Windmill Inn

126 Reviews

Star Travel Rating


Review type

Things to do


Date of travel

January, 2018

Product name

Windmill Inn

Product country

Linton, Wetherby

Product city

Linton, Wetherby

Travelled with

Reasons for trip

If you were to think about the kind of pub you would absolutely love to have as your local pub, then the Windmill at Linton near Wetherby is likely to feature high on anyone’s list.

The villagers of up-market Linton near Wetherby in West Yorkshire are indeed very fortunate to have this on their doorstep.

The village is within the ‘Golden Triangle’, formed by the beautiful countryside between York, Harrogate and North Leeds, which estate agents drool over.

There are quite a few million pound plus homes here though none of them would have been in existence when the 14th century Windmill Inn first plied it’s trade.

As the name suggests, there would have been an operational flour mill at this location but this has long gone. The pub/restaurant still remains, though the old stable block has also gone and a barn conversion now houses two classy, 4star AA rated, boutique bed and breakfast apartments, complete with en-suites and private lounges over two floors.
These apartments are ideal for walkers undertaking the White Rose Way,
a 104 mile long distance footpath from Leeds to Scarborough, which passes the front door of the pub. ( This is a walk which I created.

Additionally and gratifyingly, the pub is independently owned and run, not an identikit chain pub. Hurrah for that!

The pub itself is built in Yorkshire stone and has stone roof tiles which add to the centuries old feel. The exterior is a rainbow of colour in Spring and Summer with hanging flower baskets and half barrels. To the rear door is an old pear tree which is said to have been grown from seeds brought back from the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) and which still produces fruit to this day.

The interior is a higgle-piggle of cosy, interconnected rooms on two levels with wooden beamed ceilings, stone flagged floors and bare stone walls, all warmed by two open fires and a log burner, which blaze away in colder months.

An airy conservatory, more of an extension really, complete with more wooden beams, adjacent to the main restaurant, has double doors which lead out onto the large, tree and shrub lined beer garden which has views down and over the golf course to the River Wharfe.

The owners take pride in producing home made food from local suppliers and they have established a marvellous reputation over many years.
Food is served seven days a week, from sandwiches to their famous steak pies (£12 incl. drink), to pub classics (£12 incl. drink), to a la carte.
Their is also a dedicated gluten free menu.
A Specials List completes the line-up.

Starters range from £4.25 to £7.95, mains from £11 to £21 (rib-eye).
Desserts are from a choice of eight on chalk boards.
Wednesdays are ‘Pie Nights’ whilst Thursdays are ‘Steak and Quiz Nights’.

At the bar, accessible at two places or by waitress service in the restaurant, the regulars are John Smith’s, Theakston’s and Timothy Taylor’s Landlord, supplemented on my visit by a guest beer, Taylor’s Boltmaker, a beautifully subtle, nutty ale with a creamy head.
All are local Yorkshire brews. The usual suspects of lagers and ciders were also available.

My party chose starters of home-made Yorkshire puddings with a rich, dark and meaty gravy and butternut squash risottos. All were excellent.

For mains I took the 8oz sirloin which came medium rare as requested, together with crisp yet fluffy home made chips and peas. A pot of sharp peppercorn sauce accompanied it. The steak was full of flavour.
A very palatable glass of rich, fruity and smooth red wine came with the steak.

One of my other diners had a hunk of roast salmon, another the white and flaky haddock fingers which were more like fillets, but the star of the show was the juicy hunk of gammon topped with fried egg, grilled pineapple, onion rings, chips and peas.
All were Yorkshire portions and so tasty. Great pub food.

We were unable to contemplate the desserts which by this stage were beyond our capabilities, though I did see some pass me by and they did look good.

Staff were all very welcoming, friendly and chatty, making everyone feel right at home, regular visitor or not.

With this up-market location and clientele it would be easy for the Windmill to be snooty and pretentious.
Not a bit of it. This is Yorkshire and the atmosphere is relaxed, warm and friendly.
Don’t be surprised if you end up in conversations with fellow diners and drinkers. It is that kind of sociable place.

For further information, menus etc., go to and set your sat-nav to LS 22 4HT where you will find a large car park as well as the old pear tree over the rear door of the pub.

We had no trouble at t’mill, and neither will you.


Join the club

Become a member to receive exclusive benefits

Our community is the heart of Silver Travel Advisor, we love nothing more than sharing ideas, inspiration, hints and tips between us.

Come feel the love on a Princess cruise. You’ll enjoy the MedallionClass experience others simply can’t, and it’s exclusively for everyone. Visit incredible destinations and be involved in the best experiences around each one of them.

Experience more with Princess and connect effortlessly with the world around you, spend time away with loved ones, take a moment for yourself, and fall in love with your holiday of a lifetime, every time.

With over 20 years of experience, Wendy Wu Tours has mastered the art of creating exceptional, fully inclusive tours which showcase the very best of each destination.

Each tour is led by a world-class guide, who will highlight the very best of their homeland, and includes authentic cultural experiences so you are not just seeing the sights, but truly immersing yourself in local life.

Say hello to ease at sea. Ambassador’s purpose is simple: they want to inspire every guest to experience authentic cruising, effortlessly and sustainably. Passionate about protecting our oceans and destinations, their ships comply with the highest industry emission standards and there is no single-use plastic on board.

On your voyage, you will receive the warmest of welcomes from the Ambassador community as you sail upon the friendliest ships afloat.

This is a global co-operative co-owned by local partners using real local experts and guides, which supports local communities, environments and wildlife. It offers travellers quirky places to stay, activity holidays and learning experiences. Not In The Guidebooks gets travellers off the beaten track into local culture with day experiences and longer, immersive adventures.

From wild wellness breaks in Wales to painting in Portugal, sustainable adventures in Mauritius to food safaris in Brazil, this is immersive, exciting travel.

Seabourn’s five intimate ships carry guests to the heart of great cities, exclusive yacht harbours and secluded coves around the world, while two new purpose-built expedition ships will combine exhilarating adventures in remote destinations with the sophisticated amenities of the world’s finest resorts at sea.

From the luxury of all suite accommodations to complimentary fine wines and spirits, and a no tipping policy, Seabourn exemplifies the definition of travelling well.