FROM THE MILL
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We're so pleased that we are able to open our doors again and share our wonderful site with you!
To help maintain social distancing we have implemented a number of measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for all.
As of 2nd July, you will be able to enjoy visiting our Mill Shop, Mill Gardens and Meadow (Thursday - Sunday 10am to 4pm) Our online ordering service will still be running.
As of 9th July, our Coffee Shop will also be open for takeaway food and drinks! This will be open Thursday - Sunday 10am to 3pm as a trial period only from 9th - 12th July. We do hope to be able to extend this period, please bare with us during this initial trial period.
As of 31st August, you will be able to enjoy a served Breakfast! We'll be launching this on Monday 31st August as a one-off exclusive opening day. Thereafter, our opening days/times will be :
Thursday - Sunday from 9am to 4:30pm (Riverside Cafe closes at 4pm).
We have now transitioned from the Coffee Shop to the Riverside Cafe in order to expand our offering.
- The Main Car park to the front of the building and the Rear Car Park will be open.
- Access to the Mill Shop, Gardens, Meadow, Coffee Shop/Riverside Cafe will be from the Main Entrance Doors, gate to the right of the main building doors and the Meadow from the Rear Car Park. Please do read the Welcome sign before you enter the gate.
Online Orders for Collection/Takeaway Food
- The Collection Point is at the Kitchen Servery, please follow the signs when you arrive on site. Please speak to a member of staff to retrieve your order.
- Please queue respectively of Government Social Distancing.
- A one way system is in place within The Mill Shop
- There will be a set limit of customers whom can enter the shop at one time.
- A queuing system will be in place, please respect Social Distancing
- Please read further Mill Shop Guidance before you enter/queue.
- A face covering is mandatory, unless you are exempt from doing so as outlined by the Government.
- When arriving in the café from the Main Entrance or decking area, there is a one way system in place. All customers are required to wear a face covering (unless exempt from doing so) when queuing. Please note you do not have to wear a face covering when seated at a table inside the café or on the decking.
- To place an order of Main Meals/Breakfasts; please find a table and take note of the number, as you will need to quote this at the main counter. Your food will then be delivered to your table.
- Please queue respectively of Government Social Distancing
Use of The Mill Gardens
- Some areas of the Gardens will be one way only, represented by a roped barrier or appropriate signage.
Use of The Meadow
- Access to the Meadow is via a small bridge leading from the Mill Gardens
- Please respect the signage in this area and act responsibly
- Only food purchased from the site can be consumed on the site
Jordans Mill Partial Re-opening
We're thrilled to announce that we will be opening our Mill Shop, Gardens and Meadow from Thursday 2 July at 10am!
After careful consideration and planning; we have taken the necessary steps to ensure customers can visit us safely in line with Government guidance. Adjustments and safety measures will be in place, further details will be released in due course.
We will be open as of 2 July: each Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 10am - 4pm.
Our online shop remains open for our collection service.
We look forward to sharing our historic site with you soon!
Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience mental ill health each year. There is strong evidence highlighting the health benefits of gardening and GYO in particular, including improved confidence, communication, concentration and ultimately self-belief. National Growing for Wellbeing Week (1st - 7th June 2020) is a celebration of the magic that growing your own produce can do for your wellbeing, both physically and mentally.
Sweet Peas are easy to grow, make a colourful addition to any garden and brighten up your home with freshly cut stems!
Regular picking will keep a supply of sweetly scented blooms for months.
This year we have planted a large bed in our garden with different named varieties plus some heritage types, Cupani was first introduced by a Monk in 1699 and still grown to this day, “Painted Lady” dates back to Victorian Times.
They can be sown in the late Autumn to overwinter which will produce strong and vigorous plants or sown in early spring. Once the seedlings have three or four pairs of leaves pinch the tips out to encourage them to branch, plant out in spring and keep the them fed and watered.
They will need support, use wigwams made from bamboo canes or up trellis on walls and fences, if space is limited there are also dwarf bedding varieties that can be used in pots and hanging baskets. Picking flowers and dead heading will encourage them to produce more flowers.
For more information about National Growing for Wellbeing Week and free resources, visit https://lifeatno27.com/national-growing-for-wellbeing-week/
Bedfordshire has always been an important county for vegetable production, during the 1800’s the area was producing a wide range of crops on small plots, links to London and other markets first by canal and then rail created a large increase in the number of market gardens.
The Mill Gardens keep this heritage alive, using small plots with different rotations and demonstrate how crops like cereals were grown alongside vegetables. One of our rotations is the “Norfolk Four Course” originating from the county, it was developed by “Turnip Townshend” in the 17th Century as a way of protecting the ground from erosion and returning nutrients to the soil.
Charles Townshend spent most of his life working in politics, he retired to an estate in Norfolk to concentrate on his interest in farming, rotating crops and ploughing in Clover allowed him grow more crops with better yields.
We use Barley, Wheat, Clover and root crops in the area nearest the shop. On large scale farms roots such as Turnips were grown to feed livestock, they produced manure to improve the soil and Clover is used instead of a traditional fallow year, this adds nutrients and helps to smother weeds.
By the middle of May most of the beds in our gardens have been sown and planted. Wheat, Barley, Rye and Spelt are growing with all sorts of vegetables plus lots of different ornamentals, the range varies throughout the year so there is always something interesting to see.
National Vegetarian Week is here! 11th - 17th May is all about enjoying delicious plant based food and your chance to try something different. The UK Weather forecast claims a 9 day heatwave, so we thought we would share a tasty recipe which can be cooked on the BBQ!
½ tsp chilli powder
small handful mint, chopped
zest and juice 1 lemon
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 courgettes, cut into 1cm rounds
225g pack halloumi cheese, cubed
1. Mix the chilli, half the mint, lemon zest and juice, oil, courgettes and halloumi. Leave to marinate for 30 mins. Soak 8 wooden skewers for 20 mins.
2. Thread the courgettes and halloumi onto the skewers. Cook on the BBQ, or under a grill, for 7-8 mins, turning halfway through and basting with the remaining marinade. Scatter over remaining mint.
This recipe has been sourced from: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/courgette-halloumi-skewers. To find out more about National Vegetarian Week and for recipe ideas, visit https://www.nationalvegetarianweek.org/.