Great British Bake Off helps Heatherslaw Corn Mill sales

Julia Nolan, mill manager, and Jill Darrie, gift-shop manager, with bags which are sold in the mill's gift shop which is open daily until November 2.
Julia Nolan, mill manager, and Jill Darrie, gift-shop manager, with bags which are sold in the mill's gift shop which is open daily until November 2.

A Northumberland mill has seen a bake off take off as a popular BBC programme has sparked an interest in baking.

Sales of stoneground flour, oatmeal, oatflakes and muesli are all doing well at Heatherslaw Corn Mill, at Ford and Etal Estates.

Julia Nolan, the miller at Heatherslaw, said: “There is no doubt that The Great British Bake Off has brought about a real interest in baking.”

Heatherslaw’s traditional stoneground flour, milled beside the River Till from locally grown wheat, has sold well, while interest in spelt flour has been particularly strong.

Spelt is a primitive form of wheat which dates back into the Middle Ages and beyond, and which is ideal for those who are not able to tolerate too much wheat flour.

Julia added: “People are also more interested in sourcing their food locally.

“The mill is a strong supporter of the new Tasty Trail guide to the good food of Northumberland. At Heatherslaw we have milled flour, oats and barley for more than 700 years, and next year it will be 40 years since the current mill was restored.”

Before that, however, Heatherslaw is linking up with the Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre, which is situated near to the corn mill, to offer special Christmas gift sets of bread-making bags and breakfast bags, each comprising a selection of Heatherslaw Mill products.

The breakfast bag comes complete with a jar of Hay Farm’s own brand of marmalade. These will be available at the Christmas events at the garden centres at Dunbar, Berwick, Kelso, Edinburgh and Heighleygate, as well as the Christmas Market in Ford village on Sunday, November 30.

Heatherslaw products are available at various local outlets and online.