The Mill at Elstead
Farnham Road, Elstead, Godalming, GU8 6LE
This characterful historic venue has occupied its current spot over the River Wey since 1648. Since its inception it has functioned as a corn mill, a factory for military braid, and even a World War II hospital. Since its transformation into a pub, the traditional features of the mill have been coupled with cosy sofas and a well-stocked bar. The menu is full of hearty traditional dishes, so we’d recommend working up an appetite first by exploring the beautiful surrounding area. Tuck into the likes of black pudding and leek croquettes with Bramley apple ketchup and spicy Vietnamese chicken wings, both of which provide a satisfying snack or starter. Mains such as Owton’s dry-aged sirloin steak with triple-cooked chips, grilled tomato, mushroom and Béarnaise are hard to beat. Vegan and vegetarian diners are well catered for with plates like roast pumpkin and walnut gnocchi enhanced by sage oil and pumpkin seeds, and vegan chilli served with freshly made guacamole and basmati rice. This eatery also does a superb Sunday roast, with a great range of options for all the family. Visitors with pets may prefer to sit in the picturesque riverside garden, which becomes a real suntrap in summer, but pups are also very welcome inside this cosy pub.