North Staffordshire’s most prestigious private club is celebrating its 60th anniversary by undergoing a design transformation thanks to the generosity of loyal members.
The British Pottery Manufacturers Federation Club ““ fondly known as “ËœThe Potters Club’ – based at Federation House, Station Road, Stoke has attracted approximately a £90,000 investment from its members to fund a glittering makeover.
And members hope the high-class refurb will attract even more local people ““ professionals and families alike – to join and enjoy the club’s unparalleled dining and entertaining facilities.
The new club will be unveiled at a gala reception on January 18th when members will see the spectacular transformation of this historic venue and be treated to a gourmet dining experience prepared by internationally renowned chef Anton Edelmann.
The makeover has encompassed every room of the club, which spans the entire third floor of Federation House, and gives it a new, modern influence while retaining its air of opulence and traditional grace.
Leather seating with a modern twist now creates a warm welcoming atmosphere in the cocktail bar, while the lounge has a stylish country club air featuring sofas and comfy chairs.
A deep blue bespoke carpet has been commissioned by the club to run throughout with different colour schemes in each room, while swags and tail curtains will dress the tall imposing windows.
Examples of the city’s finest pottery will still adorn the club, with pride of place taken by the priceless Queen’s Vase which was a collaboration of all the city’s famous potters to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Over the years the club has been a favoured venue for visiting dignitaries and royalty ““ having played host to Her Majesty The Queen and HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in 1973 as well as HRH The Princess Margaret on two occasions in 1958 and 1992.
Said club chairman Mike Jones: “The refurbishment of The Potters Club marks a new era in its long and distinguished history. We invited members to invest £1,000 each* to fund the makeover, and it is a measure of people’s love of the club that so many individuals were keen to invest.
“The club’s origins lie within the pottery industry when it was used as the principal venue to entertain and impress overseas pottery buyers. However, today membership is open to professional people from all walks of business from solicitors and bank managers to accountants and architects ““ and we believe the refurbishment of the club will attract many new members.
“The refurbishment is undoubtedly the most extensive and exciting in the club’s sixty year history. We have shut our doors for two weeks to achieve what will be an amazing transformation.
“The Potters Club offers a truly fine dining experience, and is used to entertain clients, hold meetings, seminars, exhibitions and private dining, as well as for wedding receptions and dinner parties.
“It retains that air of exclusivity that cannot be found anywhere else in North Staffordshire and we would encourage business people and individuals who are interested in becoming members to get in touch.”
For more information about The Potters Club visit www.thepottersclub.co.uk or call 01782 848869