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“It's not just a restaurant... It's a pub, acoustic music venue, summer garden oasis, kids playground, village asset...”
Review of The Windmill

The Windmill
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$84
Cuisines: Gastropub
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: British Pub serving Seasonal Kentish Produce.
Reviewed 4 June 2014

I love this pub. OK its not the 1970s cult village pub it used to be. Times have changed and this place offers so much. You can treat a friend to an awesome meal, equally you can pop in for a natter with friends and munch on bar snacks, or indeed sit solo at the bar, lounge in the garden, and let the kids be free. The food is well sourced, as are the drinks. The wine can be as expensive as you want it to be. Wednesday night is music night and Tuesdays offer a burger/pint deal. The staff are really attentive and look after the locals. Added to this is a fine interior and warm feel. What more can you ask for? Its a gem :)

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Thank Jungle3000
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

I'm not sure why a pub in Hollingbourne has employed a chef who fancies himself as a Masterchef contestant. I ordered fish and chips and got 4 large slices of potato stacked in a mesh cup, a slice of lemon wrapped in netting, and some peas in what looked like a mini deep-frying pan from McDonalds. The fish - to their credit - was just that, fish in batter. Perhaps the chef forgot to mess around with it before it was sent to our table.

Is this really what people want nowadays? (Of course everything was served on the usual cliched wooden platter too, yawn). I'm all for good food but it wasn't even that nice, quite why the Chef is putting his name to everything even the name of the pub itself, I'm not sure.

Wasn't even that cheap, there are so many better pubs around within a 10 minute drive. I won't hurry back.

1  Thank phatwajones
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

A lovely, quiet midweek dinner proved that The Windmill can do some good ingredients justice with the evening oiled by quiet, unfussy, friendly service.
While perusing the tempting menu and working our way through a gin and tonic, we were brought a rustic tin of freshly-dug radishes with wild garlic mayonnaise. I'm a take-it-or-leave-it radish man to be honest, but these were sweet and simultaneously soft and crunchy in a pleasing way and the gentle mayo was enough to give us confidence in the kitchen that made the ordering an agony of choice.
Moules Mariniere were apparently fine although by this stage I had lost concentration, transported to a fishy wonderland by the Scallops, crisply charred on the outer edges and silkily soft in the middle and mounted atop a dry 'risotto' that featured shellfish hints and with some squid thrown in for good measure. The only criticism was that the seasoning wasn't even throughout the dish but the overall balance was good.
Mains of calves liver, served perfectly pink and belly pork, all soft underbelly and crispy skin; were treated with love and well-matched with their respective spuds (mashed and turned) and veg both included and selected as extra. Be warned this does bump up the price a little.
We plumped for cheese over pud and were well rewarded although the advertised bread didn't make an appearance.
Overall minor gripes are a wine list with little choice by the glass where the glasses are pricey by local standards and the extras for veg levy which bumps the price up slightly. If I was in London, this may push the experience down to a 4/5 but given the number of places locally that charge these prices for food that hasn't been liked in preparation, let alone loved; I'm happy to go the whole hog.
We will be back. There's a whole menu to work through.

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Thank The_Galloping_Pig
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

We had three choices for lunch today, the first two had staff that could not careless, so by time the barman/manager greeted us warmly, this place was on to a winner. We had our granddaughter with us, so it's simple, kids menu, fast service and good food. Locally brewed beer is a must and I encourage everyone to support the local brewers and here there is one in the village. Our order was straightforward in two crab sandwiches and some chips for the small one. Huge portions, freshly prepared and tasty. Enclosed play area, comfy garden furniture all added up to an overall good value meal.

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1  Thank William A
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

Great food! The staff are friendly and helpful. The menu is well balanced. We had a lovely family meal. Have been a few times and it never disappoints.

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1  Thank Sue H
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