Secret Diner Review: Windmill at Wymeswold

Published on August 14, 2014

By Sally Markley

We have visited the Windmill Inn at Wymeswold several times in the last six months and it has never failed to deliver on quality and atmosphere, whether dining or drinking!

It’s situated in the back streets of this picturesque village beside the brook. Once inside, a warm welcome from the friendly staff is assured. The bar area to the left of the pub has a cozy log burner in winter and various seating areas, whilst the dining area/restaurant is separate to the bar (which is nice when you prefer not to have drinkers looking over your shoulder when dining!)

The tables in the restaurant are rustic in design and the decor, while pictures and candles create a lovely atmosphere. The menu is varied, with an imaginative specials board which is always enthusiastically explained by the waitresses, leaving you spoilt for choice!

Complimentary bread is served prior to starters (although we never have room for three courses!) On our last visit, my partner had fish and chips, peas and homemade tartare sauce, served on a wooden platter. The fish looked and tasted deliciously fresh, and was devoured in minutes!

As a vegetarian, my only small gripe would be that there is limited choice on the menu, however I’m not a fussy vegetarian and happy to try anything. On this occasion I chose aubergine curry with sweet potato chips and a radish riata, which was mouth wateringly good.Unfortunately, we didn’t have room for desert but judging by other diners’ faces, they lived up to expectations!

The service is always spot on, efficient yet unobtrusive. There is a good selection of beers, wines and always a few cocktail specials to really tempt customers. Prices for drinks and food are reasonable and reflect the standards of quality of this lovely gastro pub.

It is essential to book a table here, even on a week day which obviously says a lot for the popularity of the place. We will certainly be booking a table again very soon!

Matt Wright
The author:

Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.