We were on holiday and looking for places to dine in the evening and happened to walk past The Millside and saw they had a vegan main course on the menu. I emailed to ask about a starter, dessert and if vegan wines were available and had a fabulous reply back from owners Richard and Jessica, so we booked a table.
On the night we arrived, there was a copy of the wine list on the table, with clearly highlighted vegan wines, to make my choice easy and there were plenty of them, that is what I call customer service. There was also a dish with olive oil and balsamic to have with my bread, another attention to detail. The sourdough bread served was fabulous and you could easily eat too much.
Starters were goats cheese and beetroot for my husband and a beetroot & smoked walnut salad for me, both good sized portions and delicious too. Mains were gurnard with mashed potatoes, pesto and greens for hubby and a celeriac and butternut squash terrine for me, with heritage potatoes, spring greens and a vegan red wine jus. Only slight niggle for me, some protein like some kind of beans maybe on the dish would be nice. But you could see the care that went into the terrine of thinly sliced vegetables, carefully layered, it was melt in the mouth, well seasoned, perfectly cooked and absolutely delicious. I'm not sure how you cook a terrine, but this could have been a bland disaster of a dish in the wrong hands.
Desserts were peanut butter parfait and poached rhubarb with rhubarb sorbet for me, although I was also offered a variety of sorbets and cinnamon poached pear too, but I love rhubarb. Desserts were devoured, which says it all.
Service throughout from Miranda and Willow was spot on, professional, helpful and happy to have a friendly chat, what a great front of house team.
I would love to see what else chef Richard can create on the vegan front, I guess they don't get many vegan customers,but if I lived in the area, I would certainly be revisiting.
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