After a busy week at work we were looking forward to a break at The Miller of Mansfield. Leaving London on Friday night behind it took just over an hour to reach Goring-on-Thames, on the Oxfordshire border, where the Miller is located. It meant we were enjoying pre-dinner drinks in the cosy, bustling bar at 8pm, anticipating the 9 course tasting menu, that we had chosen to allow us to sample the widest range of what was on offer from the amazing, award winning menu.

Mary and Nick Galer, the host and chef patrons of The Miller for the last 3 years, and previously from the Fat Duck group offer their hospitality and expertise to provide a fantastic experience, from the carefully planned menu’s, using the best of local and seasonal produce, creatively prepared to bring the best from each ingredient. The extensive well- chosen wine list offers something for everyone’s taste and budget, a stay in one of the 13 individually designed rooms completes the experience.

We were not disappointed with our dinner choice, my particular favourite was the seared Hereford sirloin steak, cooked exactly to my liking, it was one of the best steaks I have ever eaten. Not one to usually choose desserts, my partner was most enthusiastic about the chocolate mousse, rich and velvety textured , complemented by blood orange and whiskey ice-cream. A Malbec, from the wine list was the perfect accompaniment.

We slept perfectly in our room, Mollington, the centrepiece being a beautiful antique corbeille bed,upholstered in real leather, and with an exceptionally comfortable mattress. Decorated in muted greys, and with a powerful rain shower in the marbled bathroom, the room included everything for a comfortable stay, whilst retaining character of its surroundings in the 17th century building.

Breakfast the next morning set us up for the day – a perfect combination of well-cooked eggs, and coffee. We set off to explore Goring, a picturesque village, on the Thames. With plenty of local retailers, and the Thames path, there was plenty to see before we set off on our way. 

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