The Old Windmill


Contact & Info

The Old Windmill
South Hanningfield Road
South Hanningfield
Nr. Chelmsford

Tel: 01268 712 280

Email: [email protected]


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Local Attractions

There's plenty to do in the area, you could make a day of it and visit a local attraction before or after you come to see us.

RSPB South Essex Marshes

Wat Tyler Park, Pitsea Hall Lane, Pitsea, SS16 4UH.

Tel: 01268 498 620 |

Very good for birdwatching all year round. A free guided walk each Thursday around the park from the visitor centre.

From the Old Windmill - about 10 miles to/from RSPB South Essex Marshes, around a 15 to 20 minute drive.

Fishing Lodge at Hanningfield Reservoir

South Hanningfield Road, South Hanningfield, CM3 8HX.

Tel: 01268 712 180 |

The reservoir is one of the premier fisheries in the UK providing some of the best reservoir trout fishing by either bank or boat

From the Old Windmill - about half a mile, a 5 minute walk to/from Fishing Lodge at Hanningfield Reservoir.

Essex Wildlife Trust at Hanningfield Reservoir

Hanningfield Visitor Centre, Hawkswood Road, Downham, CM11 1WT.

Tel: 01268 711 001 |

Providing panoramic views over the 870 acre reservoir. The visitor centre is set in mature woodland and has proved a popular bat roost!

From the Old Windmill - about 2 miles, around a 20 min leisurely walk to/from Essex Wildlife Trust at Hanningfield Reservoir.

Battlesbridge Antiques Centre

Hawk Hill, Battlesbridge, SS11 7RE.

Tel: 01268 769 000 |

Over 80 dealers housed in a variety of old buildings and courtyards. Open 7 days a week. Free admission, on site refreshments and a large free car park.

From the Old Windmill - about 4 miles, around a 10 minute drive to/from Battlesbridge Antiques Centre.

Baddow Antiques Centre

The Bringy, Church Street, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, CM2 7JW.

Tel: 01245 476 159 |

Set in the beautiful village of Great Baddow Essex. Baddow Antiques Centre has been established for over 30 years and comprises over 20 Antique Dealers

From the Old Windmill - about 6 miles, around a 15 minute drive away to/from Baddow Antiques Centre.

Hylands house, Chelmsford

Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 8WQ.

Tel: 01245 605 500 |

Hylands House, in Chelmsford, Essex, is a stunning Grade II listed property, spectacularly restored to its former glory and situated in 574 acres of historic landscaped parkland.

From the Old Windmill - about 8 miles, around 15 minutes drive to/from Hylands house, Chelmsford.

Chelmsford Museum

Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, CM2 9AQ.

Tel: 01245 605 700 |

Chelmsford Museum tells the story of the county town from the Ice Age to the present. Free entry.

From the Old Windmill - about 9 miles, a 20 minute drive to/from Chelmsford Museum.

Marsh Farm

Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, CM3 5WP.

Tel: 01245 321 552 |

Walk or ride around the sea wall and take in the views of the grazing marshes and the River Crouch.

From the Old Windmill - about 7 miles, around a 15 minute drive to/from Marsh Farm.

Mangapps Railway Museum

Southminster Road, Burnham-on-Crouch, CM0 8QG.

Tel: 01621 784 898 |

Extensive working railway museum including locomotives, carriages, wagons, memorabilia and major collection of signalling equipment

From the Old Windmill - about 16 miles, a 30 minute drive or so to/from Mangapps Railway Museum.

Opening times

DayOpenDaily menu
Monday11:30am - 11pm11:30am - 9pm
Tuesday11:30am - 11pm11:30am - 9pm
Wednesday11:30am - 11pm11:30am - 9pm
Thursday11:30am - 11pm11:30am - 9pm
Friday11:30am - 11pm11:30am - 9:30pm
Saturday11:30am - 11pm11:30am - 9:30pm
Sunday11:30am - 10:30pm11:30am - 9pm

Disabled facilities

We have full disabled access including a disabled loo and disabled parking. Please don't hestitate to ask if you need any assistance.

Children and minors

Whilst primarily an adult's environment, children are welcome in areas away from the bar, although the pub is not very suitable for babies and toddlers in the evenings. We have changing facilities and some high chairs available.

Prams and pushchairs

In our larger rooms we are able to accommodate prams and pushchairs, although some of the smaller areas are too constricted to allow us to do so. Please don't hesitate to ask if you need somewhere to store yours while you're with us.


Dogs of the well behaved and 'on-the leash' variety are welcome in the bar area.

If you are booking a table and bringing a dog please make us aware so we can assign a specific table for you.


We do take bookings, but we try to make sure that there is room for customers who are not able to book in advance, so if you have not made a reservation, it's not the end of the world. If there are no tables free we run a waiting list from behind the bar.

Please make bookings by calling or using our online bookings calendar link at the top of the page. Unfortunately we are not able to take bookings via email or facebook.

We don't reserve any of our outside tables so if you enjoy a little alfresco dining these are on a first come first served basis.

Sadly due to our operation we are not able to cater for very large parties or groups.


First off, life revolves around the bar, so that's where to head for drinks, menus and to find out where you're sitting if you've booked.

If a table isn't reserved you're welcome to sit at it and have a bite to eat or drink. If you can't find a table, ask and we'll try to find one for you.

Food ordering:

Inside - someone will pop over and take your order. Outside - please find a table, note its number and then order at the bar when you're ready.

The gardens and terrace

If you are eating outside on our lawns or terrace, it is a great help if you could make a note of your table number before ordering at the bar.

By the way, could you please keep tops on and shoes on at all times. This applies to the gents as well.


We are afraid we are unable to accommodate wedding parties or functions.


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Meal Tickets

As a little reminder, a Meal Ticket is received for each main course or light bite purchased at full price. Six tickets can then be exchanged for any main course up to £12 from Monday to Thursday (excluding Bank Holidays, set menus, ticketed events and click and collect). For full terms and conditions, please click here.