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Il Mulino

Il Mulino

Vintage Mediterranean

Upstairs in Hebden Bridge’s original mill building, above Innovation gift shop and cafeteria, Il Mulino is an old-school Italian hideaway with vintage furniture and top quality food

Two bustling dining rooms, a cosy bar/reception area, cheerful yellow tablecloths, solicitous waiting staff… these are our initial impressions. 

Starters range from £3 for a portion of garlic bread to £7.50 for antipasto misto (salami & Parma ham). The bruschetta is simple, light and very tasty; the calamari impressively tender. There’s a choice of 14 pasta dishes, which can be ordered as starters (£6.60) or mains (£8-£10). Four of these are vegetarian. Of 14 pizza options (£7.50-£9), again four are veggie. 

Il Mulino definitely tends towards the carnivorous – although all vegetarian dishes are helpfully marked with a ‘V’, they are a minority. There are seven steak-based dishes and more than a dozen other meat- or fish-based main course choices. These range in price from £11.25 for grilled chicken breast to £20 for a fillet steak. Brandy, cream and wine feature significantly in sauces, along with the classic Italian staples – tomatoes, basil and mozzarella. Main course meals are accompanied by a small portion of potatoes and vegetables (except for pasta/pizza). Side orders of salad, olives, chips or spinach are also available. 

The fish kebab (£16.95) was piquant and tender, with simple clean tastes – salt, lemon, white wine, roast peppers – complementing a perfect medley of seafood including king prawn, swordfish and salmon. The vegetarian calzone (£7.75) was a substantial, good value parcel of beautifully marinated and roasted veg layered with rich mozzarella. 

Desserts (£4.15) include gateaux, profiteroles and torte… or divine ice cream (we recommend!), and there’s a good selection of coffees and liqueurs to complete the meal. 

Children under 5 can be fed pizza or pasta and ice cream for just £2.50. An earlybird menu is available 6-8.30pm Mon-Thu (not bank hols): 2 courses for £11.50 or 3 courses for £12.95. Il Mulino is big enough to seat fairly large groups, but it does get busy – groups need to plan ahead and bookings are recommended even for couples and solos, especially at weekends.

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