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“Lovely Sunday lunch in a friendly ‘locals’ pub.”
Review of The Windmill

The Windmill
Ranked #8 of 13 Restaurants in Chipperfield
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed January 27, 2013

We visited the Windmill for Sunday lunch and had a lovely time. The pub is approx. 5 mins walk away from the Two Brewers near the common in Chipperfield and there is parking outside.

We didn’t know what to expect, having read the mixed reviews, however a friend recommended it and I have to say, the service and food was great. The landlord is a little eccentric and the service certainly isn’t fast paced. However, if you want a relaxed lunch with traditional home cooked food (certainly not cordon bleu – go to the Bricklayers if you are a foodie!!), then the Windmill is great.

The staff really try hard to make their customers welcome, there is lots of traditional beer to try (particularly popular with my husband!) and the atmosphere is friendly and buzzy.

I would definitely return & it’s 100% better than my recent poor experience at the Two Brewers.

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3  Thank scatterdells
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Reviewed December 16, 2012

Uniquely, unpretentious pub in beautiful countryside. Retains old worlde charm and idiosyncracies with good basic food. No horrible distractions like fruit machines or tv. You have to make your own amusements by conversation. Not hard with a friendly landlord who strives to do all he can to make the visit/ meal enjoyable.
For a glimpse of what we are sadly losing in terms of pubs becoming coporatised, not to mention any other pubs of course, do come here. It feels more like a local, a pub that is truely part of a community than others.
The cuisine is down to earth but goodish.

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4  Thank Rowan A
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

I live within a short walk of the Windmill and visit from time to time and sometimes eat there. none of the reviews I have read greatly surprise me, it is a small local style pub and does not attract much passing trade due to position, you need to know it's there.

it retains a healthy tradition in that a number of working locals drink there, unlike many food dominated pubs, so please respect that it is a place for beer where you can eat, and for sure the beer is kept well and is good. Currently they have Doom Bar (I think it is!) and it's 10/10.
Yes, the whole place and owners are a bit eccentric, it's one of the joys. but they try 100% and really if you start ordering brie tarts on a this or that bed, probably you would be better off at the Grove or somewhere a £80 per head+.
Stick to Englsh food in the English pub, a pie or fish, and if you order a steak it's big enough and always seems cooked right - I ask for 'pink' and it's been spot on.
It's not haut cuisine but it's filling and sensible prices.

I can't speak for those who said they got different vegetable sets on their roasts, except to say relax and it's all part if the fun!

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5  Thank OvsiyenkoMyronova
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Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

Have tried most of the pubs for food in this area and would say is by far the best. What you receive is not comparable if not better food but a warm and personal service, the Bricklayers down the road is overpriced, pretentious and pretty awful, the Two Brewers is just plain rude and like a chain pub, only the Green Dragon stands out with its Thai cuisine. So of all the eating houses in this zone for English Food and service I give it 5 stars!!

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2  Thank drtcoBov
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

What a find! I had been told by friends that this was a lovely place to go for Sunday lunch and they weren't wrong. There seem to be few such English country pubs like this left these days (it has a real fire and a few small rooms rather than one big one) so it was great to find the Windmill. The landlord and landlady and other staff were really friendly and welcoming, and the (huge!) traditional Sunday lunch - with rhubarb crumble for pudding - was one of the best I've had at a brilliant price (we had lunch and drinks and the bill was less than £20 each). Windmill - don't change a thing!

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2  Thank Janeathome
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