Millstones & Mill 67

The History of the Millstones...


The early years

Back in 1960 the founder of the Millstones Restaurant, Clarry Peel the grandfather of the current owners, acquired the site and built a restaurant with a seating capacity for fifty coupled with a small cocktail bar. Petrol pumps were put in at the roadside & while families were catered for in the restaurant haulage drivers were provided with their own snack bar downstairs. In the early 1970’s Clarry retired, his son & son in law Alan Peel & Raymond Slatcher took over the running of the business.

By the mid seventies as the business took off in a different direction it was decided to close the snack bar and remove the petrol pumps.

The upstairs restaurant was expanded to cater for up to 150 and a large bar and reception area were added. This allowed the Millstones to provide a better venue and offer facilities to coach parties.This became a major area of the business and now retirement groups would call for lunch & stay for an afternoon of entertainment.

By the end of the eighties Raymond Slatcher was ready to retire and the current management came into being as Andrew & Janet Ashby (Alan Peel’s Daughter & Son in law) purchased Raymond’s shares to carry on the family tradition.


Expansion

In 1997 planning permission was first sought to create a new main function room with stage & larger dance floor. Also to greatly enlarge the shop, new toilets & better disabled facilities. Despite the various obstacles from the planning authority & highways agency building commenced & was up & running by October 2003.


The family tradition is still continuing as Andrew and Janet’s Daughter Nichola

is the 4th generation to be part of The Millstones.