Caudwell Mill and Country Café, Rowsley, Derbyshire

Caudwell Mill, an historic roller flour mill powered by the river Wye, has been milling flour since 1874. You’ll find it in the village of Rowsley on the outskirts of Bakewell. Visit for a tour, to buy specialist flour or to see the local artisans at work.

The River Wye and craft studios at Caudwell Mill

If you’re staying or dining at The Peacock in Rowsley, you’ll find Caudwell Mill with its craft workshops and riverside Country Parlour Café, just across the road. It’s a fine example of rural skills and old traditions in action so do take the time to visit. With Haddon Hall, Chatsworth House, and the town of Bakewell, all literally just down the road, cultural foodies will delight in touring this part of the county.

The Foodie Travel Guide

  • Tour the mill
  • Watch the craftsmen at work
  • Eat in the café
  • Walk along the river

Visit a Unique Mill

Caudwell Mill is the only complete Victorian water turbine-powered roller mill in Britain. Built by John Caudwell in 1874, what makes the mill unique is that it used the same process as the giant modern mills that provide most of the flour for our bread today.

Tour Caudwell Mill

When the mill ceased trading in 1977, it was saved by ‘Friends of the Mill’ who recognised its importance and has been managed by a charitable trust ever since. Today, you can tour the mill where you’ll find numerous displays, descriptions and models to help you understand the mechanical process.

Caudwell Mill Building Rowsley
Specialist Flour Caudwell Mill

Shop For Specialist Flour

The shop stocks over 25 types of flour including organic wholemeal, spelt, rye, cornflour, gluten free, pizza, and self-raising wheat flours. Keen bakers can pick up one of over a hundred different recipes to inspire you to experiment with different varieties.

Watch The Artisans At Work

Take a look at the traditional craft workshops in the adjoining Stable Yard. You’ll find a blacksmith and a stonemason at work as well as a glass workshop and a wood gallery. There’s also a craft shop and a large riverside Country Parlour Café serving vegetarian food with views over the surrounding meadows.


Tips

  • Entrance is free to the craft workshops but there’s a small fee for visiting the mill
  • Go for a walk along the river and you’ll see their grain garden
  • Become a volunteer and help to run the mill
  • Visitors to the Denby Pottery factory can buy Caudwell flour in their impressive Cook’s Emporium

WHERE TO STAY IN THE PEAK DISTRICT

The Cavendish Hotel Baslow Peak District

The Cavendish Hotel

Baslow, Peak District

Located on the Chatsworth House Estate, The Cavendish Hotel restaurant has won an AA 2 Rosette Award.

Rooms from £99 a night.

The Devonshire Arms Pilsley Peak District

The Devonshire Arms

Pilsley, Peak District

Devonshire Arms at Pilsley is only a 20-minute walk from Chatsworth House.

Rooms from £106 a night.

The Peacock at Rowsley Peak District

The Peacock at Rowsley

Rowsley, Peak District

A homely boutique hotel in the heart of the Peak District national park, known for its fine dining restaurant.

Rooms from £190 a night.


DOGS

Fox terrier, Mr Hendricks expert dog friendly days out Peak District

Perfect for me. Take me for a lovely walk along the river.

Mr Hendricks


HOW TO FIND CAUDWELL’S MILL

 

Caudwell Mill Craft Centre Cafe, Rowsley, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 2EB

Website: www.caudwellsmill.co.uk