Talgarth, a small market town in Powys, Wales, at the foot of the Black Mountains, had long disappeared from the public conscience. To all intents and purposes, it was another rundown obscure small town in Wales. Once upon a time, it had 50 shops but it was reduced to just a handful amid streets with many empty houses.
In the middle of the town was a disused water mill. This was the genesis for a vision, which when coupled with a Big Lottery grant and an immense amount of hard work by volunteers, saw Mellin Mill restored to its full grinding-flour-to-make-bread potential.
Now fresh bread is baked several times a week and as well being sold to the locals, is a staple ingredient for The Bakers Table, a delightful community enterprise café overlooking the local river.
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The menu isn’t that large and doesn’t seem to change, but the meals are freshly made with local ingredients (where possible) and tastes marvellous. The whole place has a feel-good factor about it. In addition, you can buy fresh bread or ice cream to take away, hire an electric car and tour the mill but more importantly, the new café is the hub of a revitalised town that is now a pleasure to stroll around, notably by cyclists and small touring groups.
In 2014 The Bakers Table cafe won the regional competition of ITV’s Best Bakery Award.
The Tabernacle – what was once an 19th century chapel in the small Welsh town of Talgarth has been restored and is now an exciting new space that can to be used for pop-up restaurants, acoustic music, private parties, and lots more.
Hay on Wye about 5 miles from Talgarth, the whole town is a delight. The 26 bookshops obviously, but also the pubs and restaurants. Look out for the famous sheep milks ice cream at Shepherds – famed for many miles around.
The Bakers Table is the most visible example of what a community can achieve if they work together. It is a strange shaped room to be sure but it is such a pleasure to visit. I’ve been 6 times at least and always add something positive to the visitors book. Talgarth has its pride back. Just go. You really will love it.
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