On a recent Sunday afternoon, I stopped by The Adam’s Mill in Manchester for lunch with a friend. Our appetites initially leaned towards brunch (as it was still being served) but we decided to settle on the “lighter fare” lunch menu, which turned out to be a great choice.
Adam’s Mill is a unique eatery for several reasons. It’s located in a restored 1880s paper mill once run by Peter Adams, renowned as one of the most successful paper manufacturers in the US at the time. Fun fact: even Mark Twain used Adams Mill paper for writing his books! The mill was transformed into a restaurant in 1982 and has been operating as such since then.
But I digress. Anyway, as the restaurant offers dining on two levels, my friend and I were seated upstairs in a lovely sun-filled area by the window. This entire level had a great ambiance- bright, airy with dark wood accents and beamed ceilings—sort of a rustic feel but inviting at the same time.
We split a delicious appetizer to start: baked brie over a pool of raspberry puree with toasted almonds. This tasty spread was served with a warm loaf of French bread. Highly recommended.
As for lunch, we didn’t opt for anything too exciting- just some wraps, but I was still pleasantly surprised. I ordered the Cardarelli Wrap, which includes grilled herb chicken, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, baby greens and balsamic glace in a warm flour tortilla. Fairly simple but extremely delicious. It was also served with the restaurant’s house cooked potato chips. Usually I can take or leave a side of fries, chips, whatever, but these were much tastier than I expected.
Service was great but the restaurant wasn’t terribly busy. I’ve heard quite a few mixed reviews about this place- about food and service being hit or miss- but I’d certainly recommend stopping by for a relaxed lunch if nothing else. The Mill also serves up quite a range of appetizers, salads, entrees- some items more unique than others. The brunch menu appears hearty but rather basic. Take a look here: http://theadamsmill.com/brunch.html
Prices are reasonable. Most of the lunch menu items are below $10. If you decide to stop by, let me know what you think.