Pottery’s cafe to close blaming ‘unsustainable’ costs

Pottery’s cafe to close blaming ‘unsustainable’ costs

A Coleraine café has announced it will close at the end of May, with its operator blaming rising costs for the decision.

The Blackheath Pottery Café is attached to the pottery itself, which will not close – but operator Stephen Belshaw said the café has become “unsustainable”.

Based in a Georgian courtyard, the adjoining pottery specialises in porcelain tableware inspired by the nearby coastline. There’s also a gallery attached to the pottery.

Mr Belshaw said it was a difficult decision to close. “The rising costs of running a hospitality business in this region have unfortunately become unsustainable for us,” he said.

“Despite our best efforts, it has become increasingly challenging to maintain operations. While we’ve cherished every moment of our time collaborating with the Blackheath Pottery team and serving our wonderful community, it’s time for us to explore new opportunities. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to everyone who has supported us since we opened.”

Babs Roeshaw, owner of The Blackheath Pottery, highlighted the positive future for the pottery business: “The pottery side of our business continues to go from strength to strength. Our recent participation in several trade shows has resulted in significant orders, enabling us to expand our operations and create employment opportunities for local creatives, which has always been one of our key ambitions.

“We’re committed to nurturing local talent and contributing to the community. In addition to our thriving trade, we will continue to offer a variety of pottery classes, including mug painting workshops and other creative sessions. We are also planning an exciting line-up of events for the rest of the year, ensuring that our connection with the local community remains strong.”

Mrs Roeshaw thanked the customers for their support and said they “look forward to welcoming you to our upcoming events and workshops”.

“Together, let’s make these final days of the café memorable and celebrate the future of Blackheath Pottery.”