Jane Hall, who introduced herself as ‘The Miller’s Wife’, brings her wonderful bread and flour to Fishguard market on Thursdays.
The flour is produced at ‘Y Felin’, adjacent to the 12th century Abbey at St Dogmaels. The Abbey itself is worth a visit, founded by Robert fitz Martin and his wife, Maud Peverel, on 10 September 1120 and once famed for its impressive library.
The mill dates back to the 1640s and the Halls bought it in 1977 after the death of the last descendant of the Gwynne family, who had been the owners for generations. Since the beginning of 1980, the Halls have been restoring the mill to its former state. The millpond was reflooded for the first time in nearly thirty years on Easter Saturday, April 18th, 1981 and ‘Y Felin’ is now one of the last working water mills in Wales, producing traditional stoneground flour.
If you go to St Dogmaels (15 miles or so from Tegfan) you can have a guided tour of the mill (open Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm), feed the ducks on the mill-pond and also buy flour and bread. If you make your own bread, however, the Fishguard market stall will keep you supplied and the choice of flours is well beyond what you’ll find on the supermarket baking shelves: 100 % Wholemeal, Unbleached white, Garlic & Chive, Seed & Herb, Malthouse, Self-raising, 100 % Rye, Rolled Oats, Bran, Soda Bread Mix and Semolina.Y Felin, St Dogmaels, Pembrokeshire, SA43 3DY. Tel 01239 613999.