Otterton Mill, Otterton, Devon
Otterton Mill is set beside the River Otter in good walking country. It’s an historic working mill that celebrates ancient traditions. Watch the flour being milled as it has been on this site for over 1,000 years.
Otterton Mill is a charming old working mill. Taste the freshly baked bread from the mill’s artisan bakery and enjoy a potter around the gift shop. Come for coffee or lunch and for walks in the surrounding countryside. Alternatively, drive to nearby Sidmouth for a walk along the seafront and an ice cream.The Foodie Travel Guide
- Watch the flour-milling
- Eat freshly-baked bread
- Shop for Devon produce
- Stop for lunch
- Good for foodie walkers
Watch the Otterton Mill in Action
Powered by the water from the river Otter, the mill can produce a 56lb (25 kilo) sack of wholemeal flour in less than 10 minutes. You can watch the mill in action and even taste the flour as it emerges fresh and warm from the flour chute. They mill an old variety of wheat here called ‘Maris Widgeon’ which is so tall its straw is used as ‘reeds’ for thatching roofs.
See the Artisan Bakers at Work
The smell of freshly baked bread will waft towards you in the courtyard where you can relax with a coffee and peek through the windows of the artisan bakery and watch the bakers hard at work.
Have Lunch in the Courtyard Restaurant
Try one of their ‘Baker’s Lunches’ to taste products from the bakery or enjoy a hot dish such as fish and chips or homemade soup. Produce in the restaurant is seasonal and all sourced from within a 30 mile radius of the mill.
Shop for Gifts and Devon Produce
There’s a small food shop on site specialising in Devon produce and a large well-stocked gift shop and gallery space. It’s worth browsing the cook’s section with its selection of mugs, teapots, wooden chopping boards, dishes and baking accessories.
- Milling doesn’t take place every day so make sure you check the website to ensure that you can see it in action on the day you plan to visit
- Bring your walking boots with you as there are great walks nearby and along the river
WHERE TO STAY IN DEVON
Salcombe Harbour Hotel
On the waterfront, Salcombe Harbour Hotel offers a bistro style restaurant and spa.
Rooms from £104 a night.
This elegantly restored Victorian country house is the new venture of chef, Michael Caines.
Rooms from £125 a night.
Take me for a walk along the river and then we could go for a drink in the Courtyard Café.