FWP MATTHEWS – The Cotswold Flour Millers
Tucked into the Cotswold landscape in the conservation village of Shipton under Wychwood, in rural Oxfordshire, is a family-owned, thriving flour mill.
FWP Matthews history and heritage goes back to the late 1800s when enterprising Marmaduke Matthews sold grain from a barn nearby. The seeds of business were sown and the red brick mill that is seen today was built in 1912. With the combination of horse power, electricity and steam and with a railway track running alongside the mill meant it was well placed to get its grain and flour out across the area and further afield.
Family owned with fabulous flours
Nowadays, with a company that spans six generations of the family, Paul and Stephen Matthews continue to develop and steer the business to produce and offer an amazing range of high quality organic and non-organic bread and speciality flours from wheat grown in the Cotswolds and the UK, and blended with wheat sourced from around the world. Gluten free and continental flours are also included – especially good for making authentic French breads, pasta and pizza. The unique brand of Cotswold Crunch and Eight Grain flours are hugely popular.
So much is still carried out traditionally with the millers using their experienced eye and touch to make sure the wheat and various grains and seeds will meet the grade and high standards set.
Nothing quite like it
There’s really nothing quite like the warm, straight out of the oven, delicious smell of home-made baking. For anyone who has sifted, whisked, kneaded, baked, and tasted the end result using FWP Matthews range of flours will know it’s the time, energy and passion from all involved at the mill and the exceptional quality and process which makes this flour stand out.
Loved by professional bakers, top-class restaurants, delicatessens, umpteen well-known and high-profile customers up and down the length and breadth of the country – and of course, by many hosts at Cotswold Village Rooms.
FWP Matthews flour can be purchased straight from the delightful mill shop, or ordered online through the website, and also available on Amazon. The distinctive packaging can also be found in a number of supermarkets and other retail outlets – take a look on the website for details.
FWP Matthews Ltd
Cotswold Flour Millers
Shipton under Wychwood
Oxfordshire OX7 6BH
T: 01993 830342
The Flour Mill Shop is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 1pm with a range of 1.5kg bags and 16kg sacks of flour, baking ingredients and equipment. Local jams and honey (with fresh bread and sweet pastries available during opening hours) – do make a detour to visit!