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The Windmill

This pub has closed down September 2006 and was knocked down on 23/7/07

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On the same day the picture on the right of Crown Buildings which stood over the road from the Windmill was taken

Comments below are old

Below - an artists impression of the flats there today

 

The oldest pub in Ruislip Manor, which given that it was built in the 1930's means very little. The Windmill is a handsome building which stands on the corner of Pembroke Road and Windmill Hill, or, putting it another way, right by the traffic lights at the top of Ruislip Manor.

Up until early 2002 The Windmill was a pub that "got by". It was never busy, seemed to have a different person in charge each month and internally was, decoratively, a disgrace (especially the gents loo). But it offered live football on a big screen, real ale occasionally and sanctuary from the bun-fight at Moons nearby.

However in early 2002 came the final nail in the coffin for the "old" Windmill, the manageress, allegedly, did a runner with the takings (all 33 of them?). A temporary manager came in whilst it was decided what to do with it, and it was decided to spend a few bob on the old girl.

The pub closed down for about two months and was "refitted". This refitting included making the bar itself slightly smaller, new gents loos (hooray!) and giving the inside a total makeover, or to put it another way, painting the lovely oak panelling orange! Don't get me wrong, it looks fine now, but I suspect in a few years it will look either scruffy or dated, and those old 1930's panels have been lost forever. 

Now part of the Arena Sports chain it offers live sports on around 10 TV's dotted around the bar and late night entertainment in the form of either live bands or a disco. There are staff on the doors with accurate watches.

Where it is, by road

Find the traffic lights at Ruislip Manor and you have found it. There is a small car park to the rear which is accessed from the road down the side of Kwick Fit next door, off Pembroke Road. This short road, West Way, is now one way. Otherwise there is street parking.

Info

Telephone Number - 01895 627971

Web links that may interest you

None

Real ale

None, Tetley's Creamflow is the "bitter offering".

Access via public transport

Good. Ruislip Manor tube is just one minute away and the 114 bus stops very nearby as does the 311.

Pub Crawl Potential

Good, JJ MoonsHennesseys and St George's Tavern are all within three minutes walk, Ruislip main high street is about 12 minutes away.

Ruislip Online review

Aimed undoubtedly at the younger set it is a lively place. Offering all major sporting events on the big screen, and cancelling discos if required to accommodate them, this pub is a good place for sports fans. Due to the minders on the doors the place tends not to see much trouble but if you are looking for a quiet pint give it a wide berth.

Plenty of atmosphere during major sporting events, like a major football match involving a London side. Opened early for the 2002 World Cup matches, and got packed! A great place for the less sophisticated palette. 

Visitors views (click to submit)

Great pub, especially for the football. Big screen and loads of small ones. Loads of seating and viewable room. Plenty of staff and the manager is always around which is a good sign. Food is best value around, well cooked piled high. Not always the biggest choice of bitters, and the landlord is a Spurs fan. 

(The person who submitted this in 12/05 did not give his/her name)

The Windmill used to be a bit upper crust in 50's, waiter service in the lounge and bar staff who would put on a posh voice when serving, but forget to keep it up when talking among themselves. We lads would get plastered there on new years eve, when the pub would be busting at the seams.

Mike B 

I worked behind the bar at the Windmill from 1957 to 1961. It was part time for me, weekends and couple of evening a week. I was just 18 when I started and to me it was fantastic. I had never been inside a pub before and a little shy, that did not last long. In the lounge the "free" ladies stood at the bar, just inside the door, and other interesting groups had their "territories" - there was always something intriguing going on. I was very happy there, only left because I started to earn good money in my real career, and moved to the Midlands. Steve Porter was the owner and he was a pioneer as he was the first to serve food in a Pub outside London, and it was an instant success.

Very happy times for me, I still talk and dream about the Windmill to this day.

If anyone is around that remembers those days, I would love to hear from them. 

John Brindle (e-mail address with ROL)

Anything special? 

Not really - apart from the big screen for the TV, supplemented by about 9 smaller ones! On sunny days dark glasses are needed in view of the bright colours the walls have been painted, reflection is at its peak at 1.13 pm. 

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