Letheringsett Watermill

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Categories: Bakery / Patisserie


This Norfolk red brick mill was built in 1802, but by 1982 was slowly falling into disrepair. Restored by Mike Thurlow, Letheringsett ís now a fully functional water-powered flour mill producing several varieties of flour from Norfolk-grown wheat. Mike is one of only 27 remaining water flour millers in the UK and is not only helping to keep a lost art alive but is also championing the use of organic spelt flour – one of the oldest grains, first used by the Romans. Spelt flour is also incredibly good for people with mild gluten allergies. Visitors can see the mill at work and buy bread and flour from the small shop. Selling: Bread / Bakery


Riverside Road
nr Holt
NR25 7YD

Tel:01263 713153

Email: watermill@ic24.net



  • 2006 Regional Winner
  • 2006 Regional Winner
  • 2006 Winner
  • 2006 Winner

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  • phoebe4 phoebe4 Posted 25 May 2008 9:44 AM

    We travel from Chelmsford to buy this flour, which is second to none and have been doing so for about 15 years. How about some outlets down here Mike?

  • Ruth30 Ruth30 Posted 01 Aug 2007 6:51 PM

    They make flour, all different types, with no artificial additives or preservatives, just pure flour. I believe they won the award last year!

  • Dick Mouson Dick Mouson Posted 17 Jul 2007 2:30 PM

    Great man, great place, great product. I was a sceptic, I am now convinced.

  • Sylvia12 Sylvia12 Posted 17 Jul 2007 1:46 PM

    The sheer commitment of Mike and his family to this project is a wonderful story. The preservation of "real food" production is so important in these days of ignorance about our diets. Fantastic taste and goodness comes naturally here !

  • Kate74 Kate74 Posted 03 Jul 2007 11:15 PM

    Mike's fascinating, enthusiastic talk and working demonstration really brings the world of milling alive. You must try the spelt flour!

  • MummyBart MummyBart Posted 03 Jul 2007 6:10 PM

    The passion of Mike Thurlow for the mill he has lovingly restored is inspirational. This alone makes the mill worthy of my vote but if you add to this the fact that the flour Mike produces is without parallel, you having an unbeatable combination!

  • tjn470 tjn470 Posted 24 Jun 2007 3:10 PM

    Mike and his passionate team are an absolute joy to deal with and nothing is too much trouble. Good luck this year mike!! Teresa Grant at Fosters Traditional Foods Ltd

  • marplegoesnutz marplegoesnutz Posted 24 Jun 2007 12:21 PM

    great museli

  • LUCE78 LUCE78 Posted 23 Jun 2007 8:33 PM

    Mike was willing to chat and talked to us about everything he's faced in restoring this mill. My 19mth old son was mesmorised by it all. We came home with some of the best flour there is.

  • goddress goddress Posted 21 Jun 2007 7:48 PM

    I brought a bread making machine 3 years ago and tried different flour from the supermarket with some bad results. I then brought letheringsett strong bread flour and I don' buy anything else, I like to mix the flours I get to try and get a nice soft loaf which I get every time. I phone my order in and it always there waiting for me, I do sometimes forget to phone but nothing is too much trouble for Mr.Thurlow.

  • RJB12 RJB12 Posted 18 Jun 2007 11:33 PM

    My wife has been getting her ingredients from Mike for the past 10 years. He telephones monthly for the order and drives all over Norfolk to deliver. His range of goods are second to none and everyone who receive food we produce in our breadmaker have marvelled at the taste. I know he won the award in 2006 but every penny was spent on improving the Watermill. I hope he succeeds again this year as then the Mill will be totally restored.

  • Chippy-Willow Chippy-Willow Posted 18 Jun 2007 8:58 PM

    A Fantastic service, excellent flour delivered to your door. A great mill to visit, history brought to life.

  • bridget 1 bridget 1 Posted 11 Jun 2007 10:33 PM

    A wonderful evocative mill and river, a lovely ambiance and a very special place. The flour is second to none and we even stock it here in our village shop at Itteringham! A new group (in need of members!) - The Friends of Letheringsett Mill has recently been formed to further improve the educational facilities at the mill - please do join! Have a look at www.letheringsettmillfriends.co.uk.

  • banoffipye banoffipye Posted 27 May 2007 11:58 AM

    I ONLY buy my bread flour from Mike..... it just makes the best bread.......the lemon curd is fantastic too!

  • patb646 patb646 Posted 26 Apr 2007 9:33 PM

    Great flour - nothing added. Makes fantastic bread. Mike is always ready to chat. Had to go to Fakenham a couple of weeks ago - persuaded my Line Manager to stop so that I could buy some flour. She hadn't known that the mill was there but is keen to make bread (breadmaker) so that she knows that her kids aren't receiving additives.

  • baker1 baker1 Posted 04 Apr 2007 8:31 PM

    Mike and all the crew at Letheringsett continue to provide a unique blemd of dedication, enthusiasm and fun to all who visit. In spite of a horrendous workload Mike manages to support the students at City College and from our French exchange college. The flour from the mill is used to provide training for all the wanabe chefs and produces wonderful bakery goods which fly off the shelf due to their fantastic taste. Long may this ancient art continue with the dedication of people like Mike, Marion and the crew at Letheringsett.

  • eenodelph eenodelph Posted 24 Nov 2006 3:44 PM

    We visit the mill every year when we go to Norfolk,Mike is such a friendly person,very informative and mill's the most wonderful flour"the other product in the shop are also great"a wonderful day out and a nice place for a picnic.

  • Rose9 Rose9 Posted 24 Nov 2006 2:16 PM

    Makes fantastic bread

  • Hatty 2 Hatty 2 Posted 20 Aug 2006 10:45 PM

    A very special place, Mike gave a very interesting tour and fully involved the children who were spellbound and leart such a lot about the milling process, my 8 year old grandson was facinated by it all.

  • Catherine 22 Catherine 22 Posted 20 Aug 2006 3:37 PM

    Very inspiring to see such dedication to traditional methods and preserving our heritage. Excellent tour and quality of flour produced. Highly recommended.

  • ROBIN26 ROBIN26 Posted 20 Aug 2006 1:07 PM

    Tour very intersting, and the prpoposed children's area would be really great. Quality of flour exceptional.

  • Samudradaka Samudradaka Posted 17 Aug 2006 11:48 AM

    A great place to visit and see flour being made in the traditional way. I work at Padmaloka Retreat Centre and we've been ordering their flour for years - it makes fantastic bread.

  • Richard 33 Richard 33 Posted 12 Aug 2006 11:06 AM

    High quality flour and other products such as their muesli which we eat every morning!

  • carpa carpa Posted 12 Aug 2006 9:27 AM

    Visited the mill while on holiday. Found the place was wonderful, what they are doing there should make us all proud.

  • moi 4 moi 4 Posted 10 Aug 2006 9:29 PM

    Pure enthusiasm and dedication to what would otherwise be a lost cause makes this attraction stand out above all the others in Norfolk.

  • Kate 54 Kate 54 Posted 07 Aug 2006 9:07 AM

    We really enjoyed our visit to the mill and were moved by the enthusiasm and passion with which it is run. I have since made bread with the flour and it is delicious! It would be great to see the mill finished and reach it's full potencial.

  • roz2 1 roz2 1 Posted 04 Aug 2006 8:11 PM

    On holiday we paid the watermill a visit and met Mike. He took the time to chat with us and it was obvious that his passion for what he was doing was second to none...keep up the good work despite the obstacles.

  • Juliet 4 Juliet 4 Posted 26 Jul 2006 3:41 PM

    A business built up from sheer hard work and determination to succeed - a tremendous achievement. The mill is a fascinating place to visit with a good range of organic and different flours to purchase at very reasonable prices. Michael Thurlow is definately a food hero in my eyes.

  • Nona 1 Nona 1 Posted 17 Jul 2006 12:00 PM

    I was made to feel special just on a visit to buy top quality bread flour. Paying by cheque, no problem!

  • Hairy Baker Hairy Baker Posted 14 Jul 2006 10:28 AM

    The Dedication, enthusiasm and knowledge of the people working there. Mike Thurlow bring this ancient craft to life and makes the experience great fun

  • norfolk 1 norfolk 1 Posted 12 Jul 2006 10:58 PM

    Letheringsett watermill is unique as it is the last and only working watermill left in the county. It is a genuine and very important part of our heritage that Mike is fighting hard to preserve. More of the mill's history can be found on www.norfolkmills.co.uk Jonathan Neville