The Windmill

4.8
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225 Reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Beautiful Michelin award-winning country pub situated on the outskirts of Chelmsford.

Our food is at the heart of everything we do. All food is cooked to order on site using fresh, handpicked ingredients.

Two luxury, en-suite rooms are available should you wish to stay overnight.

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AlisonP
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gorgeous, bijou venue with amazing friendly service from the hostess and the bar staff. Food is out of this world. Was a little bit chilly but had a lovely evening nonetheless. One of our favourite special places to eat.

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LESLEYW
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous meal at The Windmill with friends. They never disappoint.

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ElleB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food & service! Cauliflower cheese best ever!!!
Cannot wait to return!
Excellent ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌟

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KT21
London
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class food Scotch Eggs are a favourite and recommend them for a main as well as a starter

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AmandaK
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a hidden gem! I had read the reviews but was not expecting it to far exceed them! We went for my dad’s birthday and he was absolutely thrilled. The food was amazing and the staff were lovely - just the right level of attentiveness. We will be visiting again and have already recommended to friends!

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DavidN
Essex
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The olde world charm and limited amount of covers creates a pleasant homely atmosphere. The food and service was excellent. Wel worth a visit.

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MichelleW
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tasting menu, food was amazing, interior was cozy service was exceptional. Would definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Sunday roast, excellent quality and service.

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scrivuk
London
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty local food. Friendly staff who were very helpful when we asked questions. Beautiful venue.

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GaryS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favourite restaurant right now - fantastic food, intimate dining and great service.

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HannahW
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was absolutely stunning, the Chateaubriand was cooked to perfection. I agree with other reviews regarding the scotch egg, it was delicious and the egg beautifully cooked.
My only negative was that it is advertised as a tasting menu online, however when we arrived we were told they have recently gone back to a la carte. This wasn't an issue as the food was divine, but it was a shame as we were looking forward to a tasting menu.

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JoeT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mine and my girlfriends favourite local restaurant/pub if you know what nice food is then you will appreciate this place

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garthd
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i would highly recommend this restaurant, the menu choice was spot on, the ambiance was warm and friendly and the staff were knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. The food tasted fantastic and we will defiantly will be back again.

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RonaldB
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing night,we went for the tasting menu,and what an absolute delight it was,every course was delicious, add that to such friendly and efficient service and a warm atmosphere, and exceptionally spotless toilets,the Windmill is a must!!! I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. Big thank you to the Windmill, best wishes,Ronnie & Nicola Buckingham

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JohnP
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sunday roast with high quality meat at a reasonable price. Cooked to perfection. Friendly service and plenty of room.

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DawnB
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always fantastic food & service. Highly recommend.

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TracyK
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely would recommend every time
Delicious food and good wine
Has got to be the best roast I’ve ever eaten in a restaurant
Stunning restaurant with great eye for detail

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KevinL
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful! Poached Maldon smoked salmon in sorrel sauce was magnificent, fillet of beef to die for and the delicate poached rhubarb a delight. Never fails to impress.

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SarahP
Essex
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great as always, the only concern was that the vegetarian main course option has substantially appeared for the last 3 times we visited. May have been bad timing (ie it came around again) and it was very tasty anyway!

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MargaretB
Essex
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lydia makes you so welcome and serves the most delicious food.

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USJ86
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, excellent service and the Sunday lunch was very reasonable.

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PeterJ
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was up to the standard we expect but on this visit the drinks service was desperately slow. Two drinks orders were forgotten.

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Keefy
Essex
9 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class food and excellent service . Highly recommend.

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AngelaS
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal - three courses for £28. Lovely setting and friendly service.

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BillM
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely owner Lydia and all staff very friendly. Cosy welcoming atmosphere.
Food excellent — not cheap but worth it.

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Fairylights
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere on arrival, attentive staff all way through. Enjoyed the food, the only criticism is trying to get the fat from the beef was difficult because the knives were not sharp, maybe steak knives could have been offered.
Would come again, much prefer a small cosy restaurant,than the larger establishment. However do enjoy background music.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husbands birthday

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AnneliT
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

a lovely evening only spoilt by a very loud party in the bar which made the dining room impossibly loud...luckily they left to have dinner in the private side leaving us to enjoy our evening and not listening to over excited men shouting!

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vipShagehR
Essex
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spot on as always ! Love this place !

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michaelP
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely beautifully prepared and flavorful food.

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ChristineW
Essex
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely meal and I could not fault the service, so friendly and cheerful.

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SAMUEL
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a cosy ambience. Attentive service. A gem of a restaurant in Chelmsford! I would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service as always. Best Restaurant in Essex!

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richardt
Essex
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

went on Saturday lunch time great value excellent food

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JuliaD
Essex
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing place, wonderful food and lovely staff! It’s a must!

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MargaretB
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch food served by delightful Staff. Will definitely return.

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WendyW
Essex
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mick & Lydia have created a wonderful, warm and welcoming gastro pub. The food is outstanding, the service is spot on and the atmosphere is friendly and comfortable. Can't recommend this highly enough.

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KarenW
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food but we went on a Sunday at 15:00 so probably the last table to sit down so it was very quite after a little while

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ZolaP
Essex
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant, as always. Looking forward to the next visit.

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Maddie
London
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely country pub with great food and wine. Service exceptional!