Funny little place.
The type of place you'd pass everyday and not really note as remarkable, other than for a pretty facade and oldy worldy, higgldypigguldy, clapperboard and brick, it really isn't very grand.
And maybe that adds to the charm. I don't want to be mean, but it's only just a 'hotel' in that they are a small hotel with the emphasis on small. The delights within therefore, are a real shocker.
I haven't eaten so well, since my last visit to Le Manoir in Oxfordshire or the Chewton Glen down in the New Forest. I'm serious.
I haven't ever eaten such a sublime fusion of flavours, outside of a Michelin starred restaurant, period. Dinner was the highlight of the stay. Fabulous food, beautifully cooked, unfussed, but the depth and breadth of how they achieve that, I have no doubt entails hours of prep, simmering, reducing and generally caring.
The complexity in the presentation too! If one eats with one's eyes, then this was a fantasy lapdance given by Miss World. Dinner was faultless. Vegetables cooked to perfection, dressings and sauces delicately dancing in the background, wheresoever deployed, stimulating and teasing but never dominating the whole. I had two meals there, dinner on arrival (confit of duck, that was plump and soft, ducky in flavour, with none of those annoying dry elements from murdering it in a too hot oven) and lunch the following day (having moved the venue of my meeting to the hotel, on the strength of both service and grub the evening before) a fillet steak, with a foie gras tranche and balsamic and wine reduction that alluded to a Tornedos Rossini, but so much more sophisticated. It melted in the mouth.
All this from a terrace overlooking a pretty mill pond, entertained by a kingfisher, mummy quacker and her seven babies (yes, felt guilty about the confit but hey...) a swan I named 'Mr Big' due to his need to dominate his surroundings, three species of goose and countless other sensory stimulae that take all the puff out of a busy world, and demand one to reflect on what the hell one really is doing in life generally.
So take a bow, Sheene Mill, your staff were super, so accommodating and helpful, your kitchen will have a star in no time at all if you keep that up.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set in an idyllic location, this Grade 2 listed mill is a superb spot to enjoy a Romantic Break, a Wedding, a Birthday Celebration or any event you can think of! Our strong kitchen team use only the finest seasonal produce, sourced locally to create genuinely imaginative modern dishes that delight and inspire. The eloquent food is matched perfectly by the attentive staff. Always on hand to help in any way possible, the Sheene Mill staff pride themselves in offering the highest standard of service throughout the bar and restaurant. Sheene Mill offers its guests the choice of nine bedrooms, each with en-suite facilities. Each room is individually designed and complements the original features of the building, all with views of the hotel grounds and tranquil mill pond, creating an atmosphere of relaxation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sheene Mill Hotel And Restaurant
- Sheene Mill Melbourn, Cambridgeshire