The Windmill

4.8
77 reviews
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Situated in the charming hamlet of Chatham Green, The Windmill is a beautiful, real drinking pub, combining outstanding food with a selection of real ales, cocktails and an extensive wine list.

Now in the care of Mick and Lydia Binnington, The Windmill has been sympathetically refurbished to maintain its character and original features including the lovely floor to ceiling oak beams.

A seasonal menu in our relaxed, cosy restaurant offers elegant, simple food sourced from the best produce from around the local area, paired with a friendly and efficient service.
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1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant pub-restaurant

Possibly the best food pub in Essex- certainly in my top 3

The best steak I’ve ever had, spotless inside and amazing experience; well worth the extra money

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JJ
Essex
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's our second time eating here and we'll back soon for sure.

There's something these guys are getting right that others aren't. I'm not even too sure exactly what it is? Perhaps it's because...

...the food is to die for...
...you're greeted with a beaming smile...
...the service is top notch...
...the venue is homely, quaint and cute...
...the atmosphere is relaxed.

I think it's all these little things combined that make dining here a memorable experience. A rare find.

We're already looking forward to our next visit! :)

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S
Essex
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had a lovely meal to celebrate our anniversary.

The food, service and ambiance were spot on. Nice to see some locals enjoying a drink at the bar too.

Many thanks to all.

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SM
Essex
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was meeting two friends for lunch to whom I’d really recommended The Windmill. I was wondering if it would live up to everything I’d said and it did. They loved it - the food was delicious. Also the service and the ambience were perfect for friends who hadn’t seen each other for a long time.

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K
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class dining and food. People are lovely and friendly.
Could not fault anything. We had a fab time. Can’t wait to go again.

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YE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our recent dinner at The Windmill was lovely. From arrival at beautifully finished building, we were made to feel very welcome by the staff. Inside, the restaurant is nicely finished and quite cosy.

We opted for the very affordable two course menu (£21 a head) and were absolutely delighted by the food, which was some of the best we've had in a while.

On the whole, I'd happily recommend this to friends and family and will be sure to return in the near future!

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GR
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to the Windmill several times, and always had a well cooked (not reheated), delicious meal with excellent personal and friendly service. We tend to go out for meals only during the week which is easier for us, so we don't usually have a problem booking a table, but I am sure they are very popular at the weekend.

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OT
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Two of us had the pea and ham soup , one had the mushroom risotto both delicious ! Then it was roasts all round cauliflower cheese my fave ! Plenty of veg selection and gravy ! Desserts the creme brûlée’s were to die for ! Lovely waitress cosy and warm pub love it here !

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A
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent hot food. We all ordered differnt meals & all loved them.
Good wine list

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LS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meal well presented and vfm. Staff were very attentive. Will definitely rebook

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M
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This was our second visit to The Windmill. It’s was as equally good as the first time.

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p
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the good value set menu although 2 of us opted for the steak which had a supplement (both agreed it was excellent). It was the first time we had been and will definitely go back.

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MO
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

HAVE VISITED AROUND 4-5 TIMES NOW. ATMOSPHERE ALWAYS LOVLEY AND FOOD AND SERVICE REALLY GOOD BUT WOULD WOULD BE GOOD IF MENU CHANGED MORE OFTEN.

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BO
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Simply put, this one if best quality food restaurants in the area. Please keep up the standard.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent high quality food and good value. Very enjoyable and a definite place we will return. Good location.

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j
Essex
1 review
Dined on 13 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are never dippointed when we dine here...no matter what the occasion.....from the staff, to the food to the service to the atmosphere it alway feels special ...and you feel special

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A
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eaten here many times with different friends , never fails to impress. Our friends are very envious we have such a wonderful restaurant so near us

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TK
Essex
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the windmill
Food is always outstanding and brilliant service

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W
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, we will be back. Food as always was delicious, a great place to eat

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ME
Essex
11 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Nice meal but service just needs improving a little then would be worth the drive!

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TT
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal as always and a great touch with an anniversary card for our special evening. Staff very attentive.

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JP
London
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, lovely pub and lovely service. Would recommend.

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SH
London
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We like everything about The Windmill, very good food, friendly staff and they welcome dogs. Mick and Lydia are the perfect host.

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MH
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fabulous evening spent with good friends, great food, efficient service and relaxing ambience. Will definitely be back.

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LM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Windmill gets better every time we go. Fabulous food and impeccable service.

The prix fixe menu for lunchtime on Saturdays is excellent value.

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MH
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great find in a county not well served with good restaurants. Every aspect of the meal was excellent and we shall definitely return.

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AW
London
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A cosy experience. The staff were very friendly, and the service very good. The food was delicious. It was a lovely experience to be repeated.

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SC
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience at the windmill. The food was amazing, the staff welcoming and friendly. We will definitely be going back.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is small but this added to its charm. We had a warm welcome. The staff were very helpful and the food and ambience was excellent. We asked for a leisurely pace and they listened. Would definitely go back.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We received a very warm welcome. Staff were tentative, but not a nuisance.
The food was excellent. Good size portions, perfectly cooked and delicious.
The pub/restaurant was comfortable and homely, with a nice decor.
I would recommend going to the Windmill. We will certainly be going again and again.

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JE
Miami
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t have been a better evening. The food was truly amazing, staff attentive and friendly. Not expensive for the quality of food. Can’t wait to go back.

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T
London
22 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

First visit , I am very local but just never got around to visiting despite continued recommendation. Pleased with the result , enjoyed the food , nice country feel to the beamed building , welcome was good and initial service good...... however it was clear that a regular table needed priority treatment and time. Their food was served before ours , almost as if they had pre-ordered ! None of this was an issue - just mildly amusing . That is until service fell at the final hurdle , dessert menus were presented and no-one returned to take the order for close to 15 mins, which would have been creme brûlée twice and 2 teas. As it was ‘ I’m a celebrity ...’ was calling by the time we were asked and we took the bill instead. This will not stop us returning although given this was mid week and pressure of delivery was an issue , I will skip peak times , Fridays/Saturday / Sunday and leave it to the regulars !!

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TT
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Second time that we have been and certainly lived up to expectations. Food was superb.

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K
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the 8th visit so far and will continue returning, everything is spot-on. Lydia and Sharon are always brilliant in front of house and the food is always amazing so Mick and his staff are obviously doing a superb job too. Can not rate it enough

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MD
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a treat, cold Wednesday night , but warm cosy welcome at The Windmill as always .
Nothing too much trouble , service professional and with a smile , note to other front of house, it makes a difference !!
Quality of the food is undeniable , creatively presented , every flavour on the plate distinguishable . Triumph

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KT
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Staff are very friendly excellent service

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NL
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you for Making our evening so wonderful. Everything from the minute we walked in to the moment we left was superb

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GM
Essex
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Unreal, fantastic food and unbelievable service. This place is top notch.

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BH
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday meal, very nice and really pleased that the restaurant gave me a birthday card which was a nice touch. We will be going back and possibly booking the event room in the future too.

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LP
Essex
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely location, lovely owners and staff, lovely food. Very nice indeed the owners have done such a wonderful job since taking it over.

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