The Old Mill, Berkhamsted
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I’m having a good run of beautifully-attired gastropubs at the mo, and The Old Mill in Berkhamsted is another recently renovated stunner of redbrick Georgian and Victorian origins.
I had meant to do a walk along the Grand Union Canal before eating here, but forgive me, the weather was so disgusting on the day I visited that I couldn’t face being drenched by sheet rain, and headed straight for the pub. But just so you know, it’s bang on the canal and you can of course follow it for miles should you wish! Talking of which, here’s a good-looking walk in Berkhamsted’s Grand Union Canal area if you fancy it.
So The Old Mill. It’s on the outskirts of Berkhamsted (a fab little market town with loads of fantastic shops if you haven’t been before), with an interior that has the same classy, slightly quirky feel as The Porch House which I reviewed last week.
Looks cool doesn’t it?
It’s very family-friendly, loads of eating nooks and crannies, and the food is good quality, well-presented gastropub fare.
Here’s the specials menu from the day:
My starter of chicken liver parfait with black currant and red onion marmalade was delicious (£6.75)
I followed it up with trout with sauteed polenta, chorizo and wilted gem lettuce salad (£16.95), which was tasty, without touching brilliance.
No dessert for me – not from any sense of personal control (I don’t know the meaning of the word), simply because I was totally stuffed.
Service was friendly and efficient, apart from a messed up coffee order (but really, not a big deal) and I was mightily happy with my quiet lunch for one in a cute booth off the main eating area.
The Muddy Verdict:
Best for: families, groups of friends, casual get togethers, special parties (there’s a lovely private dining space).
Not for: Lovers of outdoors – it’s by the canal and has a pleasant outdoor space, but it’s also next to the noisy main road.
£££: mid range. No massive bargains to be had, but no bank breakers either.
Old Mill, London Road, Berkhamsted, HP4 2NB. Tel: 01442 879590. www.theoldmillberkhamsted.co.uk