Sunshine streams into the Millhouse Kitchen onto cosy leather armchairs and farmhouse-style table and chairs, creating an inviting atmosphere for this hidden gem of a mid-Canterbury cafe.
The heritage of the 108-year-old building is pristinely preserved in the wooden panelled walls and framed historic photographs which hang upon them, but the hospitality, cuisine and beverage offerings are refreshingly contemporary.
Just over an hour’s drive from Christchurch city, whether your end destination is Ashburton or you are passing through – add this family-run café to your travel itinerary.
Mark Milmine and his wife Nicky, already proud owners of Somerset Grocer, recently took over the reins of the historic location built by the England Brothers in 1912.
Now it is the Milmine’s turn to add their own spin to the already rich heritage of the building.
This one stop shop offers breakfast, lunch and delicious treats – with the selection featuring classics, as well as some more new-age twists.
Sought-after dishes include the crispy chicken burger, chilli chicken salad and salmon and sesame rice superfood bowl.
Eat inside amongst the charming farmhouse aesthetic, or head into the snug garden.
“People can sit outside, relax and forget about the day,” says Mark.
Check out the quaint café located off SH1 in the Millhouse building.
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