'Quintessential British pub' loved by locals which has been around for 230 years

Leeds and Liverpool canal at Parbold
Leeds and Liverpool canal at Parbold -Credit:Robert Yelland of Leeds & Liverpool Canal Photography

Tucked away by the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, there's a "quintessential British pub" that's become a firm favourite with both locals and tourists alike.

The Windmill pub has been the beating heart of the idyllic village of Parbold for an impressive 230 years, situated just a stone's throw from Ormskirk in the charming West Lancashire countryside. Opening its welcoming doors way back in 1794, The Windmill originally served the hard-working villagers and farmers who brought their grain to the adjacent windmill.

These days, landlord Paul Bolton is at the helm, greeting customers who span generations, as well as the dog walkers and anglers who frequent the scenic canal paths. A mere hop, skip, and a jump from the breathtaking Parbold Hill, visitors are treated to panoramic views that stretch across the Pennines.


Chatting with the ECHO, company director Stephanie Beqo shared her passion saying "It's one of the oldest pubs in the village and like anything in those days, it was a community hub. It was where everyone met. Not many places can enjoy such a rich history.

"It's been part of the community for a long time. 50% of our customers are regulars and the other 50% are ramblers, walkers and people coming into the village for a day out.

"Some of the regulars have lived here forever and often frequented the pub with their parents and grandparents, and now they're coming with their own families which is lovely. It's such a beautiful place to live. It's a quintessential British village."

The Windmill is nestled on the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool canal
The Windmill is nestled on the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool canal -Credit:The Windmill

The pub's menu boasts traditional favourites such as steak and ale pie, burgers, and fish and chips, alongside more diverse options like Thai green curry, lamb kofta, and linguine. Stephanie emphasised the establishment's commitment to its country pub roots while also catering to budget-conscious patrons with deals like a £20 chippy tea for two on Wednesdays and a complimentary dessert with the purchase of a starter and main on Fridays.

She added: "Hospitality has always been a hard industry but never as much so as the last couple of years. I think a lot of people can get things wrong by trying to over complicate things.

"Just having a quintessential British pub serving great food, nice wines and ales - that in itself is a niche. You don't need gimmicks, just keep things simple so people know what they're getting.

"It's about staying true to who you are but also acknowledging people are trying to make their money go a bit further by having little offers available to customers. I think our customers really appreciate that."