Traditional Roast of old England scores highly
The Windmill Restaurant, just off the A40 at Asthall near Witney, may seem like itís in the middle of nowhere but I assure you, itís well worth a visit.
The building is a converted barn and believe me when you see the original stonework and authentic wooden beams you will rue the day that any of these fine buildings that grace our countryside are turned into private dwellings. Pictures from days gone by and of the conversion decorate the walls; the lighting is soft and the atmosphere friendly.
Stop off at the small bar and sample an aperitif before your meal. Aidy recommends the Hook Norton ale, well kept and as satisfying as ever.
Our intrepid voyagers all chose the carvery, an impressive 3 courses plus coffee and mints for a stunning £12.95.
The starter is a choice of soup of the day or the cold buffet. The soup was Chicken and vegetable but we all chose the buffet. This is an impressive selection of salads, cold meat, fish, eggs and dressings. Be warned do not take too much, itís easy to do as it is all so well prepared and tastes terrific.
For the main course, queue up and meet the chef, who will carve you your choice of meat. Josey and Marie chose Turkey, a substantial bird that dwarfed many Christmas victims. Aidy had Beef, Tony Beef and Gammon. A full range of fresh vegetables, Yorkshire puddings, gravies and sauces were available. The portions are generous; the food really tastes home cooked. This is what a traditional English roast should really taste like.
To accompany the meal our four chose a bottle of Merlot, which at £10.95 was par for the course, fruity and strong at 13%.
After resting strained stomachís for 10 minutes the waitress trundled by with then sweet trolley. Choose a sensible fruit salad or go overboard with one of the inviting concoctions. Aidy was sensible, Tony chose Blackcurrant Cheesecake, Josey the Lemon Roulade and Marie the Strawberry Roulade. The portions were again massive, and the cream was probably an option that waistlines could have done without. Aidy was not entirely satisfied with the fruit salad, finding the juice slightly fizzy, could have been the hookey getting its own back!
Coffee and mints rounded off the evening and the team voted on the experience.
Taste 18 points out of a possible 20.
Value for Money 19
Total 76 points out of a possible 80, a superb start to our adventure.
Ring the restaurant on 01993 822594, and try it for yourselves, you will not be disappointed.