Otterton Mill gains food awards

PUBLISHED: 10:33 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:07 17 June 2010

AS WELL as celebrating a month without rain, Otterton Mill s owners have gained more food-related awards.

AS WELL as celebrating a month without rain, Otterton Mill's owners have gained more food-related awards.

Simon and Caroline Spiller have received a bronze award for local food retailer by Taste of the West and was runner-up in a Best Bakery and Confectioner award run by a local magazine.

"After the floods of October and December 2008, it is great to have some good news at last," said Caroline.

"The mill has already been recognised by Rick Stein as one of his Local Food Heroes, by the Guardian in their Best of British Food Guide, and by Devon Life for Best Specialist Food Shop. So it's wonderful to continue the tradition."

The mill pioneered sourcing produce locally, as far back as 1977 when it was renovated and opened as a visitor attraction and café by former owner Desna Greenhow.

Simon said: "Subsequent owners have maintained a very strong tradition of local sourcing and we are delighted to be recognised for continuing in their footsteps after taking over last year.

"We attribute much of the significant sales growth achieved by our restaurant, bakery and food shop in 2008 to the quality of the locally sourced produce we serve. This is especially rewarding given the very challenging trading circumstances we have faced this year."

Despite higher costs of some local produce, they are determined to continue the tradition.

Caroline said: "Most of the produce we use is grown or reared within only 30 miles of the mill.

"All of our eggs are free range and our meat comes from naturally fed and reared stock, or from sustainable, wild sources."

Bread is baked fresh daily in its on-site bakery.

"Changing any of these factors would severely compromise our business, so we are delighted our ethos continues to be recognised.

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