The flour we use to make the dishes at the Black Bull comes from a local, Heatherslaw Mill.
Sitting on the banks of the River Till, Heatherslaw Mill is the only place in Northumberland where you can experience the sight, sound and smell of a traditional mill. You can learn how to operate the hoist, grind your own flour, try your hand at bread-making then take home some freshly milled flour to make your own wonderful creations at home.
There is a history of over 700 years of milling on this site. Powered by a 16 foot water wheel the fully-restored mill machinery, including three different pairs of millstones, still makes high quality, stoneground, wholemeal flour from wheat grown in the local fields.
You can explore the historic building, watch the milling process from beginning to end and see our 21st-Century millers at work. The family-friendly exhibition also gives kids a chance to explore a miller’s life. Educational visits are always welcome and there are a great range of experiences available for under 11s.
Why not stop for a relaxing cup of tea at the Heatherslaw Tearoom, and visit the gift shop to buy some delicious flour or cereals to take home. You can continue your day by exploring the visitor centre or take a trip on the famous Heatherslaw Light Railway over the bridge.