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The Windmill Inn, Portishead - pub details

Windmill Inn

Address: Nore Road, Portishead, Bristol, Somerset, BS20 6JZ [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 24394) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Avonmouth (3.9 miles), Shirehampton (4.3 miles), St Andrews Road (4.3 miles)

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Saturday night flop full of diners/drinkers who wouldn't know their own backsides...No atmosphere and the bar staff like zombies..more interested in themselves rather the customer.from the banter I heard..ales dire food wouldn't eat here anymore...Great location but thats all.,......
james55westhead - 12 Aug 2012 17:48
Great location let down by very poor food and general attitude by the staff. The last straw for me was a birthday gathering for drinks and food which ended up in two of our party ill (having eaten different stuff), and only a couple of beers drunk.
As a local I will never eat in this place again unless they have a major change in both kitchen and landlord.
drg8844 - 17 Apr 2012 15:34
An extensive, split level pub with fantastic views across the channel, it gives the impression of being part of a large corporate chain but is in fact privately owned which makes a pleasant change. It’s had a recent makeover which besides giving it a bit of a spruce up has relocated the bar to just inside the entrance.

As you walk in the front of the pub, you’re actually on an intermediate floor, with further levels up a few steps as well as down. This is the only part of the pub that really seems designed to entice drinkers, with a couple of small tables and a few sofas. The bar is surprisingly small given the size of the pub, but there is a separate food order point which perhaps gives a clue as to where it’s priorities lie. The flooring is here is a polished wood. Elsewhere in the pub this gives way to carpeted areas as you get in to the dining areas. Paintwork is a mixture of chocolate brown, maroon and peach and there are a few arty black and white photo’s dotted around as well as some friezes showing various sailing boats. There’s a good selection of seating, with many of the chairs being comfy leather affairs.

The best feature of the pub in many ways is the newly installed floor to ceiling windows covering the whole of the back wall and giving a 270° panoramic view of the channel and adjacent golf course. Beyond this are two levels of terraced decking giving further opportunities to enjoy the views in the warmer weather.

Food features prominently here, and virtually all punters were eating on a recent Tuesday evening visit. The menu is extensive and is complimented by another dozen or so dishes chalked up on to a specials board. In reality though, it was a bit of a mixed bag. Portion sizes were undoubtedly generous, but the dishes gave the impression of being mass produced, and the accompanying veg was bland and disappointing. With most of the main courses being in the £8-£10 range I had hoped for a little more, but then if you’ve got a particularly hearty appetite you may consider it good value. There’s a meal deal if you order before 7:00pm during the week where you get a free pudding, but my Strawberry Cheesecake was clearly out of a packet and I would have felt somewhat aggrieved if I had been paying for it.

Surprisingly for somewhere so food led, there was a good choice of beers on tap with Butcombe, Butcombe Gold, Courage and Bass being the regulars and joined on this occasion by RCH Firey Liz and Festival Pride from Cheltenham. Ciders were Ashton Press, Blackthorn and Thatcher’s Traditional.
Blackthorn - 27 Sep 2011 22:05
I can not agree with the previous comments, but I'm not a previous customer like those who have commented.
The Windmill was clean, smart, in a great location with good views and with loads of room and tables. We were served well and pleasantly, there were, 6 real ales on and those we tasted were in good condition. Yes the obvious refurbishment means it is now a modern looking touristy pub, but with that location what else would any pubco or brewery do.
Randyray - 1 Jul 2011 11:40
Popped in a few back with an old friend, In all honesty the refurb is a good testament to th esituation and location making full advantage of the views. This apart just another pub, didn't see much change on the meal front and or menu, apart from the obvious price rises, but there you go still full nether the less, with all maner of people I'll give it 5 for the refurb and views but, not impressed by the rest of it.
james55westhead - 29 Apr 2011 15:32

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