Last week we went on holiday to Weymouth and we had a lovely time. On the way down instead of stopping at the motorway services we decided to find a pub or country park. We have a very active child who needs to continuously move so motorway services just don’t help us anymore. Plus if we stop it makes it feel like more of an adventure.
All credit to my lovely husband who did the research and found a beautiful pub called The Mill House just off the M3. The Mill House is a Grade II listed watermill that has been renovated into a pub. When we arrived we were met by a small lake and a large green lawn behind. The pub itself was off to our right. Although it says there were outdoor activities for children, the only items we could find in the garden were swings and a tractor. Which my son did love to sit on. Thankfully it wasn’t really a day for being outside. However, inside the pub there was much more for him to do.
Firstly, we were sat at a table on the top floor of the restaurant which had beautiful beams running across the ceiling. Next my son decided he wanted to explore so we went downstairs to the where the old watermill sits behind glass. I found this a really interesting feature as the water that runs through a river under the pub is also behind the glass. The mill is no longer working but I think they are hoping to fix it soon. Plus it entertained my son while we waited for our lunch. Back upstairs and the pub had a couple of tables near the back entrance with colouring books and games for children. Then my son was kept busy at our table until our lunch arrived.
We ordered our food and brought our drinks from the bar on the top floor. Now, being gluten intolerant I had to ask about the menu choices but the staff were friendly and polite. They explained that not everything was available but they could change some of the dishes to suit me. In the end I had cumin and chilli spiced chicken with tzatsiki salad and roast sweet potato, my husband had ham, egg and chips with beans instead of peas and my son had sausage and mash. The sausage and mash was a big portion for a child but he ate about half of it. He does love sausage and mash. I wish more pubs would do toddler and small children size portions. It is such a waste of food and I really don’t like to waste food.
The food was beautifully presented and the chicken and sweet potato was perfectly cooked. My husband loves ham, egg and chips and there were no complaints from that side of the table. We all enjoyed our meals and my husband and son had ice cream for dessert which they both adore. As we were travelling with a toddler we arrived at 11.45 and were seated at a reserved table quickly. The pub was fairly quiet at that time but by about 1 pm the pub had started to get busy.
The Mill House is in a great location with beautiful surroundings and a family friendly atmosphere. The service was good. I felt it could be improved as no one came to ask us if our meals were ok and there was an error on the receipt. It felt like the staff were very busy and they didn’t have much time for the customers. The food however, was delicious and I would give that 10 out of 10. The surrounding garden and lake were really well kept. If I were to rate this pub I would give it four stars out of five. A brilliant place to stop for lunch, the food was yummy and I would definately stop again if we are heading that way.