Here is just a little info to let you get to know our pub better...
Here is just a little info to let you get to know our pub better...
Here is a 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 a read.
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.
The Lady of the Pub, better known to everyone as Ellie, unless she is in trouble. Ellie can be found most nights serving behind the bar, but would much prefer to be sat the other side with a large Gin & Tonic. When Ellie isn't pouring you a drink behind the bar she's at home being a Mummy to her adorable little boy Teddy. Ellie has been in the pub industry for 12 years so she knows a thing or two. There's no rest for the wicked and our Ellie is known for being the life and soul of any party.
One of our leading ladies, Anita joined us back in 2017 but has worked in the industry for an unbelievable 34 years! Anita is always found cracking a joke or two, she likes to help keep spirt high within the team. When she's not helping look after our crazy bunch at the pub she's at home with her own crazy bunch her two handsome boys and her energetic grandson... I know she does not look old enough to be a nanny we can't believe it either!
Mark is one of the newest members of our management team. When Mark isn't working at the pub he's either out wining and dining with his lovely wife Mo or is training or competing at bowls down at Marvel bowls club which mark loves! When mark was younger he lived in New Zealand for 5 years. Prior to joining our team Mark did 10 years working within retail then left and joined the insurance industry which he worked in for an incredible 20 years! He has now decided to combine a passion for good food and drink with a carer and has come to join us.
Waitress by night, comedy manager by day. Always on the look for the next Micky Flanagan. She's a bit tall so she is forever having to duck under the beams (but very handy if we are struggling to reach something on the top shelf.) Sarah is one of our most trusted members of staff she runs the restaurant like a pro! We all love her down at the pub, she's such a kind hearted lady and we are so glad we have her.
Better known as Mandie she is the mummy of the Mill House, the woman we all turn to when we need loving and truthful advice. She looks after everyone here like they're one of her own. She's worked in the industry for years and has even run her own pub, so she is full of the knowledge we need!
Debbie has been with our team for a while now and has become a loving mother figure to the team! She is the fashion queen of the pub and loves to shop especially for Shoes! Debbie also adores all things interior design and loves to re vamp old furniture. When she isn't down being agony aunt for the team she is either on holiday with her gorgeous little boy or at home chilling.
Lily is one of our local girls better known as Lil, and has been at the pub for 3 and a half years. Whilst she has worked other jobs such as an estate agent personally we prefer her being here with us! Lily is a beautiful and bubbly character you can always find her smiling where ever she is. When she isn't waiting your table, she likes to spend her time shopping and socialising with her girls....normally out dining and sipping cocktails.
Kane is a man in a women's world... down at the pub he is one for the few male front of house staff and we love him all the more for it. He is our very own Gin-fanatic and loves to talk, think and drink gin! He's the joker of the pub and always trying to make people laugh, when he's not with us he's at home chilling with his partner, children and their two beautiful dogs.
Lydia is currently studying Politics & French at University ( Our Little Brainiac!). As well as living local she has been privileged to have lived in different countries such as Belgium and Italy! Another member of our team who is a budding athlete as has played a high standard of Hockey and Tennis for the county!
Better known as Rach down at the Mill! She is the original Goude! She was the first of the three to join us and the other two shortly followed. Rach has many talents as well as being a great waitress she is also bilingual speaking Spanish & Italian! Rach spent a year traveling round Latin America taking in all sort of experiences. When she isn't behind the bar pouring pints and shots she on the other side enjoying them our own little party Princess!!
Katie was the second member of the Goude gang to join us. Unfortunately we lost her for eight months while she went off gallivanting around Australia not finding herself but finding every party she could! Before this Kate had been studying for four years at Bournemouth University and graduated with a degree in TV Production, if you ask her I'm sure she will tell you she's Bournemouth till she dies! Katie is a great member of our team and also has many talents this being she is an amazing dancer and specialises in Tap!
Tia is the budding footballer of the Mill House team and is always up for a kick about! She's been playing football for 8 years and is currently playing at Southampton Ladies (what an achievement at such a young age). Whilst she may be one of our younger members of staff, she is one of the biggest characters and also boasts the biggest and craziest hair! Tia is looking to go to university to study Physiotherapy and we think she will be great at it!
Simon is our 'go to guy' for pretty much everything and anything. If it needs unblocking, mending, tidying, pruning - he will have done it in no time! Always seen with his beloved wing-woman, his dog Pip, at his side and on a mission to get the latest set of crazy jobs he's been given done. Whether at work or home, he is bound to be cracking a joke or two. We would be lost without our Simon.
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.
We don't reserve any of our outside tables so if you enjoy a little alfresco dining these are first come first serve.
Thursday 6th June to Monday 2nd September