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“Food was exceptional, service a little disappointing”
Review of The Mill at Rode

The Mill at Rode
Ranked #28 of 100 Restaurants in Frome
Price range: US$13 - US$45
Cuisines: Barbecue, Contemporary, British, Bar
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: The Mill at Rode is a quintessential English inn, set on a stunning riverside site, surrounded by beautiful gardens and with a fabulous deck area overlooking the water. This former woollen mill is one of the few surviving that once put Rode on the map as a key trading centre and market town on the Somerset and Wiltshire border. The Mill was part of a consortium that won a competition to make a dress for Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, and invented a dye colour Royal Blue.. The Mill is now part of the Butcombe Brewery group of pubs and through sensitive restoration still connects with its industrial past, including the historic waterwheel. The pub has recently undergone a big refurbishment and the result is a carefully crafted modern, contemporary environment that is ideal for meeting friends, enjoying family time, or celebrating major events, with private dining facilities for up to 60 guests. Renowned for its great fresh locally sourced food and convivial atmosphere, the Mill at Rode is a perfect location for all occasions. There is plenty of parking and outside the chance to try your hand at some typical English pub games such as Giant Jenga and croquet so it is ideal for enjoying the lovely natural setting on the River Frome. Close to Bath, the Mill is a mecca for locals and visitors alike who are looking for a relaxing time. The Mill chefs pride themselves on using only the best ingredients, with as many as possible being supplied locally. On the menu are some classic British dishes such as sausage and mash with onion gravy to hearty international favourites such as dry rubbed pork ribs. And of course there is a fantastic selection of ales from Butcombe Brewery and a wide range of wines to suit all tastes and palates.
Southampton, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Food was exceptional, service a little disappointing”
Reviewed 15 February 2010

Came here for a valentines meal and chose from their special menu which was £25 for three courses including a glass of Kir Royale. The food was exceptional and I could not fault it. The only thing that was a little disappointing was that they were very busy with most tables taken and a wedding upstairs, but did not seem to have enough staff to cope. The staff that were there were very helpful and very apologetic when we had to wait around 45 minutes for our dessert. It was worth the wait as it was delicious when it did arrive and they were happy to knock a small amount from the bill to compensate us.

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Bath
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3 reviews
“Munching at the Mill”
Reviewed 12 July 2008

We visited the Mill for lunch. The setting is wonderful, the staff very helpful and the pub is very child friendly - even with their own games room and good outside playground. We took our grandson and he was very well catered for, with a good children's menu and plenty of freedom!

We also had my aged mother with us and a stair lift is available to help those who need it to reach the upper floor.

We found the menu ideal for a summer lunch time. It was varied and catered well for the wide age range in our party. The Cornish mackerel with crayfish was excellent, as were the smoked salmon and prawn fish cakes. One of our starters was wild boar salami which was both unusual and very tasty! A number of dishes are available on a reduced price scheme from 7am - 7pm, which offered excellent value for money. There was also a good and reasonably priced wine list.

Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxed visit - the Mill is certainly to be recommended.

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Somerset, UK
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Style over substance”
Reviewed 12 May 2008

Really sad. This place looks great - waterside setting, chunky rustic furniture, great bar, atmosphere.

The food was dire. Boring really, bland, dull, uninspired.

I had organic salmon (teriyaki I think). Tasted like supermarket salmon put on some noodles with a couple of sugar snap peas and some soy sauce. Could have rustled this up at home for much less than the £10 they charged. My boyfriend had chicken with cream sauce of some sort. Again - bland. No seasoning, no flavour. Side veg - brocolli, carrots and red cabbage were well cooked and still crunchy. At least they got something right!!

Puddings - I had Belgian chocolate mousse which surprised me by coming as a white blancmange (think Angel Delight). He had rhubarb fool which was ok but basically just tasted of cream with some lumps of rhubarb.

We paid £41 and to be fair, they did refund us the pint of Black Rat (cider) which my boyfriend took one sip of and decided on a coke instead.....Not their fault that the cider is rather more "rustic" than my beloved is used to.

We did feed back. Actually, as we were paying, my boyfriend said "Aren't you going to ask us how our meal was?" to which they looked rather non plussed. So we batted on regardless and told them all of the above. To which we received no real response.

Shame. Decent location, local to us and dire.

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