It's been two years in the making — and now The Watermill in Slaithwaite is ready to open.

When Tricia Bower took over the Commercial pub six years ago, the derelict building behind it came as part of the deal.

Unsure what to do with it, it became storage — but now her daughter, Ella, has transformed it into a bright, airy restaurant.

The Watermill will serve an a la carte evening menu, including pheasant, venison and lamb dishes, steaks, and a tempting dessert menu, as well as lunches, Sunday roasts and chef specials.

Click below to take a look around — and see the 'before' pictures

Tucked behind the Commercial, the intimate venue can serve 40 covers across its two levels, and welcomed the public for a nosy today ahead of its official opening tomorrow at noon.

Ella said the proximity of the eatery to the Commercial could be beneficial to customers.

"If someone turns up and we're full, they can have a drink in the Commercial and we can call them when their table is ready," she said.

The Watermill restaurant, Slaithwaite - Owner Trisha Bower and her manager and daughter Ella Bower.

Tricia added: "It's a hidden gem. It's like a Tardis!"

The high-ceiling building is believed to have been a packing plant, then later a newspaper distribution centre for the Sunday papers, before it fell derelict.

Work began on the project in July last year, and now Ella is gearing up for opening weekend.

There are plans for a special Valentines menu next month, as well as venue hire for Christenings, business meetings and other small events in the future.

To book a table, email, call 07833678636 or enquire on the Watermill Facebook page.

The Watermill opens tomorrow at noon.


Prawns in filo pastry, fish goujons and Moroccan pasties at The Watermill
Prawns in filo pastry, fish goujons and Moroccan pasties at The Watermill

The Watermill's high ceilings and crisp, modern decor make the most of the building's beautiful architecture — without losing the small restaurant's intimacy.

The downstairs dining area would be ideal for a small function or birthday event, while upstairs lets natural light flood in through the skylights.

I was able to sample some of the restaurants small bites, including prawns in filo pastry, crispy fish goujons and a selection of Moroccan-style pastries.

All were absolutely delicious, with flaky, perfectly cooked pastry, rich flavours and well seasoned meats, and the seafood was delicate and fresh-tasting.