Set majestically on the banks of the River Thames, the Mill at Sonning Theatre now celebrates more than 30 years of entertainment. Uniquely, as the only dinner theatre in the UK, it has gained unrivalled praise both nationally and internationally.
Directors, designers, actors and musicians of the highest quality help maintain its exceptional reputation. Many new plays premiere here, from young up-and-coming to established writers.
All productions are created on the premises. Nothing is ‘brought in’. Rehearsal rooms buzz with activity. Sets are built in the workshop. Costumes designed and made in the wardrobe. In the kitchens, fresh food is prepared daily “with not a microwave in sight”.
The intimate theatre seats 215 in the semi-round allowing the audience to feel involved in the performance. The elegant restaurant, separate from the theatre but within the premises, with views over the sparkling Thames, has the friendliest young staff of waiters and waitresses. A spinning waterwheel features in the cosy bar.
The Mill is completely self-sufficient. No sponsors, no grants – not a penny of taxpayers’ money supports The Mill. They live on your patronage at our box office.
The atmosphere is welcoming. The setting beautiful. The standards are high.
At The Mill, tickets include a two-course meal in the restaurant before the show (unless otherwise specified).
While Covid restrictions remain in place, they are offering an A La Carte meal served in the spacious, well-ventilated and socially distanced restaurant. They will return to a buffet service when the theatre returns to full capacity.
Restaurant opening hours
Restaurant open and serves lunch from 12.15pm to 2.00pm. Performances start at 2.15pm. For evening performances, the restaurant opens and serves dinner from 6.15pm to 8.00pm. Performances start 8.15pm.
Your ticket includes a 2-course meal with coffee, a programme on your table, and the show.
Pop in for artisan coffee and homemade cakes, a delicious range of Sandwiches, or enjoy a scrumptious hot bar food at the Waterwheel Bar.
Bar opening hours
Tuesday to Saturday from 11.00am to 5.00pm. Hot Bar Food is currently not served on Saturdays.
From the M4 Junction 8/9: Take the A404(M) to the A4, then follow the B478.
From the M4 Junction 10: Take the A329(M) to the A4, then follow the B478.
From the A4155: Take the B478
There is ample car parking space available for customer use.
The Mill is a 10-minute taxi ride from Reading, Twyford, Earley and Wargrave stations.