Rode Mill is set on a stunning riverside site, surrounded by beautiful gardens and with a fabulous deck area overlooking the water.
This former textile mill is one of the few surviving that once put Rode on the map as a key trading centre and market town on the Somerset/Wiltshire border. The Mill was part of a consortium that won a competition to make a dress for Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, and invented a dye from which the colour Royal Blue was derived.
Rode Mill is a family owned restaurant and pub and through sensitive restoration still connects with its industrial past, including the historic waterwheel, viewed from the newly opened downstairs Water Wheel Bar. This bar services the outside lower terrace area in the garden and proves particularly popular over sunny weekend where customers can enjoy The Mill’s famous Sunday lunch.
Renowned for its great food and convivial atmosphere, Rode Mill is a perfect location for all occasions and boasts one of the west country’s most stunning function rooms. There is plenty of parking for diners and private function bookings, as well as a grassed area along the river bank – perfect for relaxing on a summers day.
Close to Bath, the Mill is a mecca for locals and visitors alike who are looking for a relaxing time. The chefs, led by head chef James Griffith, pride themselves on using only the best ingredients, with as many as possible being supplied locally. On the new summer menu are some classic British dishes such as Butcombe beer battered fish and chips and some international favourites such as Italian chicken with Mediterranean vegetables. The extensive wine list has a great range of well priced house wines going through to Premier Cru Burgundies and clarets.
Rode Mill is now run by John Bergl who took over the running of the Mill in 2018. His passion to restore Rode Mill to its former position as a great country pub has been a welcome update by the locals and previous visitors. With support from his family and Clive Hilton, John strives to continue to keep up the restoration and make Rode Mill the popular country bar and restaurant it once was.