August 16, 2022

A pair of swans glide in direction of the mill as if eager to hitch the hungry throng at breakfast. They’ve a regal air about them and a way of permanence, in contrast to visitors similar to us, who arrive one night and depart sharpish the subsequent morning.

Tuddenham Mill’s sense of permanence is spectacular, too.

‘It’s been right here for greater than 1,000 years,’ says the receptionist. Which could not be strictly correct, particularly because the lodge’s personal web site says the mill dates again a mere 250 years.

The Inspector checked in to Tuddenham Mill and was eager to see the way it had developed since his final go to 

Regardless of. What’s past dispute is that it occupies a fairly Suffolk spot and but is 5 minutes or so from the A11.

The mill itself is brick and white weatherboard, with its 53 ft chimney protruding from the roof and the unique wheel inside on present, together with a lot of uncovered wooden beams. Grinding continued till 1954, after which the place fell into disrepair and was quickly derelict.

Tuddenham Mill was purchased and refurbished by the Agellus Group in 2005. We have been right here greater than ten years in the past, shortly after it opened as a lodge fairly than a stand-alone restaurant, and are eager to find the way it has developed.

Essentially the most putting change is the big tipi beside the stream, serving much less fancy meals than in the primary restaurant on the primary ground of the mill constructing, the place a six-course tasting menu prices £75 per individual. There are heaters within the tipi but it surely’s nonetheless a bit of chilly, so we eat in the primary bar, choosing the burger, which tastes so rubbery that it may also have been round for the reason that 18th century.

Pictured is one of the 'meadow nooks', which has a private terrace and hot tub

Pictured is among the ‘meadow nooks’, which has a non-public terrace and scorching tub 

One other new addition is the row of seven Scandi-style ‘meadow nooks’, two of which have scorching tubs. They appear like they belong on the set of Teletubbies.

We’re in one of many Mill Stream rooms and it’s pleasingly spacious, with each a shower and walk-in bathe, uncluttered whitewashed floorboards, white partitions, a scruffy outdoors terrace, electrical black-out blind . . . and a small decanter of sloe gin.

Breakfast is taken in the primary upstairs eating room — a pleasant spot because the morning solar fingers its method into the room, though the Muzak is so intrusive that we’re not tempted to linger.  

TRAVEL FACTS

Tuddenham Mill, Tuddenham, Suffolk, IP28 6SQ. B&B doubles are priced from £165.  

For extra info, name 01638 713 552 or go to tuddenhammill.co.uk.

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