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Thursday 10 June 2021

Review: Dinner at Mill Arms, Dunbridge, Romsey, Hampshire

Review of our meal at Mill Arms, Dunbridge, Romsey, Hampshire. We'd recommend and would eat there again.

When we stayed at Michelmersh Manor Farm near Romsey recently we wanted to try some local fayre one night and when I started to look for pubs that were close by, the first two that came up were the Bear & Ragged Staff and The Goat. They both looked really nice but they also looked pretty pricey and the menus appeared quite limited. As we were going to be eating with our twin 13-year-old daughters we wanted to make sure there were some comfort food type dishes or crowd-pleasers like pasta/ pizza on the menu. We, therefore, choose to dine at the Mill Arms, Dunbridge.

It turned out to be a good choice as we all enjoyed our meals and we paid £53.00 for a main course and soft drink for each of us, so that was good value. That worked out to just £13.25 each.

From the direction we arrived at the pub, we entered through a side door from the front car park, where there are just a few spaces but then there is a large car park to the rear as well. The pub/ restaurant was not very busy at all and I took this to be because the Covid restrictions had only just lifted and people were still being cautious. On that note, we felt very happy with the precautions put in place.

I had booked in advance, which was fuss-free by sending a message via their website and we were given a table in the conservatory, which was nice as it was very light and airy. We quite enjoyed watching the level crossing and the trains going by, I can imagine a toddler would love this! There was also plenty of seating outside, which looked nice and comfortable but we were happy indoors. 

It is so nice to find a pub that is independent and still feels like an old-school country pub. Very welcoming, clean and lived-in. There are also rooms that you can hire if you need somewhere to stay over and once times change with Covid they also have a function room and a skittle alley, which I thought sounded very cool.

The menu is a typical country pub one with a pie of the day, bangers and mash, burgers, lasagne, cod and chips and those sorts of comfort foods. The prices tend to be around £11 - £14 and there are also steaks available with a 10oz rump being £17. We also got offered a few specials of the day. At first, I couldn't decide between pie of the day, as that is always my favourite (and on this day it was steak and stilton) but I happened to see someone having one of the specials as we walked by and my mind was made up, liver and bacon it was. 

Below is what we had, left to right, liver, bacon, mash, mixed vegetables and onion gravy - £13, Burger with Monterey Jack Cheese and Smoke Bacon (which also came with coleslaw and a tomato & onion chutney) - £13 and 10oz Gammon Steak with chips, pineapple rings, portobello mushrooms, grilled tomato and peas - £14. The quality of all the food items was very good and it was clear the meat was good cuts. 

One of my daughters said she wasn't too hungry so she'd have a look at the children's and smaller appetites menu and what great value that was. The top three items on this menu we assume were directed at children, as they were £6 and it was fish fingers, sausages, battered chicken bites with chips (or mash) and peas, beans or salad. You also got an ice lolly included in this price.

The other items on this menu seemed to duplicate the regular menu but just be smaller portions. So my daughter had 2 butchers sausages (they were huge), mash, peas and onion gravy and just look at the size of it, all for £7. So this was the best value and next time I think most of us would go for the small appetite menu. 

We didn't go for dessert as we were all full but we'd try it there another time. Drinks-wise we had a 1/2 pint of Diet Coke, which was £1.50 and a pint at double that and a pint of lime and soda was £1.50, which felt a bit steep considering soda is free, so all you're paying for there is a dash of cordial. 

Our service was really good with our waitress being attentive and friendly. The wait time for our food to come out was fine as well. 

In all, it was an enjoyable meal and we would happily return to the Mill Arms. They seem to have good reviews on Trip Advisor too, so it isn't just us who like this pub. 

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Review of our meal at Mill Arms, Dunbridge, Romsey, Hampshire. We'd recommend and would eat there again.

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  1. What a lovely looking place to head for a meal sounds like they do delicious food and have a good set up going on.

    1. Yes, it was a really nice set up and we'd happily go back again.

  2. Sounds like a decent pub meal! I will have to keep an eye out if I am ever in the area.

  3. The food sounds a bit pricey but looks really lovely and looks like you get quite a bit. Sounds like a nice little pub

    1. I think it depends where you live, as the prices here were less than we'd pay in East Sussex where we live.


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