About Us

Here is just a little info to let you get to know our pub better...

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History

Here is little potted history of our pub and the local area... if you have a spare minute or two and maybe a cup of tea (or is that a G&T), we think it's well worth read.

Read on...

The Mill House was one of eight mills listed under Odiham in the Domesday book. This sounds like a very large number for a comparatively modest community, but of course the water wheel was one of the few sources of power generation available to the contemporary population (alongside the horse).

It was burnt down in 1345 and was subsequently rebuilt. It was called King's Mill, and was owned by the former royal Manor of Odiham, and subsequently by successive Lords of the Manor until 1920. Sections of the present building date from the 17th century.

The first known miller to operate the mill was John Hooker in 1615, and it was last used as a corn mill in 1895, when the then miller, Sydney Loader, was described as an il cake and manure merchant".

The mill became a residential property in the early 20th century, and was sold with the rest of the manor in 1920, at which time it was restored. It became the Mill House restaurant in the early 1990's, and the mill wheel was restored in 1995.

The wheel ceased working a couple of years ago, but we completed a further restoration of the wheel as part of the current refurbishment of the building.

When we took the Mill House under our wing, it was trading as a Blubeckers branded restaurant, with a 'meet and greet' station at the front door and full table service. There was a scheme in place to introduce a staircase from the gallery down into the restaurant, but we scrapped that as we felt it would spoil the layout of the building.

As part of the renovations to the Mill House in early 2011, over a period of eight weeks, we moved the bar to a more central location and substantially increased its size. In addition, we re-located the loos, and undertook a major renovation of the kitchen, replacing almost all the existing equipment.

Many thanks to local historian Sheila Millard for all your help compiling this history: your assistance has been invaluable.

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If you'd like to put a name to a face, allow us to introduce you to the crew...


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Front of house

Eleanor Moore

Manager

Better known to everyone as Ellie, unless she is in trouble. Eleanor is secretly dating Prince Harry or is it Colin Firth - she hasn't let them know yet. She can be found most nights serving behind the bar, but would much prefer to be sat the other side with a G and T. Ellie is the life and soul of any party.



Kitchen

Szabolcs Szabo

Head Chef

Szabi has been with us since October 2008. He has a great passion for food and experimenting with new ingredients - his favourite is chorizo and he makes a mean goulash. Out of the kitchen he loves his camera and wasting time editing pictures 'til they're perfect.

Gergely Kapka

Sous Chef

Gergely and our head chef have been friends for many years and have found each other again in our kitchen, how cute! He is a cage fighter by trade but has decided that cooking is a skill he would like to pursue and it is safe to say he makes a cracking crispy beef salad!



Maintenance

Karen Constable

Cleaner

Karen has been with the pub since it reopened under the Brunning and Price umbrella, and as well as keeping the place spick and span, is also to be found doing our washing and ironing and generally making sure we are ready for work and all the cogs keep moving! Away from work she has a growing family (2 lovely grandkids) and is on a mission to find a wine glass big enough to get her ‘small’ dry white in.

Simon Skeates

Gardener/Handyperson

Simon is our ‘go to guy’ for pretty much anything. If it needs unblocking, mending, tidying, pruning – he will have done it. Always to be seen with his beloved dog, Pip, at his side and on a mission to get the latest set of crazy jobs he's been given done, but never in a Polo shirt. When he’s not at work, he’s mainly working !


Book online

Use the calendar to book a table. If the time you're after is not available, give us a call and we will try our best to fit you in. We keep some tables for phone bookings.

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Upcoming event

Meet the Distiller

Friday 27th October 2017

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