A sweet little escape along the river.
Now, I don’t want to be one of those bloggers, BUT when I got the email invitation inviting me to try out the newly refurbished Brampton mill in exchange for a blog review – I could have died with excitement.
There’s a number of reasons as to why I was so excited. We were recently talking about first dates at work, when my college expressed fond memories of her first romantic date at the a The Brampton Mill. So since then, I been wanting to pay visit. Another reason being, we will be moving into our first home, north of Cambridge soon. So we will have so much more freedom to pop to places like The Brampton Mill in Huntington.
Now despite not having been to The Brampton Mill, before I decided to have a little sneak peak at some before shots on google. Don’t get me wrong, The before look of the pub looked cute, but in comparison to the real life after version – it whole new level.
First of all driving up to the Mill, is so cute and quaint. It’s incredibly well hidden. This isn’t somewhere you just pop to for a night out. This is most definitely a destination for fine gastro pub dining.
We were welcomed by two beautiful double doors and an eye catching long, luxe bar to the right. Which I of course headed over to grab my own DIY gin. I mean, how fabulous does it look?
What I really like about the downstairs area, is that theres just so much choice for seating arrangements, you can have a comfy seat at the bar by the fire, take a seat along the river outside or even book out one of the downstairs room for a bigger party.
We were really kindly treated to some canapés to start our date night, so we took a seat on the outrageously comfy armchairs to enjoy them. The canapés were a selection of what new starters on the menu. Can I just say: Deep fried brie – perfection.
The Main restaurant
I can officially say, The Brampton Mill is like a Tardis. There’s just so much space! I already thought there was so much space for eating and dining downstairs, so you can imagine my surprise when the waiter said he would take us through to the main part of the restaurant upstairs. There’s just so much going on here – and the colour schemes works so well. Its just really warm and inviting. So I bet, with the right company you could spend a good few hours here, just enjoying the food and surroundings.
So, what did we eat?
The Brampton Mill has been really generous when it comes to their food choices. Theres not one but two menus. One for meat eaters and one completely vegan. That literally makes me so happy as it feels as though The Brampton Mill has made every effort to accommodate to all.
I mentioned earlier in the year that I wanted to expand on choosing and continuing to eat meat free options suits great to know that if we were to return here – we have that option wide open.
On this night though, I was dying to try the fish dishes because its just my favourite right now and if you can make a good fish dish, you’re in my good books.
For starters I had fried squid and my boyfriend had scallops. Both devoured in under five minutes. There was just so much flavour to my dish. Squid is usually my go to starter and I’m so glad it disappoint.
Mains: I dined on the Seared Salmon Fillet served with Chorizo mash, (which is to die for) tenderstem broccoli and Bouillabaisse sauce, with a side of extra veg of course.
Henry, tried and tested the fillet steak, with an ale-glazed shallot tart topped with Cropwell Bishop custard, Stilton & walnut crumb and twice-cooked chunky chips. I won’t lie, I nicked his chips and I have no regrets.
Being totally full, we of course, ordered dessert. We were enjoying the surroundings so much, we were happy to stay a little longer and indulge. By this point, I had seen a variation of delicious desserts leave the kitchen. So, choosing was a little hard. Again, I have to stress, the new menu at The Brampton Mill has so, so much choice.
I devoured the Melting Chocolate & Peanut bomb, filled with sticky toffee pudding and peanut butter cream. Served with Bourbon vanilla ice cream & hot salted caramel sauce. And, Henry decided to go all sophisticated with a cheese board. Judging by all the expression on his face, it was a damn good cheese board.
Final Verdict for The Brampton Mill
I think I’ve fallen in love with this place – just a little. I’ll be honest I wasn’t expecting something as lovely as The Brampton Mill is. It’s not just your average pub, its the sweetest location, the most divine fresh food & such a cosy, chic interior.
Throughout our experience, the staff were so kind and attentive also – despite it being such a busy night. My only wish is to return and see The Brampton mill during the daytime. Sunday lunch in the Summer, is very much on the agenda.