Andrew McLeish to oversee the menu at Soho’s The Windmill

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Chef Andrew McLeish to oversee the menu at Soho’s The Windmill

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Prominent Soho theatre The Windmill will reopen in June to offer a ‘spectacular’ theatrical dining experience overseen by Chapter One chef Andrew McLeish.

The 350-capacity venue will open from 6pm until late offering various shows and musical acts alongside a menu that’s big on premium ingredients, with sample dishes including whole grilled Dover sole, wagyu sliders, tuna and black sesame tacos and truffle and parmesan taglioni. 

With a CV that includes Chez Nico and The Ritz, McLeish became executive chef at Orpington’s Chapter One in 2001 and held a Michelin star there for a decade. 

The food will be served alongside a cocktail menu created by Andy Mil of Cocktail Trading Co that ‘pays homage to The Windmill’s extraordinary history’.

The Great Windmill Street site was acquired in 2018 by Amrit Walia and Ryan Bishti. As the founder of Cream Group, the latter has a number of interests in hospitality including Lewis Hamilton’s Neat Burger​ and Cirque le Soir. 

£10 million has been spent revamping the building, including a full overhaul of The Windmill’s distinctive external neon lights. 

Set across three floors the venue features The Theatre, which will act as the main restaurant, The Palais De Luxe, a grand upstairs bar and The Royal Box, a 'sumptuous' private room.

Beneath the 110-year-old Theatre is Henderson’s speakeasy, which is named after socialite Laura Henderson, who was the venues proprietor in the 1930s and 1940s.

The 'glamorous' interior design nods to The Windmill’s rich history - it was famously the first theatre to feature nudity on stage - and is decorated in deep purples, regal blues and adorned with art deco touches. 

The venue will deliver a premium experience, hosting the ‘biggest names in entertainment’ and providing a platform for the next generation of rising stars to perform with dinners incorporating a modern twist on cabaret with acts hosted by a resident compère. 

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