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£6 - £28
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British, Bar, Pub, Gastropub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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We were gifted a voucher by our daughter and had not previously visited The Windmill, despite it being not too far away. The reviews we had seen were mixed but we had nothing to lose so wanted to try it for ourselves and comment accordingly....We were greeted warmly by a member of the team who showed us to our table and was our waiter for the duration of our visit. He was friendly and attentive without being intrusive and looked after us well. We considered the express menu, which offers very good value for money, but as this was a treat decided to go for options from the a la carte menu. We shared some plump queen olives and a portion of squid to start then both chose the monkfish with mushroom risotto as our main course. This was a great choice, beautifully presented, flavousome and satisfying. We managed to squeeze in a shared dessert of sticky toffee pudding with ice cream which again was delicious and just rounded the meal off on a sweet note. We liked the quirky surroundings and the overall experience was very pleasant. We will definitely be visiting again.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Wonderful country village pub, well appointed rooms, stunning food and wine, very warm welcome. Genuinely can’t complain, had a wonderful two night stay. On the Thursday night even when left short of staff Jack was pleasant, and efficient and attentive. Can’t wait to try the...rest of the groupMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So disappointing. Was really looking forward to the meal here as previously had good experience. I normally cook for Easter and so this was a treat to go out . Started well with the calamari which was super fresh and hot . However after that...it was honestly the worst roast I’ve ever had . The lamb was burnt as were the potatoes. Normally gravy is supplied on the side and you can add as you wish . This was not the case. It was covered in a really rich bitter jus .. it came out like that and everything was covered in it . There was a mouthful of shredded cabbage and an eighth of a carrot covered in the congealed jus . The menu had suggested cauliflower cheese with bacon which sounded lovely but alas it did not materialize. When we politely asked if it was coming, the waitress said no because it was extra although the menu clearly stated it was part of the roast. By This point, I still wanted to desperately believe that mine was just a bad one out of a good batch , but sadly everyone else’s roasts were also lacking. My young daughter, who normally eats anything also didn’t eat her meatballs, so I tried them, and they were just inedible.rock hard and tasteless . Sorely disappointed overall xxMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Bart P, General Manager at The Windmill, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, I am really sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your meal. I hope you'll give The Windmill another chance. Please send an email to manager@thewindmillhollingbourne.co.uk if you would like to come back for a meal. Kind regards,

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to windmill on a weds and had the beef Wellington deal for two. It was absolutely delicious cooked to perfection and more than plenty for two , came with veggies and mash. Best meal . Great atmosphere in pub sat by open fire, love...this place .More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Really nice meal and service was really friendly and polite We all had starters and main course Good quality food The fish and chips was massive my wife had the venison which was like butter that melted like butter

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Having lived in the surrounding area for a number of years and dined in most of the venues, we decided to go to the Windmill for the first time . Its reputation historically has been very good and I was expecting a fine dining experience,...which was our fault for not checking . I was expecting an exciting menu , but really it was pretty average and limited. Whilst what was served was nice the portions were very small , three bites of the braised beef and it was gone as the rest was fat . Same applied to starters and desert . Service was fine and our waitress was very pleasant . All in all bit of a let down , we came away disappointed with the experience, which maybe to be fare we should have researched first rather that relying on previous recommendationsMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 3 March 2024

We came here with some close friends for a Sunday lunch, as we have been many times before and always had a lovely time. As usual the food was stunning, we always go for the roast dinners as they are delicious and a great price....We were served by very nice brunette lady and were having a lovely time for our friends birthday. However after our mains were cleared away we were told by, quite a rude gentlemen, that we needed to leave the table as the next sitting was here. We had not been informed that there was a time limit on our table and it seemed very abrupt that we were suddenly asked to leave. I queried this and said that we were keen to have desserts, to which I was told, by the rude gentleman again, that we couldn’t as we needed to vacate the table. We gathered that he was the manager and so asked for the bill, which was presented by the brunette lady, who did say that if we wanted desserts/coffees we could move to the bar area, which was very lovely of her, however our experience had already been soured by the manager so we chose to leave. It’s quite a shame as this was always our place of choice to bring our friends, however if this is the way the management is going then we certainly won’t be back anytime soon and will not recommend any of our friends to go here either!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 March 2024

We booked Winter break package including B&B and 3 course meal with fizzy flight. Room was lovely however noisy from pub downstairs and cleaner started mopping just after 7am following morning which felt too early with guests sleeping above in rooms we were in Leslie...Reserve plus noise from traffic but i get this is an old pub. However, food was delicious 😋 we had the Thermidor Thursday definitely recommended and Phil our waiter really looked after us thank you! And guy at Breakfast was also very attentive! Only staff member we felt was slightly rude was brown haired lady think possibly the manager when I asked to take bottle of tap water to our room she said you already have some provided in room which we'd already drunk earlier! We were only asking for tap water!!!Apart from this small points we would return but not stay.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 22 January 2024 via mobile

The cosy atmosphere with smell of the real fire is what captures you straight away. The food was amazing and the staff were all friendly and very attentive.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 22 December 2023 via mobile

Visited here on Tuesday for some lunch, booked online but didn’t need to as was empty. Was seated at a table for two but one of the chairs wasn’t a chair was more like a sofa which is fine but then you have to sit...on your coat which can be uncomfortable when eating. I have visited here on many occasions so know the menu and know the food is going to be good which it was. The pub was all christmassy in decorations but no music until we nearly left? Needs music for a bit of atmosphere. All round good pub lunchMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 19 December 2023

Was looking forward to breakfast at the windmill but was disappointed to say the least the bacon was so burnt an dry it was like eating wood chips an I believe garlic on mushroom doesn’t belong on a full English was a shame as I...had heard good things about the placeMore

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 23 November 2023

Excellent food and service. Quality of the food was outstanding (we had duck breast and plaice). Service was attentive but not pushy and the waitress was knowledgable about both the wines and food. Not cheap but reasonable for the quality and service (£130 + tip...for two people two courses, a beer, glass of wine, excellent coffees and 2x tawny ports). Nice log fire, fairly crowded but not excessively noisy. Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 6 November 2023

Do not go here if you have any allergies, or are vegetarian or vegan. Was assured three times the vegan egg was vegan. Spent the weekend being sick, and now, 9 days later, I'm still waiting for them to call me back despite many assurances...they will. Given the Government rules around allergens, this business obviously does not care.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 22 October 2023

We decided to try the windmill, we arrived and was put in the corner as there was two of us, it was by a closed window and all i could see was the fly's and cobwebs, i do feel that if anyone is sitting there...then this could be cleaned, the Meal we both had was a roast and this was small portions, and was warm and a lot of gravy, i would have had a gravy Jug, we had to ask for another drink as we were waiting for over half hour for our Dinner and the they charged me for a pint and i only requested Half.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 20 October 2023

We visited for an early evening meal after this restaurant was recommended by some local people and we were not disappointed. The only trouble could have been that there was only one veggie meal. I chose this risotto (as the only choice!) and it was...really lovely. My friend's lamb was amazing, she said. Then ... the peanut butter ice cream to die for. Attentive staff, pleasant surroundings. Not cheap but well worth it for a holiday meal.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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There is parking avaible.
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Didn't use the heated patio area as it was raining, we cuddled round the woodburning stove inside. Doubt it would be in use in November
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Suggest you contact the Windmill... Ask for Diane.. She is very helpful..
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The Windmill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5