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Pump St Bakery in Orford Suffolk (c) Rod Edwards


In recent years, as Suffolk’s reputation as the foodie county has grown, it’s become more and more apparent that Suffolk is a county with flour at its heart.
From start up bakeries like the Penny Bun Bakehouse run by Johnny Spillings, a passionate young baker fresh from the tutelage of Raymond Blanc; to Woodbridge’s historic Tide Mill, still grinding out flour after more than 800 years: the Suffolk bakers are creating delicious bread and pastries day after day.
The Penny Bun Bakehouse in LowestoftJonny Spillings loads loaves into the oven at The Penny Bun Bakehouse in Lowestoft
Photo (c) The Penny Bun Bakehouse
Gently turning on the banks of the River Deben in Woodbridge, the Tide Mill is one of the few working mills of its kind left in the UK. Millers and their families have labored intensively at the mill for centuries, producing sacks of flour to be exported along Suffolk’s heritage waterway. Today you can explore the Tide Mill and discover its history through a series of fascinating exhibitions, and even take home a bag of flour for yourself.
Woodbridge Tide Mill (c) Visit England / Alex HareFlour has been milled at The Woodbridge Tide Mill for around 800 years
Photo (c) Visit England / Alex Hare
Just a short walk from the Tide Mill, this very same flour is made into bread and delicious sweet treats at The Cake Shop Bakery, winner of Britain’s Best Bakery 2014. At this family-run bakery the skills of bread making have been handed through three generations, making it a local favourite.
Perhaps the most famous bakery in Suffolk is Orford’s Pump Street Bakery, the home of ‘Britain’s best baguette’. Since opening in 2010 Pump Street has put the art back into artisan baking, creating beautiful and delicious loaves, sourdoughs, pastries and even branching into homemade chocolate (check out their Instagram channel for some amazing photos), and has even earned itself a special mention at the 2015 Oscars.


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