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Down by the Docks - Catching Up with Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

We’re so pleased to have retained our contract with Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. It’s a unique contract, in a venue like no other. There’s always something interesting going on, so here’s two of the latest stories to make us smile.

Our team at the Dockyard are very happy right now, as they are once again able to use Eling Tide Mill flour for their bread and baked goods. This follows a year of waiting on tenterhooks while the mill replaced their millstones and dealt with complications that arose. The mill is now back in working order, and so we are back to creating our freshly baked bread from their flour, on site every day.

Eling Tide Mill is one of the world’s last remaining working tide mills and dates back to at least 1086. It is located just outside of Southampton, and the flour milled there comes from the New Forest – a truly local product.

Teaching an Old Sea Dog New Tricks

As part of our catering offer, we run a branded coffee bar. The soon to retire Captain of HMS Warrior has been a regular customer in the café for many years. He was given quite a surprise last week, when he arrived to be presented with a shirt, badge and apron. The challenge was on – under the careful tutelage of barista Sally, Ken learned how to make a cappuccino and a latte and gave his best shot at a flat white.

We hear that Ken thoroughly enjoyed the experience but has decided against changing his retirement plans to become a barista.

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