Reading boutique inn tells guests ‘take the train and we’ll pay’ in new initiative

A cosy boutique inn in Reading is encouraging guests to leave the car at home and take the train by reimbursing every diner or overnight customer up to £10pp for their train fare.

The Miller of Mansfield, which is situated 20 minutes from Reading and Oxford via the train and an hour from London Paddington, will give guests £10pp on production of a valid train ticket in a bid to get them out to the country.

Guests will also take home a ‘goodie bag’ for the return journey, include homemade treats and a discount voucher for a return visit with friends.

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The 18th century inn is owned by host and chef patron Mary and Nick Galer, who have been at the helm since 2014 and are former team members of The Fat Duck Group.

The Miller is home to 13 bedrooms and enjoys a strong local trade providing ‘refined dining in an informal setting’.

Mary Galer says: “With our central village location, parking is limited. Yet we’re a five minute walk from a very well serviced train station on the mainline into London and Oxford. We thought it time to reward customers for using public transport and reducing traffic through our quaint village. But we also want our guests to switch off, relax and not worry about how much they’re drinking or how they’re going to source a cab home from the countryside.”



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