Aston Pottery and Gardens

Aston Pottery and Gardens

Group Visits, Pottery Demonstrations and Garden Tours

Cyclists please be aware for groups of ten or more, we need you to phone at least four days ahead of your visit to allow us to accommodate your numbers on the servery.

Groups and societies are welcome to visit us at Aston Pottery. Alongside our Multi-Award Winning Gift Shop and Country Cafe we are happy to offer Pottery Demonstrations and Garden Tours which entertain and inform in a way fantastically unique to Aston Pottery.

All our tours and demonstrations must be booked a minimum of 2 weeks in advance and have a minimum group size of 12 (full details are below). To make a booking, or for more information, please use our Contact Page or call: (01993) 850 960.

We are more than happy to receive visiting groups of almost any size, however, even if you are not booking an event, we always like to hear from groups of 12 or more to help us maximise your visiting experience, particularly during busy parts of the day.

Pottery Demonstrations

Our demonstrations look at the processes of creating and decorating an Aston Pottery teapot.

Numbers are usually between 12 and 20 people (larger groups by arrangement).

The teapot demonstration will last approximately 1 hour and is £5 per person.

The demonstration area is wheelchair accessible.

Demonstrations run from April through to August, Monday to Friday at 11.00 or 14.00. Subject to availability.

All bookings must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance.

Colours mixed and ready to use in the workshop

Garden Demonstrations

To those who enjoy our gardens we offer guided tours and talks on everything from approaches to design, methods of planting and all important garden maintenance. Our tours are suitable for the potting shed enthusiast through to the all-weather gardener.

Garden Tours are available for groups between 12 and 60 people.

Tours duration approximately 1 1/4 hours and cost £5.00 per person.

Tours run from June through to October, Monday to Friday at 11.00 or 14.30. Subject to availability. (Evening tours are sometimes available.)

All bookings must be made a minimum of two weeks in advance.

Dahlia ‘Alfred Grille’, a sumptuous semi-cactus dahlia with salmon pink and orange outer petals, changing to gold near the centres. This dahlia inspired the floral design on a range of Aston Pottery.

Country Cafe – Booking of 12 or more

Why not eat with us while you are here? Our award winning café serves a variety of meals that are perfect for any visit.

Cream teas, lunches or afternoon tea are all available. We just ask that all groups of 12 or more pre-book with us at least two weeks in advance. Food can be timed to fit alongside your Pottery Demonstrations or Garden Tour, giving you time to relax and enjoy your visit.

The maximum group size that can be accommodated for food in one sitting is 20. Larger groups may need to be served in two or more sittings. Bookings are only available from Monday-Friday.

Food Options (12 or more). Pre-book only. Prices listed per head.

Pre-Order Menu
(Prices listed per head)

Morning: 9.30am – 11.00am
(Gluten free options are available; please enquire when booking.)

Cream Tea – £4.95

Tea & Cake – £4.95

Lunch: 12.15pm – 14.15pm

We offer two sittings for large groups at lunch time:
> 12:15pm – 13:00pm
> 13:00pm – 13:45pm

These slots give you plenty of time to enjoy a relaxed lunch, and fit in perfectly with the times of our Pottery Demonstrations and Garden Tours.

Quiche & Salad – £9.95
Mushroom & Bacon
Leek & Stilton (v)
Crustless Quiche of the Day (v) (gf)

Jacket Potato & Salad – £6.95
Tuna Mayonnaise (gf)
Coronation Chicken (gf)
Cheese & Ham (gf)
Cheese, Chive & Spring Onion (gf) (v)
Prawn Mayonnaise (gf)

Sandwiches & Side Salad – £4.75
(Available on white or brown bread. Gluten free bread is also available.)
Tuna Mayonnaise (gf)
Coronation Chicken (gf)
Prawn Mayonnaise (gf)
Cheese, Chive & Spring Onion Mayonnaise (gf) (v)
Cheese & Spiced Tomato Chutney (gf) (v)
Egg Mayonnaise & Cress (gf) (v)

Afternoon: 15:00pm – 16:00pm
(Gluten free options are available; please enquire when booking.)

         Cream Tea – £4.95

         Tea & Cake – £4.95

         Sandwiches, Scones & Tea – £9.95

With lunch, we provide chilled tap water to drink, or for an additional £2.00 per head we can provide tea and filter coffee for the whole group. When pre-ordering your food, please specify which you would prefer.

For more details, or to make a booking, please contact our office at info@astonpottery.co.uk, or call on 01993 850960.

Once your booking has been confirmed, two weeks before your visit, the café will be in touch to confirm numbers and your food choices.

Cyclists Visiting Aston Pottery

Our café is an ideal place to have a break whilst cycling through the Cotswolds.
If you are a large group of cyclists, planning to stop with us, please give us a call on 01993 852896, or email cafe@astonpottery.co.uk, to help us prepare for your visit.

When you arrive, please park your bikes along the wooden fence, to help keep access clear.

Food Options (12 or more). Pre-book only. Prices listed per head.

Awards and Reviews:

Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards Winner Aston Pottery 2016
Aston Pottery Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018
Aston Pottery West Oxfordshire Business Award Winner WOBA 2017
  • review rating 4  Brilliant food and the plants are good for the price it's a nice place to visit

    thumb Adrian Pearce
    5/13/2016
  • review rating 5  We had a lovely relaxed lunch today thank you. 🙂

    thumb Sharon Harley
    5/22/2016
  • review rating 5  I visited today as part of a small home education group, we enjoyed walking around the gardens and loved the tour of the pottery workshop. I completely underestimated the process that each piece of pottery goes through and am so impressed with the energy and craftsmanship of the staff. The food in the cafe is lovely and it’s all just very well done from the decent amount of parking to the beautiful shop displays and the gorgeous outside spaces. Thank you �

    thumb Amie Webb
    5/04/2018
  • review rating 2  In the last month the quality of the cakes have gone from very good to poor who ever is making them would appear to have lost there way. On today's visit Saturday in the female toilet. one door was off its hinge's plus one toilet not flushing. The sign says best cafe in Oxfordshire. not now.

    thumb Heather Evans
    6/04/2016
  • review rating 5  

    thumb Lisa Kemp
    4/29/2016
  • review rating 5  

    thumb Jo Cameron
    11/07/2016
  • review rating 4  

    thumb Becky Darren Groves Faulkner
    4/30/2016
  • review rating 5  Participated in a suprise afternoon tea party for a bride to be on Saturday. The food was fantastic and such good value. We were well looked after, allowed to bring our own bubbles and had the messina room to ourselves. Thank you for helping to make it special.

    thumb Sue Harris
    3/06/2017
  • review rating 5  

    thumb Catherine Mattachine-Lee
    5/27/2017
  • review rating 3  

    thumb Katia Hougaard
    8/27/2016
  • review rating 5  I didn't get anything to eat as I wanted the Mac and cheese, the would only to serve as part of a meat dish. I was willing to pay for the meet dish with out the meat but the wouldn't any substitutions. My daughter was served a out of date yogurt. I have never been back. It has a lot of people go in and out. The pottery side is fantastic.

    thumb Fraser Warner
    1/28/2019
  • review rating 5  This is a wonderful place to visit, if you like pottery, plants and crafts, high quality gifts for all family, and hamper-type food to gift. Of course, the lovely cafe next to the shop has a great selection of cakes, sandwiches, soup and quiches to complement the day. There is free parking on site, access for less abled/pushchairs.

    thumb Tweed Tango
    11/27/2018
  • review rating 5  Yet another lovely visit to Aston Pottery. My bacon and egg ciabatta was so delicious. My favourite place to meet friends for a catch up.

    thumb Sharon Harley
    11/17/2018
  • review rating 5  Aston Pottery is a delightful place to visit whether you're looking for a card, a gift, pottery, just to browse, or to have a delicious lunch or afternoon tea. Everything is beautifully presented. Cakes to die for!

    thumb Gwen Higgs
    12/22/2018

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Aston Pottery, The Stables,

Kingsway Farm, Aston, 

Oxfordshire, OX18 2BT

All pottery products designed, manufactured and hand-decorated in Aston, Oxfordshire.

Aston Pottery and Gardens © 2018