This summer the plan at Thackeray’s and The Windmill has always been to offer the best al fresco experience in Kent.IMG_3580

We want our customers to come to our restaurants on hot summer days and be able to enjoy pimms, cocktails and food cooked right in front of their eyes. We want them to be able to enjoy regular live music and summertime sunsets in a warm, friendly atmosphere all the way through September.

To this end, we’ve been doing a lot of work and making a lot of additions to Thackeray’s terrace and The Windmill’s garden.

decking Construction

 At The Windmill, we’ve built an entire outside kitchen and decking area that is going to transform the beer garden. You won’t find anything quite like it in any pub in Kent – food BBQ’d and smoked right in front of your eyes, live bands, drinks, dancing. It has started with a bang – every sunny weekend has seen it heaving with a wonderful atmosphere – and we want it to continue this way all summer long.

At Thackeray’s, we’ve re-designed and refurbished our terrace area to provide a relaxed, pleasant place to enjoy a glass of fizz, cocktails, canapés or a full meal. There’s an outside bar, lounge area and on select Sundays throughout the summer the much-loved cool jazz trio will be returning to add that little extra to the atmosphere.


One thing that’s common to both venues is our installation of a Big Green Egg outside.

These things give you a really special way to cook. They are completely unique in design, technology and results – allowing you to bake, roast, smoke and sear. Plus, the ceramics they’re built with mean they can achieve incredible heat, and moisture is sealed in. It also offers amazing control over temperature and can fire up very quickly.

The result is juicy, tasty, succulent meat like you’ll get nowhere else.

Events and offers to look out for

We’ve got plenty planned to make the most of our new terrace and gardens. Have a look…


Complimentary Fizz on the Terrace.

To celebrate the launch of the new terrace, we’re offering a complimentary glass of fizz or summer cocktail on the terrace Tuesday to Friday lunchtimes.

Cool Jazz Trio

Back by popular demand! These guys will be back on the 28th of June, 19th of July and the 2nd and 23rd of August.

Regular BBQ

As long as the weather’s right, we will have the Big Green Egg cooking every Sunday throughout the summer.

The Windmill

BBQs every Saturday and Sunday

Whenever we can (can’t promise good weather!) we will be cooking outside throughout the summer.

27th of June – Hollingbourne Beer and Music Festival

A massive event every year and we can’t wait. Live music and entertainment, a huge variety of beers and of course the Big Green Egg will be fired up.

For more events click here

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