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From a forge to a flour mill to a restaurant, people have been working in and around Black Pool Mill for ten centuries. The Mill draws on its rich history to make it the unique dining destination it is today. 

History of Black Pool Mill

Black Pool Mill sits proudly among the trees and trails of the ancient Minwear Wood, alongside the flowing waters of the Cleddau River, streaming down from the Preseli Hills. Today, Black Pool Mill is a unique dining destination with delicious food and an unforgettable atmosphere. The history of the mill and the area in which it sits are rich and storied, stretching back hundreds of years.

11th Century

The land on which Black Pool Mill sits was once part of the Slebech Estate, which in the 11th Century was gifted to the Knights Hospitallers of the Order of St John.


Following the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII, Slebech Estate was sold by the Crown to Thomas & Roger Barlow — wealthy Tudor magnates.


First evidence of iron smelting on the site.


Letters patent granted for the erection of two forges and a furnace.


The mill's owner's eldest son, Nathanial Phillips, replaces the iron forge with the existing mill - a large grist mill constructed mainly from limestone.


The mill was insured to include a corn mill and grinding stones, a water wheel, storehouses, stables and pigsties (adjoining but detached); dwelling houses and offices nearby.


Floodgates destroyed by the Rebecca Riots, in protest against the economic and social conditions of the time.


Black Pool Mill is part of a small parish called Newton with a population of only 56 people; four of whom lived in Black Pool Mill: miller Thomas Pollett and his family.


The mill equipment is replaced. The wheel was scrapped in place of a turbine.


Following further upgrades to the equipment, it was claimed that Black Pool was the only mill for miles around capable of grinding wheat and making flour.


Sieves were removed by the order of the government, preventing the illegal production of flour. The mill started to be used more for storage rather than grinding. 


With the introduction of electricity, the old machinery became redundant and instead, the building was used mainly for storage by local farmers.


An extensive restoration programme was started by Lady Victoria Dashwood, to convert the mill into a tourist attraction and tearoom. Visitors could see some of the restored machinery in action. 


Bluestone restoration works commence to transform the mill into a spectacular heritage restaurant, with dining across the ground and first floors (also home to private dining rooms). The second floor is devoted to a state-of-the-art kitchen.


Black Pool Mill Restaurant opens its doors to the first customers. Access to the mill is greatly enhanced with a passenger lift to the upper three floors, and dumbwaiters installed for food service across all levels. 



Open 7 days a week

Breakfast  10:00-11:30am

Lunch  12:00-4:00pm

Afternoon Tea  2:00-4:00pm

(Thursdays and Fridays only)

Dinner  5:00-9:00pm

Sunday 12:00-6:00pm
(Sunday lunch only)