Magnolias at the Mill

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Magnolias at the MillMagnolias at the Mill

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

198 N 21st St
Purcellville, Virginia, 20132-3077
United States

(540) 338-9800 | map

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of siege06nd
4.98/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Photo of kegnation
4.4/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Great selection of craft brews along with fantastic food. Be prepared to spend at least $75 for two people but its worth it. Love the bar area, really well done.

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Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.74/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.53/5  rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of Boone757
4.21/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of NJBeer265
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of EricP
4.78/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

My wife and I visited this past weekend as a little break from touring nearby wineries. The food was very good. They had a Starr Hill tap takeover going on and had some rare offerings that were quite good.

Service was quick and friendly.

This is definately a restraurant although the bar area looked pretty nice (several TVs and a pretty big space).

If in the area, definately recommend stopping by.

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Photo of lulu1040
4.2/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Very good atmosphere in an old grain barn/mill, beautifully refurbished, with gears still hanging overhead. They had live music that night, but we did not stay to hear. Irish nachos for appetizer, very good with real potato chips instead of corn chips under the fixings. Large selection of entrees and specials, if a bit on the pricey side. I chose the smoked chicken on hand cut fettucini with smoked bacon, spinach and four cheeses. Large portion, very good flavor. Enough to take home. Other guests in party ordered Vermont Cheddar burger and the salmon special. All were pleased with food and flavors. Service was very prompt, if a little too ernest! More than 25 draft beer choices. A little disappointed that waiter was not knowledgeable about beer choices. Also, no real "local" brewery choices on menu. Good size selection of world-wide bottled beers to try. I chose Stone Arrogant Bastard on draft from San Diego , California. (Server recommended as chef's choice.)Clear and bright color, herbal aroma. The beer had a medium mouthfeel and a bright , somewhat tangy taste. Overall, I enjoyed the beer selection and would choose again. Also, if in Purcellville in the future and looking for a very good sit-down meal with a "neat" atmosphere, will consider spending a few extra dollars to eat at Magnolias again.

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Photo of dtivp
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Magnolias is more restaurant than beer bar, however, it was a great evening of good food and good beer. The mill made for a fantastic rustic atmosphere, with nice wood and stone work.
It was very busy, however, the noise was not too loud. The employees were all friendly, very helpful and appeared to enjoy their work. Our server was very beer knowledgeable, friendly and provided great service.
Their were approximately 15 to 20 beers on tap and numerous bottle selections available.
The food selection was great and exceeded our expectations.
The only downside was the prices were on the high side, but the quality justified paying a little more.
A great experience and I will stop again on my next visit to the area.

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Photo of jfmorey
4.28/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

My bicycling friends and I have been to Magnolia's many times after riding 30-60 miles in the surrounding countryside. It never disappoints, either in the food or the beer selection. During the warm months, the outside dining is an additional benefit. It overlooks the WO&D Trail, so one can also get there entirely by bicycle, which I sometimes do from home.

There are many menu items to compliment the 30 draft beers available, and the selection is wide enough to satisfy any preferences. There are usually Belgian styles such as Omegang, some well-hopped west coast ales; porters, stouts, and barleywines or wheat beers in season; and of course a good pils or lager if one wants something lighter.

The only drawback of the whole place is the price of some of the food items, and the beer is served only in 14 oz. glasses, not full pints.


Visited 8/1/09 for the first time in months. The hostess was not welcoming, seemed to think she was working a trendy urban hot-spot during evening rush rather than a rural eatery for weekend lunch. We were a rather large group arriving two-three at a time over a twenty minute period. We were obviously being too casual for her. There was no line at the door so her need to worry about having tight control over seating space was absurd.

My original review in May was A+. and the beer and food have not changed but the service ratings have declined.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.78/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Ive been to Magnolias twice, so far, and it's the best restaurant, for beer, I've been to in Loudoun County.

Magnolias is more restaurant than beer cellar; however, the beer selection is terrific and has something for every palate. I sought out Bell's HopSlam too late this year (All the beer stores in NOVA, and I went to many, were sold out) and Magnolias was the only place I found it.

The atmosphere is rustic and comfortable and the service is friendly. The food is very good, including a terrific burger. The one draw-back is that it's a tad pricey. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

What a phenomenal restaurant - especially for beer lovers. They have at least 20 wonderful craft brews on tap at any given time, and they frequently host beer dinners featuring a multi-course meal paired with appropriate brews from one particular brewery. Just in the past year, they've had at least half a dozen prominent craft brewers from around the country. Food is also on par with a 3.5 or 4 star restaurant. The atmosphere is nice as well. It's in a historical building - I believe it was previously a millhouse (hence the name of the restaurant). I've gone there with clients, with friends, and on a date with my wife and would recommend it for any of those scenarios.

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Photo of Kirkles
4.45/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Magnolias' is up scale, rustic restaurant in an old mill. It is run by an individual who is very obviously a beer man. Running down the center of the serving area of the bar is one of the most beautiful taps that I have ever seen, featuring a selection of 25-30 excellent beers. The selection is almost exclusively American craft beers from small breweries across the country. My only gripe is that everything is served in a tall stein, as opposed to the appropriate glass. If you can look beyond this, you will find the beers very satisfying.

The food is not bad, if a bit pricey. The menu is relatively limited but all of the items are well crafted. I would particularly recommend the BBQ Quesadilla. The dessert menu is one place that Magnolia truly shines. The seasonal selection is designed by the restaurant's in house pastry chef. Everything is rich and delicious, and served in perfect portions

The atmosphere is great. It strikes a unique balance of rustic, old time charm, with an elegant, slightly formal vibe. Lighting is dim, but not too dim, and the pleasant must of a centennial building wafts through the air. Relics of the mill's bygone days hang in the rafters in the form of wheels and pullies.

The wait staff is nothing to write home about, but they are decent and pay attention to anything you might lack.

Occasionally, Magnolias will host beer parings at which you are served a multi-course meal with the appropriate beer to go along with each selection. These are a bit expensive, but highly enjoyable.

Over all, this is a great place and worth the hike from DC. I'd highly recommend it.

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Photo of Pencible
4.38/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Magnolias is a wonderful restaurant for many reasons. Its atmosphere is a nice blend of trendy and rustic, which is fitting for the area. The service is good, and the food is top notch. Maybe not quite what I would consider "fine dining", but close enough to warrant going there on a date, etc.

They always have a number of microbrews on draft. You can order a flight to sample the selection, or you can just get a pint of your favorite. Either way, they offer surprisingly good beers, and typically ones that are difficult and rare to find on draft. So if you're just going for happy hour, it's certainly worth it.

They also regularly host micro-breweries for joint food/beer pairing events. These events can be a bit pricey, but could be worth it if you like the brewery. And of course, the food can't miss.

The biggest problem with this place is that it's fairly rural. Unless you live in Purcelville or the surrounding area (which is unlikely), then it's not terribly easy to get to. A shame this gem isn't located in a more populous area!

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Photo of beeryes
4.7/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Fifty miles west of Washington, DC, at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains, lies the attractive crossroads town of Purcellville, Virginia. While only 9 miles west of Leesburg, Virginia -- an outer suburb of Washington -- Purcellville feels vastly more rural. The town was near the end of a 19th Century rail line, which has today become the Washington and Old Dominion Trail for hiking and bicycling. Hike or bike the W&OD Trail from the Washington area to its other end in Purcellville (milepost 44.8), and you will find yourself about 30 feet from the front door of "Magnolias at the Mill," surely one of the nicest beer bars / restaurants in rural America. (If you're less energetic, you can reach the place by car via Virginia Route 7, a major east-west route running across northern Virginia, and turning on N. 21st Street.) Transformed from a grain milling operation, Magnolias at the Mill features a huge bar seating area and restaurant seating on two floors. Looming above the high-ceiling bar and much of the restaurant are the ancient gears and belts of the mill, an interesting touch. Huge wooden beams and rough wood paneling add further character. The atmosphere is classy but casual, and the food is terrific and fairly priced. Well-executed pub grub is offered in the $6 - $10 range, alongside specialty pizzas in the $12 –14 range, and more ambitious entrees in the $18 - $28 range. Around 30 taps are typically pouring and generally only one of them is a macro. About 10 well-chosen bottles, mostly Germans and Belgians, complement them. Occasionally a craft cask is available. Beer tastings are held frequently. Recent tap highlights have included North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner, Brooklyn Smoked Weissbach, Troegs Rugged Trail, Stoudt’s Scarlet Lady ESB, Celis White, Lefthand Polestar Pils, Humboldt Red Nectar, Allagash Tripel, Rogue Brutal bitter, Stone Ruination IPA, Bells Pale Ale and Ommegang Hennepin. Bottles have included Baltimore Marz-hon, Hacker Pschorr, and Gouden Carolus Grand Cru. “Flights” – your choice of any 3 6oz pours -- are $6. The service is friendly and the bartenders are reasonably "beer-knowledgable," though the servers are less so. Since it's also a restaurant, Magnolias keeps long hours, opening at 11:30am 7 days a week, closing at 9pm Sundays, 10pm M-Th, and midnight F-Sat. So no matter what time of day you might be cruising through, the place is probably open. All of this in a town of 3500 people, fifty miles from the nearest major city! There are a handful of small town / rural beer bars on the West Coast and in the Rockies that are as good, but I've never found a better one on the East Coast. Don’t miss Magnolias if you’re in the area. Note: Magnolias at the Mill is operated by the people who developed Tuscarora Mill, another former mill turned restaurant and fine beer bar, in nearby Leesburg.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Part 2 of the Swillin in the Mill series, except without the swill. As mentioned in PintOfAle’s review it was the same crowd me, VelvetJones, Pint and GreerBeer. Located in what seems like a small town setting was a great beer bar. Small town as in the police department was in a strip mall. To my surprise when we entered the place was pretty packed, the bar was full and the only tables they could sit us at right away was on the patio. It was a nice night out so this worked, we were greeted by a pleasant but ass clownish waiter how seemed to know a bit about the beers as we ordered them. More on the beer later, the menu had a good variety on it from dinner salads, burgers and flatbread pizza which were on the cheaper side to the entrees which were a bit expensive. The burger I had was good as was the lasagna I tasted. The consensus was the flatbread pizza was pretty tasty as well. For dessert I had a banana chocolate almond crusty thing in cake form. Very very enjoyable. As for beer they had about 25 taps with a nice variety of things going on, I had some Rogue Glen, Prima Pils, St. George IPA and a Stone smoked Porter for dessert. A few other notables were Smutty IPA, Heavyweight Biere D’Art, Racer 5 and Brooklyn Black chocolate stout. Only complaint was they were all served in a pilsner glass, but overall great selection and variety. I will have to catch a beer dinner here sometime. A bit more relaxed than Tuscarora Mill but a bit further out as well. Its nice to come to fancier places like this and see them respect the beer a much as the wine. I will definitely be returning here again.

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Magnolias at the Mill in Purcellville, VA
Place rating: 100% out of 100 with 16 ratings
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