Owners of The Windmill; Mick and Lydia Binnington

Greetings from The Windmill

Chef Owner

Mick Binnington

Michelin award-winning chef Mick has spent his career working in some of the country’s top Michelin starred restaurants, including Midsummer House in Cambridge, Chapter One in Kent and The Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge, most recently working as Head Chef for Gordon Ramsay in London.

Maître D’ / Owner

Lydia Binnington

After graduating from University, Lydia discovered her passion for hospitality, working in some highly regarded restaurants including Baumann’s Brasserie and Smiths of Ongar. She uses this experience to maintain a friendly and efficient service.

Our Heritage

Originally founded in 1829, the Chatham Green windmill was a focal point of village life, grinding wheat to provide the village with freshly baked bread.

In 1890, Henry Challis, the last miller of Chatham Green, began trading as a beer retailer and by 1904 had stopped milling altogether leaving only the circular ’roundhouse’ of the windmill.

The Windmill has preserved much of the original 19th century brickwork and timbers, including the mill stones or ‘French Burr’ stones once used to grind wheat which can now be seen in the beautiful open fireplaces.

In 2017 The Windmill was taken under the care of Mick & Lydia Binnington; they and the team serve a seasonal menu of locally sourced, freshly prepared food with friendly service alongside an extensive selection of wines, beers, spirits & cocktails.

Since Mick & Lydia’s tenure The Windmill has become a thriving success story; being awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand within the first year of opening and becoming a popular favourite with locals and visitors alike.

August 2019 saw the opening of two beautifully refurbished and well-appointed hotel rooms at The Windmill, providing boutique accommodation for those enjoying an evening at The Windmill, or those just passing through.

We hope to welcome you to The Windmill soon.

Mick, Lydia & The Team

Originally founded in 1829, the Chatham Green windmill was a focal point of village life, grinding wheat to provide the village with freshly baked bread.

In 1890, Henry Challis, the last miller of Chatham Green, began trading as a beer retailer and by 1904 had stopped milling altogether leaving only the circular ’roundhouse’ of the windmill.

The Windmill has preserved much of the original 19th century brickwork and timbers, including the mill stones or ‘French Burr’ stones once used to grind wheat which can now be seen in the beautiful open fireplaces.

In 2017 The Windmill was taken under the care of Mick & Lydia Binnington; they and the team serve a seasonal menu of locally sourced, freshly prepared food with friendly service alongside an extensive selection of wines, beers, spirits & cocktails.

Since Mick & Lydia’s tenure The Windmill has become a thriving success story; being awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand within the first year of opening and becoming a popular favourite with locals and visitors alike.

August 2019 saw the opening of two beautifully refurbished and well-appointed hotel rooms at The Windmill, providing boutique accommodation for those enjoying an evening at The Windmill, or those just passing through.

We hope to welcome you to The Windmill soon.

Mick, Lydia & The Team