Royal Stafford is based in the Royal Overhouse Manufactory, one of the oldest pottery factories in Burslem, the Mother Town of the Potteries in Stoke-on-Trent. The Royal Stafford brand was established in 1845 and is recognised around the world as providing high quality, beautiful tableware.
Royal Stafford today is an industry leader in the manufacturing of English cream-coloured earthenware, a traditional Staffordshire product. We are one of only a handful of potteries where all production still takes place in England. Whilst some techniques now have a helping hand from technology, a lot of the production is still done by hand, by our skilled local potters.
Every piece of pottery from Royal Stafford is produced with attention to detail and a lot of love and care.
Records indicate that the Royal Overhouse Manufactory site was in use in 1787 and operated by Thomas Wedgwood. Edward Challinor took over the factory in 1819. In 1869, the old works were entirely taken down and Edward Challinor erected a new and extensive manufactory with all of the latest improvements of machinery and appliances, the jiggers all being driven by steam-power. The rebuilding was commemorated in ornamental scroll stonework over the entrance:
‘Edward Challinor commenced business here A.D. 1819, and rebuilt the premises A.D. 1869.’ You can still find this stonework over the factory gates today.
Royal Stafford can be bought from retailers around the world; from the UK to North America and South Korea.
Please note: There used to be a company called Royal Stafford China but they went out of business in 1992 and we do not have any historical information on their patterns or dates. Our company only makes high-fired English Earthenware since 1994.
For any inquiries regarding any vintage Royal Stafford bone china; please contact ChinaSearch or Replacements
We hope you love the selection of gifts and tableware on our online shop just as much as we do and cherish them for generations to come.
What our customers say...
Hello Team, I just had to tell you about the superb attention I had in my quest to find a replacement Petite Fleur gravy boat. I had such caring advice from all three young ladies as I phoned a couple of times with queries. I eventually placed my order on Wednesday morning and lo and behold it arrived, beautifully packed, on Thursday.
Working with Royal Stafford has proved to be one of the best decisions we made in the development of our ceramics collection. It goes without saying that the quality of their craftsmanship and their pottery is first class but they provide so much more than that. Their depth of knowledge and expertise in the ceramics industry has been shared willingly and has helped us to make the right decisions each step of the way. Their customer service is exceptional; they really understand the needs of our business and they combine personal service with a high capability manufacturing process.
I just wanted to thank you for my recent order of two side plates from your Circus range.
They arrived safely and promptly and I was most impressed by your service.
I received my order today. I am so thrilled! The quality is amazing and your customer service and prompt response to my emails is impressive. You have been so helpful whenever I had a query.
This year has been difficult but this dinner set will make for a very special Christmas.
Thank you very much!
My wife and i had our Santa dinner plates today and we would like to thank all at Royal Stafford they are great we will be calling up the shop as we want other items many thanks all and stay safe
Hi. I received my skull plates and cereal dishes today with thanks. If you know who took my order over the phone, the lady was extremely helpful and a delight to speak to. So I thank her for her help. I hope you appreciate the feedback.
Took my 4 grandchildren (ages 15, 13, 8 and 5) to Royal Stafford Pottery this morning and I can’t believe I have never heard of this fabulous place before. THe lady on duty was so helpful and cheerful. Lovely setting with a really nice atmosphere. Such great value too! Highly recommend a visit.
My order has arrived today, i would just like to say a big thank you to everyone involved, the service and help you have provided is a credit to your company and a special thank you to the lady who helped me over the phone , unfortunately i can’t remember her name. I now very much look forward to ordering some plates i want once they are back in stock.
I spent a couple of hours in (Royal Stafford Ceramic Cafe) last week enjoying a hot chocolate, a flapjack, and a nice chat with the lady there. They have some lovely stuff and I bought a lot of new tableware to support our local economy, and all that time I was the only person there. If we don’t buy local, it wasn’t much more expensive than IKEA, then we will lose the rest of what we have. It was actually a lovely experience and felt like a little holiday 😀
Can I just say how delighted I was with the plates. I have been looking for two years for replacements. May I also say what a refreshing change it is to deal with a company who are so efficient and professional. I will definitely recommend you to family and friends .