Set between the charming Georgian sailing town of Lymington and the unspoilt open spaces of the New Forest, this immediately welcoming restaurant with rooms is full of hidden delights. A cosy sitting room with roaring fire, a bar and a spread of open-plan dining areas leads onto enchanting riverside terraces and gardens, so tucked away that a casual passerby would never guess they existed. The mill, the core of which is 400 years old, sits beside the wide and peaceful Avon water. Crossed by pretty bridges, the river flows alongside a wisteria-covered dining terrace and through delightful gardens, dotted with sculptures, that ramble into the distance. As for the modern British food, it is all homemade, from bread to ice cream, and very good. The eight bedrooms are as pretty and individual as the location demands. The Mill is now in the capable hands of the Upham Pub Company. Doubles from £129.
Name to Know: Henry in the reservations team, who can provide you with any information you need and arrange a multitude of delights on your behalf during your stay.
See: Go exploring in the New Forest and fall in love with the forest’s idyllic glades, ancient woodlands and cliff top walks.
Eat: Relax and let time slip past, by dining at the side of the stream whilst listening to the birds singing their chorus.
Buy: Treat yourself to an Upham Ale one of the favourites is ‘Stakes’, a premium beer with a kick at 4.8%. Named after the farm where our brewery is based, its robust bitterness has hints of grapefruit and toffee.
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