The Windmill

4.9
57 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Worth the Drive
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Fri, Sat 12:00–23:00
Sun 12:00–21:00
Dinner
Wed, Thu 17:00–23:00
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Phone number
01245 910910
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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What 57 People Are Saying
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TT
Essex
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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SH
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
21 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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SC
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a lovely restaurant.
The staff are friendly and knowledgeable.
The food is exquisite.

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JC
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place. A little gem in Essex. Food is amazing and Lydia (head waiter) is welcoming and always bright and accommodating.

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SD
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to The Windmill last Friday evening. Food and service excellent.

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VH
Essex
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely easy atmosphere very friendly our waitress was great sorry forgotten her name would definitely make a return visit the new year looks amazing

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JM
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely place to eat —appreciative hosts and good food ! Always a good place to eat

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Again Mick and Lydia has NOT disappoint us. Amazing food and Quality drinks. The atmosphere was beautiful. We went with friends and they were full of praise for the quality of the food. Looking forward to having Christmas dinner here soon. Love and kindness neale and Melissa 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

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MW
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous as always.. both the food and the service were impeccable.

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SW
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter took me here for my birthday dinner . We enjoyed it very much . The food was superbly cooked and the service excellent .

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WR
Essex
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great meal, the food was excellent & the service was fantastic. We will definitely be going back!

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MB
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Beautiful food presented thoughtfully by friendly and helpful staff. Will be going back!

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D
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice simple food cooked really well at a decent price.

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TM
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've heard so much about The Windmill from local friends but had never been until now and I can't believe we left it so long! Its quite small in comparison to places like the Lion Inn and The Galvin Green Man (which are also great places to eat), but The Windmill seriously makes up for it in the quality of their food, the friendliness of their staff, the cosiness the place as a whole. I have to say this is the best place to eat in Chelmsford now, so much so we've booked it for our Christmas meal.

I would definitely recommend booking a week or two in advance.

The only thing which does let The Windmill down is there is no baby changing facilities.

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JH
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautifully restored old building serving excellent food. Friendly service and nice ambiance

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JJ
Essex
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited the windmill for the second time with friends. Excellent service, amazing food and lovely atmosphere! we will be back soon x

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KJ
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A thoroughly enjoyable evening. Food delicious and service excellent. Ambience perfect for a meal with friends or just two of you. Thank you

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PR
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our guests described the lunch as "super". (And we agreed!)

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M
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautifully decorated building. Excellent service. The choice of dishes on the menu could be a tad more upmarket to match the style of the venue. Fish and chips in a place like this? Yes it's an English classic but there are so many other, slightly more sophisticated ways to celebrate English cuisine, right?

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SB
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic. It was a weekday so we were selecting from the set menu. Choice was difficult as we could have happily eaten any of the dishes. It was served in a friendly efficient manner. A great way to celebrate with my family. Thank you!

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SM
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As ever, the food was superb and the only complaint I have is I have to stop myself eating too much as it’s all so delicious. The service is also superb, so welcoming and no waiting. Mick and Lydia are the best chef and Maitre d’ team I’ve ever met and I’m so lucky it’s right on my doorstep.

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SP
Essex
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our third visit. Each course was delicious. Excellent service - everybody very friendly and attentive.

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