THE Windmill Inn at Redmile offered a warm, dry shelter from the downpour we saw on Bank Holiday Monday.
A fire was roaring away, offering a real haven from the miserable weather outdoors. We were half expecting to be sent on our way as we hadn’t booked ahead, but thankfully they squeezed us in.
We were seated in the lounge with a drink and a menu, giving us chance to take in our surroundings. The Windmill Inn is a real country pub, complete with ceiling beams, exposed brickwork and fireplaces, all creating a warm and cosy atmosphere.
Both my partner and I were impressed by the variety on the menu, from fried king scallops to smoked pigeon breast for starter, and mains including lamb, venison steak, salmon and chicken.
Once we had given the waiter our order we sat back and waited to be called through to the dining area.
As we were seated, my starter of chicken liver parfait with house chutney and toasted bread arrived straight away, served with salad leaves on a piece of slate, which I thought was a great touch.
I thoroughly enjoyed the starter, it was absolutely delicious. The chicken liver parfait was creamy and was perfectly complemented by the red onion chutney. The portion was a large one and there was quite a lot left over once the toasted bread was gone - but I polished it off anyway!
For my main I ordered twice cooked pork belly with chorizo and baby onion compote and apple jus served on creamed potato. Meanwhile, my partner opted for the chargrilled rib eye steak with peppercorn sauce, which came with tomotoes, mushrooms, onion rings and chips.
The verdict? Delicious.
Having ordered the steak cooked medium rare, Gary said it was spot-on and very tender. He cleared the plate and gave it a big thumbs-up.
The pork on my plate was lovely and tender, and the fat crispy. The compote went well with the meat, as did the creamed potato.
My only criticism of the main is that the dish left me with an oily after-taste and feeling very thirsty.
It was incredibly filling so I couldn’t finish it all, which was a shame as the dessert menu sounded amazing.
Gary ordered carrot cake with stem ginger ice cream. Although he wasn’t keen on the ice cream alone, he said the two complemented each other very well.
A word to sum up the service would be efficient. The staff were very much on the ball and service was speedy.
Price-wise, the Windmill Inn is very reasonable. For a couple of two-course meals, two pints of Guinness, an orange juice and cappuccino, the bill came to £47.30.
Definitely a place we would eat at again.
Review by Marie Baker