The Old Mill
London Road, Berkhamsted, HP4 2NBBerkhamsted is a gorgeous town and was well in need of a gorgeous pub. Alan Turtill had rescued and restored the Old Mill, keeping what remains of its original Georgian and Victorian features, but making the whole place light and airy. The unloved yard at the back has been turned into a special space - the mill race crashes over the weir into a deep pool - and the garden borders the Grand Union Canal, perfect for watching the boats slide by on lazy summer evenings. The Old Mill remains a real pub, where you're just as welcome to enjoy a decent pint of bitter at the bar as a three course meal or bar snack. It would be possible to enlarge upon all this indefinitely, but our purpose here is to tell you about The Old Mill and how they put into practice their strongly held principles.
Berkhamsted is a gorgeous town and was well in need of a gorgeous pub. Alan Turtill had rescued and restored the Old Mill, keeping what remains of its original Georgian and Victorian features, but making the whole place light and airy. The unloved yard at the back has been turned into a special space - the mill race crashes over the weir into a deep pool - and the garden borders the Grand Union Canal, perfect for watching the boats slide by on lazy summer evenings. The Old Mill remains a real pub, where you're just as welcome to enjoy a decent pint of bitter at the bar as a three course meal or bar snack.
It would be possible to enlarge upon all this indefinitely, but our purpose here is to tell you about The Old Mill and how they put into practice their strongly held principles. There is something very heartening to see sad old inns, particularly those whose character has refused to bow to neglect, being restored to useful life and becoming part of life's pattern in their particular community.
Senior Sous Chef Stefan Brodin and his team have designed a menu featuring traditional pub favourites as well as something a little different. They are in the kitchen everyday preparing all the dishes fresh on the premises. On their menu, you will find the very best quality fresh ingredients - fantastic sausages; free range chicken; moules marinière and mini loaf; 28 day dry-aged Aberdeenshire 24oz cote boeuf - sourced from producers who take pride in their products and an ethical stance in their production.
The Old Mill menu always makes the most of seasonal ingredients - this ensures they avoid air-freighting and keeps us in touch with the cycle of the year - while combining the best of great British cooking and influences from around the world that are now part of our culture.
The deli board lists cheese, charcuterie, veggie, favourites, fruit and vegetables, and fish or the customer can have the option of making their own board from the five options. The deli can be enjoyed as starters, nibbles or tapas. If the conversation level is proving demanding let the restaurant do the work for you by selecting a selection from one of the five.
The Old Mill is open from 10am for breakfast. Start the day with a hearty full English or bacon or sausage sandwich and a glass of champagne with friends. The express menu also operates from noon to 6 pm, offering Mediterranean vegetable with goats' cheese tart, cherry tomato and herb salad, chips and burgers as well. Noon to 3pm, and 6.00pm to 10pm their a la carte menu is on offer with an ample selection of dishes which pulls in the locals who have quickly come to regard The Old Mill as a second home.
Afternoon tea is served everyday from 12pm - 6pm while, sandwiches with smoked salmon or Mediterranean vegetables are served with chips or soup of the day, Monday to Saturday.
A relatively short but punchy wine list mingles well with the menu, so few will quibble with this much needed addition to the local scene.
A swift click on their Website will keep you in the picture over menu changes, special offers and events. You could also consider visiting The Thatch at Thame, sister pub and only 30 mins from The Old Mill.
Gastropub, Modern British, Modern European
: 10:00 - 24:00
Reservations: 01442 879590
London Road, Berkhamsted, HP4 2NB [Map]
(Avg Price is the average cost per person for two courses, coffee, half a bottle of house wine and tip/service)
REVIEWS OF The Old Mill
Lynsey B (20 October 2010)
We visited the Old Mill after checking out the menu online and being impressed at finally seeing something more interesting than the run of the mill fare that seems to be offered all over the place lately and we weren't disappointed. The staff were great, very attentive and professional and all of them seemed to take a real pride in their job. The food was fantastic, the chacutterie board contained an excellent selection of quality meat and home made pickle, the bread served with the board and before the meal was absolutely divine, the venison saddle was out of this world, the fish cakes and lamb shank faultless. I would return here on a regular basis if only it was closer to Essex!
Georgie (26 March 2009)
This is was our second visit to The Old Mill as the first was so lovely. Staff are fantastic and the service fab (although they forgot the condiments this time). I must say though on our second visit the food was distinctly average. The mussels I ordered, about a quarter of them were closed so shouldn't have been served and the rump steak that I ordered was chewy and at £17.50 was quite a disappointment. That's said my boyfriend loved the lamb shank he ordered. Perhaps we will try again for a third time.
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More Info for The Old Mill
- Children welcome
- Air condition
- Groups allowed
- Outside seating
- Cover charge
Not incuded, 10% for 6 or more
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