the Island and Islanders creating special gifts as well as capturing baby’s hand and footprints. If you are holidaying on the Island, paint your pottery early in the week to enable you to collect your finished pottery at the end of your holiday.
The Courtyard Café serves a range of tasty light lunches, much of which is from locally sourced ingredients and is licensed too, so you can enjoy a glass of wine, or real local Ale with your meal. The Café at Chessell is also the home of the award winning ‘Ultimate Island Cream Tea’ – home baked scones with Island made clotted cream from the local farm and our own delicious strawberry jam, all served on hand made Chessell strawberry pottery. On entry you will see a wonderful array of homemade cakes, meringues and treats on a big farmhouse table and espresso coffee being served from freshly ground beans.
The Gift Barn stocks the biggest range of Emma Bridgewater pottery on the island, as well as our own Chessell Ware strawberry range and a selection of traditional, wooden and fair trade toys, as well as homemade food gifts, local art and cards.
Found just off the B3399 Newport to Freshwater Road. Only 10-15 minutes from Newport and three miles south of Yarmouth.
There is free parking on-site.
There is currently no bus route which serves Chessell Pottery.