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“Excellent service”
Review of The Windmill Inn

The Windmill Inn
Ranked #8 of 1,154 Restaurants in Leicester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $52
Cuisines: Mediterranean, European, Gastropub, Bar, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Kids, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Enjoy a contemporary informal dining experience within a traditional country pub setting or just come for a drink in The Windmill Inn's relaxing bar atmosphere. Open Every Day Lunchtime and Evening (Restaurant closed Sunday evenings).
Leicester, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Excellent service”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

As a result of the high ranking of this restaurant in Leicestershire we made a visit on 12 October and we were pleased that we did! Unfortunately the weather conditions lead to difficulties getting there and we were over 15 minutes late but this caused no problem to the restaurant. I'm guessing that the location is such that the odd lateness is expected especially when the weather is poor.

The staff, whilst on average quite young, were very attentive without being obtrusive. They were knowledgeable about the menu and helped us to reach our choices. They wore clean uniforms and were well presented.

A delightful menu - all of which I would have been happy to choose. This applied to both starters and mains. We chose the mushroom starter which was wonderfully presented on a wooden platter with warm fresh garlic bread in foil. The food was very tasty and plentiful. The main we chose was "Old Spot" pork in an oriental sauce with rice - absolutely wonderful. As a result of the food quantity for both starter and main there was no room for deserts but these looked very appetising.

The décor is welcoming and the atmosphere just right.

One small gripe was that both the starters and mains arrived far quicker than expected - we hardly had time to draw breath between courses! They should allow the diners more time from ordering to the starter and also from finishing the starter to the arrival of the main. But don't let this put you off and perhaps tell them that you want a breather between courses!

I strongly recommend a visit to this restaurant.

Visited October 2013
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Thank Geoff F
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Steve B, Owner at The Windmill Inn, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Thanks for your review Geoff and indeed for venturing all the way out to us based on our Trip Advisor reviews generally. We are so pleased that you had such a good time and have taken your comments regarding speed of service on board to discuss with the kitchen today.

Look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Excellent food.”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

Just had a wonderful meal at the Windmill Inn, good choice of food, brilliant service, excellent overall experience.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank LMas0n
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Steve B, Owner at The Windmill Inn, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Thanks for your reveiw and so glad that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
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Leicester
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Belly Busting”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

The bright young waitress gave me excellent and well informed advice about my choice of food. The Antipasto Platter was delicious and it was evident that all the ingredients had been carefully selected for taste and quality. The Osso Buco main was rich and sticky with bone marrow - mmm (there was so much I had it doggy-bagged and finished it for lunch the next day). Lemon Tart dessert needed more zing in the filling and the pastry could have been thinner. But, hey, that's carping. We had generous portions of really tasty good value food, all served by genuinely friendly and efficient staff. It's a winning formula and we look forward to returning.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank travelwearyLeicester
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Steve B, Owner at The Windmill Inn, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
Thank you for your review. We are so glad that you had a good meal with us here at The Windmill. We tend to tweak the Antipasto with each menu change and the Osso Buco has indeed gone down very well on this menu. The menu changes this Friday evening however and you will be able to check it out on our website on Friday.

We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Sunday Lunch - 1st visit”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

The restaurant managed to accommodate the 6 of us at fairly short notice. It was a very good choice on the menu, catering for all including the 2 children in our party. The staff were polite and attentive, with everyone of them willing to serve, help or answer to requests - you're not limited to waiting for just your assigned server to be free. The quality of the meal is excellent - great ingredients, cooked to a high standard.

  • Visited October 2013
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Steve B, Owner at The Windmill Inn, responded to this review, October 10, 2013
So glad you had a good Sunday lunch with s here at The Windmill and thank you for taking the time to post your review.
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Leicestershire
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Return visit”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

Once again had a lovely lunch at The Windmill. This time we took two friends to celebrate their Golden Wedding, they were also very pleased with food, wine and attentive staff. We will return yet again in the future.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank Gillian B
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Steve B, Manager at The Windmill Inn, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Lovely to see you at The Windmill again Gillian and we are so pleased that your friend enjoyed there anniversary lunch. Thanks once again for taking the time to post your comments and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
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