The Millstone Bar & Restaurant.
This month took us to The Millstone in Penyffordd it’s a modern pub which has been refurbished to a high standard it looks appealing from the imposing red brick outset right to the interior which has a contemporary modern feel .It has a impressive decked garden terrace which then overlooks the lawns of the former Bowling green. We didn’t book a table and assumed the first week in January it would be quiet but how wrong were we the place was bustling and had a few large parties booked in. Could it be their philosophy of using simple and fresh food and sourcing local ingredients that work in harmony together creating simple fresh dishes that has drawn so many people out on a wet winters evening the first week in January.
We were impressed with the well stocked bar including craft beers, a great selection of ciders and large wine list but also a vast Cocktail menu with an array of tipples including Bakewell Tart Amaretto or a Fiery Jack Daniels to warm you up on a cold evening.
For starters we decided on a sharing platter it was aptly named the Butchers Block and consisted predominantly different types of meat including Cajun chicken strips , ham hock Terrine which was layered with bacon and chicken, locally produced Vaughan’s Welsh dragon sausages and a variety of Spanish charcuterie meats including salamis and Parma Ham. The platter was presented impeccably with side dishes of Bury black pudding, baked breads a delicious chargrilled and red onion relish, mixed olives and a pot of homemade rhubarb chutney. The platter was wholesome and tasty the only thing I felt it was missing was dipping oil or maybe some Hummus.
The main course arrived promptly and looked just as appealing as the platter. Reg had opted for the Home made Beef Burger which was massive! It was stuffed with thick cut Bacon, Baby gem lettuce and tomatoes and then topped with The Millstones own special recipe BBQ sauce which was delicious it also had fresh pickles piled high between a toasted Brioche bun. It came presented beautifully on a platter with a rustic Tin of homemade chunky chips and a pot of mustard slaw. After deliberating over Goosnargh Duck Breast served with celeriac mash, sticky apples, bury black pudding, roast baby parsnips, honey, orange and black cherry sauce or Thai vegetable, Tomato and Coconut Goan curry it was the Thai curry that won as I wanted something light and refreshing after the huge meat feast!
The curry was just as I hoped really fresh and fruity with abundance of seasonal vegetables and undertones of coconut to complement the flavours it came with a crispy carrot and coriander bhaji which was different but worked well a lighter alternative to onions, it was also served with mango chutney and basmati rice.
A perfect meal from start to finish The Millstone in Penyffordd certainly deserves its recent award of Certificate of Excellence 2016 for Trip Adviser and previous to that “Best Newcomer Award 2015” in the Taste of Cheshire Food and Drink Awards. In our opinion YES their philosophy of using simple fresh wholesome food is definitely the reason why people are returning to the Millstone even the first week in January when most pubs and restaurants are empty. A big well done to staff and management!
For the full menu and prices check out their website www.millstonepenyffordd.co.uk