TRULY unique places to eat are a hard thing to find. There are pubs and restaurants aplenty out there that follow the same template and approach and they all blur into one.
Imagine my sheer delight then, when I stumbled across the wonderful Mount Pleasant Windmill resting on the edge of the picturesque town of Kirton In Lindsey.
Mount Pleasant Windmill was built in 1875 for Edric Lansdall.
Still making it’s own flour and baking its own bread as the mill continues to run, Mount Pleasant is has as much heart-warming rustic charm now as it did then.
As I sat in the glorious Lincolnshire summer sunshine overlooking a spacious patio and dining area complete with apple tree, listening to the mill softly tick over and watching the world gradually drift by, it almost felt as if I’d travelled back in time.
Just as charming as the historic setting and decor was the service.
The waitress was bubbly, polite and attentive and tended to my every whim. Nothing was too much trouble.
For my light lunch, I pondered between the Eastern carrot and coriander or tomato and basil soup and a sandwich in the form of either cheddar and home-made coleslaw or stilton & and celery.
Instead, I settled on the ploughman’s lunch and a cup of freshly ground coffee.
It didn’t take long for me to realise that my light lunch would not be so light after all. Shortly after making my order, I was brought a platter of some of the freshest and tastiest ingredients I have ever seen - all presented beautifully.
My eyes could barely believe the dazzling array of stilton, cheddar, chunky pickle, creamy home-made coleslaw, pickled onion, carrot, peppers, cucumber and all topped off with home-made fresh brown bread.
If you think it’s pleasing on the eye, wait until you get it in your mouth.
I have one word for you: wow.
It’s clear to see why Mount Pleasant are so renowned for their bread, and the freshness and tastiness of all of the other ingredients completed one another perfectly. It was a dish that filled a hole and warmed the soul.
I topped it off with one of Mount Pleasant’s famous home-made cakes, choosing to indulge in a delicious and flavoursome coffee and walnut cake - clearly made with as much care and love as everything else at this humble but impressive mill.
So if you fancy something different along with a taste of freshness, value and history, well - you know where to go.
By Andrew Trendell
Star Rating HHHHH