“An idyllic village setting, an inviting pub with rooms and a seriously tasty restaurant; all within easy reach of London or Bristol”
The 13 exuberantly designed rooms and suites have bold splashes of colour and plenty of home comforts. Arriving to a cosy lamp-lit room filled with artisan tea, homemade biscuits and plump bedding felt wonderfully welcoming, as did freshening up with REN toiletries in the indulgent ensuite.
Tucked away on the top floor, the 2 Luxury Suites are heavenly (each sleeps 2-3). We stayed in The Goring Suite, a dark-blue hideaway with 2 spacious bedrooms and lots of character. The romantic Mansfield Suite, just across the hall, is a favourite with pre-wedding brides thanks to its ethereal white walls and an enormous French bed.
Superior Rooms are spacious and charming. We particularly liked Mollington’s (11) soft grey walls, Edwooton’s (9) bay window and Wigston Magna’s (7) huge bathtub for 2. Standard Rooms are a little smaller, but Papplewide (8) has a glorious bay window view of the village green and Larkby Thorpe (14) has characterful exposed beams.
Small Rooms are indeed tiny, but great for solo travellers or short stays. Note that Arnold’s (10) glass bathroom walls are best for those with nothing to hide while Willoughby’s (15) low ceilings could get claustrophobic for taller guests.
Be warned though: here, 'ensuite' can mean open-plan - so you may find your shower is actually in the bedroom!
This was where The Miller really impressed us. Having settled into a cosy corner of the golden-yellow restaurant, our 7-course dinner went by in haze of delicious courses, crisp Picpoul de Pinet and happy conversation. There's an open fire in winter and a patio for summer spill-over. It's an easy atmosphere and the team really know their onions.
We kicked off with the ‘Miller sack of homemade bread’ – beef dripping was our favourite flavour. Next came a trio of tasty canapes, then soused mackerel and a creamy beetroot, horseradish cream and mozzarella dish. The spiced monkfish tail was one to remember, with a sumptuous butter sauce. Not to be outdone, the aged Hereford fillet steak was rare, tender and paired with a divine peppercorn sauce. With no less than three puddings to sample, it was the delicate white chocolate and passionfruit macaroons that stole our hearts, rounding off the evening in style.
Open all day, the cosy bar is often filled with locals winding down over bar snacks, cocktails and local ales.
Don’t worry, breakfast isn’t neglected either. The rich flavours of our full English spoke of high-quality produce and an excellent chef. Be sure to ask for the brown sauce - it’s homemade and deliciously fruity. Choose you cooked dish and then top it up with warm toast, fresh juice and yoghurts from the buffet.
Although the pub is best suited to adults, children are welcome and will enjoy the walks and bike rides that the countryside has to offer.
Babies (0-1 years)
The two Luxury Suites (Goring and Mansfield) each have a double bedroom and adjoining single bedroom. The Superior Rooms have space for an extra bed or a baby cot.
Baby cots are available free of charge.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There is a kids' menu available.