7 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Great weekend break...
"We had a great weekend at the Mill House Inn... When we booked we were advised that there was a 21st birthday party on with a local rock band playing on the Saturday night. we looked on their website and thought sounds good for some "free" entertainment! It was a wild and windy weekend but we had a warm and friendly welcome when we arrived. As it was out of season we got a discount rate of Â£150 for 2 nights DB&B, which seemed good value for a Saturday and Sunday night. we were not disappointed... the restaurant was excellent on Saturday night with superb food and attentive but relaxed service and good wine list. The bedroom was huge with large bathroom and was right above the bar area where the band were playing.... They were brilliant (if you ever get a chance to see "The Ammunition" - take it - the only shame is that they didn;t play any of their own compositions which sound v. good!) Breakfast was excellent, with a good choice and fresh ingredients. On Sunday nights the restaurant is closed so you eat in the bar which was cosy with nearly as good a selection as the main menu, although a bit less fussy. This isn't a quiet, sleepy place but a cozy country pub that does superb food (bar or restaurant) with great staff and fantastic service - just join in with whatever's going on!"
- Travel date: Tue 20th of January 2009
Food to die for
"The Millhouse Inn was the perfect place to stay for a short Cornish getaway.. Set in a quiet and cosy valley just moments off the coastal path we couldn't have wanted more from the location.
The staff (i think a family)? were friendly and at tentative on arrival and remained that way for the remainder of the stay.
The big highlight for me was the quality of the food.. It felt like London fine dining but with the freshest of local ingredients.. We had a chat with the chef after and he even told us the name of the lamb we had for dinner, you cant get more local than that..!
If I ever find myself back in that part of the world again L'll defiantly be stopping by..
- Travel date: Tue 9th of December 2008
"My husband and had been recommended this place by a friend who had stayed during a wedding function. We were down for a friend's birthday party and decided to make it a weekend break, rather than just a one night stay.
Arriving at the Mill is slightly difficult due to the narrow lanes, however the setting is so peaceful and tucked away it is well worth it. We were shown up to our room which was clean and decorated all in white, with a lovely Victorian style bath.
The two breakfasts we had during our stay certainly set us up for the days ahead and we ate so much that we didn't need lunch on either day!
The second evening of our stay we ate in the bar, the food was all locally sourced and absolutely delicious, this is certainly not your average pub grub.
All in all our stay was hugely successful, the staff were very welcoming and the mill certainly doesn't disappoint - it is traditional yet quirky with a fantastically warm atmosphere.
Many thanks to all of the staff for making it a lovely weekend away for us both."
- Travel date: Tue 2nd of December 2008
What a disappointment
"We found this place via Alisatair Sawday's 'Special places to stay' which has always served us well in the past. The description in this book, and on the inn's website, conjured up a picture of tranquility, stylish and comfortable bedrooms, and good food. Arriving late Sunday afternoon the pub was full of noisy youngsters and loud rock music (nothing wrong with that if you are young and like loud music) but destroyed our anticipation of a relaxing place to stay.
We had booked a superior double room, at Â£120 a night - the high season price because it was apparently half-term week, though not in our part of the world. The furniture was not shabby chic, just shabby, peeling paint on the bedside table, dirty blind at the window, black mould round the washbasin seal, a duvet no bigger than the bed itself, and no proper shower, only a hand-held one over the bath. Not quite what we had pictured for a 'superior' room at Â£120 a night.
The inn was described as being in 7 acres of grounds - where these were we don't know, because the side of the pub was blocked off by a JCB and the only place to walk was on the road leading down to the inn.
We had booked to eat in the restaurant each night of our 3 night stay. Seeking out the restaurant we found it in darkness, returned to the bar to be told the restaurant wasn't open that night. We therefore ate from the pub menu, which had a choice of just 2 main dishes.
In the morning we went down to breakfast to find it was in the snooker room just off the bar. Again, not quite the surroundings and ambience we had imagined. Once again loud pop music was being played.
At this stage we decided the place really wasn't for us, and decided to leave, losing Â£60 deposit we had paid for the 2 remaining nights.
Not a good experience."
- Travel date: Tue 28th of October 2008
Could do better!
"This was a frustrating stay in many ways. The rooms themselves were really comfortable with updated bathrooms, nice bedding, clean etc. The issues lay with the rest of the Inn - namely the attached pub and restaurant. The restaurant is a very new addition and clearly the focus of the owners' commercial interests. Prices were high but food was average, staff were slightly nervous and young and there was a general sense of trying too hard. The whole ambience was at odds with the rest of the Mill House (relaxed, cosy, comfy). So the following night we tried eating at the pub. Mistake. At least half of the menu was unavailable (such simple things as fish, burgers..even bread!) and they couldn't even manage to cook peas properly. Really disappointing so on the third night we went up to the Strand to the pub up there (Prince William?) and had a really good meal. Breakfasts at the Mill House were pretty good though on some busy mornings the one staff member seemed a little harried."
- Travel date: Thu 28th of August 2008
Dont stay here for a quiet weekend!
"If you are looking for a quiet weekend do not stay in this B&B.
It's website sets it as situated between fishing villages and in 7 acres of wooded valley, ala carte restaurant and wedding venue. However it turned out this was also a pub that hosts rock bands! I paid a premium price for the "superior room" which was located right next to the terrace where the band was playing!! In fact even the rooms at the very back of the property suffered from the music
I spoke to the reception to place my booking and was never advised of the fact that a band was playing until we after we arrived at 5pm to stay. At that point, what option do you have? risk it and try to find somewhere else?
The venue is all it describes on the website and could be a great little find. The rooms are nice and its been well restored to a good standard, but the surprise band just ruined our weekend.
Its a shame this b&b didnt live up to the expectation, but they seem to be trying to cater for everything from weddings to ala cart restaurant, to beery local surfers and the combination (obviously) just doesnt work."
- Travel date: Fri 18th of July 2008
Beware, this place didn't live up to expectations for us at least
"Basically we were attracted to this restaurant/inn for a weekend stay with double room accommodation because of its location, website presentation, supposed reputation for good food and the fact that dogs were welcome. In reality the stay was a very mixed experience. We ate there on both nights, thinking the first night could have been a glip, but the second night was equally disappointing. To start with the positive though. The menu is generally fairly creative, claims to use good quality local ingredients, the wine list is good and some of the dishes (I'd say 25% of what we collectively ate) did live up to expectations. However, the creative starter bread of the first night was replaced by standard white bread squares normally associated with average hotel toast triangles on the second, two out of our four mains the first night were dry, the accompanying vegetables arrived considerably late, sticky toffee pudding and custard turned out to be without the custard, we were never offered coffee and our dirty dessert plates were not cleared away for a good half an hour despite the fact that there were few other people eating in the bar area.
On the second night, while a limited menu choice in itself often indicates quality and care, we were disappointed that of the 7 main courses we can remember only two differed from the previous night, one of these was not actually available at all (at 8pm) and another (duck) which was the first choice for three of the four of us could only be had by one as there was only one portion left. One of the starters too was also completely unavailable. For the prices being charged and on a limited daily changing menu, this should not happen. If this is the case then why include the dish on the menu at all?
Breakfast too was a mixed affair. If a breakfast is only available for an hour, the ingredients of a cooked breakfast should not have the consistency and taste of having been sitting around a while which was the case with the potatoes, baked beans and sausages.
On the positive side, the lady, Karen, who served breakfast on our first morning was consistently very friendly and helpful in trying to assist one of our party sort out some riding nearby and the small bar had a nice atmosphere. We were just disappointed that a place supposedly renowned for its food did not live up to expectations, was over-priced (120 pounds a night B&B, around 16 pounds for a main course) and while the young waiting staff were very pleasant, it didn't seem that they had actually been given sufficient training. In addition to the issues on the first night , we asked on arrival what time breakfast is served, and commented that from just 0830-0930 on a Sunday seemed a bit early, and were a bit taken aback for the girl on reception to joke that it was OK for us, what about she who had to get up early to be there to serve it - not really an appropriate response. We were also taken aback by unclear information on the website about the room rate we were being charged. What we believed was a stay in mid season turned out to be high season because of late school Easter holidays, which was not explained at the time of booking. If high season also includes school holidays then it would be helpful to those who neither have children nor live in the region to state clearly on the booking information the weeks to which this applies."
- Travel date: Wed 16th of April 2008