British Artisan Flour Mills Map.
When it comes to making great sourdough I believe that true artisan bread starts with artisan flour, and as a baker it’s well worth getting to know your local miller and finding out about the flours they mill and the famers that grow the grain.
There are so many reasons to support your local mill. Most of the mills that I have visited do their utmost to support local British farmers, and almost without exception most do their best to mill organic flour. Having spent some time with the Fair transport movement, there is an invisible cost of burning the crudest and dirtiest of oils to transport goods around the globe in huge container ships. It’s unnecessary to use 100% imported grain to mill strong bread flour, and although there are occasions where some high protein grain might need to be blended with local grain to increase the protein levels, in general, I have been able to use local stoneground organic flour in my everyday baking.
I’m not unaware that artisan flour costs more. It’s not an affordable option for everyone, but if you are on budget, but still want to support your local mill then I suggest using a percentage of stoneground locally milled flour and simply blend it with a less expensive one. That way you can have make the best of all possible options, and to be fair with you are on budget and speak directly to your local miller many will gladly give you a discount.
Most of the mills listed below are open to the public, offering guided tours and other activities. Often a mill that is open to the public will also have a shop and maybe a tearoom where you can sample and buy products made with flour ground on site. Please see individual websites for more information.
Just enter your location to find the mills closest to you.
You can read more about each individual mill on this page about British flour mills