Thursday, 13 November 2008

Bread Now Available from Mill

Otterton Mill Bakers Roy Hamilton and Peter Smith, having baked the first post flood bread for our retail partners who include B Natural in Exmouth, the East Budleigh Community Shop and Trumps of Sidmouth.

"We are delighted to be back in business so quickly, especially as we've been told this was the worst flooding for at least 40 years" said Simon Spiller, who runs the mill with his wife Caroline. "Through the fantastic efforts of our staff and other partners we have been able to beat all the estimates on the time-frames for reopening" he added. "We were told by some experts that we would probably be closed until Christmas. But with some creativity and hard work we've been able come-up with a phased opening plan which should see most of the mill open by November 27th at the latest" said Caroline.

The Spillers are delighted with the way the whole team at the mill have responded to the challenge of achieving a rapid reopening after all of their historic mill buildings were flooded to depths of up to two feet. "It has even felt like a team building activity for those of us involved in the clean-up" Caroline added. "We would also like to thank clean-up specialists, Munters, and local land owner Clinton Devon Estates for their very active support" she said.

Since the mill restaurant will probably be closed for another week or two, the temporary shop will be serving a limited food-to-go menu, including: hot soups, baguette sandwiches and hot coffee.

Everyone at the mill is looking forward to seeing their much missed customers once again!

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Bakery and Shop to Reopen on November 12th

Some good news at last. Our Bakery and Devon Food Shop will be open tomorrow, November 12th, offering a limited service.

Bread will be delivered once again to our wholesale outlets and in our temporary food shop in the car park at the Mill. All other facilities will remain closed until further notice.

Since the restaurant will probably be closed for a couple more weeks, the shop will also be serving a limited food to go menu, including:
  • Hot Soup
  • Baguette Sandwiches
  • Hot Coffee

We look forward to seeing you back at the Mill very soon.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Mill Reopening Timeframes

Many thanks to everyone who has offered support and enquired about our progress towards reopening. At the time of writing all buildings have been cleaned and sanitised, with fans and dehumidifiers installed to accelerate the drying process. Some buildings could take more than 3 weeks to dry and refit, others will be quicker as long as we have favourable weather conditions. Unfortunately, as we write, flood waters are again encroaching onto the car park and the sandbags have been re-installed. Please keep your fingers crossed for us.

Our current plans for reopening will probably follow the sequence outlined below, all time-frames are estimated and are changing daily. Please continue to monitor this blog for daily updates on the opening schedule:

Estimated Opening Sequence:
Bakery - Wednesday, November 12th
Temporary Shop - Thursday, November 13th (via a porta cabin in the car-park)
Gallery - Friday, November 21st
Restaurant - Friday, November 21st
Permanent Shop - Friday, November 28th
Mill and Full Site Opening - Monday, December 1st

The temporary shop will carry a limited range of breads, sandwiches, soup to go, plus other treats and Christmas produce.

We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Best wishes,

Everyone at Otterton Mill