Queen’s Mill Tea Rooms
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Who remembers the advert for Allinson’s bread? “Bread wi’ nowt taken out.” Queen’s Mill in Castleford, West Yorkshire, was previously known as Allinson’s Mill, and was once the world’s largest stone-grinding flour mill, with 20 pairs of grinding stones. The mill closed in 2010 but has been lovingly restored by Castleford Heritage Trust and is producing small batches of wholemeal flour.
In 2015 Dana Russell took over a space in Queen’s Mill and has transformed it into a licensed luxury tea room. Naturally, you can buy Queen’s Mill flour here!
This is a unique spot for coffee, a light lunch or afternoon tea. Home-baked cakes temptingly clutter the counter and food is served in vintage crockery.
Dana has introduced speciality nights to her cosy dining retreat. We recently visited for the Taste of Yorkshire evening. The main platter was overflowing with local cheeses, home-roasted Yorkshire ham with sugar crust, homemade scotch egg (using local sausage meat), Samuel Valentine’s pork pie, salad from the allotment and beer bread using Queen’s Mill flour. To follow there was homemade fruit crumble (again from the allotment) and custard. We also enjoyed a selection of local beers from Castleford’s Revolutions Brewing, Leeds Gin & Tonic and wines from Leventhorpe Vineyard in nearby Rothwell.
Watch out for more themed evenings. Meanwhile, we can highly recommend the wholemeal flour for bread making.
By Ann Fugler, Yorkshire editor
Photos: Queen’s Mill Tea Rooms website and Facebook page