All work and no play during a very busy week can really help you build up an appetite.
So, this week when my boss offered up a new business meeting in Blackburn followed by a slap up lunch at The Millstone at Mellor, how could I possibly refuse?
Surprisingly when we arrived at 12.30pm after a sucessful meeting at one of the top breweries in the north, the restaurant was empty, but within half an hour had filled up with a mix of older affluent couples and groups of ”ladies what lunch” – needless to say it was all extremely civilised and the staff were polite and incredibly efficient.
The restaurant has recently been refurbished to a very high standard of class and comfort, with the ambient lighting helping to warm up all the different areas and alcoves.
Their menu was great value for money, I had the Fishmonger’s Deli Board and it was a delicious seafood treat!
The potted smoked fish pate was the highlight for me – creamy but still with shreds of fish, not overpowering and not over-flavoured with dill.
The thing that caught my attention straight away was the lemon on the platter… A full half, tightly wrapped in cheesecloth meant I could go to town with a pip-free Squeeze Of Lemon!
Other deli board items included:
A generous helping of smoked Scottish salmon – draped over a pile of fresh peppery rocket
Smoked trout fillet, covered with salty capers
Peeled atlantic prawns with a seperate dip of Marie Rose sauce and freshly sliced seeded bread
Overall I would say The Millstone at Mellor is a fantastic venue for a posh-nosh lunch, and would be a great place to go with the parents or in-laws for a birthday treat!