The Mill at Sonning

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Sonning Eye, Reading, South Oxfordshire, RG4 T: 0118 9698000

The Mill at Sonning in Reading

The Mill at Sonning, Reading

The Mill at Sonning is a theatre and restaurant (or dinner theatre), converted from an 18th century flour mill, on an island in the River Thames at Sonning Eye in the English county of Oxfordshire.

The river divides into three, with the mill race forming the middle branch, spanned by one of the Sonning Backwater Bridges just downstream of the mill. The original mill was established much earlier and was mentioned in the Domesday Book. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, the mill was owned by the well-known local families of May and Witherington, and it produced flour for Huntley and Palmer biscuits in the nearby town of Reading.

More recently, the Mill complex has been converted into a 215-seat air-conditioned theatre, with a restaurant for pre-theatre meals and also a bar, where the original watermill is now exposed to view. Close by is the French Horn hotel, also on the river.