The Windmill Bar & Restaurant

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Conveniently situated on the A40 between Burford and Witney, nestled in six glorious acres enjoying stunning panoramic views across the Windrush Valley. The Windmill is a delightfully renovated vaulted barn restaurant & bar, boasting a panoramic heated deck.

Head chefs Richard Lenik & Thomas Curtis have earned an enviable reputation plus over a thousand 5 Star reviews for their delightful cuisine.

A beautiful Cathedral Marquee in our gardens completes the perfect picture.
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LF
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a fantastic way to serve a Sunday Roast on the Platter together with a wonderful selection of vegetables. The vegetables were cooked perfectly - slightly al dente. The service was very good, attentive but not intrusive. We also had a table by the window looking out over the wonderful countryside. Although they had been busy we ate at 3pm we didn't feel we were given just what was left - all nicely presented and not rushed.

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JW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service was second to none. Will definitely be back.

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JH
London
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, very attentive waitress. More pudding options please

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ET
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Totally recommend The Windmill for any meal but today’s lunch was superb and such amazing value for money. As ever the staff were attentive and friendly x

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MD
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Friendly welcome, served very quickly. Three meat on the roast platter was chewy potatoes looked and tasted like frozen packet brand, the veg was over done. Was honest with the waitress when she asked if it was ok. After that the mood changed as if we had insulted the restaurant.

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RF
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere. Good vegan options for me and helpful staff. Great other dishes for my boyfriend to enjoy too.

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A
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the Windmill restaurant. The staff are super, meal was good and the outside areas are great. Food is a bit pricey but would go there for a special occasion. Lovely relaxed atmosphere in the restaurant and outside.

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OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Hot, and good portion size. Service was friendly, but not intrusive. Plenty of staff to ensure no delays.

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JC
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Previous meals with Windmill have been very good. Last one unfortunately was not overall good in view of a wedding party on patio leaving patio door open when a strong cold draught made us very cold. I complained twice and eventually we were moved to another table.
Although we still enjoyed our day it was a shame it was stressful initially. The food was very enjoyable. Staff were very pleasant.

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TM
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

We have never been to a steak night & hate to say that we were disappointed! The restaurant was quite chilly & though we sat with a lovely view it spoilt the ambience. It was an earlier reservation so not busy but we did not think the waiter was really helpful or very attentive. We had the platter, there were 3 of us so we had 2 steaks, which was fine. The one steak was supposed to be medium & although the flavour was lovely it was over done, the other was med/rare & was spot on. The sides were mostly good except the spinach which was just sat in cream ! I think for the price we expected it to be all lovely. We will try again as we do love your restaurant. Also the Cider was not cold enough, mans opinion.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere. Very friendly welcome. Service was great. Staff very efficient.
Had a really good meal and felt very welcome.

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SC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

If you are looking for excellent food, stunning location and attentive service then look no further, we shall certainly be back!!

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LA
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant. Great food, outstanding service, good value, great atmosphere, great location and a really lovely place to enjoy a meal.
The good is superb but it's the service that puts this place on a level above all else.
Formal but friendly and relaxed.

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LA
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Great food. Great service. Great setting. Great ambiance. Great value

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LB
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with a friend for the steak night. We shared a steak platter and it was amazing! Steak was cooked to perfection and the staff were very attentive. The price was great and included a glass of wine of your choice. Will definitely go again! Thank you.

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MA
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very enjoyable Sunday lunch. Excellent friendly service with plenty of food cooked to your requirements. Would definitely recommend to family and friends.

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LS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Always great. I always tell people they must go! The food is so Good! And it’s not expensive.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service , food was very tasty just a little disappointed on desserts do like the old cheesecake that they do which was not on menu but say ing that it was tapas night see you soon

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HE
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were most impressed with the quality of the cooking the refinement of the dishes and the taste of the food. Service was excellent and we were made to feel very welcome. We will be back

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SF
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food excellent service
Atmosphere excellent- generally excellent all round!

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S
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food, we will be recommending the restaurant to friends and family.

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BB
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first visit to The Windmill & we were pleasantly surprised. A very cheerful atmosphere & friendly staff. The carvery set meal was clearly explained & easy to order. The portions of beef, lamb & pork were very generous. The accompanying vegetables were plentiful & perfectly cooked. An added bonus was having their own supply of water included. There was a good choice of deserts. All in all we had a relaxing lunch & able to enjoy good conversation as the acoustics enabled us to do so. A rare event these days!

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ES
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an Easter meal here last Sunday. Faultless food,staff and ambience as always.

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ST
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Gravy was very thin, like oily water.
Roast potatoes were too crispy verging on hard

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R
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely evening with my girlfriend & thank you for being so accommodating. My favourite restaurant of 2019!!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner and very friendly staff, owner is a interesting guy.

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VS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it. Great setting and amazing food and atmosphere

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LB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was best to none and food was excellent. The views are awesome.
Could do wit a bit of better background music to attract younger generation.

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ST
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Initially I was impressed with the greeting/service. However, once the food was ordered things went downhill fast. We ordered just beef and lamb, but got pork as well - not too much of a problem as my companion was happy with this. There was no mint/horseradish or apple sauce. It seemed to take forever to attract someone's attention to request, by the time it arrived the meat was cold!

The wait to have our plates cleared and order the next course were unacceptably long. At one point there didn't appear to be any serving staff. We were not alone in waiting so long. One lone waitress was doing her best and was very good, but she seemed to have been left to it and not supported by the management.

The food itself was pretty good, but the bill was incorrect and when queried, we were given a long explanation as to why the lemonade to go with the gin was charged as extra - not something we were expecting or was clear from the menu. As for the meals being charged at an extra rate, we were told that the culprit would be dealt with and the bill would be amended. I'm not interested in the whys or wherefores - I don't want anyone reprimanded on my account - surely it's down to management to ensure this is correct anyway?

Apart from the young waitress who was really doing her best, I felt that once the management had made their intial introduction and sales pitch, they lost interest. I noticed the manager joined a large party which were served very promptly.

Overall, the experience was very disappointing. I had taken my cousin, who was over from Canada and feel very let down. Initially she'd been impressed and thought we should take her husband when he comes over to join her. Sadly we will not be returning and as a local, I most definitely will not be recommending to anyone soon.

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GH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best restaurant in West Oxfordshire by far. Everything from start to finish was enjoyable, cant wait to go back

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KM
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went a Sunday lunch WOW, 7 of us including 3 men with hollow legs full to bursting. Big platters loaded with 3 roast meats, Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and a wide selection of vegetables. Extremely good value as we could choose how much to have depending on appetite, no waste and top ups available if we wanted them. A good selection of puds and UE locally roasted coffee.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Excellent choice on the Prix Fixe menu. I particularly recommend the Midnight King Prawns and the Slow Braised Blade of Beef. The staff were attentive and friendly but discreet. I will certainly be visiting again.

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DG
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Living in Witney we have driven past many times, but we finally decided to visit and were not disappointed.
Ww were met by friendly, welcoming and attentive staff who quickly seated us and saw that we were comfortable.
The food was fantastic - started with the complimentary amuse-bouche, followed by beautifully cooked and well presented main courses. Finished off with a simple but very tasty dessert.
We highly recommend The Windmill and will certainly be back again soon.

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PJ
Oxford
70 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely find and excellent location. Great views across the valley.
Lovely food and excellent service.

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JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent attentive service, at a lovely location and ambiance. Food of high quality, without being rushed or waiting too long.

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OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal great service was a little disappointed as looked at the online menu and was completely different to what was in the restaurant there was a cheese board online but not on the menu when we got there.
Apart from that was lovely will definitely revisit thank you

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s
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A camembert to share, indulgence that is oh so rare
A blade of beef that melted to the touch
and a supreme chicken supreme that was sublime
Two desserts shared, Pancotta with just the right consistency
and Rhubarb and Berry Crumble with just the right balance of fruit and pastry
Attentive staff, and a range of nice gins, not a fault could we find, no praise could we spare

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EM
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Went out for my husband's birthday to what we thought would be a pleasant evening. We got there for 7.30pm which is when I was booked for to be asked what table we would like which is fine got shown to our table and served our drink after 5 minutes while was also fine. It then went downhill from there the girl that was serving us seemed to have a attitude anyway but she was wondering round serving everyone else and not us. 25 minutes later said we then had to wait another 5 minutes for someone to take our order bearing in mind people came in after us other waiters had already taken their orders!! Her customer service was bad the whole evening was bad we walked out after she said we had to wait even longer for our order to be taken I've never been to a restaurant that makes you wait to take an order. The whole time was a shambles and ruined his birthday. I will not be recommending.

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M
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A little tricky/disappointing when we arrived. We had to wait for a while, even though there was a member of staff available who had clearly seen us. That said, the staff in the restaurant itself were fantastic. We had a French waiter who was really friendly but also incredibly professional - a balance that is quite hard to get right!

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MH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant has very friendly and welcoming staff. The presentation of food was very good . I'll recommend this to anyone who like a good day out and I looking for good food.

PLEASE note you have to book a table a week or two in advance because it is pretty busy

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