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Cafe, bookshop, artists corner and information centre in a wonderful building

Visited 3 times during a weeks stay. Had assorted coffees, hot chocolate, mocha cake, frittata and... read more

Reviewed September 29, 2018
bluelizard
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N Wales
Interesting history - nice cafe

We were passing through the area and saw signs for this attraction / museum. It’s a bit of a walk... read more

Reviewed September 25, 2018
AlanE856
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Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 17, 2018

We were welcomed upon entering the door by the gift shop/book store proprietor, who did mention that if we had any questions, he would be upstairs. The museum itself, is self explanatory and I didn't find the need to have someone in the room to answer any questions that I might have.
There is a huge diorama set up on the first floor that shows the original layout of the village, which is pretty much how it still looks. Such a lovely, well laid out village.
The upstairs featured a small gift shop which held local craft goods that were unique and unusual, but most of the upstairs is filled with used books. Honestly, a book lover's dream! My husband found a real gem to bring home with us.
There is a cafe in the lower level, and restrooms are available should you need them.
There was a public parking lot across the street, free to park.
Well worth stopping in to see. Easy parking, beautiful surrounds, free entrance, and you might just leave with a lovely book to enjoy!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank geismom
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Reviewed October 4, 2018

Downstairs no one spoke to us , we were just ignored.
Upstairs a very nice lady said hello to us.
Came out of the lift on the first floor to fall over a box in the way.
Fire people need to look at the safety of the disorganised book shop.
Not safe for the visually impaired.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ted B
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Ken S, Manager at The Mill on the Fleet, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2018

Sorry your visit was less enjoyable than you would have wished. There are always welcoming staff in the café and you certainly shouldn't have felt ignored. The building is largely run by volunteers and most are usually very happy to engage. There shouldn't have been boxes to fall over - not sure where that one was on the first floor, but certainly the bookshop is more of an adventure. The fire officer does come round regularly to check everything and is generally happy, but while the bookshop may appear less organised than it is - it is in fact quite organised - the 'busy' presentation seems to be popular with most so we keep it that way. We would always hope that whoever is on in the bookshop would look out for anyone with mobility problems or needing assistance just because it is a busy space. We are always happy to assist where we can though.

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Reviewed September 29, 2018

Visited 3 times during a weeks stay. Had assorted coffees, hot chocolate, mocha cake, frittata and soups. All lovely and reasonably priced. Dog-friendly. Toilets could do with a clean (cobwebby and dusty). Enjoyed browsing the well-stocked bookshop and bought a couple of pieces from the artists corner. The museum part was interesting too. Loved the scale model of Gatehouse. Lots of tourist information to hand. Pleasant staff. Free wifi.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank bluelizard
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Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

We were passing through the area and saw signs for this attraction / museum. It’s a bit of a walk from parking on main road or public car park opposite. There is wheelchair access but lot of ups and downs. An interesting former (rebuilt) cotton mill with lots of exhibits. Friendly volunteer on hand to answer questions. I would allow 1 hour visit then pop to the cafe on ground floor where the fruit scones and jam are recommended. Light bites available. It’s not a luxurious cafe but worth the stop and a lot cheaper than one we found nearby, afterwards. Coffee was in a big cup for a change. Free entry. Clean toilets. Friendly cafe staff.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank AlanE856
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Reviewed September 24, 2018

Very good value for money. Lovely coffee and superb home baking. Try the homemade carrot cake and the cheese scones,,

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank elspethm1967
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