The Ollerton Watermill Tea Shop on Market Place, Ollerton, Nr Newark, Nottinghamshire is not far from me on the edge of Sherwood Forest and is the only water-powered mill working in Nottinghamshire. The afternoon tea is very well known and absolutely deeeelicious.
Its by the River Maun and was built in 1713 on the site of a mill mentioned in the Domesday Book.
It was put back to work in 1921 with the Mettam family, who have been millers for many generations with a family that is traced back to 1635.
It was restored in 1993 and opened to the public by the Mettam’s family who all work and run the tea shop.
It has wonderful views from the window looking upstream to the watermill and mill race and the bonus is that it is on the doorstep of Rufford Abbey and Park.
All cakes are baked on the premises with flour that is ground and sold in the mill. The Mettam’s are careful about what goes onto their menu which also includes a selection of speciality teas. The staff are friendly and the atmosphere relaxed and comfortable serving delicious wholesome food, and the tea shop has won a number of awards over many years.