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NEW IN: Autumn Collection

September 22, 2021

We love the sound of leaves crunching under foot, the colours of red, gold and orange, toasting marshmallows with friends, blackberry and apple picking. Our new autumn mug collection has arrived and we totally have those autumn vibes here at Valley Mill.

Autumn gives us those feelings of getting snuggled up on the sofa with a cosy blanket, a good book and a cuppa.

autumn enamel mug design of a cute hedgehog wearing a scarf

Who doesn’t love a hedgehog wearing a scarf? Each mug is hand printed and designed by our in-house team exclusively for Valley Mill.

Now the question is whether to treat a friend with this mug or treat you!

Ceramic white mug with an illustration of a pumpkin and the words autumn leaves and pumpkins please

This Valley Mill white ceramic mug is printed with a beautiful autumn design. ‘Autumn Leaves & Pumpkins Please’.

Pumpkin Soup Recipe

It’s all about comfort food in autumn. Why not try this delicious pumpkin soup recipe?

Bowl of pumpkin soup served in a blue bowl with crusty bread and a spoon


Large knob of butter (we prefer Welsh salted butter)

1 very large or 2 medium sized white onions (chop them finely)

3 cloves of garlic

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Approx. 850g of prepared, deseeded & chopped pumpkin (or any kind of squash)

1 litre of chicken or vegetable stock

120ml double cream


Place the finely chopped onions, garlic, butter and 1 tbsp of the olive oil in to a large pan. Cook on a medium heat for approx 5-10 minutes. Stir occasionally.

Now add the chopped pumpkin and cook for a further 8-10 minutes.

Add the stock and the rest of the extra virgin olive oil to the pan. Bring to the boil and then simmer for around 20 – 40 minutes or until the pumpkin is nice and soft.

Take the pan off the heat and add the double cream (save a couple of tbsp for serving). Mix well and using a hand blender, blend the soup until smooth.

Serve in to bowls or a new autumn mug. Drizzle a splash of the remaining cream. Eat with crusty bread and lashings of Welsh salted butter.

White ceramic mug with the words hello pumpkin and an illustration of a pumkin

This Valley Mill white ceramic mug is printed with a beautiful autumn design. ‘Hello Pumpkin’.

White enamel camping mug with autumn inpsired designs

Our in-house designer took the teams favourite autumn inspirations and created this incredible enamel mug design.

Is It October Yet?

Is it october yet printed on a white ceramic mug as part of valley mills autumn mug range

Why not try this no alcohol fun fruity and warm punch the whole family can enjoy. Serve in a Valley Mill autumn mug.

Non-Alcoholic Mulled Cider Punch


3 pints of apple juice

3 apples


Cinnamon Sticks

Zest of 1 large orange


Stud the apples with around 2-4 cloves.

Add juice, apples, cinnamon sticks and the orange zest in to a large pan.

Simmer gently on a low setting for approximately 30 minutes. Be careful not to let it boil.

Serve with some fresh apple slices and perhaps a stick of cinnamon.

Getting Cosy

Autumn nights are drawing in so why not get cosy with your cuppa with one of our Valley Mill Welsh woollen blankets.

Red, white, green, yellow and blue checked woollen blanket

A traditional Welsh blanket is a simple home addition that can transform a room. Choose from our range of woollen blankets and throws which are handmade in North Wales and come in a variety of different colours and weaves.

white ceramic mug with the words falling leave, cosy jumpes, hot chocolate and more autumn inspired things

What’s YOUR favourite things about the autumn season? We’ve made a list of some of our favourites and put in on a mug. Falling leaves, cosy jumpers, hot chocolate, scented candles and pumpkin spice.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

This warming and comforting drink only takes 10 minutes to create. Totally worth it!

White enamel mug filled with pumpkin spice latte topped with cream and grated cinnamon


2 tbsp pumpkin puree (you can buy this in cans in supermarkets)

Pinch of ground nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger

1 tbsp vanilla extract

30ml strong coffee

250ml of any milk

Whipped cream


In a saucepan add the milk, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract and spices. Whisk and heat to make a hot ‘pumpkin milk’.

Add your strong coffee, mix and serve in to mugs. To serve top with whipped cream. YSprinkle some ‘pumpkin spice’ or ground cinnamon over the cream.

If you are looking for a stronger pumpkin flavour then add a couple more tbsp of pumpkin puree.

Mood Maker

Why not cosy up those evenings with our scented candles and tealights?

welsh slate 5 light tealight holder with lit candles

Apple & Blackberry Crumble

Autumn means comfort food. There is nothing more comforting then picking your own blackberries and baking them in a crumble. Sat in front of the tele with the family and bowl of apple and blackberry crumble with custard. Yum!

We’ve got two alternative recipes for you. One vegetarian and one vegan. Hope you enjoy!

blackberry and apple crumble served in a denby halo bowl


Crumble Topping: 120g plain flour, 60g caster sugar and 60g butter (we prefer salted but the general rule seems to be unsalted). You can also up these amounts depending on how much crumble you like on your dessert. Alternatively you can also add some porridge oats to the mixture for extra texture.

Fruity Filling: 300g apples (we recommend Pink Ladies, Braeburn or Granny Smith), 115g blackberries, 30g butter, 30g brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.


Preheat oven to gas mark 5. Check out oven temperature conversions here.

In a large bowl place your flour, sugar and butter to make the crumble topping. Rub the butter in to your flour and sugar to create a breadcrumb texture.

To make sure your crumble topping is extra crispy and crumbly, we recommend you spread your mixture on to a baking tray or sheet and cook in the oven for around 15 minutes.

Whilst your crumble topping is crisping, core, peel and chop your apples in to small cubes.

Over a low heat, melt your butter and brown sugar in a saucepan until it turns all caramelly.

Now add your chopped apples and cinnamon and cook for a further 4 minutes.

Finally, add your blackberries to this mixture and cook for 3 to 4 minutes more.

Pour your mixture carefully in to your pie/crumble dish. Top with your crumble mixture and place in the oven for around 10-15 minutes or until cooked through.

Time For Tea

LIGA have a beautiful range of Scandinavian inspired homeware pieces. Serve up a pot of tea with your crumble and in your new autumn mug.

large cream and cork teapot from eco friendly business LIGA

Need a smaller teapot? Why not try this two cup teapot from Denby’s Studio Blue Brew range.

small blue teapot from Denb which holds two cups of tea

Hydrate Your Skin

Cooler autumn weather means we have to take more care to nourish and hydrate our skin. Farmers make a stunning range of face, hand & foot creams to keep the hardest working hands super soft.

Keep Out The Chill

If you love the outdoors then why not keep yourself warm with a Valley Mill 100% wool scarf. Did you know that wool is a natural insulator helping to stay at a comfortable heat level whether it’s summer or winter? So, no sweaty necks with a woollen scarf.

Luxurious Lips

If luscious lips are your goal then we have your winner.  

Battle Greens lip balms are not only PETA certified vegan friendly and cruelty-free but also packed full of the most beautiful products to keep your lips soft, moisturised and protected.  The balms are also packed with quality natural ingredients, and free from synthetic colours and fragrances.  

Each balm comes in a plastic-free and biodegradable cardboard tube that can be recycled when it’s all used up – an eco-friendly alternative to so many plastic lip balm tubes and pots that sit in the landfill for decades (after all, only 9% of plastic ends up being recycled). 

To use, evenly push up the cardboard disk at the base of the tube to reveal your desired amount of balm – only a little is needed – and apply to your lips as usual.

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Love Eco Living? Then You Will LOVE LIGA

June 25, 2021

We want to introduce you to an amazing new brand here at Valley Mill. Meet LIGA. Once you’ve met them we are sure you will LOVE LIGA.


We love to work with like-minded small businesses; that have their own unique story. They care about the products that they make and the effect they have on you as a customer, as well as the environment. So let’s find out more about this amazing company LIGA.

Love Liga?  Yes we do!  Look at this beautiful cream ceramic and cork homeware.
LIGA’s ceramic and cork cream ceramics are now available at Valley Mill online and instore.

Who Are LIGA?

LIGA are based in Cornwall and are a family run business who want to provide affordable and stylish homeware whilst also looking after the planet. The team draw inspiration from nature to design eco homewares that use only sustainable materials. Not only are they eco-friendly but their products are simply stunning too. Imagine serving up your outdoor dining with these? We are pretty sure your guests will be handing out a lot of compliments.

Keep your oil & vingear fresh and hygienic by storing them in this Scandanavian inspired Liga cream oil bottle. Strong, practical, stylish and a great quality dispenser for everyday use. Easy pouring for oil, balsamic or vinegar.

Working Together

There is so much to do to look after our planet better, and we can only begin to make a change by working together.

LIGA uses beautiful materials such as Ethically sourced Cork, Organic unbleached cotton, recycled papers, vegan wax, compostable cloth, bamboo, recycled EVA plastics and ceramics to create their sustainable collections. Ethically sourced from around the world with the hand printing, making and finishing carefully done in Cornwall. 

We Are Passionate About Eco Living

LIGA are committed and passionate about using sustainable materials in creative ways to make eco products affordable and useable for everyday living.

We love this cork and ceramic teapot from LIGA.  Pours beautifully and looks stunning too.
Update your kitchen homeware with this Scandanavian inspired Liga cream teapot. Strong, practical, stylish and a great quality teapot for everyday use. Serve up tea for two or for the whole family. This Liga teapot give a fabulous pour and can be used with tea bags or loose tea.

Our Ethos

Up until early 2020 we only sold products that were made in Wales and in turn, mainly supporting small local businesses.  Since then, we have branched out to UK made and UK designed and are only working with businesses who have the same ethos and beliefs as ourselves.  

Whilst the majority of our products are made in Wales, some of our suppliers products are mainly handmade in the UK or designed in the UK with materials sourced sustainably from outside of the UK.

Carbon Footprint

Our Welsh slate travels only 130 miles from Snowdonia.    At Valley Mill it’s not only our products that we want to be eco-friendly, but our staff too.  To strive for sustainable living, we offer our team a car share scheme with a monetary bonus to reduce the amount of cars used to travel to work.  

We also encourage working from home whenever possible.  This May we were proud to start a cycle to work scheme.  Want to find out more about educating yourselves and others? Take a look at the United Nations goals to help transform our world and protect our planet.

Update your kitchen homeware with this Scandanavian inspired Liga cream coffee mug. Strong, practical, stylish and a great quality mug for everyday use. A beautiful luxury mug for lattes, hot chocolate, coffee, iced tea and more.

When Valley Mill started in 2007, Kevin Thomas wanted the company to be eco-friendly and materials to be sourced locally providing a low carbon footprint.  From day 1 Kevin knew that not only do the products need to be natural but also packaging must be recyclable.  


When searching for new companies to work with, it’s important to us at Valley Mill to find people with similar values to our own. When we were introduced to LIGA we instantly fell in love and we are pretty sure you will too.

Take a look at this YouTube video from LIGA. We just adore these mugs.

Geeky Cork Facts

LIGA have given us some amazing geeky cork facts.

  • Cork is such a perfect raw material that no industrial or technological processes have yet been able to replicate its features.
    • Excellent thermal & acoustic insulation
      • Impermeability to liquids & gases
    • Excellent elasticity, compressibility & resilience
      • Hypoallergenic
    • Soft to touch
      • Lightness
    • Cork tress & cork products absorb CO2

How Is Cork Harvested?

Have you ever wondered how cork is actually harvested? LIGA have created this YouTube video to show how the cork they use for their products is extrated.

Every nine years the cork is harvested from the Cork Oak tree without harming it.  Did you know that cork trees live for more than 200 years and the more LIGA use cork then the more trees are planted.  Take a look below to see how it all happens.

We adore this cream ceramic and cork bowl from LIGA. Yes we, LOVE LIGA!
Add a contemporary look to your style dining, with these Scandanavian inspired Liga cream salt and pepper shakers. Strong, practical, stylish and a great quality dispenser set for everyday use. Not only a necessity for your dinner table but they look stunning too. Also great to take on your picnics and outdoor adventures.

So now you have met LIGA and now you can understand why Valley Mill LOVE LIGA.

Shop their latest cream ceramic and cork homeware here.

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Unleash Your Inner BBQ Master

May 30, 2021
Valley Mill BBQ Tips

In our last blog we wrote about the ‘Rise of the British BBQ’.  This is absolutely true.  Us Brits are banging out some amazing food and recipes in our BBQ get togethers. We are becoming Kings and Queens of the BBQ and we are here to help you unleash your inner BBQ master.

We are all thinking outside of the box when it comes to our recipes ideas. Let your creative side out. Why not host a vegetarian BBQ feast? Think of all the skewers you can create, from colourful vegetables to seasonal fruits. The options are endless.

Become the BBQ Queen or King of your home with some incredible recipes served on Valley Mill's fantastic Denby range
Fig Skewers with a honey & balsamic glaze topped with crushed roast pistachios served on one of our a Denby Studio Blue Chalk Ridged Bowl.

Planning for Success

We’ve teamed up with Oliver Woolnough and the team from Nothing But BBQ to guide you through the summer and show you how to upgrade your outdoor experience. We’ve got recipe ideas and creative ways to style up your ‘al fresco’ dining area.

BBQ Tips with Valley Mill and Olly Woolnough
Oliver Woolnough from Meat Matters Ltd & Nothing But BBQ serves up us his best BBQ and outdoor dining tips


One of our favourite BBQ cookery books which was released recently is Skewered by Marcus Bawdon.  Marcus is a bit of a hero of ours as he really knows his stuff.  Marcus not only runs Country Wood Smoke BBQ School from his home in Devon but also is the editor of UK BBQ Magazine and has a series of cookery books available.

Fundamentals of Cooking Outdoors

When cooking outdoors you need to know the fundamentals of cooking on a BBQ.  From the best fuel to use, smoking woods and how to set up your barbeque, Marcus explains all of this and also why a lid on your BBQ can really help.

Tanzanian Chicken Mishkaki

Oliver Woolnough shows us how to cook one of Marcus’ recipes from Skewered. This recipe is inspired by the flavours of India, The Middle East and Africa.


1 green & 1 red bell pepper

2 skinless chicken breasts

For the Marinade:

4 tbsp plain/natural yogurt

1 tsp ground turmeric

2 finely chopped cloves of garlic

1 tsp runny honey

Juice of 1/2 a lime

Pinch of salt & pepper

2 tsp freshly chopped coriander

Chop your herbs with one of our hand forged stainless steel herb choppers.


Cut the peppers and chicken breasts into 3 x 3cm squares. Mix the marinade ingredients together and stir in the cubes of chicken. Leave to marinate for approximately 1 hour.

Set up your grill with medium to hot coals for close proximity cooking.

Thread 2 cubes of chicken onto each skewer. Now add a few squares of bell pepper. Continue until your skewers are loaded.

Place your skewers onto the grill and cook for a few minutes before turning. Make sure they are cooked thoroughly before serving. This should take approximately 8-10 minutes in total.

Sprinkle with extra coriander to serve.

Now you’ve unleashed your inner BBQ master.

Monkfish Skewers

Check out this video of how to create the BBQ Coconut Curry Monkfish recipe from Skewered.  This is a mix of coconut milk, curry powder and lime, finished with coriander and freshly chopped chillies.

Don’t Forget The Extras

Your BBQ party doesn’t just have to revolve around the food cooked on the grill. Give your guests a treat with some of their favourite cheeses. We have a wide range of Welsh Slate cheeseboards.

Make It Personal

If it’s a personal touch you’re looking for then look no further than our amazing personalised products. You may be celebrating a ‘BIG’ birthday or having a corporate event, why not serve up some treats on our Welsh slate trays which can be personalised to your design.

You Didn’t Miss It

Don’t worry! You didn’t miss the recipe for this Grilled Sweet Potato Salad from Genevieve Taylor.

Set The Mood

Set the mood for the evening for a catch up with friends and family with Valley Mill’s ranges of candles and candle holders. Not only do they look fantastic but our huge variety of scents will really set the mood too.

Valley Mill’s Welsh slate tealight holder with our range of tealights make a sophisticated impression

A Gift For Your Garden

Welcome your guests with a Valley Mill Welsh slate hanging sign. We have ready made designs or you can personalise them with your very own design.

Father’s Day is COMING SOON!

Here at Valley Mill we have a whole load of products for your Dad/Step-Dad/Grandad etc lined up just for you.

Check back soon at for the latest.