Longbridge Mill & Mill House Inn, Sherfield-on-Loddon, Hook
Hampshire RG27 0DL. Tel: +44 (0)1256 883690 Mill and Visitor Centre „
I recently visited the Longbridge Mill on a Friday evening with my partner. Being a Friday night we booked in advance thinking it would be very busy.
The Longbridge mill is located on the Reading Road. It took us about 15 minutes to drive there from the centre of Basingstoke although the traffic was quiet. The pub itself is set back from the road and accessed by a long driveway. The driveway wasn't very wide so we may have encountered difficulty if another car had come the other way.
The car park was large and not very busy so we found a space very easily. There were plenty of disabled spaces and easy access into and around the pub for those in wheelchairs. The setting of the pub is very nice with plenty of countryside and green areas to look around at. There was seating outside as well as a play area but it was cold so we didn't use these.
We were shown to our booked table but were told that if we didn't like it we could choose somewhere else. Despite it being 7pm on a Friday the place was only about half full. Our drinks arrived quickly and our waiter was very polite and friendly.
The menu was quite standard for a pub with a couple of more interesting looking options, venison being an example. We opted for a mezze platter to share for starters and mixed grill and fish and chips for our main course.
Our food arrived quite quickly. The mezze was of a reasonable size and the contents were good but it wasn't anything too spectacular. We definitely enjoyed it though.
Once we'd cleared our plates our mains followed soon after. They were both piping hot and well cooked. The food was good, but again nothing to write home about. The best thing on my plate were the chunky chips. I would give my mixed grill 7/10 and my partner gave her fish and chips 7/10 as well. Her criticism was that the mushy peas didn't have mint in them and were quite runny.
We didn't have desert so I can't comment on these, although from the brief glance I gave the menu they did look tempting. Out total bill came to about £30 which is reasonable value. We had excellent service throughout with our waiter being polite and friendly, if a little nervous.
Overall I would say that this is a good place to eat and would be great on a nice day when you could sit outside and admire the view. I wouldn't travel from far and wide to get there but if you live nearby it's definitely worth the trip. You can even buy bags of stone ground flour from the mill on the site.
Beautiful Mill and Location - Advantages: Great Mill, beautiful location, good place to eat and drink, vey helpful, interesting Mill staff - Disadvantages: Avoid the crazy old ex head mistress who plagues the site, she is rude and offensive.
I visited Longbridge Mill for the first time in April 2001 with a friend. We live some way apart so when we get together, we like to find somewhere equidistant to meet up where we can eat and keep our 4 daughters (all age 3 and under) entertained. We chose Longbridge Mill based on a recommendation my friend had received, in particular about the facilities for children to play. We didn’t visit the Mill, but went straight to the restaurant and childrens play area. The restaurant was child friendly, with highchairs available and an easily accessible baby change in the disabled toilet (only one door to open to get in there). The menu had lots of choice on it, and there was a separate kids menu where you could mix and match from 3 sections to make up a meal your child would like at a fixed price of £2.99, which included a dessert for them – great idea and good value. The service was pretty good and they didn’t seem remotely bothered about all the food that ended up on the floor. At one end of the restaurant is an indoor soft play area for children. This was excellent. You have to pay £1.50 per child for an hour in the play centre, they can come and go during this time and are given a slip on tunic to wear to show that they have been paid for. The soft play is on two levels, with 2 ball pits, a slide and all sorts of places to investigate and climb on. Our 3 year olds spent the best part of 3 hours in there – only coming out for ice-cream and a ride on Budgie the Helicopter. Outside, there is also an adventure playground for children. Despite the freezing cold weather, this was also popular with the children (if only as a delaying tactic as we tried to persuade them it was time to go home!). I can imagine that in the warmer weather this would be very popular as well. All in all this was a super place to meet up for a few hours with children. The prices were good, about £32 for our meals and drinks for 2
adults and 4 children, plus £1.50 per hour per child for the soft play area, which certainly proved value for money. I would definitely go there again.