A Devon mill was specially selected by producers of Celebrity Antiques Roadtrip, which is aired on the BBC. Phil Vickery, a celebrity chef, together with well-known expert in antiques James Braxton, scoured the UK for hidden treasures before finally arriving at Otterton Mill to film the popular TV show.
Both Phil and James were given unrestricted access to the mill while filming, even being taught how to bake their own bread from start to finish. During the TV programme, celebrities travel around the UK searching for valuable antiques like Victorian dining chairs . Preston and other cities are popular choices with those searching for antiques, as cities are often home to antiques experts.
When the TV show is finally aired in the autumn, Phil and his wife Fern Britton will go head to head, competing against each other at auction to raise money for charity.
The head miller of Otterton Mill, Brian Hart, demonstrated the milling process to James and Phil. This will be shown during the TV show in the weeks before Children in Need. The ancient waterwheel at the mill was used to grind wholemeal flour, and the River Otter powers the waterwheel throughout the process. Dough was mixed and loaves were baked by the duo, carefully guided by Zac Laverick, an expert baker. Caroline Spiller, the co-owner of the mill, spoke of her delight when the mill was selected to be part of the well-known show. The mill has also featured in other TV programmes, including Escape to the Country.
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