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Friary Mill Badge

Friary Mill Badge





Friary Mill was founded in Plymouth in 1988, by Philip Gardner and Karen Milner. Their vision was to provide the finest quality, handmade baked goods, at the best possible value to our customers, with the warmest and friendliest service. These founding principles still represent what Friary Mill stands for today.


As our reputation grew, we needed to expand to accommodate the growing demand for fresh, locally made products. To meet this demand, we relocated our production to a new site in Cattedown, Plymouth in 1998. We now have a total of thirteen Friary Mill stores (one more coming soon!) across Plymouth and Ivybridge and operate 6 retail vans. We are recognised as the destination of choice for handmade Devon pasties, freshly filled rolls, breakfast baps and hand crafted cakes and sweet treats.


We are proud of our local heritage and all of our fresh products are made right here, in our beautiful Ocean City, by our highly skilled team of Craft Bakers. We believe our team are the friendliest and most helpful team that you will find anywhere.


Despite our growth, we remain as committed to our values as we did on day one.

  • We are passionate about the quality of every product we make.
  • We will always strive to offer the best value for our customers.
  • We love our local communities and promise to give our customers the very best standards of service
  • Our people are our business and we are loyal, caring and compassionate.



At Friary Mill, we are passionate about our products and strive to ensure that only the best ingredients are used for our pasties, cakes and savouries.


We use local suppliers where possible and our fresh ingredients are delivered to our bakery daily.  Our greengrocer brings us potatoes pulled straight from the ground; quality meat comes directly from a local butcher; and our pastry is handmade at our factory in Cattedown.  Every single pasty is hand prepared and baked freshly every day to ensure you get the best possible product.


Some of the awards our products have achieved include:


Our Curried Vegetable Pasty (suitable for vegans) came 3rd in the World Pasty Championships in 2019


Our Danish Pastries, bread and pasties won “Best in Class” at the CBA Western Bakery Championships (2018-2019)



To create the best tasting products, not only should we use the best ingredients but we also need the best people to help us serve our loyal customers. We credit our success to the support and commitment of each and every member of the Friary Mill team.


We’re dedicated to supporting our team, and are proud of the awards we’ve won both as a company and as individuals:


  • Emma Milner won Champion Apprentice at the Western Region Bakery Championships, sponsored by the Craft Bakers’ Association in 2023
  • Friary Mill won “South West Best Bakery” in 2018 (TMP Business Awards)
  • Karen Milner won Director of the Year at the Venus Awards in 2016, where they celebrate Woman in Business
  • GP Employer of the Month in 2011, in recognition of the great support we offer all of our employees in achieving qualifications
  • Justin Johnson won the Bako Manager’s trophy for the Innovation Best in Show in 2010



We love our local communities and promise to give our customers the best standards of service. We support many local charities with fundraising efforts and provide our products for events.


We are also proud sponsors of:


  • Theatre Royal Plymouth
  • Plymouth Argyle FC
  • Georgie Knott – Plymouth Argyle Women FC Player
  • Devonport Services RFC
  • Green Taverners



Join us on our journey as we grow on our mission “to be the bakery of choice for all customers seeking the finest quality, at the best value, with warm and friendly service.”


CLICK HERE to visit our Indeed page to view our current vacancies

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