“ The Mill at Worston / Worston Lane / Little Bridgeford / Staffordshire / ST18 9QA / Tel: 01785 282710 „
We have been to The Mill a few times now and always found that it has a welcoming, friendly and relaxing atmosphere. The staff here are both attentive and helpful, and the service has been impeccable on each visit.
The features of this charming building are stunning, and the location is wonderful.
It is a firm family favourite with us; the kids absolutely love the playground area and feeding the ducks in the lake - it keeps them entertained for ages! My husband enjoys sampling the guest ales, and I very much enjoy the delicious sticky toffee pudding!
It caters for everyones needs, having the space and the layout to enhance a relaxing dining experience.
Food is great value for money and the portion size is fantastic (their Fish and Chips is a definite winner!).
Having been to a few other pubs in the area, we always find ourselves coming back to The Mill. Nowhere else seems to offer such good value and there are no other settings we have found that compare to the character features or grounds surrounding The Mill.
Looking forward to our next visit!
It's very rare I bother to review a place, but I was very dissapointed with this carvery.
I always go for the carvery wherever we go, so feel qualified to give my opinion:
The joints being carved were very small, the roasters were, well, looked like they had never seen the inside of a roasting dish, more like a microwave, the boiled potatoes seemed to have been microwaved also, all mushy inside. and most of the veg was smothered in cheese, ok if you like cheese, but it's nice to have a selection of the basic fresh veg I think.
Top carverys for me are: The Down Inn, Bridgnorth and Toby carvery The Broadway Walsall.
The pub itself is really nice in a great setting, and the staff were very friendly, shame about the carvery, which seemed like an after thought, can't comment on the set menu, as we did not sample it.
Having been a regular visitor to the Mill as a child, I was eager to return and see what had changed.
The menu is the same good style as it used to be, classic food with an upper-class twist.
There is a separate menu if you wish to eat in the bar, so there's something for any taste.
The interior is still warm and welcoming and the outside well maintained and child friendly.
The Billy Bear play area has gone since I last visited, but children seem more than happy to feed the ducks living by the river with the food available on site.
Back to the food. Whatever you order, it will certainly satisfy. My partner has never had trouble eating a plateful, but even he had to reluctantly leave some of his meal.
The desserts (if you have room) are wonderfully presented, and just as scrumptious!
There is always a great choice of beers, with guest ales to try out.
The staff always make sure you are comfortable and have everything you need.
All in all, a wondeful place to go, whether you be celebrating, or just having a drink by the river.
Have been to the Mill acouple of times during August 2010 , the steak nights on wednesdays, are good value for money and an excellent meal, The home made lasagna is also a fab meal, the staff are friendly and welcoming, and the restaurant is lovely,and a good selection of fine wine and ale, look forward to another delisious sirloin again soon, thanks karen & Kev Lennard.
In regard to the review 'Dinner down by the river' We disagree with the overall comments given.
After recently visting the Mill for a meal we were impressed by how much the place has to offer.
Atmosphere; On entrance to The Mill, we were taken back by the beautiful surroundings including the river alongside the beer-garden, me and my family were amused by the ducks chasing after the waitresses for food. When we entered the bar, the open mill was a lovely feature point and made the place have a 'cosy' feeling. The restaurant, which was split between three levels looked in place with the rest of the building.
Opening Hours; My family and I were not suprised by the opening hours, which seemed to be average alongside the other local restaurants.
Service; My partner and I along with our three children, had not booked a table in advance, so were quite suprised when we were quickly offered a table recognising the restaurant seemed to be almost full. We were seated by a waitress who gave us a selection of menus, including the special list and wine list. Our drink order was taken, and although there was a slight wait for the drinks, the waitress apologised and this was not seen as an issue by us.
When the drinks arrived we were asked if we were ready to order, we did and had no problems.
Throughout our meal, we were checked up on, offered more drinks and generally made sure that everything was okay. The fact that it was busy, did not effect our visit, we expected a slight delay on food and service, but were pleasantly suprised to find this was not a problem, as we were just enjoying a family meal out!
My wife ordered a 'homemade Staffordshire steak and ale pie' which came with the choice of chips or potatoes, aswell as salad or veg; as all the meals did. She said it was lovely. My wife and I were very impressed with the childrens menu, it consisted of a wide variety of smaller meals - not just the usual burger and chips! Two of my children had the child's portion of chicken tikka masala which even came with naan bread! My youngest child had nuggets, potatoes and beans, this got demolished fairly quickly!
I had the 'summer sizzler' as found on the special list, i was suprised to find that this came on sizzle plate, much to the amusement of my children. This was tasty!
The desserts looked good in the cabinet, in the entrance to the restaurant. A lethal place to position the desserts!! I was full so did not have one, but my wife had a strawberry cheesecake this came with a choice of icecream or cream.
Overall the food was excellent and at a resonable cost.
The toliets were fine, nothing special. But nothing to complain about.
My children were slightly dissapointed by the fact that Bertie Bears was closed, but were told about the recent floods, and were suprised that they had to completley refurb the floors and therefore the children were just as thrilled with the outside play area.
Overall we would recommend this place to all family and friends, it is definately worth a second visit!!
For a recent birthday, my family and I decided a meal down by the river was in order and our obvious choice was the nearby Mill at Worston, a pub/restaurant. I have fond memories of this place - I had my eighteenth birthday party here many moons ago - but hadn't visited for a long time, so was looking forward to seeing how it had changed.
The Mill at Worston
Telephone: 01785 282710
Little Bridgeford is about two miles from junction 14 of the M6, just off the main road to Eccleshall. Unless you happen to live in the nearby village of Great Bridgeford, transport is necessary - bus routes in this part of the world are not terribly reliable, particularly in the evening. There is plenty of space for car parking.
As its name suggests, The Mill used to be a water mill and it is immediately obvious from the tall building that this is the case. It is right next to the River Sow and there is plenty of seating outside the building, with seats and benches placed in strategic areas ideal for a view up and down the river. There are plenty of ducks wandering around - we really enjoyed watching some ducklings following their mum.
Inside, the pub and restaurant area are separated by the old water wheel, which is housed behind a glass cabinet. The rooms are quite plain - brick walls and wood, but decorated in bright colours without making it look too modern and out of keeping with the fact that it used to be a working mill. The restaurant area is on two different levels, which gives it a feeling of space, whilst being cosy at the same time.
I was quite surprised to find that they stopped serving food at half past eight on a Sunday, although the bar remains open to the usual time. This is very early by any standards, but is apparently commonplace in this part of the world. There are definitely some advantages to living in London.
We had booked a table in advance, so expected to be shown straight to a table, particularly because the restaurant was far from full. I was rather surprised that no-one was on hand to show us to our table and we had to wait a couple of minutes before a waitress appeared. She immediately apologised, asked us to wait one moment longer, and disappeared into the kitchen. Another waitress then appeared, apologised again for keeping us waiting and showed us to our table. Both claimed that the restaurant was busy, although I couldn't see any sign of this. We opted to stay inside because the temperature was dropping, although we could have sat outside.
We then ordered drinks while we were looking at the food menu. I asked what bottled cider was available, which seemed to throw the waitress. She offered to go to the bar and ask for me, but not wanting her to disappear again, I asked for Magners, which she seemed to think was available. The other three in the party ordered their drinks - a pint and two J2Os. The waitress then took our order through to the bar and disappeared again. Ten minutes later, she returned to take our food orders. Just as I was about to ask about our drinks, someone from another table asked about theirs - she again apologised both to him and us, said they were rather busy at the bar and that she would go and chase them up. She was very polite, but I really couldn't understand why the service was so slow when there were so few people about. There seemed to be a shortage of staff - perhaps because it was a Bank Holiday weekend, so this may have been the reason, but with so few customers, I still didn't see why we should have to wait.
Once the food and drinks were brought to our table, we had no complaints. There was a waitress on hand to check that we had everything we needed and to bring us the dessert menu when we were ready to order desserts.
The menu was quite wide-ranging for a provincial pub/restaurant. The food was, on the whole, quite plain - no curries or anything too 'foreign' - but there was certainly enough to keep us occupied for a while when choosing. I chose a Cajun Chicken Salad, which was basically a chicken breast on a nest of salad leaves, tomatos and cucumber, with a tangy sauce and a bread stick. It was a big portion and more than enough for me and tasty enough, although I would have preferred it to be a little spicier. The others in the party chose a chef's special - half a duck with cherry sauce, Hunter's Chicken (chicken breast smothered in bacon, cheese and barbecue sauce and salmon with vegetables. All were asked if they wanted vegetables or salad. The portion of duck was huge and the meat nicely cooked, but my brother-in-law found it to be too sweet. It certainly was too sweet for my liking. My mum's salmon was pleasant enough and my sister's Hunter's Chicken was delicious. The vegetables accompanying the main courses - carrots, broccoli and potatoes - were unfortunately over-cooked.
I didn't have a dessert (diet time again), so chose a coffee, while the other pigged out on a chocolate torte, which they said was delicious. I was tempted by the dessert menu, which was really excellent and apparently changed each week. There was one dessert called a Scottish flummery, which was cream, oats, whisky and golden syrup - had I not been on a diet, I would definitely have been tempted! Other choices included a raspberry mousse, chocolate fudge cake and freshly-made ice cream. My coffee was less than brilliant to be honest - very weak - but I live in London and so tend to have high expectations!
There are two lots of toilets - one in the restaurant and one in the bar. I was quite surprised that there was only one cubicle in the restaurant toilets - even with only three tables of people, there was a queue - and wonder how they manage if the restaurant is full! The toilets were very clean though, so nothing to complain about there. Because there are steps up to the toilet in the restaurant, I can imagine it would be difficult for wheelchair access, although the bar toilets are on one level.
The Mill does host a lot of functions, for which they can hire a marquee if there are a lot of people, and for a summer's day, it would certainly be a lovely location. Staffordshire may not be well-known for its countryside, but it is really quite beautiful around that area. Unfortunately, it suffers from flooding at times and The Mill had to be shut down for a few days when the recent floods hit.
For four people, including four main courses, two desserts, coffee and drinks, the final price was just £60. The main courses were around £9 each and the desserts about £3.80. I thought this was excellent value for the size of the portions that we had.
On the whole, we had an enjoyable meal in a pleasant location, and apart from the slow service and over-cooked vegetables, there was nothing much else to criticise. At the same time though, I didn't feel that it was anything special and, apart from the memories, see no reason to go out of my way to return. If you are stuck in traffic on the M6, it might make a nice break, particularly on a sunny day, but it is not worth making a lot of effort to visit. Three stars.