The Mill at Elstead Surrey
The Mill at Elstead is a 16th Century building with a charming pub inside. Set on the River Wey near Elstead the mill is only one of two pubs I know with a watermill inside it, the other one being the Gomshall Mill. This is my honest review of the Mill at Elstead with all its good and bad points!
As usual on these reviews, we were not paid to do it, we paid for our own food and drink out of our own pockets and the staff had no idea we were reviewing! Therefore, I feel our review is exactly as you would experience when visiting the pub.
The building is a squarish brick construction that puts you in mind of the weaving and cloth mills. Inside the decor is fairly contemporary but always with a nod at the past.
There has been a Mill at this location for years. It was occupied by the Roundheads in 1647 and alas burnt down. A new mill for grinding corn was built the next year in 1648 and milled until the late 18th Century.
In the 19th century, it moved into haberdashery, making braid for military uniform. Over 100 people worked on-site and a bell tower was installed to call all the workers to the mill.
The price of food was about average for Surrey. The Sunday roasts were between £14 to £17 with other mains on the menu at about £12.
Now, here comes the tricky bit. I found the service to be unbelievably slow! Now, this may be a case of the fact that when we booked we were given a two-hour slot at the table and they fit the meal to that time. That is one possible reason. Or, they may just have been slow. I think I’ll err on the former rather than the latter.
Also, we were on the first floor, not the ground floor. The ground floor did seem to be a bit more intimate. However, back to the times, it did take 40 minutes for our dessert to arrive.
The other problem was I couldn’t get Rioja by the glass so I had to go for the Malbec instead, which, by the way, was perfectly acceptable. But as long-time readers will know, Rioja is my tipple of choice.
But now, the good! We found tasty food, standard pub fare but homemade in parts, like the burger pictured below. Indeed, I say homemade in parts because you can mostly tell when a burger or other food is homemade or has come from a catering company.
So, after all that, my thoughts are to go for the food and just accept it may be slow. Honestly, it’s worth it for the food.
The Mill at Elstead – Conclusions
The Mill at Elstead
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