Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of Milsoms

Silver Award

A break form the country-house hotel norm, Milsoms is an emphatically a “casual concept” complete with an “ample” outdoor space, an invitingly buzzy dining room, big comfortable leather chairs and a laid-back DIY ordering system; there’s ‘no need to book a table’ either, say the owners. Milsoms doesn’t take itself too seriously, which adds to its charm. On its website, it proclaims how it aims to be the sort of place where people can where whatever they feel comfortable in when visiting; “you won’t look out of place in shorts and sandals or a shirt and tie.”   

One fan also says how “lovely the outside area is for bringing the children to” and that the “beautiful ground and lovely ambience” paired with the “wonderful food” make this a great country house hotel and restaurant.

The wide-ranging international menu allows diners to choose any size or combination of courses: start with Asian duck tacos, prawn cocktail or smoked eel pâté with chicory and crostini, then consider tandoori salmon fillet with spiced broccoli, slow-cooked lamb shank with parsley mash or butternut squash tortellini. Steaks and burgers are made with local Dedham Vale beef, and if you’re after some serious comfort food look no further than Mr G’s shepherd’s pie or beer-battered cod and chips.

Sunday lunches get the nod, while puds run from tiramisu to strawberry pavlova. Staff are bright, well-drilled and on-the-ball – handy if you’re staying the night. The restaurant takes its name from Geraldine Milsom, who has designed the spacious dining room in a contemporary and beautiful way.

There are also two private dining rooms for all types of celebrations – these are thankfully bookable. The 14-capacity Library is pretty, and Mr G’s has an incredible private garden with its own private facilities and room for up to 24 people. The latter also has its own dedicated kitchen.

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Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49


Stratford Road, Dedham, Essex, CO7 6HW

01206 322795 01206 322795


Opening Times

Mon-Sun 12N-9.30pm (Fri-Sat -10pm)


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2 Reviews 

john C

09 April 2019  
A lovely country house hotel and restaurant. Wonderful food, beautiful grounds and lovely ambiance. Great for taking the children too, with outside are for al fresco dining.

Toby N

04 December 2014  
Food & Drink 3.5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 4
Value 5
Birthday lunch, without a booking
I took my dad to Milsoms for his 65th birthday. I’ve not been for ages as it violates my usual rule that I hate restaurants that don’t take bookings, for the simple reason I don’t want to have to arrive at bang on 12noon to make sure we get a table as it’s always busy. But on this occasion I swallowed my selfish London attitude and left sufficient time for the journey and was glad I did as it was a nice, if not outstanding, lunch. Having arrived you make your way into a simple, light and airy space with lots of wooden tables and comfy chairs. There isn’t any music and its not too loud even when full up. Service is slightly curious; you get handed a menu, make you choices without any guidance, scribble them on a note pad that’s on each table and take it to the bar where they check they can interpret your handwriting before you go and sit back down again. But, strangely, it seems to work as what we ordered arrived without mistakes and in double quick time – so perhaps it’s the best option and the staff you interact with are all very nice. I started with scallops with nuts, parsnip puree and artichoke crisps – it looked really pretty and tasted great and if you’d been served it in somewhere like Murano it wouldn’t have been out of place. Main course was chicken and bacon with fine beans and dauphinoise potatoes; this definitely wouldn’t have passed the fine dining test as it looked and tasted more like a competent gastro pub; nothing wrong with it but certainly not as smooth and sleek as starters. Dessert was pistachio baked Alaska; perfectly decent taste and presentation and no complaints. Value for money is excellent as even after adding an optional tip I didn’t pay much more than £40 per person. I’d go back again, and I recall that in summer you can sit outside, which makes it an even better option.
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