Millworks, a welcome new Cambridge eatery – visited January 2017

Last week Steve and I enjoyed a tasty meal at new brasserie Millworks with friends Andrew and Brendan. Located in a historic former watermill on Newnham Road, Cambridge, Millworks has been open for three months and it’s the seventh restaurant in the excellent Cambs Cuisine group.

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Millworks is located on Newnham Road, Cambridge

A spacious and eclectic renovation with a vibrant atmosphere and an industrial feel to the interior where diners can eat alongside the now restored working watermill, we found the restaurant busy on a cold weekday night. Features included exposed brickwork and pipes, factory style lighting, and copper piping with lots of interesting retro artefacts dotted around. There has been other restaurants on this waterside site in the years I have lived in Cambridge, – the most memorable being Sweeney Todds, which lots of people still fondly remember, but none were more attractively designed than Millworks.

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A feast for the eyes which tasted every bit as good as it looked, and there was plenty of it too!

The Millworks menu features a lot of barbecued food and it’s dominated by meat dishes, with sharing platters being an appealing option, but fish and veggie options were available.

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The Chicken Fest platter was accompanied by BBQ corn and a piquant Tarragon sauce

Presentation was attractive and all the food was freshly cooked to order on the custom-made charcoal grill, and accompanied by sauces, salads, bread and fries. 

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We all loved the varied selection of sides, especially the Celeriac slaw and crisp fries

We chose the Meat Fest and Chicken Fest platters to share. The Chicken Fest platter contained a half chicken with thyme, lime and garlic, BBQ chicken, southern fried chicken wings, spiced mango chicken thighs, tomato, red onion and lettuce salad, celeriac and mustard slaw, BBQ corn, fries, pickles and three sauces, – Salsa Verde, Béarnaise and Chipotle Salsa. We also ordered a side of Mussels in a Cider Butter Sauce with Grilled Ciabatta, and Mac ‘n’ Cheese with Parmesan and Truffle oil. The food was delicious, except the flat iron steaks which we all agreed were a little on the tough side, but the BBQ ribs and chops were exceptionally good.

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The sticky rack of ribs on the Meat Fest platter were especially flavoursome, but we found the flat iron steaks to be a little tough

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I drank Schiehallion, a lively draft Scottish craft lager from the Harviestoun brewery, and my three companions shared a litre carafe of house red which they described as average and it was served too cold. We also ordered carafes of sparkling and still water for the table and instead of dessert the men either had a whisky or a coffee to complete their meals.

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My delicious Coconut Panna Cotta with Caramel and Vanilla Poached Pear,  Burnt Honey Syrup and Shortbread had a perfect ‘wobble’!

It was a relaxed dining experience and the staff were friendly and efficient. I was particularly impressed that although it was a busy night, food and drinks were served very promptly

 

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Every table had a service switch to call the waiting staff, – a novel idea which was very effective!

After a most enjoyable evening at Millworks we paid a reasonably priced £32 per person with drinks, but not including service. Booking is advisable at this very popular restaurant, which is highly recommended and despite a couple of minor quibbles we all plan to return.


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