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The Windmill, Hampton

Windmill Road
TW12 1RF

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Rex Rattus left this review about The Windmill

Apparently the current building dates from 1901, which almost certainly makes it a very early Edwardian rebuild of a previous pub on the same site dating from the 1860s. It still has all the original external tiling, plus the “jug and bottle” etched and cut glass in the now unused door on the left. The original (cast iron I would guess) pillars are still there in the main bar. Inside it’s a real pub – carpeted, banquettes, normal tables and chairs, and a dartboard bearing the pub’s name are all there. The fact that it was previously a Charrington’s pub is apparent from the distinctive green inlaid glazed windows, and the Toby lamp over one of the doors. Another thing that I liked about this pub is the table in front of the fireplace on the right with a couple of dozen or so books on it – presumably some sort of free book exchange arrangement.

The ales on were Young’s Bitter (at £3.10 a pint), OSH, and a third pump had a Bass clip reversed. There were a dozen or so punters in there at 1.30 on a Tuesday afternoon, all having the look and displaying the behavioural patterns of local regulars. The landlady saw me taking a photograph of the exterior, and said she was pleased that I had managed to include her hanging baskets in my shot, and took me inside and showed me the photos on the wall of the pub in days past. Having had the tour I felt obliged to have a pint – she said I didn’t have to, but I nevertheless persuaded her to sell me one. She clearly hadn’t sussed me for the sort of drinker and pub enthusiast that I truly am. This pub is one of those so very rarely found establishments – a hidden gem. I would be more than happy to drop in here for another pint sometime.

On 27th May 2010 - rating: 8
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