New catering venture brings job opportunities to Essex town
New Chelmsford restaurant, The Windmill, will offer a place to relax with a drink alongside a restaurant serving quality, locally sourced seasonal food.
Chelmsford residents have a new dining experience to look forward to this summer with the opening of a new restaurant by Mick Binnington – a former protégé of TV chefs Gordon Ramsay and Daniel Clifford. The restaurant opens on 1st July.
Located in Chatham Green – close to Great Leighs –The Windmill will be Mick Binnington’s first restaurant. It is billed as a ‘fine dining pub’; somewhere where locals and visitors can enjoy a drink and a chat, but with a restaurant element that serves high quality seasonal food that is sourced locally and made on site.
With a menu that includes roasted Goosnagh duck, lobster ravioli, line-caught cod and chips, pan-fried sea bream, and the gastropub favourite of steak and chips, Mike hopes that The Windmill becomes a destination venue for people who are willing to travel for good food
When it comes satisfying discerning appetites, Mike certainly has pedigree. Most recently, he worked as Head Chef at Gordon Ramsay’s The Narrow in Limehouse, and he has also worked at the two-star Midsummer House in Cambridge, as well as the famous Chequers in Lincolnshire, which he helped win its Bib Gourmand award. Those wishing to try out his latest venture will be able to do so from 1 July which is when The Windmill is scheduled to open.
The Windmill is not the only new business venture scheduled to open in Chelmsford this year. It seems that eateries are falling over themselves to open branches in this Essex town and in total there are another nine new restaurants set to open over the next 12 months, including burger chain Five Guys, British brasserie The Wharf, and Creams – an Italian company specialising in desserts and gelato.
These investments are good news for the area, and recruitment agencies Chelmsford are expecting the new restaurants, along with the development of new retail space in the old Natwest building, to bring a number of job opportunities to the town.
A summer to look forward to
While the opening of The Windmill is great news for foodies, it’s not the only thing Chelmsford residents have to look forward to this summer. The Essex town comes alive in the summer month with a whole range of activities and events for locals and visitors alike.
There are festivals aplenty, including the Chelmsford Beer Festival in Admirals Park, the Fling Festival which is curated solely for adults and, of course the famous V Festival which this year features Pink and Jay Z. Sports fans are catered for with the T20 cricket competition which takes place at Essex Cricket Ground on Friday nights throughout the summer. And if you’re looking for something a little more low-key, you can always chill out by lake in Central Park, spend an evening in the picturesque grounds of Chelmsford Cathedral, or relax and enjoy a film under the stars at one of the many open-air cinemas popping up throughout the town.
So whether you’re the sporty type, a dedicated foodie, a music aficionado, or someone who just likes to have fun, you’re sure to find something to whet your appetite in Chelmsford this summer.