Whilst on my way back from a day in the Snowdonian National Park, we drove back to the Midlands via Shrewsbury. It had been a rather long day and we decided to stop for something to eat. About 10 miles from Shrewsbury we drove past a normal looking country pub. From the outside The Windmill Inn in Rowton looked nothing special and we were expecting to find the standard pub menu. How wrong we were.
The inside of the pub was tastefully decorated with a country and homely feel to it. All the tables had fresh flowers which you don’t really see in pubs that often. The Windmill Inn is more of a dining venue that a drinking pub but this is exactly what we were looking for.
For starters I had the potato, leek and cheese terrine served with a warm cheddar and Parmesan bon bon, beetroot gel and lambs lettuce (£6.25). The terrine was amazingly tasty and the beetroot gel gave a lovely, but not overpowering sweet taste to the dish which really complemented the dish.
My father had the Scottish salmon, prawn and dill mouse which was served with beetroot, lambs lettuce and horseradish mayonnaise (£6.95).
For mains we both picked the supreme of chicken (£13.50) which was very moist and the mushroom, cream and garlic sauce was delicious and plentiful. I am a fan of having plenty of sauce with my food and am often disappointed when a small spoonful is served. The amount of sauce with this meal was perfect. This was accompanied by crushed new potatoes and carrot batons.
Overall, we were really impressed with this meal and were certainly not expecting this standard of food when we drove in. The Windmill Inn really was a gem of a find and if we are ever in this area again I will certainly be making a return visit. Sadly The Windmill Inn is slightly too far from home to visit more often.