Quy Mill Hotel & Spa
Deep in the English countryside, amid the neat lawns and gardens of the Quy Mill Hotel is the two-AA-rosette-awarded Mill House Restaurant. The hotel is housed in a stunning historic building that dates back to the 17th century and was once a watermill. It embraces its heritage, proudly displaying the water wheel and using the original Miller’s House as the base for The Mill House Restaurant.
Having recently undergone refurbishment, the interior exudes an air of modernity with a cosy country inn feel. There are a variety of dining areas to choose from, including the patio overlooking the manicured lawns and the main dining area, which offers an intimate candlelit space in which to relax and indulge.
Gastronomic offerings are just as charming as the surroundings – glance at the carefully considered menu and it’s clear the kitchen team are keen to show off local ingredients to the best of their advantage. Paired with the team’s enthusiasm, which is reflected in the service, it’s a winning combination.
For starters I chose the crab and smoked haddock fish cake with a soft poached egg, baby cress and lemon and dill emulsion. My partner began with hot and cold Colchester oysters with pancetta and citrus crumb. Our mains were just as impressive. I chose the tournedos Rossini charred beef fillet with toasted brioche croute, seared foie gras, pancetta crisp, wild mushrooms, sweet potato and Parmesan gateaux and parsley purée. My partner very much enjoyed the Norfolk coast baked lobster Thermidor with baby potatoes and Quy Mill salsa.
Dessert was a tough call. My dark chocolate tart with chocolate and cocoa nib oil, dark chocolate served with chilli macaroon and orange sorbet was utterly delicious. My partner’s brioche bread and butter pudding with apricot compote, Baileys liqueur cream custard and glazed apricot was simply beautiful. The Celtic Bar and Lounge is just next door and is great for a more informal experience or for drinks before or after your meal. It’s a good job there are bedrooms available for revellers if the temptation to stay is too great.
If you’re looking for somewhere truly special, then I wouldn’t be able to recommend anywhere more wholeheartedly than The Mill House Restaurant.