Pub of the week: The Windmill

10 08 2011

I went for a drink with my godmother last week, who was in Bristol attending the graduation of her daughter. When she asked me what I wanted to drink, I told her to get me an ale she had never heard of before, sometimes a good way to find a new tipple.

I was reminded of this when recently in the Windmill, up Windmill Hill from Bedminster train station, where I spied two drinks on tap that I had never before encountered. They were Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier, a German hefe, and Krusovice, a light beer from the town of the same name in the Czech Republic.

Among the other more familiar choices in the Windmill are Gem and Thatcher’s Gold, more commonly found in Bristol pubs, as well as Bristol Stout and Sunrise from the Bristol Beer Factory. There is also a cocktail list created by Liam Davy, who the menu calls “Bristol’s resident cocktail guru” and has previously won the national Bartenders’ Bartender of the Year award.

The Windmill is the second Bristol pub from Joby Andrews and Mike Cranney, owners of the Pipe & Slippers on Cheltenham Road, and the Lazy Dog on Ashley Down Road, their most recent opening.

Like its two sister venues, it’s a laid-back place, with one of its biggest draws being an annual moustache-growing competition among regulars.

A kitchen serves homemade specials, pies from Tom’s Pies, sharing plates and a children’s menu, and as previously mentioned there is a wide range of drinks from around the world and closer to home.

Music in the Windmill is often provided by their 1970s jukebox, playing original 45″ vinyls and operated by old-style 10- and 50-pence pieces which you can buy over the bar. On my visit after work yesterday, I heard Under the Boardwalk and When a Man Loves a Woman.

Deceptively spacious, there is a central antique wood-panelled bar in front of which are some tastefully-battered stools. There are a few alcoves, some big tables for large groups, and a family room stocked with high chairs and toys which is open until 8pm every day.

A pub which serves exotic foreign beers on tap usually gets my resounding seal of approval, and the Windmill is proof if proof be needed that Joby and Mike have got the Midas touch to create some of the best pubs in Bristol.

The Windmill, 14 Windmill Hill, Bedminster, Bristol. 0117 963 5440.



6 responses

10 08 2011

That’s my local and love that they serve “Steve” wheat beer. They also sell it at the Bristol Flyer if you are ever that way 🙂

11 08 2011

…i don’t it’s on draft there though is it?

11 08 2011

As far as i know they still have it 🙂

12 08 2011
Harry Mac

The Lazy Dog is on Ashley Down Road

13 08 2011

Thanks, Harry. Corrected now. Not sure why I wrote Vale.

13 08 2011

At the Bristol Flyer they serve Franziskaner on draft, which is certainly one of the best wheat beers you will find in this country.

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