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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Tel: 01223 367507