Excellent on all counts, with personable young staff, super food all day, good beers, and a fascinating riverside building with fine views
Good Pub Guide Recommended
Deservedly popular, this imaginatively restored mill looks 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. 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 quite a few pot plants. One of the two serving bars, away from the water, has a much more local feel with regulars sitting on the bar stools, pews on dark slate flagstones and daily papers. Pleasant young staff serve Brunning & Price Phoenix Original and Facers DHB on handpump with three guests such as Conwy Rampart, Plassey Blue Bell Bitter and Weetwood Old Dog; also, 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 well as lunchtime sandwiches, the good, interesting food includes pigeon breast with beetroot risotto and game reduction, char siu pork belly with pak choi, radish and pickled ginger, macaroni cheese, pork and leek sausages with onion gravy, ham and free-range eggs, crab linguine with chilli, ginger and coriander, chicken, ham and leek pie with cider gravy, whole plaice with caper and dill butter, and puddings such as syrup sponge with custard and dark chocolate truffle torte.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar