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Watermill Restaurant at Merton Abbey Mills

Restaurant, Events and Catering

The Watermill Restaurant and Grill within the historic Merton Abbey Mills venue, was opened in June 2009 by John and KC.

The couple had been running the adjacent Commonwealth Cafe at Abbey Mills, since 2000, transforming a small weekend Tea Room into a thriving café open seven days a week and serving all-day breakfasts, home-made lunches and daily special meals.

Watermill Commonwealth Cafe

With Office Estates Limited, the new owners of Merton Abbey Mills, revamping the whole site with new shops and office units as well as a number of new food outlets, John and KC saw the potential for a traditional restaurant within the historic complex, and opened the Watermill Restaurant and Grill.

With two private function rooms overlooking the historic setting, the restaurant quickly became the place to go for special occasions and business meetings, with menus tailored to suit every taste and budget. The Sunday Carvery also established itself as a family favourite with a fantastic choice of roasts and fresh vegetables every weekend.

John and KC are still running the Commonwealth Café and the Watermill Restaurant and Grill, and have now expanded their business to provide catering services. They offer a full range of hot and cold food menus from a free fitted mobile kitchen, at private events in any location, as well as event management services, including finding and hiring venues, and arranging DJs, bands and other artists that we guarantee as being amongst the top live acts in their area of entertainment.

Historic Merton Abbey Mills

Merton Abbey Mills is located by the River Wandle and can trace its origins back to the old Merton Abbey Priory where Henry III held Parliament in 1236. In 1538 the priory was demolished by order of Henry VIII, and most of the masonry was reused to build Nonsuch Palace.

From the 1600s the site was used for the printing of silks, and includes the only working watermill in the South East of England, from which the restaurant takes its name. Up until 1970, Merton Abbey Mills was the silk-printing works of the famous Regent Street store, Liberty's. At that time, The Coles Shop (where the restaurant is housed) was used for the dyeing of the fabrics produced by Liberty.

In 1989 the whole of the site was refurbished and planning was granted for it to be used for restaurants, cafes, shops, offices and the famous Merton Abbey Mills weekend crafts market.

Merton Abbey Mills is located on Watermill Way, just off Merantun Way and a short walk along the River Wandle from Colliers Wood tube station on the Northern Line.

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