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No longer a pub: just the budget hotel.
wobblybob - 3 Jan 2017 23:27
Usually empty but vaguely trendy. Seeks to fill a gap in the market for an after-work bars for professionals that simply doesnt exist in Cricklewood.
QueensParker - 6 Nov 2013 05:15
Lovely beer garden and gr8 food but no real atmosphere !!!
wineinthemorning - 22 Sep 2011 17:48
Stayed here a couple of weeks ago. Good accommodation. The evening meals are real, freshly-cooked food. The one handpump had a Greene King seasonal ale, which was well-kept.
wobblybob - 18 Mar 2011 16:37
Definitely the best pub in the area (Cricklewood). Really nice interior with open fire. Purists will bemoan the sofas and fancy chairs but it looks good and the outside area is a real winner. Such a plus in the spring/summer months. Staff seem very friendly and I really hope this place doesnt go under. I see the Wetherspoons across the road selling pints for 1.80 and I do weonder if this place will get enough custom.

One complaint would be the menu, but its not that bad just not a great deal of choice. But then its a drinking pub more than an eating pub. if you want that then get down to the Black Lion or London Tavern.
adamtoll919 - 14 Feb 2011 16:17
I always remember this place as being a crap hole and was going to drop in to see if had changed - but the yee haaa stuff confirmed my beliefs that nothing has changed.
Snarling_Mallard - 12 Jun 2010 19:02
The Windmill is open again.......................Yeeeeeeeeeeeeee Haaaaaaaaaaa. It looks amazing since it's refurb and has the feel of a trendy bar which has a good selection of beers, wines and cocktails, and a damn fine food menu (especially the Sunday Roast). Don't need to go to Kilburn anymore now this is here.
bulldog76 - 26 Oct 2009 18:49
This is a fantastic pub. OK, so the food's a bit pricey, and the drinks are more expensive than the Wetherspoons across the road, but then it's a much nicer place without the scum element! Unfortunately there was a fire recently, so it's closed for repairs, but when it re-opens it'll still be great!
TipsyMcStaggerton - 1 Mar 2009 08:53
Good Beer Garden - nice frothy pints of Star and Bombardier on tap. Friendly staff, tasty food - bit expensive and a good funk night on a Thursday with a tight band.
Joronimo - 4 Aug 2008 23:07
I reccomend this place in good weather but otherwise it's mediocre at best.
Terrace at back is quite nice.
Service dreadfully confused.
Owner is a moron who was berating his willing but slightly helpless staff.
Atmosphere soul less.
Restaurant prices, dubious quality.

Seems to bemore interested in being a hotel than a pub.

Maggie_Tul - 1 Jul 2008 17:26
Fantastic pub, especially compared to the doss hole that it was before. They've really cleaned this place up. The staff are surprisingly friendly, and there's a good selection of beers.

The inside seating is ver comfortable, with lots of fireplaces and big old sofas, alongside some normal tables for diners.

I've had the food here and it was pretty good, but the prices are way over the top. You're talking in the 10-15 range for most of the mains. That's too much for a pub meal and too much for what you get on your plate.

The biggest plus of this place, however, is the outdoor terrace area around the back, with decking and plenty of tables warmed by massive heaters. Perfect for the winter and summer alike, with table service as an added sweetener.

Can't understand why the place isn't busier (never more than 25% capacity since I've been going), but one of the better venues in the area for sure.
steve5312 - 29 Oct 2007 11:44
Made the mistake of booking friends into the B&B - it's cheap for a reason. Not cleaned properly. Breakfast is laughably bad. Service willing but can't cope. New manager tried hard to keep us happy - owner unhelpful. Food was good but expensive. Real Ale not available. My advice - Gosomewhere else or go to Wetherspoons across the road.

anonymous - 23 Jul 2007 23:10
Gone are the Eng-er-land flags, up goes the gastro menu. They've gone to town on a nice little beer garden round the back so you can sit among the bamboo and ivy... and smoke! Great little spot for a summertime drink, and squidgy sofas promise to be inviting for the winter. Well worth a visit.

Wide wine selection, good pint of Bombardier, and attentive table service. Somewhere as nice as this is possibly a bit out on a limb up Cricklewood Broadway, but if business keeps up, expect a few other old drinking dens to scrub up nicely too.

They've kept a big telly so they can still screen sports, so there's something for everyone now.
protocoldroid - 17 Jul 2007 21:08
I was at The Windmill last night and it was lovely. The pub was quiet but thats because everyone was in the garden. I have eaten here a couple times in the last month and the food is very good.
Annie1976 - 15 Jul 2007 14:48
Saturday night. Empty. There were more staff than punters. There was a private party - that was empty too. The staff spent most of the time crowded round the till trying to clear a tab from the night before. Decent pint but I dunno the pubs in Cricklewood have a funny feel to them and not a particularly pleasant one. Got served quickly (well there was noone else) and the pint was good but strange atmosphere about the place.
Lyncroft - 14 Jul 2007 23:53
All change at The Windmill on Cricklewood Broadway. It is now under new ownership and has been totally revamped...but in a good way.

If you're a fan of The Black Lion in Kilburn, you'll like The Windmill. Same person is behind the revamp apparently. Tasteful decor. Gone are the sinister net curtains and flags. Instead, you can now see in (and out - the windows are huge), and it looks much more inviting.

The dining room, like the Black Lion is separate, though not isolated from the main bar. The main bar offers a mish mash of wooden tables and chairs, and some comfortable sofas. Currently work is underway out the back, laying the decking in time for those summer evenings. It's a large space, so it should be great when it's done. There's also a B&B upstairs.

A very relaxing, friendly environment. Great staff: attentive and helpful.

The food is delicious...and the Sunday roast is excellent...generous, and filling.. The veg is fresh, and a choice of chicken, beef, lamb or veggie option, all serverd with a yorkshire pudding and REAL gravy. The bar menu and the dining room meus both offer a good range good quality dishes at reasonable prices. The mussels are particularly good.

A good selection of beers and wines too.

10 out of 10!
Janabun - 27 Mar 2007 11:58
Just undergone a refurb. Was a bit scary before (lots of tough-looking regulars) but its now gone a bit gastropub with a decent menu. Pool table. Cannot remember what the beer was like. Friend of mine ate there and said the lamb tasted horrible, but it might have been a one-off.
steve5312 - 19 Mar 2007 09:15
Drove past this last night and it was closed and full of builder's equipment etc. Looked like a full refurbish in place.
grecian - 2 Feb 2007 10:40
I wasn't particularly impressed - very much a local's pub with a loud and lairy football crowd when I visited. No real ales as far as I could see. I think I'd visit the Wetherspoons over the road instead in future.
grecian - 22 Jan 2007 09:49

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