Pubs and Bars with Restaurants
Awarded Best Pub in Surrey at the National Pub & Bar Awards 2018, Gomshall Mill possesses bags of olde-worlde English charm with log fires, a lively bar with local ales on tap and a stunning riverside dining area. The mill itself, which dates back to medieval times, was operational until 1953, and has been renovated sympathetically to provide a stylish setting in which to enjoy this pub-restaurant’s superb food. The decor features plenty of throwbacks to the building’s history – some of the original milling equipment is on show in the restaurant area – and the River Tillingbourne flows through and under the building, imbuing it with its inimitable character.
Food-wise, the menu focuses on using the best seasonal and local ingredients, and so changes regularly. On the evening we visited, we began by enjoying pan-fried scallops with crispy pancetta and pumpkin purée, and chicken liver pâté accompanied by fig and plum chutney and toasted brown bread. A hearty chicken, ham hock and leek pie followed, as well as a succulent shoulder of lamb with Dauphinoise potatoes, vegetables and a generous helping of gravy.
To finish, the mouth-watering prospect of sticky toffee pudding with vanilla cream was an obvious choice for me, while my partner opted for baked vanilla cheesecake paired with raspberry sorbet. All in all, it was a lovely meal in an enchanting building.