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.
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.