This Saturday (24 October 2015) is the first anniversary of the opening of the bigger and better Cobbles & Clay cafe and pottery painting studio in our new larger premises at 70-72 Haworth Main Street. We can’t believe it’s been a whole year since the new place opened and have been so busy with sell out events, a packed out cafe and lots of other new ventures that we haven’t had time to plan a proper celebration! Since it nicely co-incides with the launch of our sister gift shop Daisy Days’ new website www.daisy-days.co.uk, we’re offering customers 10% off everything in store at Daisy Days all day on Saturday.
For those of you who don’t know our back story, the original Cobbles & Clay was opened by our founder Jill in its original smaller home lower down Main Street, next door to Daisy Days, back in 2006. It was an instant hit with locals and visitors alike (much to Jill’s surprise her lentil soup quickly became famous!) because it offered something completely different.
Jill says: “It had previously been a ‘greasy spoon’ style place and I wanted to do something really different with it by making it into a pottery painting studio and cafe serving the kind of wholesome but tasty food I’d want to eat if I took my children there. At the time, nowhere in the village served anything like hummus so it was a big risk. But Haworth seemed ready for it.
“Seven years later in 2013, the kitchen in the original café had become too small to meet demand for our range of ‘no gunk, no junk’ food and drink for children and well behaved adults. Luckily, the opportunity arose to buy a much larger building further up Main Street which needed completely renovating. This gave me a completely blank canvas on which to fulfil Cobbles & Clay’s potential – and compete with the array of other high quality eateries that had sprung up in Haworth since we first opened. It was amazing (and very challenging) restoring the building but we unearthed some amazing original features including beautiful Yorkshire stone fireplaces and steps. The architect couldn’t believe I didn’t have a background in property or design when he heard my ideas. I’m proud to say it has turned out exactly as I’d imagined.”
A year on and it seems that all Jill’s hard work renovating the new place has paid off. We are now able to host much bigger events – including our ever-popular Snake Davis gigs and open mic nights – and accommodate many more people during busy times, including private groups in our upstairs room. And we’ve been able to extend our menu and introduce a range of exciting new specials on a regular basis, as well as display and sell more pottery, gifts and produce. We’re pleased (and slightly exhausted!) to say that customers old and new seem to love the new place and are coming back time and time again, making us busier than ever.
If you haven’t visited our new place yet – or tried Jill’s infamous lentil soup – make sure you pay us a visit soon!