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Open all day, this converted mill right by the River Dee makes a pleasant spot for watching the world go by, with steam trains views across the valley puffing away at the nearby station, and an assortment of craft in view on the Llangollen Canal. A long narrow deck along one side of the building juts out over the water. Quite a bit of the working machinery remains - most obviously the great waterwheel, (sometimes turning) and the interior has been interestingly refitted with pale pine flooring on stout beams, a striking open stairway with gleaming timber and tensioned steel rails, and mainly stripped-stone walls. A bustling chatty atmosphere greets you, with quick service from plenty of pleasant young staff, good-sized dining tables, big rugs, thoughtfully chosen pictures (many to do with water) and lots of pot plants. One of the two serving bars, away from the water, has a much more local feel, with pews on dark slate flagstones, daily papers, and regulars on the bar stools. As well as Phoenix Brunning & Price, they have a great range of drinks, with four guests from brewers such as Facers Flintshire and Plassey, farm cider, around 50 sensibly priced malt whiskies and a decent wine choice with 13 by the glass.
Good Pub Guide Food
As the pub can get busy, book if you're planning to eat. In addition to lunchtime sandwiches and ploughman's, good food from a daily changing menu includes items such as fried scallops with crisp belly pork, smoked haddock chowder rump steak with hand-cut chips, black pudding bacon chorizo salad, sausages and mash, sweet potato and chickpea curry, salmon fillet with lemon parmesan crust, or steak burger topped with grilled bacon and cheddar; children's menu.