#ad (meal gifted as part of press preview evening)
You know when you pull up to a place and immediately know that you’re going to love your time there? Well The Brampton Mill in Huntingdon is that kind of pub.
They have just completed an extensive refurbishment and we were delighted to be invited to the press preview evening ahead of the grand reopening.
The countryside pub sits along the River Ouse with views out across the water. In summer, you might spot black swans and kingfishers on your short walk from the car to the entrance, but we made do with a clear night sky and the moon sparkling off ripples in the water. It’s one of those locations that instantly relaxes you.
Outside, the 500 year old pub has kept with tradition and maintains an impressive fully functioning mill wheel. (Here’s a picture of it in daylight because my night time shot in ‘auto mode’ did not do it justice!)
Inside, the pub is now open plan with a spacious entrance and sweeping bar. For one night only they’d set up a gin station…
…but I’m a cocktail girl at heart! The bartender was happy to oblige and put on a show with plenty of flourishes and tricks. I was presented with a tropical number. It went down very easily, I must say!
The new decor is modern and contemporary and each area has its own distinct look and feel. One level features eclectic velvet seats decorated with winged monkeys and vines on one side and plush pink on the other.
The uppermost floor is set in the eaves with a contemporary palette of golds, tan and blue. Meanwhile downstairs, the bar area is adorned with lush leafy plants, opulent wallpaper and polished marble.
This is all very well but obviously I was most interested in the food! In addition to a new range of health conscious, high protein options under 700 calories, The Brampton Mill have also launched a new improved vegan menu – yay for me!
I chose garlicky pan fried mushrooms to start which came served with a delicious soy, lime and ginger dip as well as a melt in the mouth rice-paper cracker.
Oliver also went for a vegan option too, soup of the day.
For his main Oliver stuck to a pub classic whilst I was a little more adventurous.
My Spiced Coconut Curry was a really satisfying plate of food. I found it warming but not too spicy, with a rich creaminess thanks to the coconut milk. The miso sesame aubergine added unami flavour and sticky jasmine rice finished it all off nicely.
By this point Oliver was completely full. However with an impressive five vegan desserts to choose from it would have been a travesty not to try one.
The pineapple tart tatin defeated me in the end but I still ate far more than I should have. It was refreshing and decadent which are two words I don’t often use to describe vegan desserts. Thank you The Brampton Mill!
There was a fantastic atmosphere in the place, all around us we could hear the clink of glasses, laughter and good conversation. The dishes were thoughtful with something on there to suit every taste. From our table we could see out across the third floor, and wandering down to the lower floors we were able to view the mill in action too.
All too soon it was time to head home, but I know we’ll be paying a return visit during Summer to try and spot those swans! The Brampton Mill has now reopened and I highly recommend a trip if you’re in the area.