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Potters’ celebrity 110th party

It was a party atmosphere at Potters Cookshop, Hockley on Saturday  (October 26) as customers enjoyed a sumptuous cooking demonstration by Sean Wilson. Best known for playing Martin Platt in TV’s Coronation Street for 21 years until 2005 (with a brief appearance last year), Sean is a passionate cook and cheese-maker. He founded the award winning Saddleworth Cheese Company in 2019, has worked in Michelin starred restaurants and presented TV’s The Great Northern Cookbook for Channel 5.

Sean delighted Potters’ customers with his menu, consisting of Bhaji Scotch Egg, Frangipane and Cheese Strudels, Spanish Garlic Soup with Pan Fried Cod and Mussels and Tomato Jam and Cheese Star Bread. The actor turned chef now lives locally to Potters and has attended the Cookshop’s VIP evenings.

Above: Sean Wilson with Potter’s Tom Carter and Alison Hobbs.
Above: Sean Wilson with Potter’s Tom Carter and Alison Hobbs.

The foodie demonstration was part of Potter’s 110th anniversary celebrations. In 1909 Inifer Potter established the original Potters of Hockley as a general store (selling housewares and hardware) and grocers. The multi-award winning Potters Cookshop opened in 2012 and expanded substantially in 2017. Inifer’s grandson Clive Potter now owns the business.

Above: Potters' customers enjoyed a sumptuous cooking demonstration by Sean Wilson.
Above: Potters’ customers enjoyed a sumptuous cooking demonstration by Sean Wilson.

At Saturday’s celebrations, customers were also treated to 110th anniversary home-baked cookies, decorated with an edible transfer showing the retailer’s original logo with Inifer Potter and his wife Elizabeth. Customers also enjoyed various special anniversary offers, which included Wrendale Mugs, KitchenAid Food Processors and Robert Welch Designs Signature Knives Sets.

Above and below: The 100th birthday biscuits cooked by Potters’ Alison Hobbs , showing the shop’s founders, Inifer and Elizabeth Potter.
Above and below: The 100th birthday biscuits cooked by Potters’ Alison Hobbs , showing the shop’s founders, Inifer and Elizabeth Potter.

“We’re delighted to continue Potters’ tradition unparalleled customer service, exceptional product knowledge and high quality products,” said director Tom Carter.

The Cookshop has more celebratory events in the pipeline, with demonstrations by Sage and Le Creuset scheduled for November and December.

Top: Sean Wilson at Potters Cookshop.

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