Olde English Pub,
Or Is It?
The Millstone Hare was built in 2016, developed from a hand drawn image created by our founder Dr. Dallas Burston. His vision created this Olde English style pub which perfectly compliments it's surroundings in the 600 acre estate.
THE NAMING OF
THE MILLSTONE HARE
Inside The Millstone Hare you will find open brick walls, wooden beams and fires, giving a soft cosy feeling as you would expect to find in any old English pub 100 + years its senior.
On the doorstep of The Millstone Hare is it's namesake, an old millstone, unearthed during the development of the building.
All the chairs, and tables inside The Millstone Hare are made to reflect the area in which they are situated, again emphasising the different eras of pub extensions. A reproduction company was especially brought in, some of the furniture is old, but some are reproductions - can you spot which is which?
Every build detail of The Millstone Hare has a fascinating story, and reason for being there, every attention to detail has been well thought out, and is of the highest specification. This high end luxury feel can be found across the entire 600 acre country estate in which this gem of a country pub sits.
Many of the building materials found at The Millstone Hare have been recycled from the surrounding area. Which is why although built fairly recently, you still get that feel of an old country pub as you approach the building, and indeed from the interior.
The main entrance which greets you, gives you a clear view of the slates on the roof which were recycled from the original old manor house located on the country estate, along with the drainpipes. The brick work is Kenilworth stone, which is the common brick used within the local area. The Millstone Hare could be placed in any of the surrounding villages and look, as it does currently, as if it has been standing for hundreds of years, seeping in history.
The magnificent doorway which invites you in, has been created by Tompkins Joinery, all solid Oak, if you look closely you can see that all the joinery has been pegged and not screwed, as you would expect to see of any old building. The craftsmanship of all the Oak in, and around The Millstone hare is simply a credit to Tompkins, and their traditional carpentry skills.
If you glance to the left before you enter the pub you will see the traditional mounting block, which could be found outside most old country pubs, when horse power was of the hoof kind.
As you walk into the entrance you are greeted with traditional church pews which have been salvaged from a local church. The church had to modernise their interior in order to be able to accommodate disabled visitors. The church was throwing the pews out, so Dr Dallas Burston (owner) made a donation towards the churches renovations, in exchange for the pews.
It was vital to the design of the pub to be accessible to all both downstairs and upstairs. There is a generous lift for wheel chairs, with disabled access toilets on both floors. There is easy access to all the terraces, and balconies.
Each door you go through in The Millstone Hare has its own story, and has been salvaged from old farmhouses within Warwickshire. All carefully rubbed down, and restored to their former glory.
Keep a keen eye on the interior decoration within the pub, you will notice that the wallpaper has been specially sourced and printed in America for a British company that specialises in paper for the leisure industry. In sections of the pub you can notice the wallpaper change slightly in colour tone. This clever attention to detail is to give the feel as with many old pubs, of when the pubs have been extended over the years.
As you walk into the main bar, and glance up you will see how the ceiling arches over to give the feeling of a wine cellar. All the art work in this particular area has been cleverly sourced to be wine cellar orientated, with a slight French twist in décor.
All the chairs, and tables inside The Millstone Hare are made to reflect the area in which they are situated, again emphasising the different eras of pub extensions. A reproduction company was especially brought in, some of the furniture is old, but some have been made - can you spot which is which?
The radiators in The Millstone Hare are old traditional cast iron, with detailed decoration as you would expect to see in a building of a hundred plus years.
MEET THE TEAM
Food and Beverage Deputy Manager
Local History In Southam, Warwickshire
The Millstone Hare is located on the outskirts of Southam in Warwickshire. The town of Southam is steeped in history which draws in visitors annually.
Just before the outbreak of the civil war Charles Ⅰ passed through Southam, however according to history he was not welcomed by the towns folk. Claimed by locals to have seen the first battle of the English Civil Wars, The Battle of Southam took place on the 23rd August 1642.
It is also claimed that Charles Ⅰ stayed in Southam before battle in 1642 along with Oliver Cromwell and 7,000 troops in 1645.
Things To Do In Southam, Warwickshire
Visitors come from far and wide for various events which take place at the country estate, which is also home to The Dallas Burston Polo Club. Take a look at the Dallas Burston Polo Club calendar to see events happening on the country estate.
Take a walk in the beautiful Burton Dassett Hills Country Park.
Enjoy a walk to Holy Well.
Southam, and the surrounding area is well worth a visit, and can only be complimented by a visit to The Millstone Hare.