Address: Harbury Lane, Bishops Tachbrook, Leamington Spa, CV33 9SA
Telephone: 01926 430406
Club Nickname: The Brakes
Year Ground Opened: 2000
Home Kit: Gold and Black
The ground is situated in the Warwickshire Countryside, a couple of miles outside of Leamington itself. A new modern affair, it is a tidy looking ground, although generally quite an open one. At the Harbury Lane End of the ground (where the Club house and main entrance are situated) is a small covered terrace. It runs for around half the width of the pitch and sits directly behind the goal. On one side is a flat standing area, whilst on the other side is a portakabin type structure, that serves as a corporate facility. Opposite is the North Bank, a fair sized open terrace.
On one side of the ground on the West side is the Main Stand. This covered all seated stand, has four rows of seats and runs for around 2/3rds of the length of the pitch. Although there are no supporting pillars, there are the bases of two of the floodlight pylons in front which could obstruct your view. Because of these pylons the seating is split into three sections, although the roof is continuous. On one side of this stand towards the North Bank there is a small portion of open terrace and a programme shop.
Opposite the East Side is mostly open with small flat standing areas running behind its perimeter. It did at one time have a small seated stand that straddled the half way line, but in 2013 this was moved to the other side of the ground, to expand the seating area on that side. Towards the Harbury Lane End there is a small temporary bank of seating. Also on this side are the team dugouts. The West side itself is made up of open terrace and then Whilst in the North East corner of the stadium there is a small electric scoreboard. The ground has a set of eight 'skinny' looking floodlights, four of which run down each side.
At the start of the 2015-16 season the New Windmill Ground was renamed the Phillips 66 Community Stadium, in a corporate sponsorship deal.
Inside the ground is the Brakes Bar which is open to all fans. Although on the small side, it does employ a fairly effective queueing system. Also on my visit they had a good range of bottled continental lagers, which were priced reasonably. Otherwise, as I mentioned before the ground is a bit out 'in the sticks' and I didn't come across any pubs near to the ground.
From The North
Leave the M40 at Junction 14 and follow A452 towards Leamington. You will cross a small roundabout and at the next take the 2nd exit (signposted Leamington A452/Heathcote Industrial Estate). You will reach another roundabout where this time you take the 4th exit (signposting Bishop's Tachbrook/Harbury). So straight across the traffic lights proceeding towards Harbury. After about another mile and a half, you will reach the entrance to the ground on your left.
From The South
Leave the M40 at Junction 13 and take the A452 towards Leamington. At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit (signposted Leamington A452/Heathcote Industrial Estate). Then as North.
There is a car park at the ground, which is free.
Leamington Spa railway station is located around three miles away, so really too far to walk. The station is served by trains from Birmingham New Street, Moor Street, London Marylebone and Reading. On Saturdays there is an hourly service number 65/66 which runs from the Upper Parade in Leamington and passes the ground enroute to Daventry/Banbury, it departs at 40 minutes past the hour. Stagecoach 65/66 timetable (PDF file). After the match there is only one bus back into Leamington stopping outside the ground at 17:34. The Supporters Brakes Trust, runs a 16 seater minibus for home matches that picks up at various points around Warwick and Leamington Spa, including Leamington Railway Station. All supporters are welcome and there is only a small charge for using it (£2 each way). Further details including pick up times can be found on the Brakes Trust website.
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Over 60's £7
Students (with relevant ID) £5
Under 16's £3
Under 12's Free
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Special thanks to Leamington Football Club for providing the photo of the West Stand.