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Windsor Castle

Bars and pubs, Pubs Kensington
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Windsor Castle

The Windsor is an ancient inn, and thankfully a 2013 refurb was sympathetic to its many charms. It’s clad in aged wood the brown of Princess Anne’s saddle; still intact are decorative wooden screens installed by the Victorians to separate the sexes while they got sloshed. Between the compartments are doors so tiny they might have been made for those the height of Charles I – who, as Monty Python noted, started his reign at five foot six and ended it four foot eight.

It offers a better sort of pub grub befitting the area; whether it’s good enough to tempt the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to make the short stroll from Kensington Palace, I’m not sure. But when it comes to the drinks, Harry would surely enjoy a tear-up in this Castle, where he could get stuck into the well-kept and interesting real ales, including Harviestoun’s black-as-a-royal-raven Old Engine Oil. And the idyllic and modernised garden will do a fine trade in Pimm’s on sunny days.

By: Euan Ferguson


Venue name: Windsor Castle
Address: 114 Campden Hill Road
W8 7AR
Opening hours: Open noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun. Food served noon-4pm, 5-10pm Mon-Fri; noon-10pm Sat; noon-9pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Notting Hill Gate tube
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The Windsor Castle is a great traditional pub.  The prices are reasonable (for London) and there is a lovely garden out the back which is great if you manage to get a spot on a sunny day.  Although, be warned, it does get full very quickly at the first sight of sun, so be prepared to perch without a table or wait for a while to get a spot.  Service was a bit slot when we went, it seemed they weren't quite expecting the number of people who actually came in that evening and the 2 members of staff were pushed to try and serve the constant stream of people.  Regardless of that, when we finally got drinks they were pleasant, the snacks were tasty and the seats were comfortable.  What more do you really want from a pub! 

This building is always packed with fun people and has a smashing beer garden with a bar in the back. Excellent choice of beers and ciders!

Have used this pub on and off for 7 years as i live locally and recently went back after its refurbishment. That however will be my final visit as the pricing policy is absurd even for Central London. Only nuts for sale are from a jar @ £4.00 a hit. Timothy Taylor's " Landlord " beer £4.45 a pint and a pint of stout over £5.00. It's an insult to people's intelligence and if they're trying to make it an " exclusive " venue for the increasing number of mindless Hooray Henrys so be it. Better pubs in the area include the Elephant & Castle and the Churchill Arms.

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Aesthetically, this place is lovely. Nice location, charming detail, staff a little lacklustre and then suddenly, you realise you must be in THE MOST expensive pub in London. It's a Mitchell & Butler pub, they seriously need to stop exploiting people. Just because it's Kensington, doesn't mean you should pay £5.40 for a pint and £19.50 for a roast! I eat out for a living and I can honestly say, the prices here offended me. Had the roast been exceptional, yes, I could swallow it, but the chips were over-cooked and dry like cardboard and so were the roast potatoes - which are an essential part of one's happiness and contentment when it comes to a roast dinner. It's a family pub, but they offer NO children's menu choices, so if your kids want a burger, prepare yourself for a £19.00 one that's comparable with any other nasty old chain. They are letting themselves down and taking the P*** out of everyone in the meantime. Tragedy. Beautiful pub, without a heart.

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