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The Windmill - Pub in Essex

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Chatham Green Little Waltham, Chelmsford, CM3 3LE, Essex
England, United Kingdom

Mick and Lydia Binnington
+44 (0)1245910910(landline)

A rural pub pulling in locals and foodies for excellent dishes from talented chef Mick Binnington, a former head chef for Gordon Ramsay

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The last miller stopped grinding wheat to start selling beer back in 1904, so the sails are long gone, but the attractive roundhouse still stands next to the white-painted pub, and old millstones can be spotted in the fireplaces. Owners Mick and Lydia are in charge nowadays, serving up ales including Braintree-based Bishop Nick and Greene King IPA from Suffolk. Lydia works front of house while Mick conjures up originality and fabulous flavours in the kitchen. Experience with Ramsay and with Daniel Clifford are put to good effect using local ingredients - delicious native lobster ravioli or Shalford pork and chorizo Scotch egg to start, a rich roast rump of Essex lamb with celeriac or pan-fried sea bream to follow. Sit contentedly by the roaring log burner or on the laneside terrace, and match the food with a good wine list. A real find.

Children welcome
Children of all ages welcome in some public rooms (highchairs not necessarily available).
Wireless internet access available in the bar.
Public transport
Within 2 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Good vegetarian options on the menu.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.
Dogs welcome
Dogs welcome in some public rooms.
Wine list
Pub serves eight or more wines by the glass.

Local points of interest from Mick and Lydia Binnington:

Local points of interest from
Mick and Lydia Binnington:

  • The Essex Way, which is a walking track that spans the whole of Essex, is right next to the pub.
Points of interest

Guest feedback
"Just what the area needed . Superb food & service . A very relaxing place to visit to have a drink or dine . Mick & Lydia have got the passion , self discipline , attention to detail & knowledge to make “The Windmill “a very special place to visit . Not easy to create the relaxed atmosphere, that they have created in such a short space of time . It is now well & truly on the gourmet map . Watch this space at “The Windmill”, looking forward to the next phase. We wish them every success, so well deserved & a credit to them both !!!! "

Rosarie - Great Notley , United Kingdom

February 2018

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Starters from £7. Lunch From £12. Mains from £15.


Mondays and Tuesdays all day. Open from 5pm Wed - Sat and 12pm - 9pm Sun.


Chatham Green Little Waltham, Chelmsford, CM3 3LE, Essex