It was a cold night in November when we visited, and we relished the comfy leather sofas, plump cushions, low beamed ceilings and crackling open fire of the lounge bar. The bar itself is well stocked offering, amongst others, draught Peroni, Sagres and Moretti, Aspall cider, Adnams and Spitfire bitter on tap, local Belvoir cordials and an excellent wine list. The Windmill boasts two comfortable dining rooms, one with a wood-burning stove, and the other with two open fires. These relaxing, unfussy and unpretentious surroundings make you feel instantly at ease.
The food here is fabulous and there are plenty of exceptional offers on the set menus, both at lunch and dinner. Fresh seasonal produce comes from the surrounding countryside, creating a memorable dining experience that is also great value for money. I began with pan-fried Belvoir pheasant with sage risotto and poached farm egg; perfectly balancing flavours and textures accompanying a sympathetically cooked, locally sourced bird. My partner tucked into pan-fried Mediterranean prawns from the grill menu, which were sweet and succulent, cooked simply with garlic butter to showcase the flavour. We followed with a seasonal game pie (again featuring produce from the Belvoir Estate), deeply rich and meaty, and an 8oz homemade burger made with fresh herbs and served with perfect chips. You simply have to leave room for tempting desserts like chefs homemade bread-and-butter pudding.
The Windmill's growing reputation for exquiste food is entirely justified. Proprietors David and Kirsten, with the help of their professional and friendly team, have made this one of the most charming venues in the area.