Former chef follows in father’s footsteps by reopening bakery at Bardwell Mill

Will Wooster is launching an artisan bakery at Bardwell Windmill ANL-150916-075339009
Will Wooster is launching an artisan bakery at Bardwell Windmill ANL-150916-075339009
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A former chef is following in his father’s footsteps by reopening a bakery which was set up by his dad 23 years ago.

Will Wooster, 24, of Larling, Norfolk loves baking and wanted to reopen the artisan bakery by himself which his dad first opened in 1992 and ran as a business until 1994.

The bakery at Bardwell Mill opened on Wednesday and has a variety of loaves, continental breads, croissants and cakes on offer.

Bardwell Mill is currently under restoration - the first pair of sails were only installed in 2010 and the second pair fitted in April 2012.

Will Wooster said: “It’s a beautiful heritage site and a perfect place for a rural village bakery.”

After running a Gastro Pub in Norfolk, Will wanted a change and this spectacular heritage site was too good an opportunity.

His father, Simon Wooster was the Miller from 1987 but now it is just down to Will to run his own bakery.

“My father will not be involved as he is involved in the maltings industry, but I’m sure he will be popping in and out,” Will added.

There are a number of charity events that take place at the Mill to support the restoration project, such as steam rallies.

In preparation for his new bakery, Will has been baking bread for the last three months and selling it at Wicken farmers’ market.

Will is primarily focussing on bread, including traditional English loaves such as wholemeal as well as sour dough based breads.

“There will be something for everyone,” Will said.

Will believes heritage is “dying off” but the bakery will help improve the tradition in the area.

Despite running the bakery by himself, Will believes he will be able to cope and will continue to go to the Wicken farmers market on Saturday mornings.

Although it will be hard work, Will believes locals will support the bakery.

The bakery is open Monday to Fridays 8am-2pm and Saturday mornings 9am-12.30pm.