I headed into Old Basing to dine at The Crown but on Sunday they dont' serve dinner so three gents in their bar gave me directions to The Millstone as it was the only place serving dinner in this neck of the woods. Keep in mind that these guys had been and were still drinking but it was a right, another right just past the bridge and another right and then stay left and take the stairs on the right for dinner all with a series of hand motions and, at times, seemingly different paths to the restaurant. Okay, that worked on the way in but after a beer there was a question about getting home trying to reverse the steps.
Anyway, The Millstone (Barton's Mill) is a nice pub and restaurant in an old mill (there are even parts of the mill that are open and available for viewing) but watch your head as you're traversing this joint as the folks back then weren't very tall or they had tons of head trama from hitting the huge beams supporting this place.
The Millstone has a proper Sunday dinner with a roast, veggies and yorkshire pudding but I went for the pub fare with their club sandwich with freshly sliced chicken, bacon, greens and two slices of Texas toast thick fresh bread. I also ordered a side salad of rocket lettuce and tomatoes and a pint of ale for good measure. The club was fresh and very tasty but way too much bread for my taste so I decided to enjoy the chicken and bacon with the my salad and a created my own combination of these very good ingredients.
In the pub the service is at the bar so once I figured this out the barkeep took my order and made a beer pairing recommendation. The place is very casual and it looks like a local watering hole with warm folks milling about and service with a friendly smile. The restaurant looked a bit more formal but you can get the same menu in the pub if you're in jeans like I was.
So it's a bit out of the way and, if you've been imbibing you might not get back to your hotel. If only I had the bread on the way to this joint, I could have dropped a trail of crumbs to get me home.
It's a casual fun place with good food (unfortunately I deleted my food photos before writing this review!). It's worth the detour.
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