As its name suggests, this 16th century hotel/restaurant is housed in a beautiful riverside watermill. As well as a comfortable dining room, there's an airy conservatory serving all-day snacks and tables outside for fair weather dining. While there's been a recent change of ownership here, the local produce chain - carefully-developed over many years, and including some organic items - seems to have been maintained.
Menu offerings follow the seasons, but starters such as 'Soft Shell Crab with a Sweet Dipping Sauce'; 'Compressed Terrine of Confit Duck, Quail and Pigeon with Beetroot Carpaccio'; 'Tataki of Blue Fin Tuna, Vegetable Spaghetti and Soya Mirin Dressing' and 'Wild Mushroom and Mascarpone Ravioli, Jerusalem Artichoke Purée' set the style.
Perhaps to be followed by 'Confit of Old Spot Pork Belly, Black Pudding Bubble and Squeak with a White Bean Cassoulet'; 'Caramelised Onion Polenta Cake with a Warm Salad of Haricot Vert' and 'Rarebit-Glazed Fillet of Turbot with Trompette des Morts, Salsify and a Port Jus'.
Finish with 'Rich Chocolate Terrine on an Exotic Fruit Coulis'; 'Strawberry Millefeuille on a Redberry Sauce'; 'Iced Mandarin Nougat with Pralined Pecans and a Dark Chocolate Sauce' or their selection of farmhouse cheeses.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week 12.00-14.00; set L £14.50 (2 courses), £19.50 (3 courses); mains about £13 to £36; set L Sun £24.95 (2 courses), £28.95 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 19.00-21.00; set D £21.50 (2 courses), £27.50 (3 courses); mains about £13 to £36
- Seats: 110 seats, plus 20 outside
- Wine: a good list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Royston Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: D Sun; check Christmas openings
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating
- Rooms available