The New Mill Riverside Restaurant, EversleyBy Sally Bryant
November 07, 2008
The New Mill is stunningly beautiful – but luckily for diners, it doesn’t have to rely on its looks alone.
As well as being the perfect setting for weddings and never-to-be-forgotten occasions, it’s also the perfect setting for never-to-be-forgotten meals.
But it doesn’t have to be a case of a never-to-be-forgotten bill.
Owners Sean Valentine and John Duffield are passionate about getting across the message they offer fine – two AA rosette – dining at affordable prices.
Head chef Colin Robson-Wright puts his soul into making classy, stylish food, using local and organic produce whenever possible and serving good portions.
Every member of staff gives impeccable but friendly service and puts their heart into creating a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.
And celebrity chef Steven Saunders, a Fellow Master Chef of Great Britain, is on board as creative director, bringing with him boundless enthusiasm for “21st century stylish, intelligent food” as befits this “old English restaurant that shouldn’t have any nonsense about it – keep it simple, keep it fresh”.
The New Mill may have nestled on the banks of the River Blackwater for centuries, but this is a winning recipe for today.
Diners can sink into stylish, modern leather sofas under the original beams, and in front of a roaring open fire, to study the mouth-watering menu and wine list, which features more than 120 bottles.
When you wander through to eat, it could be in the easy comfort of the Mill Room or in the restaurant overlooking the river and stunning grounds. When weather allows, you will find very few more beautiful al fresco settings anywhere.
Part of this is the unobtrusive, but fabulous 200-capacity marquee that makes dreams come true for many a bridal party. An elegant boutique hotel in the grounds will be the next addition.
Couple all this with the fact the owners also have the Aspire Group, including Aspire Hospitality and Aspire Special Events (spanning catering for the British Grand prix at Silverstone to a dinner party to remember in your home), this place may be old, but it’s alive.
It is the stuff of dreams, but at the very heart is the restaurant and if you love fine food, it’ll be your dream – you really don’t have to be wearing a veil or have Formula One celebrity status.
The New Mill bills itself as “a very special place indeed” and after a visit, few customers argue.
- See this week's Wokingham Times's leisure section for more on the restaurant, including an exclusive receipe from chef Colin Robson-Wright, as well as heaps of information on entertainment across the area.