Excellent on all counts, with personable young staff, super food all day and good beers in a fascinating riverside building with fine views
Good Pub Guide Recommended
On a warm day, customers are quick to bag seats on the raised deck in front of this cleverly restored watermill to look over the rushing mill race and rapids below; you can also watch steam trains arriving and leaving the station on the opposite riverbank. 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 three guests such as Brimstage Sandpiper Pale, Derby Dark Delight and Pixie Spring Golden Pixie; 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
From an imaginative menu, the well presented food includes sandwiches, scallops with black pudding, cauliflower purée and rhubarb dressing, air-dried beef with pickled vegetables, crab linguine with ginger, chilli and coriander, spinach and ricotta tortellini with butternut squash and sunblush tomato dressing, steak in ale pie, sea trout with pea and smoked bacon croquettes and sauce vierge, duck breast with duck hash cake and blackberry sauce and puddings such as chocolate torte with amaretto ice-cream and raspberry and almond bakewell tart.
Good Pub Guide Information
in: Dogs Bar