Pottery House Cafe
Fresh, Creative Meals with an Appalachian Spirit
Daily 11am – 7pm
The Pottery House Cafe serves freshly made sandwiches, salads, and hearty entrees on dishes created by our potters right next door. Cozy up in the wintertime near the crackling embers of our dining room’s original stone fireplace.
In milder weather, you can dine on our patio next to our garden pond. Inhale the aromas of fresh-baked bread and pastries wafting from the in-house bakery and you’ll be tempted to take home a loaf.
10am – 2pm
11am – 4pm
4pm – close
What Sets Us Apart
If you go somewhere to eat,
Ask them if they make their own bread.
If they say yes,
Ask them if they grind their own grain.
If they say yes,
Ask them if they make their own plates.
Contemporary Southern Flavors
The Pottery House Café’s menu items are made from scratch with quality local ingredients, in the spirit of Appalachia.
Our famous breads are baked on-site daily, with grains straight from the mill. Have a slice of sourdough or onion-rye with the Baker’s Garden Salad. Or if you’re hungrier, try our shrimp and grits, or maybe a char-grilled burger topped with whiskey-bacon jam and cheddar on a spent-grain bun.
Be sure to save room for a slice of fresh-baked coconut cream pie or carrot cake! We’ll also sell you a whole pie or fresh-baked loaf of bread to take home.
Yes, a Potter Really Lived Here
In 1946, Douglas Ferguson and his wife, Ruth, founded Pigeon River Pottery Works in an old tobacco barn, where local craftsmen turned balls of the area’s clay soil into works of art.
The couple moved into the home that’s now the Pottery House Cafe and continued making and selling pottery until 1999. The Old Mill acquired the property soon after, opening it to the public as a restaurant and continuing the tradition making pottery next door.