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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CW
Oxford
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Food ok but very cold inside the restaurant and extremely slow service.

R
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

This lunch was for my birthday and one of the guests asked that her coming was a surprise. On my arrival the MD Tony told me she was coming!!
The food came Luke warm, and we only had half of it. We had no cabbage, broccoli or red cabbage and the roast potatoes were very few.
As a gesture we were given coffee on the house. This was no compensation for spoiling a celebratory lunch. I would certainly not recommend anyone.

SM
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice restaurant with lovely ambience and attentive staff. Food was very good and also good value for money. Only downside was the pianist with accompanying electronic backing track. Brilliant musician but our table was very close to the piano making it very difficult to hear each other.

LC
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Had lunch on a Friday - very quiet - food was plentiful and tasty and staff were very good. There wasn't alot of atmosphere as the resturant was not very full and it was a very rainy day so felt a bit chilly. I would go back as the food , especially the chips, was great.

MP
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent Sunday carvery. Fantastic selection of meat and veg. Very full so a bit noisy but otherwise superb. You need to book.

LL
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Website suggests a 3 courses for £22 on set nights. We went on one of those nights and this wasn't the case. It was a Friday night, music was loud, until the pianist came in. We were told they’d ran out of burgers! Which for a Friday is unacceptable and the fact the restaurant was practically empty when our orders were took. A party came in which was located upstairs, there were several children running/jumping around and screaming up there, no apologies were made. It was unbearable.

JT
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food exelent service would highly recommend it

GF
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch and yet again outstanding value too. Beautiful views and excellent service as usual with very tasty coffee to finish off. I have eaten at the Windmill quite a few times and fully intend to be back soon.

AW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all round. We were greeted by exceptionally friendly staff who couldn’t do enough for us. Table service was speedy and the food was gorgeous. As it was a Sunday lunch banquet, it’s effectively like a carvery so you can ask for food to be topped up. We found that what we had was more than enough! Have already recommended to friends.

S
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with a beautiful view. the sat nav took us firstly to a wrong location so we were late for booking but we were still sat at our table with no issues from staff. Food was nice but menu has a bit of a disappointing small range to choose from. We watched poor staff members have to deal with a group of particularly unpleasant customers who were making a fuss/storming in and out for no reason (more than likely to get freebies/discount) and they were calm and apologetic. Would return again.

KH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening, lovely surroundings and great service, will definitely return soon

DH
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

The owner needs to make sure that the food served and the menus in the restaurant match whats advertised on the website.
Food well cooked but very plain not what we were expecting from the menu on the website. Service was good ambience was excellent.

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Rather overcooked haddock cake. One poor waitress did very well but made for slow service.

MR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely setting overlooking the valley, service and food very good. Appreciated the complimentary bread, oil & balsamic whilst waiting for our order and didn’t even need to ask for table water.
Would definitely return and no hesitation in recommending. We had the lunch deal which had plenty of choice.

LA
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 2

This was our 5 or 6th visit and on this occasion we was very disappointed food very poor not cook beef very raw vegetables not cooked very hard that had to put a lot of force to cut potatoes broccoli parsnips carrots, we complained and was told the head chief has changed.
I booked my birthday meal back in April for September 22nd and have been assured this will be perfect. If its not be sure I will complain.

KB
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Welcoming atmosphere and warm greeting to begin our Windmill lunch. Venue is nicely decorated with live piano music as a background noise which wasn't too loud. Service was good overall although a couple of staff were much friendlier than the others. Food arrived on a large platter and there was plenty of it. It all tasted delicious and would definitely have been 5 stars other than it wasn't as hot as it perhaps could have been. Ours was the last table to be served so maybe it had been plated a few minutes? Would definitely recommend and we will return. Great value for this area. Very pleasant afternoon.

BB
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

I was wanting to write a rave review about The Windmill Restaurant owing to its ambience & setting but sadly I can’t . There were six of us for the 3pm Sunday Lunch menu. On arrival our table wasn’t ready, fine, we were happy to relax with a drink but sadly that never arrived. When we eventually got to our table we had to wait a further thirty minutes. Our order took ages to arrive but when it did it looked like a dogs dinner. The scraps of pork, beef & lamb were plonked on beneath a pile of Yorkshire puddings. The roast potatoes were cold & soggy. Maybe we were unlucky but we certainly had the dregs!! On to the desert, took over 30 minutes to place our order so asked if we could have it outside. No problem & although we had to wait another 30 minutes we were at least in great surroundings where a six year old could let off steam. For the number of guests we could only see two waitresses & a supervisor which wasn’t enough. We had to ask a couple of tunes for water when previously it had been in the tables. The waitresses were rather sullen which made us feel uneasy & shy of asking for anything.

OT
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived early and was seated straight away, lovely service definitely go again and recommend

KT
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Host certainly made our experience here a great one. Nothing was too much trouble. Food was amazing and just the right amount. Will definitely be back highly recommend

JH
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Arrived at 2.45 for 3pm sitting completely ignored for 45 mins after we received bottle of table water..after 4 newly arrived tables were served we decided enough was enough... left without having lunch
Not good service at all

SV
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The outlook was very pretty.
The restaurant was very nice, with spacious seating.
The service was good and welcoming.
The food was very good and filling
Overall a very nice dining experience

SA
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A peaceful, lovely, relaxing evening as it was a rare night out away from our children. The service was great, staff friendly, accommodating. Food great, set menu was value for money although not blown away by seafood linguine (main) otherwise would have rated 5. Also, whilst I understand a business need to make money, the Prosecco was way overpriced. When it arrived at our table, it was the same label as in our fridge, so we know how much it cost.

SA
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The setting is beautiful. The place was very clean and lovely open space. Plenty of parking.
It’s a set menu with a set price with additional surcharges if you have steak.
I was disappointed that it wasn’t a carvery any more, but overall it was very nice.

JD
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great live entertainment, amazing food & nice wine. What more could I ask for, nothing....excellent once again.

OT
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning meal and great value

VJ
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We chose to dine at The Windmill because there was one of their 2 vegetarian options which sounded particularly nice. Upon arrival we were told that they were unable to do this option as their head chef had left early. I didn't like the other option so had to order a starter with a side of fries for my main instead.

My husband was also told that his first menu choice (pie of the day) was unavailable.

It's a nice setting, but quiet for a bank holiday weekend (Saturday night), and now we know why. The menu is quite limited anyway, so when around half the items on it aren't available, it leaves you with very little choice. It's also rather overpriced!

MG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

After looking at menue on i booked a table for Thursday 22nd august when we arrived we were presented eith a Wednesday menue which only did steak and burgers no starters very disappointed there was only one other couple seated so service should have been good but we found it very slow

J
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Waitress a little lax. Never bought the ordered beer. One of the meals was completely wrong, turned out there was no asparagus so the requested meal replaced by another without informing us. It was all nice though and the bill amended accordingly. I dine here often and that is the first time such occurances have happened. Staff training!

O
Oxford
8 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not great!! I dont like to leave bad reviews but I felt inclined too.
I mean lots of excellent places within the Cotswolds and this just isnt one of them.
The food was bland, the service was okay but they didn't seem to know what they were doing.

DR
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful...
Beautiful place..
I was made to feel important and special both myself and my partner.. xxxx

OT
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I put on website when I booked on line that it was my husbands birthday as it asked was it a special occasion , but there was no acknowledgment of this on the night , it was lovely food and venue but lacked atmosphere , could do with soft music maybe in Back ground, the food was excellent but just lacked ambiance , not that we wanted a fuss but maybe just an acknowledgement would have been lovely, would go again on a different night we went Saturday maybe try Friday next time , and maybe Sunday lunch as heard it is nice

AB
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food and service was very good but the menu could be improved by having a wider selection.The atmosphere and location are exceptional and our guests from America enjoyed there Cotswolds experience.

L
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

This place has the potential to be great with better staff and management

LW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Timely attentive friendly service high quality food within a relax atmosphere, topped off with subtle live music.

TW
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

A very disappointing visit compared to previous excellent lunches. No tablecloths on tables, food was bland apart from the beef and side salads were wilting and dry . I really wish they change the limited menu occasionally. Maybe it was just a bad day, but even the toilets were grubby with empty toilet rolls everywhere. We will try again another day and see if the joy returns!

DA
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really good restaurant for a meal of good quality and good service

s
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

beautiful food - beautiful presentation. staff were very helpful. sat on the terrace, very comfortable chairs, which makes a difference and a very pleasant view. we didn't ask if we could take our dog next time if we sat on the terrace, but we will definitely be returning.
Amazing value for money.
Have been for their sunday lunch but this is for the first time we have been mid-week.

JD
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

The food as always was excellent, however on this occasion the service was poor compared to what we’ve come to expect at The Windmill. We will certainly return but will stick to evenings instead of Sunday lunch.

P
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I was disappointed on our visit this time , as previously the food was better quality and the service was more professional than this visit unfortunately. I had been promising to take my son and his partner and my partner there for a few months now and having finally arranged it we all thought it was disappointing quite frankly . It will
Not put me off visiting again and I am putting it down to an off day .

JF
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A warm and welcoming place. Extremely good value for money and super service

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