Mill House Kitchen open

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Mill House Kitchen staff member Richard Willan (left) and co-owner Mark Milmine.T

Taking over the cafe operation at Ashford Craft Village was too good an opportunity to miss, says new tenant Mark Milmine.

The newly renamed Mill House Kitchen opened at the end of last week and is the second eatery in town for Mr Milmine and wife Nicky, who own and operate the Somerset Grocer, a business they bought from Ashburton Trust in 2016.

Mr Milmine said he and his wife were excited by the opportunity and were up for the challenge.

They had been involved in hospitality for over 30 years and believed the new venue was a “hidden treasure”.

He said the couple looked forward to putting their mark on it and growing it further.

Mill House Kitchen is open seven days a week and offers breakfast and lunch menus, as well as cabinet food like cakes and slices, and drinks.

It is licensed and evening functions are a future option for the new owners.

“It’s in such a great location and it was the outdoor area that really sold it to us,” said Mr Milmine.

He said there was already a loyal local following and plenty of passing traffic on nearby SH1.

A new kitchen had been fitted after recent restrengthening work and the decor was a mix of modern and traditional.

Menu offerings include mushroom gnocchi, risotto, steamed bao buns, a ruben sandwich and French toast.

Mr Milmine said Mill House Kitchen was finding its feet in terms of systems and recruiting for another chef and other staff.