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As all Auf Wiedersehen fans will remember this pub was included in the series as 'The Barley Mow' where the boys lived, slept and drank. At the time Sam Smiths pubs / beer were popular venues - ie Inspector Morse enjoyed a tipple or two in the Oxford area (not sure what pub was the setting for this).

I noticed a recent storyline line on the BBC Leicester Local news site that the current owners David and Kirsten Rutt were retiring after 16 years and that if the premises could not be sold it would be auctioned off. Do I take it the pub was a ss one in the past and then sold to the current owners?

I wonder if HS might be inclined to repurchase the site and promote it as a tourist /  Auf Wiedershen fan zone establishment  --  worth considering. Any fans out there carried out a nostalgia visit?



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Re: The Windmill Inn, Redmile, Leicestershire
« Reply #1 on: Mar 4 - 2017 »
In the event of a buy back, there is as much chance of HS promoting it as a tourist spot or Auf Wiedersehen themed establishment as standing in a howling gale urinating and not getting wet. Unfortunately. Though I doubt that an A.F. theme would be enough of a draw. Might be a good pub to acquire though -  the current owners are presumably making a living from it, but how good a living is the question. I remember the series , they stayed in the pub whilst renovating a big country pile for what turned out to be a dodgy owner, if memory serves. Gonna try and look up some scenes on tinternet. Wonder if the bar in the series was an accurate representation of the real bar, as I think they would film such scenes in a studio.

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Re: The Windmill Inn, Redmile, Leicestershire
« Reply #2 on: Mar 4 - 2017 »
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet is currently being shown on the Yesterday Channel, Freeview 19. It is in the second series, which might be the period re the pub you mention. This week Oz fell in love with the German 'escort', and told Dennis he was going to marry her, to which Dennis replied, " Oz, you are already married."  "Aye," said Oz, "but only in England" assuming that he was free to marry another in a different country.
I recall when the series started instead of going out at 9pm for a drink, I would watch the first 10 minutes of the first ever episode.  I assumed that it would be the usual ITV rubbish (Cannon and Ball. etc.); and then give up after 10 minutes.  I did not get out to the pub until 10pm. :D

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Re: The Windmill Inn, Redmile, Leicestershire
« Reply #3 on: Mar 4 - 2017 »
Funnily enough,a few years before the series aired, I was in a relationship with a girl who did a year in Dusseldorf, so I used to particularly watch the exterior shots, looking for places I'd recognise, only to figure out they were shooting in Hamburg!
Since your reply I've done a bit of research, and the exterior shots for series two were shot in Redmile Leics., Beeston Notts. and Caunton Notts. which is only a few miles up the road from me. Apparently, the site where the building site was set now has the Eastenders set built on it. They ended the series in Spain which I had forgotten.
I might go and have a look at that pub - probably not too far from me.

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Re: The Windmill Inn, Redmile, Leicestershire
« Reply #4 on: Mar 4 - 2017 »
Watched freeview 19 yesterday and saw the pub then read about it in the newspaper today.  There are many scenes filmed in SS pubs.  Loved it when I went on the recent Corrie tour and found a SS pump at the bar.  Also seen SS beer mats in the reruns of Where the heart is.  Oh what extra money SS empire could make if they linked in with the tourist industry.

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Re: The Windmill Inn, Redmile, Leicestershire
« Reply #5 on: Mar 9 - 2017 »
It's been on the telly the past two nights, last night was when they got kicked out 'cos Wayne bonked the landlord's daughter. Tonight they finished with a compromising video of him, the screw will no doubt be put on tomorrow. It's a little interesting as it's set around this area, last night they were in a Home Ales place, tonight a pint was bought - priced at 87p! Also a good example of 'the man in the box' on the bar, a 3D one.
It's 29 miles to the pub from here. Will see if I can get there while I'm off work.

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Re: The Windmill Inn, Redmile, Leicestershire
« Reply #6 on: Mar 9 - 2017 »
Here is a screenshot of the bar and one of the exterior during filming,got lots more will post them when I find them!,members of the auf weidersehen fan club have formed a consortium to try and buy the pub.

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Re: The Windmill Inn, Redmile, Leicestershire
« Reply #7 on: Mar 9 - 2017 »
That's Wayne advancing the clock so he can seduce the landlord's daughter - and who can fault him!?
Went in today, the interior shots, as expected were done in a studio, the interior is / was nothing like.
You go in through the door, small ante, door on left to restaurants, door to right to Bar.
Apparently, the consortium have a quarter of the anticipated price of the pub.
Consortium, sounds like a recipe for disaster really, everyone will have their idea how to run it etc., want their share of income, who does the work, what work, when, if at all............
The place was actually a Ruddles pub at the time of shooting according to Barman.
Hopefully here's a couple of shots..........

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Re: The Windmill Inn, Redmile, Leicestershire
« Reply #8 on: Mar 9 - 2017 »
And by the way, Redmile is in Nottinghamshire, not Leicestershire. Lol. It's a bit of an out the way place. Still, they all have a few bob who live there by the look of it and the price of houses. There's another ex- pub, cracking building, on the way in / out, boarded up.

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Re: The Windmill Inn, Redmile, Leicestershire
« Reply #9 on: Mar 10 - 2017 »
An article in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle suggests that an Auf Wiedersehen fan zone might be interested in getting together to buy the pub !!! watch this space

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Re: The Windmill Inn, Redmile, Leicestershire
« Reply #10 on: Mar 10 - 2017 »
Discjockey, the consortium I spoke of in previous posts is the Auf Wiedersehen fan club, sorry, I was making an assumption / link between them and previous posts which I mistakenly thought was obvious but actually is not, my thought process! The barman knew about them, and as I said, told me they have approximately a quarter of the money. They could get a resident Oz, he'd go down well with the locals!