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Submitted by Tracey on 11 November, 2017 - 18:33

Come along to our late night shopping evenings on Thursday 23 November & Thursday 7 December. You can enjoy a candlelit supper in the café, and we're here to help you get your Christmas list sorted! See the posters below for full Christmas and New Year details including our Mondays in December before Christmas.

The Bottle Kiln Christmas Opening hours 2017
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Submitted by Tracey on 24 March, 2016 - 15:20

As Easter introduces the return of lighter evenings we start to get that inkling of summer being around the corner, yay! The Secret Garden at the Bottle Kiln is fully stocked with fabulous garden ornaments, furniture and outdoor living items and is NOW OPEN!

Garden at the Bottle Kiln West Hallam
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Submitted by Tracey on 23 December, 2015 - 20:42

We hope you have a really wonderful Christmas and a very happy New Year!

Happy Christmas
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Submitted by Tracey on 3 October, 2015 - 16:42

It doesn't get much better than kicking through rusty, golden leaves on a magical autumn morning! With 700 acres of attractive and varied landscape, including over 20 miles of quiet paths, a reservoir, ponds, nature reserves and wood and parkland, Shipley Country Park is a great spot for exploring and getting out in nature. We're really lucky to have such a beautiful spot just down the lane from us.

We parked in the Mapperley Reservoir car park (£1.30 for 2 hours) and had a lovely walk around the reservoir and a little stroll in Mapperley Wood Nature Reserve. We can recommend a visit, followed by a hot coffee, a slice of pie and a spot of shopping at the Bottle Kiln of course!

Shipley Country Park Ilkeston Derbyshire
Filed under: Out & About, Autumn
Submitted by Tracey on 11 June, 2015 - 15:57

We are very happy to be stockists for the amazing Vintage Paint by Grand Illusions. We stock all 27 colours along with all the sundries you may need for your creative, furniture painting projects. We have been having fun trying out these fabulous paints and can highly recommend them.

The paints are water-based and are designed to replicate the ancient buttermilk paints of the 18th and 19th century. This gives it some very unique characteristics and allows it to perform differently when compared to regular vinyl emulsion. It does not contain the plasticky vinyl that most modern emulsions do. This paint is made with earth pigments, clay, a very high chalk content (over 45%) and a very small amount of an acrylic medium to bind it together, replacing the casein or milk from days gone by. This gives a truly chalky, matt, breathable finish, perfect for walls, floors and furniture, the latter being highly suited to the shabby-chic look which is so desirable. It is self priming, VOC free and therefore very Eco Friendly.

Available in an eclectic mix of twenty-six gorgeous colours from a Nordic-French colour palette as well as black. We also offer the supporting range of sundry items such as water-based stain, sanding-sealer, craqueleur sets, wax, varnish and brushes!

Available in two sizes, £6.50 for 125ml and £18.95 for a one-litre tin. Colour charts with real painted sample-swatches are also available.

Painted Cupboard

One of our first projects with the Vintage Paint was the well-proportioned but rather plain cupboard, which we transformed into the bright and quirky little number shown below!

As the cupboard was already stained/varnished, we just gave the surface a light sanding with sandpaper then evenly applied two coats of paint, the first acting as a primer. We used five colours of paint; Stockholm on the top and sides, Dijon on the door and Artichaut, Vanille and Mousse on the drawers.

Once dry, which didn't take too long, we gently rubbed the edges and top with sandpaper to reveal the stained surface below and highlight the grain of the wood. Having tried this before with conventional paint, we found the Vintage Paint produced that wonderful distressed look without the elbow-grease usually required!

We finished it off with a coat of water-based Simply Varnish which gives a 'flat' but rich, wax-like lustre.

We are looking forward to getting creative with these paints on more projects, we have already used it to paint walls in our interiors shop!

Vintage Paint Grand Illusions
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Submitted by Tracey on 30 November, 2014 - 17:24

Sometimes, we rather like a glass of wine when we go out for a meal, so earlier this year, after many enquiries from customers, we decided to get our alcohol license.

We've had some fun over the last month or two, tasting some fabulous wines and choosing the perfect selection to compliment our dishes and offer the perfect pairings. We're starting with a modest but excellent selection of three wines to enhance your dining experience with us and, from the 1st December, we'll be serving the following specially chosen wines.

White Wine

Pinot Gris, Villa Wolf, Pfalz, Germany.
Fresh, lovely lemon aroma, honeyed stone fruit on the palate with a satisfying, crisp finish.
Comes to life with our quiche and salad.

Sauvignon Blanc, C. J. Pask, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.
Aromatic and refreshing. Packed with gooseberry fruit and herbaceous character.
Great solo or partnered with a platter.

Red Wine

Minervois, Racine, Bruno Lafon & Francois Chamboissier, Languedoc, France.
Light to medium bodied. Red and dark berries with subtle vanilla and spice.
Partners well with a meaty quiche and salad.

3.50 per 125ml glass
4.95 per 175ml glass

The Bottle Kiln wine list
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Submitted by Tracey on 28 October, 2014 - 18:19

Layer up in style with our chic and sensational range of scarves, gloves and headwear in faux fur, wool and cotton. This autumn we have some unusual and brilliant accessory brands including Nicky Thompson (British made knitwear), Helen Moore (designed and made in the UK), Aine (designed and made in Ireland) and Powder (designed in Edinburgh).

Bold textured patterns and prints to bring colour and fun to your wardrobe!

Autumn accessories at the Bottle KIln
Filed under: Gifts, Autumn
Submitted by Tracey on 26 October, 2013 - 15:02

We are the proud winners of the 'Best Filter Coffee' in the UK and the coveted 'Five Cup Award' - the highest accreditation given by the Beverage Standards Accreditation!

The Beverage Standards Association (BSA) Awards Ceremony was held at London’s Fulham Palace on Monday 14 October. Dame Kelly Holmes was the guest of honour at the ceremony and presented the awards.

The reception started by sipping champagne in the great hall, which was lit by candles and very impressive. It was brilliant to catch up with old friends in the industry, and to meet new people. Everyone is so friendly and supportive and cheer each other on. Dame Kelly Holmes was really lovely and stayed around to chat to everyone.

BSA five cup winners

Judging for the awards is undertaken by anonymous BSA members, trained experts providing accurate and impartial assessments. They mark the drinks based on taste, temperature and presentation over a number of visits in the months prior to the awards. Instead of stars, the BSA use cup rankings which are awarded to different outlets, five being the maximum. As with the famous Michelin stars, to receive any of these 'cup' awards is fantastic for people in the hot drinks industry.

All our café staff share an enthusiasm for coffee and are trained to prepare the drinks to high standards. We're thrilled to be recognised for our efforts and dedication. Receiving the awards has given us a real boost, many thanks to the BSA, and well done to all our team!

Best Filter Coffee - New Season Kenya

We always have seasonal artisan coffees in the café which are selected for their distinctive and special taste. Our 'New Season Kenya' beans were used for the filter coffee for which we won the award. It has a juicy grapefruit flavour, enveloping soft blackcurrant, and leaves the tongue tingling as pink grapefruit does! Come and try this award-winning coffee while it lasts! Or pick up a bag of freshly roasted beans to enjoy at home; we can grind them for you. New Season Kenya coffee beans, £5.95 per 250g bag.

www.beveragestandardsassociation.co.uk

Filed under: Awards, Coffee
Submitted by Tracey on 15 April, 2013 - 22:39

Freshly baked artisan bread to take home.

For the love of good food! As part of our expanding range of delicatessen products we are very pleased to be stocking this simply delicious bread. Everyday loaves, continental, sourdough and rye breads. ‘Real Bread’ as bread should be, with no additives or preservatives of any kind. Hand-crafted using traditional methods and baked fresh each day at The Loaf bakery in Crich. The Loaf specialises in long-fermentation breads where taste is the most important factor and the dedicated bakers start work at midnight to ensure you can enjoy this staple pleasure!

Pop in and buy your bread at the Bottle Kiln!

We are having fresh bread deliveries Thursday - Saturday and the bread you buy will have been baked that very morning. Come in and try it, it's really tasty!

You can read more about the bread at: www.theloaf.co.uk

Fresh Artisan Bread
Filed under: Food
Submitted by Tracey on 11 April, 2013 - 17:09

Our new department, The Potting Shed, is now open! If you go up the step at the back of the gift shop you will find a super assortment of garden inspired wares to add a little ‘outdoorsey’ pleasure to your life, and which also make great gifts. Interesting books, plant pots, watering cans, hand tools, bee friendly seeds, bird boxes and decorative items. It's a gorgeous, rustic, quirky place, pop in and check it out!

Photograph: Bird boxes, £14.95, £15.65 and £10.25, feeder, £4.25 all by Best For Birds, Esschert Design.

The Potting Shed - now open.
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