Where to buy artisanal flour in England
Has The Great British Bakeoff inspired you to whip up beautiful bread and other baked delights? Sneha Pradhan picks the best independent mills in England selling the finest artisanal flours.
Maud Foster Mill, Lincolnshire
Located in Boston, Lincolnshire, this seven-storey mill has an interesting history. Established in 1819, this watermill has electronically powered stones that can work without the presence of wind. The mill specializes in producing organic flour, which is available for sale in various sizes at the mill shops.
Little Salkeld Watermill, Cumbria
One of the few water-powered corn mills manufacturing flour following traditional methods in Britain. Little Salkeld specializes in a range of organic and biodynamic flours. Look out for mill tours and bread making courses online.
Claybrooke Mill, Leicestershire
A watermill located in Leicestershire. Stoneground flour can be bought directly from the mill or through the local farmers market and shops in the area.
Dover Farm Food, Wiltshire
Dove Farm Food specializes in organic flour. The mill makes a wide range of roller and stoneground flours in different tastes and textures, and special dietary options such as gluten free, wheat free and diabetic are on offer. Flour can be bought directly from their outlets or can be ordered online through their website.
Charlecote Mill, Warwickshire
Located in a village of Hampton Lucy, four miles east of Standford-upon-Avon, charlimg Charlecote Mill makes organic flour five days a week. Strong wholemeal, whole flour, organic wholemeal flour and maize meal are available at the mill for purchase.
Tuxford Windmill & Tea Room, Nottinghamshire
Tuxford Windmill is Nottinghamshire’s only wind powered flour windmill focusing on organic produce. Flour available for purchase at the mill includes wheat, muesli, porridge, oatmeal and maize flour. If you fancy pairing your freshly baked bread with jams, chutneys and a nice cuppa, visiting their tearoom is a must.
Pakenham Watermill, Suffolk
The millers at Pakenham have adopted the simple technique of using water powder to produce stone ground flour from locally grown wheat. Flour is available from the mill and at farmer's markets.
Heage Windmill, Derbyshire
The only six-sailed stone tower windmill in England, Heage is a must-visit. Stoneground flour is made from English wheat, harvested in a traditional way and free from pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. The mill offers guided tours.
Burcott Mill, Somerset
Located one mile from England’s smallest city, Wells in Somerset, Burcott Mill is a fully working watermill producing organic flour, specializing in traditional wholemeal and spelt flour. Mill tours are also available.
Redbournbury Mill, Hertfordshire
Built beside the River Ver, Redbournbury Mill produces organic flours milled using a pair of French Burr stones. White flour, brown flour, semolina flour and bran are produced on a regular basis. They also specialize in making malted wheatflake flour made using brown flour blended with whole malted wheat flakes.
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