We've visited the Mill many times and often enjoyed coffee or lunch in the restaurant. Today we decided we'd have a cup of tea following a lovely riverside walk. My wife wanted an ice cream which she enjoyed. I chose a scone and butter and pot of tea. Firstly, the counter service was rather slow but I wasn't in a rush so this didn't matter so much. The scone, I was informed, would be brought out to the table rather than given to me with my tea!
Although the scone looked lovely For my taste it lacked a pinch of salt and was bland. Jam would, of course, have helped. However, I was most disappointed with my pot of tea. Cheap (though durable) stainless steel pots and jugs simply seem out of place in the Mill's setting. Worse than that my pot (two good cups) was made with one tea bag. Even after infusing and stirring I was unable to ascertain whether I was drinking a superior brew or a cheap catering alternative. I'm sure that I would have been given an extra bag if requested but that's not the point. By the way, I don't like my tea particularly strong.
Next time we'll return to the Oak Barn at Budleigh where a choice of tea is served in individual pots with removable infusers and timers (training given!), which makes the most superb beverage I've ever enjoyed outside of home.
It's not that the whole experience was unpleasant but simply that such a lovely and unique attraction should, in my opinion, be offering a better tea service than I would expect in a seafront cafe.
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