Eating and Drinking in Windsor
Langton House has researched the following establishments, or we have had recommendations from our guests, on all the following. We do try to keep the information as up to date as possible, but we can not be held responsible for any mistakes or inaccuracies. The views expressed are purely our own and are meant as a guide to help you discover the best pubs and restaurants in Windsor. For ideas on a Gastro weekend based in Windsor – check out the new guide.
1. Local Pubs
The Vansittart Arms
105 Vansittart Road, Windsor Tel 01753 865988. Great food, great atmosphere and probably the best local pub in Windsor. Very mixed age range of local drinkers, and consistently high standard, in the Good Pub Guide most years. This has been my personal favourite for many years. In 2008 I arranged for a birthday party here and they surpassed themselves! A great buffet, fantastic beer and just an all round great location for a friendly drink and the bar staff did a wonderful job looking after me and all my friends. By 2014 I still have the same opinion – by far the best pub in Windsor!
The Corner House
22 Sheet Street. Tel 01753 862031. Open after refit and new management in August 2012. The bar is a friendly and relaxing place to drink. Can be quiet as it is away from the main shops and restaurants, so usually a good bet for finding a seat even during the busy weekends.
The River House
10 Thames Street, Windsor. Tel 01753 620003. The only real riverside pub in Windsor, it is always packed in the warm summer evenings. Renovated in 2005 from a dingy pub into a restaurant and bar, but tables right out to the river are a definite improvement. Food is not cheap (but this is Windsor!) but it is good quality.
St Leonard’s Road. Good, friendly local pub serving traditional pub food. Rather male orientated, good for watching sports on TV, and a favourite with the contract workers who are away from home during the week.
All Bar One
40, Royal Windsor Station SL4 1PJ. Tel 01753 857570. Based around the Central Windsor station, good food and busy atmosphere. Part of the building incorporates the original Royal waiting room (where you can see Queen Victoria’s toilet)!. One of the busiest bars in Windsor, great location for a tea or coffee any time, but it gets full to bursting almost every Friday and Saturday night. A wonderful place to drink outside in the summer months. www.allbarone.co.uk
The Two Brewers
34 Park Street. Tel 01753 855426. Lovely small English pub situated at the top of the Long Walk. Excellent food in lovely surroundings, open fires in winter, very good for Sunday lunch. Great little pub but slightly spoilt by staff and management that don’t seem to be the most helpful or friendly (very much based on my personal experience).
77 High Street, Eton. Tel 01753 861797. Very good pub only a short walk over the bridge into Eton. It was taken over by the local Windsor and Eton Brewery and now has a great selection of locally brewed beers.
Brocas Street, Eton. Tel 01753 861001. A lovely Old English pub serving good value food in a quiet traditional pub setting. Good size portions giving excellent value for money. Serves good fish and chips – that most essential of English dishes!
The Prince Arthur
29 Grove Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1JD Tel 01753 83249. www.theprincearthur.net Recently suggested by one of our guests who has researched many local pubs, he maintains this is his favourite!
The King and Castle
15-16 Thames Street, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1PL Tel 01753 625120 Refurbished in 2006 and is now no-smoking inside all areas. Very reasonable prices for a Windsor pub. Massive outside seating area, so great for summer nights. Food is standard (but good) and reasonably priced and the coffee is good. Upstairs offers lovely restaurant seating in more intimate surroundings, same menu but waitress service. Good daytime child’s menu. Excellent real ales. Currently one of my favourite places.
The Old Court, St. Leonards Rd, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 3BL Phone:01753 866865
Art centre that has a lovely bar. Always a mixed crowd, friendly, relaxed atmosphere – throw in some arty stuff and outside seating and in summer its perfect.
The Carpenter’s Arms
4 Market Street, Windsor, SL4 1PB Tel 01753 863739 Excellent local pub with really well served real ales. Good food and good prices. Small chain but they are consistently good. www.nicholsonspubs.co.uk/thecarpentersarmswindsor
2. Local Restaurants
Thai Terrace Restaurant
9 Thames Street Tel 01753 851410. Sonja and I had a meal here in February 2011 and we loved it. The decor is smart and clean, the outside terrace is wonderful and in summer will be a great place to sit out and enjoy the food, which was first rate! We had a Mushroom Tom Yum soup which tasted divine – exactly what it should be, hot and spicy, perhaps the mushrooms could have been a bit more interesting but the soup was great. Mains was Pad Thai Noodles which was beautifully served and had a lovely rich sweet taste with plenty of chicken but I do love those noodles! Sonja had a Thai Green curry which was rich and creamy with just the right amount of chili heat. The staff were pleasant and attentive, the portions large. Overall 9 out of 10 and we will be back.
29 Thames Street. Tel 01753 868900. Wonderful Thai restaurant in stunning surroundings. Consistently recommended by my guests as well worth a visit.
Tiger Garden – In February 2014 this looked closed….awaiting news
47/49 High Street Eton. Tel 01753 866310. Luxury Indian food in an elegant old English heritage building. Formally The Cockpit, check out the cock fighting pit in the rear buildings, famous for staging illegal cock fighting events through the centuries and with royal patronage, obviously now long since banned! Under new management in late 2009 http://www.tiger-garden.co.uk/
6 High Street. Tel: 01753 833009. www.cornucopia-bistro.co.uk Good quality European food in pleasant surrounding. Been trading for many years which says it is a trusted place to eat.
The Drury House
4 Church Street. Tel:01753 863734 Very quaint Old English restaurant. Great cream teas and good old fashioned English fare.
99/101 St. Leonards Road 01753 855467 – Indian restaurant with a difference, not just good, excellent! Southern Indian food a specialty. Now my favourite Indian by far! www.saffronspice.co.uk
49-51 St Leonards Road. Tel 01753 858005. Consistently good Indian restaurant, but bettered by Saffron and Elaichi if you want something a little more special. They get great local reviews and win plenty of awards which shows that they still care about the food they serve.
69/70, Peascod Street, Windsor. 01753 862222. Moroccan/Mediterranean food. We had a wonderful meal here and other guests have enjoyed their food and experience at this lovely restaurant. Good value and excellent quality food in a restaurant run by a local who knows all about making his customers happy with good food and good service.
27, St Leonards Road, Windsor. 01753 855370. Excellent Moroccan food in a friendly atmosphere. Excellent Vegetarian range of food. A little expensive, but the food quality is worth it. We have had a few guests tell us it beats most of the top London Moroccan restaurants.
Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant
2 Alexandra Road. Tel 01753 833759. Extremely busy local Chinese, consistently good quality food at a reasonable price.
Unit C10, Windsor Royal Station. Tel 01753 852288. Spanish Tapas Bar. Very busy. Portions not quite large enough for some, but the open air atmosphere and food quality makes up for this. Think twice before eating here in winter, can be very cold.
Windsor Royal Station, Thames Street. Tel 01753 831100. The usual high standard of French cuisine from the Café Rouge chain. Children’s menu available.
Gilbey’s Bar www.gilbeygroup.com
82-83 High Street, Eton. Tel 01753 854921. Lovely restaurant serving well presented English food. The back conservatory is a delightful setting for a meal. This has been a Windsor favorite for many years.
3 Church Lane. Tel 01753 857711. Wonderful Greek food in the old street of Windsor. During the warm summer evening all the tables are out in the cobbled streets, great atmosphere and great food. A real feast. Well recommended by our guests.
4 Goswell Hill. Tel 01753 858090. Located under the arches, this bar/restaurant serves excellent Mexican food and is a good place for some pre-dinner cocktails.
53 Peascod Street. Tel 01753 863773. Reasonable Italian. Very child friendly, good value and good food. Pleasant place to sit outside on warmer days to eat and watch the world go by.
The Palm Court
Bexley Street. Tel 01753 865552. Good local restaurant. Relies a lot on local trade as it is off the beaten track and as it has been here for years that in itself is a testament to how good it is. Good children’s menu.
Unit 27, Royal Station Tel 01753 852019. Excellent Italian food, child friendly and a bustling environment especially around lunchtimes. Prices very reasonable for the quality of food served. It takes a lot to impress me with Italian food – this place did impress me!
10 Thames Street Tel 01753 856 993. Chicken restaurant, good choice of children’s and vegetarian food.
65 St Leonards Road Tel 01753 859658. Antony Worrall Thompson’s Grill restaurant. Lovely surrounding and a good meal. The selection of fresh breads was particularly impressive. Last time I eat here I was a little disappointed as I had such high expectations. The steak I had was too fatty, but I would have to counter that by saying that every one else I was with had an excellent meal, and I really should have just been un-English and sent my food back!
Thameside Windsor Tel 01753 620010. This is a good example of a pub/restaurant that is really the only riverside pub in Windsor. The food is excellent. Not particular cheap, but when we ate here in September 2010 we left feeling like we had value for money as the food was of a very high standard. The Windsor Farm Shop (from the Royal Estates) supplies the beef, pork and lamb. If you pay good money and get good food then there is no complaints from me! Washed down with an excellent South African wine we really enjoyed our meal here in the lovely surrounding. Can’t wait to try out more of the menu!
Outside Windsor – Included to ensure the very best of this country’s restaurants are mentioned!
Monkey Island Hotel www.monkeyisland.co.uk
Monkey Island Lane, Bray. Set on an island on the Thames river, this perfect setting includes a most excellent restaurant. Fairly pricey, but the setting will be hard to match and so will the food and the friendly superior service. We were married here, and are somewhat biased, but we both love this place.
Waterside Inn www.waterside-inn.co.uk
Ferry Road, Bray Tel 01628 620691. A Michelin 3 Star restaurant. Expensive but with such a reputation it is difficult to beat, except by the Fat Duck perhaps? We ate here in 2006 and agreed with our guests and friends who have recommend it as a definite eating experience. Very “French” in the wines, food and style of service. Now run by Alain Roux, son of the world famous chef Michel Roux, Alain wandered about chatting at the end of the evening and was a pleasure to talk to. Don’t be put off by the reputation of the place, as the staff were really there to help and guide you through all the wines and menu. One thing of note was the cheese board. Amazing choice and a cheese specialist there to help you, he asked me what sort of cheese I liked, then produced these and a couple of others all arranged around a plate and I was given instruction on which to eat first and the order, weakest to strongest. Fantastic! Overall, very unpretentious which surprised me. For the money, we had a real eating experience, but with so much competition locally we may not be back for quite a while!
Fat Duck www.fatduck.co.uk
High Street, Bray. Tel 01628 580333. In January 2004 the Fat Duck was awarded Michelin 3 Stars and was voted the second best restaurant in the world in 2007!. Slightly less expensive then the Waterside, the Fat Duck is famous for its varied menu. Highly recommended for that extra special occasion. An amazing wine list with an exceptional amount of wines available by the glass. Definitely one for the true “foodies” out there. Heston Blumenthal has become more famous than the restaurant now with TV shows and a real science approach to food that has enabled him to get a grant for food research! He now owns the Hinds Head in Bray which is on our list to check out soon.
The Palmer Arms www.thepalmerarms.com
Village Road, Dorney Tel. 01628 666612 Uncomplicated English food (with occasional forays into Wales & Scotland !) with the “twist” generally indicating regional Mediterranean influences. Near enough to the Thames path to make the detour for lunch, but phone ahead!