The village of Talgarth is just a 20 minute drive over the Black Mountains from Gliffaes. The fully restored flour mill and bakery opened in August after a community restoration project funded by nearly a million pounds of lottery money and it has been money well spent. It was firmly put on the map by BBC1’s village SOS series.
Susie and I went to visit this week and were truly impressed with what the community have achieved. The building has been beautifully restored and the short tour was illuminating. To think that mills were such a common feature of our landscape 150 years ago but to find a fully working mill in the 21st century is very rare.
The riverside cafe at the mill serves great coffee and of course fantastic bread baked on the premises. I can throughly recommend the ‘miller’s lunch’, which is a spiced up ploughman’s lunch with ham from the well know George’s Butchers across the street.
A trip to the mill could be combined with a visit to Tretower Court and then on to the book town of Hay on Wye. Talgarth makes a good base for a number of walks and you could finish up at the mill for lunch.If you are on a bike this would make a fine stoop for cake and an espresso before climbing the hill to Pengenfford.
Information on the mill’s opening times can be found on their website.