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The Windmill at Littlehampton - Harvester
Harvester Pub & Grill
Member Name: madeindevon
Harvester Pub & Grill
Date: 09/01/13, updated on 15/01/13 (95 review reads)
Advantages: Very nice setting, standard menu with reasonable costs
Disadvantages: Not great staff management
The Windmill at Littlehampton is quite a new Harvester Restaurant, I would say maybe two or three years old. It is directly on the seafront, beside the arcades.
~~~ Parking facilities ~~~
This restaurant does not have any private parking spaces, it is on the sea front and the car park is a public one, which is a shame, as it means that you have to pay to park there, 7 days a week.
There are disabled parking spaces, although I do not know what concession Arun District Council makes for cars with a disabled badge displayed in them.
I find that this is an irritation, as you cannot tell from the amount of cars in the car park as to how busy the restaurant is, obviously people using the arcades and the beach will also be using the car park. I put £1.20 in for two hours, but obviously was not sure how long I would be in the restaurant, possibly one hour would suffice.
~~~~ The actual Restaurant - the pro's ~~~
I am a big fan of Harvester Restaurants, as a rule they provide very good value for money, very filling and generally the food is of a good quality, you know what to expect, the same menu is provided in all the restaurants up and down the country, therefore you should be able to order the same dish and expect the same meal. For some reason, depending which restaurant you go to, the price can be different, which I think is a shame..
I like the fact that if you order a cold drink, Coca-Cola, Fanta etc.. then you get a refillable glass, one glass is usually enough for me, but most people I know prefer a couple glasses and Coke is not cheap, so this is a good idea, and great that you can help yourself rather than wait for the waiting staff to come and serve you.
Who doesn't like the salad bar? It is great and comes as standard with all main meals, pasta's, cole slaws, lettuce, tom, cucumber, onions, all the various sauces and mayo's that you would expect (my particular favourite being the blue cheese sauce, a creamy mayo sauce which is so tasty)
My personal meal of choice is the Fish and Chips, which is around the £6 mark, restaurant depending.
~~~~~~ The cons' ~~~~~~
I don't know if it is a short staffing issue, or if it is bad management but we have been to the restaurant twice in the last 6 months and both times have been disappointed. We do have another Harvester nearby and I think I will go to that one next time I go out for a meal.
As a family of four we went to The Windmill a couple months ago, we ordered our meals - one veggie option, two fish and chips and one gammon dish. We waited for over 40 minutes for our meal to come, you could see the waitress was rushed off her feet, there only seemed to be one waitress working in our area of seating and that really wasn't enough.
When our meal came, only one of them was fresh - obviously the other meals had been sat around waiting for the final one to be ready. It wasn't good enough and we politely told the waitress so, she was highly apologetic and we knew it was not her fault.
The manager arranged a refund for us, his explanation for the error was that the kitchen was very busy and that they rota had not been taken into account - they did not realise that it was the first day of the school half term..
In conclusion, a very nice restaurant, in a very pleasant setting, but not always satisfactory
This review is also posted elsewhere, by myself, same username
Summary: I probably will not go there again, sadly