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Much modernised, a bit lacking in atmosphere but friendly enough staff serving decent beer but pricier than than the average in the area.
srendall - 4 Nov 2009 20:00
Much modernised, a bit lacking in atmosphere but friendly enough staff serving decent beer but pricier than than the average in the area.
srendall - 4 Nov 2009 20:00
Love this pub - fantastic locally sourced food and superb choice of wines. Have been several times in the last year and never disappointed. Beautiful decor with wooden floors and log fire - staff are great and show real enthusiasm for their food & take pride in their menu. No wonder they've got awards & recommendations as long as your arm..
Muriel - 6 Apr 2009 13:26
A Great pub. Clean tastful decor. The best sausages ever. Beef Stew as good as you will find and a good selection of beer. Really friendly vibrant staff and atmosphere. I wish this was my local.
countrylover0 - 17 Nov 2008 21:21
Smart modernised village pub with terrace looking towards Goodrich castle (although mostly hidden by trees). Appears to be food orientated but good pint of Wye Valley Bitter nevertheless
lout_from_the_lane - 27 Oct 2008 16:11
I noticed this pub was recommended in the Telegraph by Alister Sawday last month so decided to try it. I was really impressed. The pub has been decorated very nicely, it's contemporary and clean but still has a relaxed friendly feel. To start I had figs wrapped in parma ham which were really tasty, my partner had sardines with sun blushed tomato and corriander dressing. The sardines were really fresh and the dish had a great summery flavour. I had chicken stuffed with Black Pudding for main, the chicken was moist and cooked perfectly. My partner had a rib eye steak which he said was delicious, again cooked perfectly. We shared a rhubarb creme brulee for pudding - again delicious. The food is local and the pub is keen to buy locally as they have a board displaying where produce is supplied from. Service was friendly and attentive. I will definitely return and reccomend to others.
lizh - 2 Jul 2008 21:44
Used the voucher from the Daily Telegraph, which reminded me that the Mill Race was still there.
Great meal, one of the best I have had. Service was friendly, but not too informal and the dishes were very well presented. A new menu since my last visit, all local food. Highly recommended.

Things have moved on since 2006.
frame1 - 4 Jun 2008 20:12
After receiving a voucher from the owners, I took friends to dinner on 25th March 2008. My friend & I both ordered the sweet peppered Madgetts Duck Breast with bubble and squeak and port sauce.

Both of our husbands ordered the12oz Rib Eye with hand cut chips, roast tomato & mushrooms and dressed house salad, again the guys fully enjoyed their meal, their steaks could be cut with butter knifes!

All we can say to our evening out was what a mouth watering experience and excellent value for money, we fully recommend a visit!

AJR100 - 31 Mar 2008 14:11
I agree with everything the previous reviewer has said. The owners if this pub have gone out of their way to be as pretentious as possible, but the only people they are trying to impress is themselves.
ridiculously expensive
TA010929 - 4 Jan 2007 16:57
The Mill Race, Walford, Ross on Wye describes itself as offering 'fine dining'. Unfortunately this was not my experience. We booked a table for 8.30 pm on 30/6/06, whilst staying in Ross on Wye, after being told by a local hotelier that bookings are advisable. First impressions were promising, elegant, tasteful interior and stylish furniture.

Surprisingly, as far as I could see, we were the only people eating. Hmmm... I wondered why, but gazing at the sign hanging outside, promising 'Fine dining, wines and ales', I wondered if the rush was over and still hoped for an appetising experience.

The Inn does offer, as promised, a reasonably varied and moderately priced wine list. The menu options sounded very attractive and imaginative; for starters, we selected 'pressing of free range chicken and chorizo sausage' and 'pine nut mint and goats cheese tart'.

The chicken and chorizo starter chosen by my fellow diner should have been a fail safe bet. Unfortunately it was most underwhelming; lacking in taste, wobbly, pale and had obviously been too long resting in the fridge, the coldness of the sad piece suppressed any flavour it might have been hanging on to. Any remnants of the promised flavours were cudgelled into submission by the over powering flavour of the gammon and rind wrapped around it.

My pine nut tart was marginally better but again strangely lacking in any flavours discernable as pine nut, or mint, although there was some evidence of cheese. Again, the starter was far too cold and may or may not have been prepared much earlier and then refrigerated.

Onto mains, well presented and colourful on the plate but sadly this promise did not translate to a decent taste experience.

The 'Roasted red pepper, with garlic, cherry tomatoes and halloumi' sounded like my ideal vegetarian meal; a good combination of vegetables, with the interest added by the garlic and some substance by the halloumi. I have halloumi regularly, at home and in restaurants, and have never before encountered it in the form of these little diced pieces, half a centimetre in width. Innovative use of ingredients or plain penny pinching? The pepper didn't have the sweetness and tenderness I'd expected: it simply wasn't sufficiently roasted to bring out the flavour of the pepper or to infuse any of the promised garlic into the flesh.

Most of the filling in the cavity of the pepper consisted of cherry tomatoes which also tasted of, well, just of tomatoes with some oil. In a dish such as this, there needs to be more roasting of the pepper and a more liberal use of herbs. Roasted garlic pieces would add the garlickiness promised by the menu entry.

The cous cous was a compacted mass with no identifiable herb flavours. Cous cous is so easy-even packet cous cous beats this. Whatever happened here? I couldn't muster any enthusiasm for this unappetising jumble and after being asked if everything is alright, had to tell the truth and send it back.

Onto the meat eater's course- unfortunately, the rabbit was off: 'too scrawny', according to the waitress. How surprising, when an establishment rejects the rabbit for lacking the necessary flesh, you'd imagine they're as careful over the rest of the food.

So, it was the medallions of beef fillet, with sweet potato and rosemary mash and 'courgettes frites'. The meat was acceptable, but we've had far, far better beef in pubs which do not profess to offer 'fine dining' and for much less than the extortionate 20.00 charged for this alleged gastronomic delight. The meat was cut after it was cooked but this was the least of its problems: it was scorched to charcoal on the outside and very bloody on the inside.

After having had the Mill Race so highly recommended, I had expected a decent meal. This Inn needs to drastically narrow down its menu options and concentrate on offering a few simple but reliable, freshly prepared dishes. Much less attention to flowery description is needed and more to technical skills in the kitchen and decent honest cooking, with a farewell to the fridge.

Gregors - 4 Jul 2006 19:38
Formerly The Spread Eagle. Now completely redecorated and transformed into 'gastro-pub'. Wye Valley real ale available. Totally non-smoking but has a patio available for a quick fag. Food good but a bit pricey.
quizman - 28 Mar 2006 14:01

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