The Millers has a single u-shaped bar, with attractive pine floorboarding, lots of painted wood panelling and a rarely used open fire (to be replaced soon with a fire- burning stove). The surprise package is the garden which is enormous, stretching back to infinity and beyond - or in fact to a currently fenced off huge pond, apparently full of fat carp. Gill and Ros hope to be able to arrange fishing permits later in the year. In the meantime another pond closer to the pub has a population of koi whilst guinea pigs enjoy a large enclosure.
A number of events have been organised over the last year and this is where the weather predicting comes in. If, for some reason, you want to choose a rainy day for something, find out when an outdoor event is happening at the Millers - cos it will chuck it down. Nonetheless, the barbecues and hogroasts have been enjoyed in the face of adversity and been well supported by locals. An unusual (and indoor) event coming up is a Hat Sale. Phyllis Bird, a well-known local milliner, is selling her collection of 500 hats - so, as Ros said, the pub will become the Jolly Milliners for the day. The next hogroast/barbecue incidentally is on East Monday, complete with bouncy castle and live music.
The Jolly Millers is one of a batch of pubs sold recently by Greene King to the Admiral Taverns pub company. One immediate benefit of this has been access to a wider range of real ales. Greene King IPA remains permanent along, now, with Black Sheep Bitter. There's also a changing guest which on my visit was Tim Taylor's Landlord, in superb condition (and a beer that's difficult to beat when it's this good).
On the food side, lunches are served every day except Monday (when the pub is closed at lunchtime). Most meals are priced at £3.95 with a couple at £4.95 and include the likes of Shepherds Pie, Lasagne, Turkey Fagitas and Red Pepper Filo Tart. On Sundays, you can have a traditional Sunday roast.
There's a quiz on the first Tuesday of the month and a folk club on the second Monday.
It's great to see this cracking little community pub in such capable and enthusiastic hands. I should also mention another attraction highlighted by Roger vis-a-vis lunchtimes - "the barmaid, apart from being a little treasure, is cheerful, friendly and very obliging". Why not join him there?