Artisan flour mills
Freshly milled flour is so good.
It has a perfume all of its own and young flour is less oxidised, so the bread is both more nutritious and more delicious.
One of the first things I tell people is that if you are going to make artisan bread then a great place to start is with artisan flour, and to find their local miller. So here is a list of UK flour mills that I hope will encourage bakers to buy British flour and support their local mill.
We also encourage bakers to mill their own flour, which might seem contradictory to supporting your local mill, but most mills are the perfect place to buy grain from. So even if you have a home mill, then you can still support your, local miller and buy local grains from them
Many 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 have a shop and maybe a tearoom where you can sample and buy products made with flour ground on site. See individual websites for more information. it is work checking out the websites – there are often recipes on mill websites too that work well with their flour.
A watermill that is open to the public on a regular basis for flour sales and on open days, see website for details. Stoneground flour is available to buy direct from the mill, through local farmers’ markets and shops (see website for details), and online.
East Rd, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 7EQ
The watermill is open to the public and has a restaurant and coffee shop. Stoneground organic wholemeal flour can be bought at the mill shop.
21 Mill Rd, Lincoln LN1 3JJ
Managed by Lincolnshire County Council and run by volunteers, the windmill produces stoneground flour. Open to the public at weekends – see website for details.
Windmill Ln, Sneinton, Nottingham NG2 4QB
The windmill and adjacent science centre are open to the public, with organic flours available to buy from the mill shop.
Heage Windmill, Chesterfield Rd, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 2BH
Mill is open for guided tours on weekends and bank holidays – see website for details. Stoneground flour is sold at the mill and at Bakewell farmers’ market, but is subject to availability.
4 Hale Rd, Heckington, Sleaford, Lincs NG34 9JW
The only surviving 8 sailed windmill in the country. The mill is open to the public – see website for details. Stoneground wholemeal, untreated white flour and bread making kits are available from the mill shop.
16 Willoughby Rd, Boston, Lincs PE21 9EG
A windmill with electrically powered stones that can be used when there is no wind. Built in 1819, the mill underwent major renovations in the late 1980’s. The mill’s organic flour is sold in a range of sizes through the mill shop.
6 N Cliff Rd, Gainsborough, North Lincs DN21 4NH
A traditional four-sailed windmill built in 1875. Produces 10 different organic stoneground flours which can be bought from the mill’s tea rooms and online.
Mill Ln, North Leverton with Habblesthorpe, Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 0BA
Built in 1813 by a group of local farmers, the mill has been repaired and parts of it rebuilt since, but the present day structure looks very much the same as it always has. Wholesale and retail sales of stoneground flour are available from the mill.
Frithville Rd, Sibsey, Boston, Lincs PE22 0SY
Built in 1877 to replace an earlier mill on the site. One of the few 6-sailed mills remaining in England. Produces a range of stoneground organic flours which can be bought in the mill shop.
Mill Ln, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S44 5RW
A National Trust property, the watermill is part of the Hardwick Estate. Bags of freshly milled flour are available to buy at the mill.
32 East St, Alford, Lincs LN13 9EH
Built in 1837, the novel use of five sails was based on efficiency experiments. The mill has a gas-driven engine, allowing it to continue working when there is no wind. Stoneground flour can be bought from the shop on the ground floor of the mill.
Retford Road, Tuxford, North Nottinghamshire NG22 0NW
The windmill produces a range of stoneground organic flours which are sold through the mill shop, local farmers’ markets and shops. Guided tours of the mill are available, they recommend you phone ahead to ensure there is someone to show you around. The mill also offers a range of baking classes.
14a Melton Rd, Whissendine, Oakham, Leics LE15 7EU
The mill produces unbleached white and 100% wholewheat flour using porcelain rolls, forerunners of modern steel rolls. Contact the mill for details of flour sales.
East of England
The milling and bakery business has moved from the original windmill and is re-establishing at a new site nearby – contact the mill for information on how to buy the stoneground flours.
Mill Hill, Swaffham Prior, Cambridge CB25 0JZ
The windmill produces flour from organic wheat, locally grown where possible. Flour is sold in local shops (see website for a list) and can be ordered online.
Mill St, Houghton, Cambs PE28 2AZ
A National Trust property with activities for visitors including a chance to grind grain on a quern stone. The watermill’s stoneground flour is used to make scones for the tea room and wholemeal flour can be bought from the mill.
Riverside Rd, Letheringsett, Holt, North Norfolk NR25 7YD
Norfolk’s only flour producing watermill. The mill produces a range of stoneground flours, including wholewheat and spelt which can be bought from the mill shop and outlets listed on the website.
54-26 Mill Rd, Lode, Cambridge CB25 9EN
A National trust property, the watermill stands in the grounds of Anglesey Abbey. Stoneground flour can be bought from the gift shop.
The mill produces stoneground organic flours from wheat grown on the farm, and sells through the farm shop and local retailers – see website for list of stockists.
Maple Farm Kelsale, Kelsale, Saxmundham, Suffolk, IP17 2PL
The watermill is home to the local history museum for the Welwyn Hatfield District. Organic stoneground flour is available from the museum shop.
Water Mill Farm, Mill Road, Pakenham, Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk IP31 2NB
The mill is open every Thursday when flour is milled by volunteers in the morning, and also on weekends when there are tours available. Flour can be bought direct from the mill and from other outlets listed on the website.
London Rd, High Wycombe, Bucks HP11 1BJ
The watermill is being restored and run by volunteers. Stoneground flour can be bought from the mill on open days – see website for details.
Redbournbury Mill, Redbournbury Ln, St Albans, Herts AL3 6RS
An electric engine is now used to power the mill because the water levels in the river are no longer high enough to produce enough power. The mill produces a range of organic stoneground flours which can be bought from the mill shop on open days, and through local shops and farmers’ markets.
Mill Ln, Stotfold, Hitchin, Beds SG5 4NU
Flour is milled from locally grown ‘Gallant’ wheat, which is recommended for use in bread making. The stoneground flour is available from the mill shop and through local outlets.
Chelmer Mills, New Street, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1PN
The mill produces both roller and stoneground flour from wheat sourced from a 20-30 mile radius. The flour is stocked in shops nationwide and can also be ordered through their website.
Wicken, Ely, Cambs
Wholemeal, white and finest white flours are produced entirely by wind power, and can be bought from the mill (limited opening hours – see website) and the local village store.
North East England
Gilchesters Farm, Stamfordham, Newcastle upon Tyne NE18 0QL
Gilchesters grow heritage wheat varieties using organic methods, and mill the grain on site. The stoneground flour can be bought from stockists, mainly in northern England and in Scotland – see website for list.
Ford Forge, Heatherslaw, Cornhill-on-Tweed, Northumberland TD12 4TJ
The only working watermill in Northumberland. Heatherslaw Mill has a history of over 700 years of milling on the site of the current mill. Produces a range of stoneground flours from locally grown wheat. Flours are sold through the mill shop and local stockists.
North West England
Mill Lane, Bowe’s Gate Rd, Tarporley Cheshire CW6 9PY
The restored water mill is set in two acres of wildlife rich countryside. Run by a village trust, the mill produces stoneground flour which is sold through the visitor centre. Tours of the mill are available and the grounds are open to the public.
158 Bakewell Rd, Rowsley, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 2EB
Originally a watermill, Caudwell’s Mill switched to water turbine power when the rollers were installed for milling the flour. The mill produces over 25 types of flour which are sold in the mill shop. Both the mill and the shop are open daily.
Little Salkeld, Penrith, Cumbria CA10 1NN
Specialising in organic and biodynamic flours, the mill offers tours and bread making courses. Flour is available from a number of outlets in northern England and southern Scotland, and nationally through SUMA Wholefoods.
Walk Mill Lane, Waverton, Chester, CH3 7BF
The watermill is open to the public every day except Mondays. Flour from the mill is used in the Miller’s Kitchen to make bread and cakes, and can be bought from the mill or see website for a list of local stockists.
South East England
Newport Road, Calbourne, Isle of Wight PO30 4JN
The mill hosts a number of events, including milling courses. Flour is available to buy through the mill’s online shop and at a number of local outlets (see website).
Salisbury Rd, Hungerford, Berkshire RG17 0RF
Specialists in organic flours, Doves farm produces a large range of flours, including gluten-free products. The range offers both roller and stoneground flours and is on sale in many outlets or can be ordered through the website.
Eling Hill, Totton, Southampton SO40 9HF
One of the few tide mills in the world still producing flour. The mill is open to the public, but milling is dependent on the tide so check with the mill before visiting if you want to see it in operation. Three types of flour are milled, and available to buy from the mill and local stockists.
Ford End Watermill, Station Rd, Ivinghoe, Bucks LU7 9EA
The mill has been restored by members of the Pitstone Local History Society and is open for demonstrations on a regular basis. Flour is sold at the mill during milling demonstrations – see website for dates.
Cotswold Mill, Station Rd, Shipton-under-Wychwood, Chipping Norton OX7 6BH
The mill produces a range of flours using grain that is sourced locally as far as possible. Flour can be bought through the website.
Mill Farm, Lurgashall, Petworth, West Sussex GU28 9ER
Run as a part of the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, the watermill has been completely restored and now produces stoneground wholemeal flour.
Mapledurham, Reading, Oxfordshire RG4 7TS
The only watermill on the Thames that is still producing flour. Stoneground wholemeal and white flours can be bought from the mill shop – see website for opening hours.
Mill St, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 9AB
Roller milling locally grown wheat to produce flours for baking and bread making. Tours of the mill are available by appointment. Flour can be bought online and from stockists nationwide.
South West England
Sandleheath Rd, Alderholt, Fordingbridge, Hampshire SP6 1PU
A working watermill which also offers B&B and self-catering accommodation. Flour can be bought from the mill and through local outlets.
Wells Road, Wookey, Wells, Somerset BA5 1NJ
Open daily for flour sales, when visitors are welcome to look around the watermill. In addition to sales from the mill, the flour is available through a number of farm shops in Somerset.
Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon EX5 3EW
The watermill uses locally grown wheat to make flour, some of which is used in baking bread for the tea room. The stoneground flour can be bought from the shop at the mill and at Killerton’s shop.
Commercial Road, Exeter, Devon EX2 4AB
Flour milling at the watermill takes place on the second Friday of each month. At these times the mill is open to the public. Stoneground wholemeal flour is available to buy at the mill.
Dunster Castle, Dunster, near Minehead, Somerset, TA24 6RL
Built in 1680, the mill is still working today. Both the mill and a museum housing a collection of ancient agricultural machinery are open to the public. The mill shop sells stoneground wholemeal flour.
Corn Mill Cl, Ilfracombe, Devon EX34 9QY
Tours of the watermill are available, see website for opening times. Stoneground whole grain flour is sold in the gift shop.
Fore St, Otterton, Budleigh Salterton, Devon EX9 7HG
A watermill producing stoneground flours that are used in the artisan bakery on site, and sold through the shop. The mill is open to the public – see website for milling dates.
Street, Somerset BA16 9SA
The farm at Sharpham Park grows and mills spelt, producing a range of flours. Flours are available from the farm shop, stockists nationwide and mail order through the website.
Long Newnton, Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8RP*
*Please note – If you use the above postcode in a SatNav it will take you to the WRONG location.
Once a water-driven mill, the stones are now turned by electricity which is a more consistent power source. The water wheel still works though and turns on special occasions. The mill produces a wide range of organic flour which can be bought through local stockists or online.
?Stanway, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 5PQ
The mill is open to the public on one or two days of the week – see website for details. A range of stoneground flours is sold through local shops and available from the mill when open.
Cann Mills/Bozley Hill, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0BL
Milling a range of organic, stoneground flours which can be bought through local outlets (email mill for details) and online. Locally grown grain is blended with Canadian wheat to produce flours with good baking qualities.
Newton Hill, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 2DQ
The mill is open to the public, with guided tours available. The waterwheels which provided power for the millstones were replaced by a water turbine in the early part of the 20th century. Stoneground wholemeal flour can be bought from the mill.
Mil Lane, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3PU
A watermill producing stoneground flour from locally grown, organic wheat. Open to the public, with art galleries and a café on site. Wholemeal flour is sold in the mill shop.
Near Marlborough Wiltshire SN8 3SW
The windmill, run entirely by volunteers, is open from Easter to the end of September – see website for opening hours. Stoneground flour is sold at the mill and in local shops.
Charlecote Mill House, Charlecote Rd, Hampton Lucy, Warwick CV35 8BB
Using locally grown grain, the watermill aims to keep the food miles associated with their flours as low as possible. Flour can be bought direct from the mill or from Charlecote Plants, with online sales coming soon.
Offley Brook, Eccleshall, Staffordshire, ST21 6HA
The mill grinds animal feeds and flour, contact mill for more details.
Yorkshire and The Humber
Heritage Trust Queen’s Mill, 1 Aire St, Castleford, West Yorks WF10 1JL
Founded in 2000 it moved into Queen’s Mill in 2013. The mill was closed by ADM but is now the base for Castleford Heritage Trust. The team of volunteers mill flour sourced from fields around Selby. The flour is on sale in a few local farm shops and the on-site tea rooms.
Little Crakehall, Bedale, Yorkshire DL8 1HU
A restored working mill producing wholemeal stoneground flour using locally grown wheat. Flour can be bought in a range of weights either direct from the mill or through local stockists – see website for details.
Worsbrough, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S70 5LL
A 17th century watermill set in a country park. Visitors to the mill can learn about its history as well as current day use. A range of stoneground flours is available from the mill shop and stockists.
The Mill/Hill Top Farm, Spaunton Bank, York YO62 6TS
Milling organic wheat grown in Yorkshire to produce a range of stoneground flours. The flours are sold through a number of stockists, mainly in Yorkshire, see website for details.
Birsay, Orkney KW17 2LY
The watermill grinds bere, an ancient form of barley, which tolerates the cool climate and shorter growing season of Orkney. Flour is available to buy from the mill. And if you’re looking for recipes using beremeal, there are some ideas on the website.
Mill House, Golspie, Sutherland KW10 6SF
The watermill was fully restored in 1992 and mills a range of flours, including organic flours. Outlets are listed on website, and mail order is also available.
Llanrhystud, Ceredigion, Wales SY23
Produces organic stoneground flours that can be bought from the mill when it is open and through local stockists.
Moylegrove near St Dogmaels, South Wales & Pembrokeshire SA43
A restored watermill which produces a range of stoneground flours. Visitors can take a guided tour of the mill and buy flour from the mill shop.