Mary & Nick met whilst completing a summer season in Normandy as a prerequisite to working several ski seasons in the French Alps. They spent the first few years together working in hotels, Mary focussing on her year out as part of her Hospitality degree as Assistant Hotel Manager and Nick falling in love with the kitchen atmosphere and so he began to experiment with food, all whilst both fulfilling a passion for snowboarding. Mary returned home to complete her degree at Cheltenham University and so Nick joined her to work in a boutique hotel kitchen.
After several further seasons of dedication to the Alps, Mary and Nick felt it was time to leave the pistes “to get a proper job”. This was the catalyst for a move to Oxfordshire where Mary & Nick ran the Fleur de Lys pub (and later returned to the village of Dorchester on Thames to get married at the Abbey)! Nick was approached to work at the renowned restaurant, The Goose at Britwell Salome (now the Red Lyon) in South Oxfordshire and was joined by Mary who took up the position of Restaurant Manager. After 2 years Nick left to learn butchery at the Crazy Bear Farm while Mary continued to manage The Goose for a further year. Next was a short break for Mary to have the couple’s first child Elliot. During this time Mary kept her hand in the industry by working with Mike and Imogen at the acclaimed Nut Tree in Murcott.
The most recent stage of their careers to date, both Nick and Mary worked in Bray for The Fat Duck Group, Nick was Head Chef at The Crown at Bray whilst Mary was a core member of the management team at The Hinds Head, during which time they had their second son Monty.
It has always been an underlying dream to operate their own place and after searching for over 4 years for the right opportunity, The Miller dream has been realised. Mary and Nick want to provide everything that good hospitality should be in a friendly environment. Mary and Nick would love to accommodate you, be it for a tasting menu, celebration, weekend retreat or a pint and snack.
The food reflects Nick’s love for simple but elegant food prepared with care but giving ultimate respect to the raw product. Mary and Nick have built supplier relationships over the years and believe in working with people who share their ethos for quality, service and consistency.
All of the above are allowing Mary, Nick and the team at The Miller to provide great hospitality day in day out in a wonderful setting and they very much look forward to welcoming you.