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Overview

Secluded away in a beautiful riverside setting opposite Ragley Hall, this impressive former mill underwent a year-long refurbishment in 2017, transforming the once faded hotel and wedding venue into a stylish pub with rooms.

Head down the long drive and expect to be wowed by the location of this beautifully restored old mill - it sits astride the reed-fringed mill pond and the vast lawn is bordered by the River Arrow. A fabulous spot on a summer's evening to watch swallows skimming the water from the waterside dining terrace.

Inside, several dining rooms radiate from the high-raftered bar area, the original mill wheel (not working) on show in one room, with all featuring exposed brickwork, heavy beams and timbers, and log fires. The best tables overlook the mill pond, an idyllic scene of weeping willows, lilies and swans in summer.

Rooms are furnished with an eclectic mix of old dining tables and cushioned settles, rugs on bare boards and parquet floors, walls festooned with old prints and photographs, impressive metal chandeliers, fresh flowers and candles. Cosy corners include a sitting-room area with sofas and book-lined shelves, and the peaceful resident's lounge, perfect for post-dinner dinks or to peruse the papers away from the hub bub of the bar.

Rooms from:

9 doubles: £140

Good to know

Major credit cards accepted

Disabled access & toilet

Alfresco & private dining

Weddings

Fishing (permits available)

Helipad

Parking available

No dogs overnight

Scenic & serene

The setting is very tranquil, the spacious grounds are bordered by the idly flowing River Arrow and the reed-fringed mill ponds Look out for herons, wagtails, warblers, swans and damsel flies in summer.

Alfresco heaven

Book a table on the stunning terrace (teak furniture; huge floral displays) for alfresco meals with garden and mill pond views. Or grab a beer and chill out in a deck chair on the lawn.

Afternoon tea

Arrive early for afternoon tea overlooking the mill pond - sandwiches, cakes and homemade scones with clotted cream served with tea or coffee, or a glass of bubbly.

Rooms

Nine rooms ramble across two floors of the restored mill building and they are the icing on the cake - some have feature beams, while the best have deep tubs and walk-in showers and serene views across the mill pond and open countryside.

There are classic King/Twin rooms, more spacious Superior rooms and a Suite with a roll-top bath in the rooms. All have been refurbished in classic country style with soothing hues on the walls and the feature panelled wall behind the super-comfortable beds - topped with crisp linen, thick down and colourful throws and cushions.

Expect to find the decor stylish and welcoming with big bedside lamps, eye-catching botanical prints, retro radiators, upholstered chairs, Smart TVs. Added detail touches include a coffee machine, telephone, decent teas and a teapot, full-length mirror and a well-researched guest information folder. Bathrooms are smart and modern, with trendy brick-tiled walls, huge walk-in storm showers and luxury L'Occitane toiletries.

Restaurant & bar

The all-day menu evolves every six weeks and is a real crowd-pleaser featuring pub classics alongside more inventive chef's specials, gluten-free options, and roasts on Sundays.

Nibble on halloumi fries with tomato salsa or tomato, mozzarella, basil fritters, then kick off your meal with seared scallops with ham fritters, pea purée and lemon dressing or perhaps roasted tomato and red pepper soup.

Eclectic main courses range from crispy beef salad and Malaysian sweet potato, aubergine and chickpea curry to steak burger with spiced tomato mayonnaise, colesaw and fries, and lamb rump with tomato and mozzarella gnocchi and salsa verde. Finish with a traditional pudding like dark chocolate and orange tart with raspberry sorbet. If you arrive early don't miss the full afternoon teas (with bubbly).

To quaff, you'll find local ales on tap, a raft of boutique gins, classic cocktails and a short, global list of wines that includes 20 served by the glass.

Private dining

The upstairs beamed private dining room has a balcony overlooking the mill pond and terrace. The room seats 45 and is a great space for intimate weddings, family celebrations and business meetings.

Things to do

Stratford-upon-Avon is the birthplace of our most celebrated playwright, William Shakespeare. If you love his plays, then you will enjoy visiting the various properties in and around Stratford and take in a production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The Shakespeare Trail takes in his birthplace in the town, a wonderful half-timbered property, New Place/Nash's House in Chapel Street, Halls Croft in Old Town, Anne Hatthaway's Cottage in Shottery, and Mary Arden's House in nearby Wilmcote.

The Cotswold Distillery in Shipston-on-Stour is an artisan small-batch producer of fine Cotswold Whisky and Gin, offering daily tours of the distillery, during which you can sample their products. They also have a well-stocked shop.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest train station: Stratford-upon-Avon

Taxi from station: 12min

Drive: Worcester 30min; Birmingham 45min; Oxford 1hr 9min

Address

Arrow, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 5NL

Enquire to book

To make a booking enquiry, please use the form below or you can call our reservations team on 020 8161 0100. Our phone lines are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 11am - 3pm.

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