A Hot Dinners exclusive
What: The Windmill, Mayfair
In a nutshell: Another pub gets the Oisin Rogers’ touch
Summing it all up: If you’re a fan of the steaks, the fish and chips, and the Guinness at Mayfair pub The Guinea Grill (take a number) and often struggle to get a table, then its renowned pub manager Oisin Rogers has revealed that he’s about to spread some of the magic around. He’s taking over another Young’s Pub –the nearby The Windmill in Mayfair – and Executive Chef Nathan Richardson has already been in the kitchen to give it the Guinea Grill touch.
Hot Dinners can exclusively reveal that Oisin Rogers (affectionately known as ‘Osh’), the man behind the very popular Guinea Grill and also founder of London’s infamous Scotch Egg Challenge, is to take on the reins of The Windmill pub in Mayfair.
This news will please a lot of diners who struggle to get a precious table at the doll-sized Guinea Grill. (You can read our latest Test Drive here, where we concur it still has the some of the best steaks in town.) Now, if you turn up on a whim and you’re out of luck, you can venture just a few minutes’ walk away down Conduit St to see Osh’s influence at The Windmill.
"I’m delighted that Young’s have agreed to give me stewardship of The Windmill, Mill Street alongside The Guinea," said Osh. "An already very successful pub with excellent draught beer and a great wine list, The Windmill specialises in hand-raised traditional suet pastry pies. This will not change."
Indeed, diners can expect The Guinea’s famous steak and kidney pie to make its way onto The Windmill’s menu, as well as pork chops and of course, the pints of Guinness that are poured so perfectly at The Guinea. So, when’s all this happening? Well, the transition has already begun, according to Osh.
"Executive chef Nathan Richardson has already been working with The Windmill kitchen team to improve [the pies] slightly, as well as to add a few more dishes to the pub menu," he said. "I hope to relaunch the upstairs restaurant in the coming weeks under the experienced eye of Sujan Chowdery, who has been restaurant manager at The Guinea for many years."
We’re excited about the menu already, but here’s a special preview of some of The Guinea Grill favourites that will be infiltrating The Windmill:
- Beef cheek and oyster pie
- The Guinea’s famous pork belly
- Fish and chips
- Incredibly buttery mash
More about The Windmill
Where is it? 6-8 Mill Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 2AZ
When does the new menu launch? TBC 2020
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