Where does our grain come from?
At Charlecote Mill, we care about the environment and we care about how far our food travels. We also believe in supporting local farms wherever possible hence why we source our wheat locally. All the farmers we work with have supplied the mill for over 30 years and grow the wheat using some of the most ethical means possible.
It has been suggested that many farms in the UK use Glyphosphate (Roundup) prior to harvesting their crops, but our farms do not believe in this practice and harvest naturally.
The wheat is stored for the mill on the farms where it is grown and is delivered direct to the mill on tractor and trailer, about 10 tonnes at a time, where it is then "blown" into the grain store at the top of the mill. This is the only concession to modern methods used in the mill, but cuts delivery time from 3 days (using horse and cart and the external sack hoist) to about 3 hours!
Where does our flour go?
Apart from being bought by over 600 individual households, our flour is used by bakeries in their products and is bought for resale by local shops. Below is a selection of places you can buy bread made with our flour (buy some and taste the difference) or places where you can buy the flour and make your own bread. Of course, you can always visit the mill and buy direct.
Places to buy our flour:
HUNSCOTE FARM SHOP established in 1980, is a family run business in Warwickshire supplying quality home grown and local produce to it's customers. We have a reputation for friendly service, attention to detail and the promise of affordable, fresh products. Only a couple of miles from the mill towards Stratford Upon Avon and on the doorstep of one of our grain farms, must be the lowest food miles possible!
BARFORD VILLAGE SHOP A community shop owned and run by the residents of Barford, Warwickshire and selling a range of groceries, newspapers, wines, beers, spirits, tobacco, fresh local products and much much more, all at great prices and quality. Go and see for yourself! They also have an internet cafe with printing, faxing, photocopying facilities and a Post Office that is open Monday to Friday 3pm to 5.15pm.
CHARLECOTE PARK A Victorian home set in a landscaped deer park. Charlecote Park presents a picture of riverside tranquillity in Warwickshire countryside on the edge of Shakespeare’s Stratford. For over 900 years the Lucy family’s tastes, lifestyle and fortunes have created the house and its setting that you see today as you make your way along the avenue and through the historic Gatehouse.
BONDS - STRATFORD UPON AVON Bonds is a refreshingly different and unique Antique, Interiors and Lifestyle destination close to Stratford upon Avon. Our ethos is to make Bonds a truly unique destination, and to make your shopping experience a real pleasure.
Bakers that use our flour:
KNEAD IT BAKERY - TIDDINGTON They are a small and friendly artisan bakery based in a 16th century thatched cottage beside the River Avon in Tiddington, just one mile out of Stratford Upon Avon. As a new business, they will baking just on Saturdays to start with but they plan to bake on other days in the near future. Jane and Craig will be baking a variety of breads and cakes using our flour for you to enjoy. Be sure to check out the Weekly Special, which will change every week to tantalise your tastebuds. Knead It can occasionally be seen as a guest baker at our open days.
CRUSTUM BAKERY - KENILWORTH Nick at Crustum is passionate about baking and teaching others how to do the same. Nick bakes real bread in Kenilworth in front of your eyes. Open Wed, Fri & Sat from early until he sells out. Chelsea buns are worth the visit.. !
BREAD FOR LIFE - LEAMINGTON SPA Jess runs an artisan, real bread making enterprise in Leamington Spa making and delivering freshly made,long leavened, strong, nutritious bread to your door! Bread for Life can occasionally be seen as a guest baker at our open days.
BOUCHE BAKEHOUSE - STRATFORD UPON AVON Now open in Sheep Street, Stratford Upon Avon, in the old Garden Cafe, superb cakes and pastries and a full bakery to follow soon....
THE STEAMHOUSE - LEAMINGTON SPA The Steamhouse is a specialist bagel & coffee shop based in Leamington Spa, offering real barista made coffee & freshly baked, American deli style bagels using Charlecote Mill flour.