Flood latest: Mill to partially re-open

PUBLISHED: 09:25 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:36 15 June 2010

After 14 days of closure due to freak flooding in the Otter Valley, Otterton Mill Bakery and Devon Food Shop are now open, offering an initially limited service.

After 14 days of closure due to freak flooding in the Otter Valley, Otterton Mill Bakery and Devon Food Shop are now open, offering an initially limited service.

All other facilities at the mill remain closed while ongoing clean-up, drying and refitting continues. The mill's famous bread is now available from a temporary shop on site at the Mill and from retail partners including B Natural in Exmouth, the East Budleigh Community Shop and Trumps of Sidmouth.

"We are delighted to be back in business so quickly, especially as we've been told this was the worst flooding for at least 40 years" said Simon Spiller, who runs the mill with his wife Caroline. "Through the fantastic efforts of our staff and other partners we have been able to beat all the estimates on the time-frames for reopening" he added. "We were told by some experts that we would probably be closed until Christmas. But with some creativity and hard work we've been able come-up with a phased opening plan which should see most of the mill open by November 27th at the latest" said Caroline. The Spillers are delighted with the way the team at the mill have responded to the challenge of achieving a rapid reopening after all of their historic mill buildings were flooded to depths of up to two feet. "It has even felt like a team building activity for those of us involved in the clean-up" Caroline added. "We would also like to thank clean-up specialists, Munters, and local land owner Clinton Devon Estates for their very active support" she said.

Since the mill restaurant will probably be closed for another week or two, the temporary shop will be serving a limited food-to-go menu, including: hot soups, baguette sandwiches and hot coffee. Progress towards full reopening can be monitored via the mill's website at www.ottertonmill.com.


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