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The Watermill Restaurant and Grill is situated within the Merton Abbey Mills and offers a fine array of British and modern European meals. With a popular Sunday carvery, it's ideal for families.

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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
Mon-Fri 12:00-16:00 & 18:00-23:00
Sat-Sun 12:00-23:00

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Watermill Restaurant and Grill reviews

By Lyn F.

My partner and I booked Christmas Day lunch 2013 at the Watermill Restaurant. What a delight it was - 3 course meal was excellent - well presented and lots of it. Staff were very friendly and accommodating and the atmosphere was really nice. Would definitely go again - it's the best Christmas meal we've had out in ages!

By John K.

I have been visiting The Warermill for over a year now when ever work takes me around South London (every couple of months), and it is by far the very best restaurant I can recomend and frequently do so, however having just spent 2 nights in Merton I found an additional page had been added to the menu exotic meats! Having tried almost everything on the original menu I thought I would give it a go as the Chef can do amazing things with almost any food and even goes the extra mile to supply a dish not on the menu with a little notice! I was dining with some colleagues on the second night ( yes second night running ) and we both fancied trying something new so e chef suggested we choose something different and he would do us a half portion of each so we both get to try 2 meats on one meal. So having tried both the Ostrich and Kangaroo I can report that both were excelent but I love the kangaroo I just wasn't expecting it to be so tender! Lots of different meats to choose from including Crocodile, Camel, Bison, Venison to name but a few, recomend the restaurant and recomend trying one of the more unusual dishes. Although you do need to give notice for one of e exotic meats.

By Louise M.

Me and my partner went to the Watermill for the first time three months ago and have not been able to resist going back on a bi-monthly basis since! I am a chef and have a very good knowledge of food and this restaurant blew me away! The quality of the food is outstanding. We like to have the rib-eye steak which is always tender, juicy and cooked to perfection but I have also tried to rump, the wellington and the lamb shank which are all delicious too! You usually have to spend a fortune in London for a good steak but this restaurants prices are no where near what you normally pay for food of this quality. The watermill is a real gem and I can safely say it is far and away the best restaurant with the most affordable prices that I have been to in recent years!

By Peter C.

Have just had an excellent food experience at the Watermill. The entire evening was superb. The food was extremly pleasing on the eye in terms of presentation. Was perfectly cooked and came in good time. The ingredients were fresh and the flavours achieved were a success. The staff were friendly and helpful and helped make it a wnderful evening. I certainly recommend their take on beef wellington, a joy to behold! Furthermore, I am more than happy to recommend the Watermill for an exellentmeal out. Peter Saturday 2 June 2012.

By Matthew C.

Having arranged a surprise meal for my mother's 60th birthday, I have nothing but positive words to say about the Watermill restaurant. The restaurant handled the booking for 14 people very well. They nicely decorated the restaurant and were accommodating with last minute changes in the food order. The food at the Watermill is delicious and very reasonably priced. The menu is varied, but not too extensive - a good balance. The service was attentive and we were made to feel very welcome. Overall we had a wonderful evening without a bad word to say. I would definitely visit the Watermill again.


I wrote a review concerning the Watermill restaurant some while ago. My comments were all positive. I didn't realize at the time I would have cause to post yet another review. I believed that I had said all that there was to say. However, I was very much mistaken. Last week my husband and I took a friend to the Watermill for an evening meal. It was a lovely evening and I felt very proud that I had introduced our friend to a restaurant that he clearly found most impressive. The service was as usual first class. Warm and friendly. Everything possible was done to make the evening perfect. Nothing was too much trouble for the wonderful staff who have that magic touch whereby everyone sitting at every table in the restaurant is made to feel special. Ronnel the chef is a culinary artist. The presentation of his dishes cannot be faulted. As for the food. Brilliant. Our guest, who dines out regulary, said it has been a very long time since his has eaten such good food in such a relaxing atmosphere, and that he would have no hesitation in recommending the Watermill to family and friends. Next weekend he is taking us to the Watermill. Can't wait. For anyone looking for a restaurant which offers amazing service and a menu which is very reasonably priced. The Watermill is a must.

By Mary W.

A large group dined at the Watermill on Friday night for a celebratory dinner. From the initial email enquiry to actually eating there, it has been a brilliant, faultless experience. The manager kept in contact the whole time via email and he was very flexible with cost and the menu choice. The staff were friendly and attentive but above all, professional and the food was excellent. Every effort had been made to ensure we had a good time. There was proper table linen, flowers, extra "Happy Birthday" banners and Christmas crackers, which was a last minute request in the afternoon yet they managed to source them. We all had a wonderful time, everyone commented on how tasty the food was and how much we enjoyed a relaxed evening. We will definitely be returning and we will definitely recommend The Watermill to friends and family. Thank you to everyone at The Watermill from Tooting Gymnastics Club


Together with friends and family I have been to this restaurant on many occassions. The Watermill has become our favourite venue for eating out. As some of us are vegetarians it has often been difficult to find dishes that are both varied and beautifully presented. This restaurant excels in doing just that. We ate at The Watermill on Christmas day and we weren't dissapointed. Everything looked wonderful. Table decorations made of fruit gave the scene an added Christmas feel. The food. Brilliant. And the staff? Warm, friendly and wonderfully hospitable. Without doubt this was the best Christmas day we have had in a very long time. I must just add one more thing. There are cooks and there are chefs. The watermill has a chef in every letter of that word. My husband and I will be holding our wedding annivesary dinner party at The Watermill where we know everything possible will be day to make the evening very special. Wendy Walker SW19

By Ed C.

Simply the best food in south London, the service is excellent and the price is very reasonable. The chef even bought in Pork Chops, with a couple of days notice, and cooked them to perfection, and Kacey is an excellent host. Well worth a visit. Ed from West Yorkshire.

By Jeanette H.

This is a fabulous restuarant. The presentation of the food was outstanding. Chef Ronnel outdid himself. Service was excellent and the food was very reasonable. One of the nicest steaks we have had in years. Definitely a place to try. Will go back without hesitation. Rob & Jeanette

By Anita H.

I'm glad I didn't read the previous review before I went to The Watermill or I might not have gone! It sounds like a totally different place to where I went to. I friend had mentioned The Watermill to me, apparently they do the best carvery for miles around..but only on a Sunday. I decided to give it a go on Friday and was very impressed. Great service, great food and great value! I chose the pan fried sea bass which was £12.95, the waitress pointed out their meal deals to me and my partner which meant I could have the sea bass AND a starter or pudd, for just over a tenner! I had the breaded warm brie which was gorgeous. My partner who has more of a sweet tooth opted for homemade apple and raspberry crumble, which he said was nearly as good as his Mums! I'm not sure how long the meal deal is on for, but even despite the unexpected discount, we are looking forward to going back very soon.

By John C.

Hi Bug,My name is John and I am the manager of The Watermill Restaurant,I apologies for the experience you have had,As you can see from other post we normally receive great feedbackfrom our customers regarding our food and staff,We take your comments very seriously, one dissatisfied customeris for us, one too many, Your experience is not acceptable and I have already spoken to all staffinvolved (including the Chef)I would appreciate it if you would forward me your email address so that I could contact you directly.john@thewatermill.com

By Karen P.

After choosing the Watermill for a late lunch, I'm now questioning my criteria for choosing 'a nice place to eat'. The setting is lovely, even in the rain, the menu has plenty of choice and the decoration looked warm and cosy. The restaurant looked dead, so we decided to eat in the area closer to the watermill, (the venue appears to be in 2 halves). My husband had lasagna and I the warm caesar tortilla wrap. After the hundreds of staff debated what the price should be for the wrap they decided to ask the chef, he told the waitress in full earshot of the customers 'I'm a chef not a waitress, I can't remember everything, look at the menu' Fair comment I think, however the waitress in question stormed back to the till commenting on what a waste of time it was asking him, he didn't know - and so the debate continued until I chipped in with the correct price (read off the menu 3ft away) Apparently I had ordered a meal from the Grill, and my husband from the lunch menu, what a problem it caused! It was a shame to have to sit next to the scrap bin and a gas cylinder, however the sign which read 'No buggies please' had a couple below with a buggy - this tickled my humour. I wiped my own table down as the mop and bucket and wet cloth (also left lying on a shelf in full view) was black. We did receive our meals - my wrap had been cooked with lettuce and cucumber inside it - how revolting, I pulled out long back stringy bits which looked like gone off lettuce. The lasagna was fine, chips were cooked in old oil, the smell was grim. Moral of the story - don't judge a restaurant by its appearance!

By D W.

Tried the Sunday Carvery at The Watermill Restaurant & Grill and myself and the family were very impressed. Excellent food, and extremely attentive and friendly staff. Price was very reasonable and we will definately be making a return visit soon. Found the surroundings perfectly fine, good quality furnishings and very clean.

By Bonnie C.

Myself and three friends went to the Watermill restaurant for a birthday meal last night. the food was fantastic (particularly the desserts)and the prices were reasonable. I would definitely recommend the Watermill and will be trying the Sunday carvery soon.

By John M.

My wife and I had a lovely 3 course meal this Saturday evening. Delicious food, very good service and a good atmosphere. A real hidden gem which definitely worth checking out.

By John B.

My family and I have been to the Sunday Carvery a couple of times, I would say it is the best Carvery we have had, My wife and I went on Saturday evening with two friends for dinner, The meal was excellent and the home made desserts (alone) were worth the visit, The staff were very friendly and the service was good, on top of that the price was well below what you night expect to pay, we will certainly be back.

By M.

Went to the Watermill for the first time today. My daughter and I both had the carvery. Food: the potatoes were nice and crispy and the vegetables were nicely done, not too soggy. We were very dissapointed with the ambience and decor though. The canteen style furniture was a complete let down. In addition, the furniture was too big and boring. Also, the restaurant does not have proper toilet facilities. Instead, the customers have to use the public toilet round the back of the restaurant. This is not cool. I personally will not reccommend the Watermill Restaurant due to its poor toilet facilities. Ms Francis

By Melissa D.

The Watermill Restaurant and Grill is situated within the Merton Abbey Mills. It’s famed for its Sunday carvery but offers the midweek and Saturday diner an array of British and modern European meals. Open since 2009, it's run by a local couple who have been looking after the adjacent Commonwealth Cafe for the past nine years.

The Venue
The Watermill is a warm and cosy meat based outpost located a ten-minute walk from Colliers Wood tube station or Wimbledon rail. It sits on a large shopping centre close to a small inlet of the river and seems like the ideal spot for families and groups wanting a reasonably priced night out somewhere cosy. The restaurant is split into two sections - a casual café style area out the back (closest to the river) and a separate dining area to the side for dinner reservations and people coming in off the street for a drink. The space is an unusual one, in that it doesn't feel like a restaurant or a pub, which is no bad thing, and the exposed brickwork décor gives it a slightly modern ‘warehouse’ feel - which should keep the trendies happy. The carvery, which is available from 12.30 on Sundays, is positioned just at the entrance – for the entirely sensible reason that it's the venue's real draw.

The Atmosphere
The service is really friendly, with the small numbers of waiting staff doing well to check in frequently and serve up some prompt service. A dining room replete with anything from lone diners and couples to rowdy locals celebrating birthdays are all handled with smiling aplomb.

The Food
The menu at the Watermill is meaty and simple, and perfectly suited for those seeking a casual dinner from a local eatery. Steak plays a central role in the offering and there are a number of good quality cuts available on a menu that has ‘comfort food’ written all over it.

The deliciously retro prawn and smoked salmon cocktail starter comes served on crisp lettuce leaves with tomato and cucumber dressed with Marie Rose sauce. It's pleasantly fresh with plenty of juicy prawns and slices of smoked salmon, all dressed in a delicate and light Marie Rose sauce. The accompanying bread, though, is a little past its best and slightly disappointing. The chicken with tomato sauce and cheese comes with a choice of new potatoes or chips. The chicken breast is a large portion with a thick, tangy tomato sauce and the chips are freshly cooked and seasoned. Many diners will visit purely for the steaks (matured for an admirable 21 days, minimum). They're cooked impeccably and served with grilled tomatoes and flat mushrooms. The 8-10 oz. sirloin is big and beefy, and when you factor in the fries you might find yourself struggling to fit in dessert.

But make sure you do, as the apple and raspberry crumble is a winner. Chunky pieces of green apple accompanied by large succulent raspberries and a hint of cinnamon make a great combination, and the sprinkling of crumble on top is just right – not too heavy but enough to give a good balance between the sweet and savoury. It comes piping hot, so it's just as well that it comes accompanied by a healthy portion of ice cream to temper the heat.

The Drinks
The wine menu is basic but covers the main bases. The Chilean Sauvignon Blanc with a zesty aroma and subtle citrus notes does the job and at £19 is reasonably priced. Other options on the drinks menu include beer and spirits.

The Last Word
On busy nights the Watermill Restaurant and Grill feels vibrant and atmospheric. If you’re a local it’s certainly worth the visit.

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