The Floaters Mill
26th April 2013
We picked a good day to try the food at The Floaters Mill in Woodstone Village, Houghton-le-Spring as it was Saint George’s Day; perfect for the kind of food they serve which is mainly good honest British fayre.
We were met by Jo, who we discovered is the partner of the Manager, who’s the son of the owner. Are you following? It was great to see a good old fashioned family run business. They had decorated their establishment to reflect that is was Saint George’s Day too with flags and bunting everywhere, and even had a few ‘Specials’ on their menu for that day showing how versatile the chefs are, but also showing their attention to detail and the fact that they wanted to reflect this special day for locals and regulars, as well as newbies, like us. We were very impressed.
In the restaurant, that spills out into a modern conservatory on the back, where ‘Specials’ boards and posters telling us forthcoming events, such as their Family Fun Day on 6th May for the Bank Holiday Monday. They’ve got a huge outdoor playground for the kids, massive decked area too with an outside kitchen and BBQ for the good summer weather. You get the impression that the Floaters Mill is the centre of the community, as many pubs used to be, and great to see that this tradition is alive and well here. More blackboards were promoting their Steak Night every Thursday which costs just £19.95 for 2 including a bottle of wine to share, Afternoon Tea is also served Monday - Saturday from 1-6pm and they have a very popular Carver every Sunday for just £6.95 with a choice of 5 meats and a £2 discount for the kids. Our eyes were drawn to the daily ‘Specials’ board which were all £5.95 for a main course, although just £10 if you ordered 2.
We took our seats in the conservatory part of the restaurant with great views across the decking and down to the stream at the bottom of the garden. We noticed that the flowers on the table were real, plus a candle had already been lit. There was also a little notice advertising free Wi-Fi if, like us, you like to conserve your 3G data on your phone:-/
The Manager, Adam, explained that they also have feature menus that complement their usual British menus for a month at a time. They’ve had Italian, Spanish and this month is Mexican. This, we thought, was a great idea especially to give the local regulars a different choice every month. Armed with this new information, I ordered the ‘Mexican Sizzler’ and my guest ordered Fish ‘n’ Chips. He also recommended that we had a special, for one day only, ‘Ploughman’s Starter’ which included gammon and chicken pie and pork and black pudding pie, both homemade and both delicious. When the main courses arrived, the cod was huge and the Mexican Sizzler certainly was sizzling as it approached the table; a mixture of chicken strips and peppers in a spicy sauce. Both were wonderful.
When our food had settled, we, again, went for a recommendation from Adam, a desert platter so we could try a few different things. The apple pie and sticky toffee pudding covered in custard was to die for followed by their signature ‘Four Cheese’ cheeseboard.
We really enjoyed our evening with Adam and Jo, and you will too if you take advantage of this great Discount Dining offer. Our bill came to £35.65 for a large glass of wine each and 4 courses. Unbelievable value, but remember, the voucher entitles you to receive £40 worth of food and drink, which only costs £20; that’s £10 each for everything we had. Don’t miss out!
Posted by Simon at 5:13pm