Fascinating riverside building with fine views, personable young staff, super food all day and good beers
Good Pub Guide Recommended
Excellent in every aspect' is just one enthusiastic comment from our readers about this cleverly restored watermill. Inside, 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. Quite a lot of the old machinery is still in place, including the huge waterwheel (often turning) and there are good-sized dining tables, big rugs, thoughtfully chosen pictures (many to do with water) and several pot plants. One of the two serving bars, away from the water, has a much more local feel with regulars sitting on bar stools, pews on dark slate flagstones and daily papers. Helpful young staff serve Phoenix Brunning & Price Original and Facers DHB on handpump with a couple of guests such as Otter Summer Light and Phoenix Arizona; also, farm cider, around 50 sensibly priced malt whiskies and a decent wine choice with around a dozen by the glass. There are seats on a raised deck at the front that overlook the rushing mill race and rapids below; you can also watch steam trains arriving and leaving the station on the opposite riverbank.
Good Pub Guide Food
Well presented and highly regarded food includes sandwiches, shredded duck, orange and pistachio nut salad with pomegranate dressing, devilled bass fillet with cucumber, mint and pink grapefruit salad with saffron mayonnaise, aubergine, red lentil and spinach curry with cauliflower pakora and raita, ham and free-range eggs, steak in ale pie, provencale fish stew with gruyère cheese croutons, pork and caramelised red onion sausages with mash and onion gravy, and puddings such as glazed lemon tart with raspberry sorbet and eton mess.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar