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This bustling, chatty, converted watermill makes a fascinating place for a drink or a meal, with quite a lot of the old machinery still in place, including the huge waterwheel (often turning), and from here you look across the River Dee to the Llangollen Canal. A long narrow deck along one side of the building juts out over the water, while 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. Pleasant young staff give quick service, and there are 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 Original and Facers DHB, they have a great range of drinks, with three guests from brewers such as Boggart, Brains and Caledonian, farm cider, around 50 sensibly priced malt whiskies and a decent wine choice with around a dozen 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 seared scallops with pea purée, pigeon breast with wild mushroom sausage and beetroot fondant, ham with eggs and chips, chicken and ham hock pie, fish pie, beer-battered haddock and chips, tagliatelle with tomatoes, artichokes and peppers, braised shoulder of lamb, and puddings such as apple and blackberry crumble or chocolate nut brownie.