The Pugmill Bakehouse

We are now CLOSED and thank all those who came to enjoy our wood-fired community kitchen at The Farnham Pottery

The Pugmill Bakehouse is a community kitchen where handmade food will be made to be shared.

Our vision is for this kitchen to restore the long tradition of creative wood fired production at The Farnham Pottery and to follow the rhythm of traditional seasonal handmade food production.

Embedded within the inspiring ethos and setting of creative production and active communal participation at the Farnham Pottery, our workshops and events are for groups to enjoy the art, craft, and mindfulness of cooking with fire, capturing the flavours of cooking in clay, and  making, sharing and celebrating food handmade by traditional methods in community, around a single table.

By connecting with potters, other communities, and artisan producers and makers we will have a full monthly programme of workshops and events, where people will come to experience and share a traditional calendar of food and folklore, foods or drinks made at and in time-honoured ways, and celebrating food produced together.

Be prepared to be All Fired Up!

























 The wood fired oven      

The wood fired oven



space design BRIEF TO CLIENT:

  • Atmospheric Listed Victorian Country Pottery location = purpose built bakehouse kitchen with wood fired oven and communal dining 

Positioning the oven so that it could be seen through the feature window was key to the design ethos. The rest flowed from there once the kitchen zones were worked out...



The bakehouse was lovingly created as a rustic revival worthy of the pottery's original industrial purpose. The earthy tones of weathered wood, terracotta pots and exposed brickwork bring a robust warm, relaxed feel to the Bakehouse, a million miles away from a commercial kitchen.

 Marble top prep table

Marble top prep table

 Evenings are really special

Evenings are really special

Working together with the client the kitchen interior was curated with a variety of modern finds, combined with more rare objects and curiosities to create a bespoke, inspiring interior and iconic fittings and furniture incuding: 

  • A large wood fired oven built out of reclaimed bricks in a homage to the remaining pottery bottle kiln on site (built by the consummate building skills of Amrit Row of Wood Fired Ovens)
  • a defensible 'hot' kitchen area with twin pot wash sinks in purpose made concrete worksurfaces with handmade rustic Bali timber cabinets below
  • An Everhot 60 eco-friendly electric range oven
  • A retro style larder fridge and fridge/freezer in a separate food storeroom
  • Industrial extraction unit
  • Separate food prep and handwash reclaimed ceramic sinks
  • A 3m long communal oak prep/dining table with industrial height adjusting base
  • Industrial feature lighting
  • A range of handmade or artisan clay cookware
  • A mixture of re-purposed storage including original pot drying wall shelves
  • Iconic 40/4 chairs for comfortable seating of up to 15
 Communal oak dining table

Communal oak dining table