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Millstone at Mellor
Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Blackburn
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 23, 2009

We had booked a 5 hour birdwalking tour in the Ribble Valley for my husbands birthday and I requested a room with a full bath for a long soak afterwards. We were put in a suite in the main hotel and it was fantastic. The toiletries were really nice and the furnishings throughout the room were lovely. We were on the Spring Break package which included a la carte in the restaurant and it was gorgeous. Too much food for me but my husband managed! The staff were all young and really polite. Nothing was too much trouble and they were very efficient. Anton, the Chef Du Patron was very hands on and interested in our opinions. Will definately go again.

  • Stayed: April 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 1, 2009

We based ourselves at the Millstone when we got married around the corner at Samlesbury Hall, stayed for 4 nights and had the most amazing time. We got a discounted rate for all our guests and we were upgraded for our whole stay, into the Bridal Suite (where else?!)

On the Friday night we were joined by our family and friends and ate in the private dining area. The hotel treated us to champagne and canapes in the private lounge on the first floor and then we moved downstairs for lovely dinner (here is where my only complaint lies, in that we wanted to eat at 8pm but didn't get served main-courses until gone 10pm - as other reviewers have said, the place is rammed with locals on a Friday and Saturday and staff struggle to keep up!). The food however is superb and if you're not in a rush, well worth the wait!

On our Wedding day (after delicious breakfast), the first floor lounge became our wedding room and served as a base for all the family to meet and the girls to get ready. The staff here were amazing, drinks were brought from downstairs, hairpins loaned out and one member of staff (Sue?) even helped to trim down the bouquets with a pair of nail-scissors!

That night our wedding party had taken every room in the hotel, and they allowed the bar to remain open to welcome our return. I think the bar stayed open till the last guest called it a night (we didn't stay up long!).

The next morning at Breakfast, again, we had the whole room to ourselves but then our guests began to check-out and it returned to being a lovely country-hotel/pub. We spent a lovely Sunday afternoon in the bar surrounded by papers, enjoying the beer and contemplating what we'd order from the bar menu for dinner.

We checked out at 6am the next morning and were sad not to enjoy another fabulous breakfast in their dining room (too early) but the staff sent up a breakfast tray (of quite random things!) which was a nice touch.

The building here is lovely, the staff amazing, rooms very comfortable with quality cosmetics and extra little touches, but the best thing here is the food. If you're on a diet forget it - the Sticky Toffee Pudding is truly perfect, and it's the only place I've been to that serves Plum Yogurt for Breakfast.

The restaurant is on the expensive side, but the bar-menu is perfectly accessible and equally good.

Oh, and we found the free wifi in the room a godsend - especially as phone reception could be a bit intermitant.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 2, 2008

Paid £92 (corporate rate) for standard room b&b.

Overall very pleasant, homely atmosphere and although part of a small group, decidely 'non-corporate' in a good way.

Positives:
dining facilities (local produce)
plush but not over the top room
good walking opportunities in nearby hills
handy for Preston, Blackburn

Negatives
Expensive for the size of room

There is another pub at the end of the road (5 minute walk) called the Traders Arms which offers better value but still delicious food, though booking essential on public holidays etc.

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed July 7, 2008

Millstone has a lot of character and is very comfortable.
The food is excellent, although as the bar and bar food is also very popular they can get a bit swamped trying to give customer service.
I can understand people preferring to stay in the main hotel building- however some rooms back onto the village church which starts chiming quarter-hourly from 0600.

  • Stayed: July 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 9, 2008

We stayed overnight whilst in the area on a photo shoot. The room was booked at short notice and they were happy to meet my budget (£100 B&B).

We arrived late and were warmly welcomed. However, our room was in the Courtyard annexe across the car park. It was a major pain having to lug our bags back from the main reception, across the car park through a gale and sleeting rain. I hate being relegated to new additions which are usually just characterless boxes, but decided to reserve judgement until I saw the room.

Thankfully, the room itself didn't disappoint. The room was perfectly nice and the facilities covered all bases, but the newish Courtyard overall was totally lacking in character. The shower was lovely and powerful and there were some thoughtful extra touches provided, including a brolly!!!

It was too blustery to risk the umbrella, so we made a dash for it. Soggy and windswept, we were pleased to find the bar area to be warm and welcoming. We opted to eat in the bar and had a hard time choosing from an extensive menu of mostly local produce.

We were very pleased with our meals, but the portions are HUGE. The steak was perfectly cooked and the fish pie was generously filled. My partner managed to finish his, but I was a little over faced and sadly neither of us had room for pud.

We didn't feel rushed despite being the only ones left in the bar.

Breakfast was equally as pleasant and unhurried.

We even popped back for lunch after finishing our shoot. That was just as tasty and also too much.

Overall, we'd go again (even just to eat), but ask to be in the main hotel - especially if it's the middle of winter.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 4, 2008

My husband & I stayed at the Millstone on New Year's Eve and it was excellent. Our room was located in the Courtyard which is across the car park from the hotel.

The room was very nicely furnished with a most comfortable bed and quality toiletries. Much to my delight, in addition to the usual wooden hangers there was 3 padded satin hangers, an iron & ironing board & clothes brush as well as the usual trouser press. Nice to see that females are catered for. The lighting in the bathroom was also good with a magnifying mirror for make up/shaving.

We had a delicious dinner which started with champage & canopes but we can only assume the appeties of Blackburn people must be larger than ours as we had to give up before the cheese course and should have stopped before the puddding!

Breakfast was equally delicious and the quality of all the food served was high and a lot of it was locally sourced. Presentation too was obviously very important as all their dishes were very nicely served.

The staff were very pleasant and efficient and even after a 4.30 am finish, they were chatty & cheerfull at breakfast in the morning.

We assume that as it was New Year's Eve, a complimentary bottle of good quality champage had been left in the room which was a very unexpected surprise!

If you want a low key New Year's Eve celebration with excellent food & drink, we would recommend the Millstone at Mellor.

  • Stayed: December 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 10, 2007

We stayed at the Millstone for a two night weekend break. The package was for two nights bed and breakfast with one night dinner. As we were going to a 50th birthday party on the Friday night that suited us fine. When I booked I contacted the hotel directly and spoke to Anton, the Chef Patron. He was very helpful discussing rooms and best rates etc.
The Millstone is not only a charming country inn with a well respected and popular restaurant but also the village pub. This is where I think the problem lies at times. The pub is very busy and serves excellent bar meals. The restaurant is also popular with well healed locals and the Millstone sufferes from its own success. The service in the restaurant is very obliging but the young staff lack professionalism and having to serve diners in the restaurant and across the other end of the hotel in the bar causes problems. On the Saturday night we invited our friends whose party it was to dinner in the restaurant. We waited in the restaurant bar for over 20 minutes for a bottle of pre dinner champagne. We ordered wine when we sat down but they brought the wrong bottle so it was returned. All the time you could see staff carrying bar meals through the restaurant into the bar. I think if the hotel had dedicated staff for each restaurant the service would be infinately better. Our friends, who are locals and knew at least one person on every table in the restaurant commented "You dont come to the Millstone for the service, only the food". The food was good, unlike the reviewer below it was worth its 2 AA Rosettes and the fact the restaurant was full endorses this.
The breakfasts were good, with lovely fresh fruit salad, pastries and full english. Dont have the smoked Haddock - it was dry and tasteless. The hotel has a blackboard listing who their suppliers are and I noticed that the fish was not from a local supplier but from M&J seafoods in Warrington who are part of the large wholesalers Brakes. My advice would be stick to someone more local and independant.
Our room was very clean and comfortable, it was small but well decorated with a comfortable sofa , writing table and lovely bed. The bathroom was again small (this is a village inn after all) but very clean with lovely bath products etc. There is also a residents lounge on the first floor if you want to get away from the bar downstairs.
I would stay here again as it is very cosy and is a good base for the Ribble Valley, Fylde Coast and a stop off for the Lake District.
The Millstone is very welcoming and the food is mostly very good, but at busy times they do need to be a little more organised. If you are in the area and dont want the formality of Stanley House then this is the only place to stay.

  • Stayed: June 2007, traveled as a couple
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Address: Church Lane, Blackburn BB2 7JR, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Lancashire > Blackburn
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 4 Hotels in Blackburn
Price Range: $99 - $139 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Millstone at Mellor 5*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Millstone has retained all the charm of the coaching inn it once was - but added all the creature comforts of a modern hotel. It is one of the highest rated AA 2 star hotels in the country and has been awarded 2 AA food rosettes. The Millstone at Mellor, Blackburn is easy to reach from the M6 or M65. ... more   less 
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