>From what i can gather, Stoke on Trent is really more an area made up of 4 or 5 villages in Central England. We are planning to spend a couple of nights in the area and are sussing out hotels. We won't have a car so want to stay within walking or inexpensive taxi ride of the pottery shops and factory outlets. I gather there is a large shopping center in the village of Hanley and we've looked at the Stakis hotel there or the George Hotel... Any other ideas? There are one or two in Burslem as well. We'll be taking the train from Manchester, by the way.