Last week I introduced a new feature, which is to visit a new pub each week and to write about it. This week’s pub is The Windsor Castle located in Kensington, London. We popped in on a weekend and I was immediately taken with its quaintness. It feels like an old pub with much history. The ceiling is quite low and the dark wood inside made me feel at home and ready for a pint. Or in my case, half pints.
There are several rooms inside and I got the biggest kick out of the doorways leading to some of the rooms. The doors are short and I felt like Alice in Wonderland. This feature is fun in today’s world, but back in the 1830s, these rooms were partitioned to keep the classes and men and women separated.
This gentleman is standing by one of the doors, which is under the Seven Deadly Gins sign. His head is above the door frame.
And this door is even smaller as you can see by the man sitting down reading.
I have one warning about this pub, it is hard to walk into and to get a table. We were fortunate to locate a table that wasn’t reserved until 3pm, which gave us two hours to enjoy. If you want to sit down and enjoy a meal I highly recommend making a reservation. There is a large seating area in the back, but I suspect that on warm days it gets pretty crowded. The day we went the weather wasn’t very pleasant so not many people wanted to drink out there.
The staff was nice and made some excellent beer and cider recommendations. They had many different kinds on tap and since they serve half pints in London you can sample more. I was in the cider mood so I tried three different types and my favorite was Weston’s Old Rosie. The better half sampled a few beers and the fave was Timothy Taylor Landlord. The bartender said it was the best that they had and both of us agreed. I love it when the staff can make suggestions and are knowledgeable about what they serve.
For lunch we shared the Norfolk pork loin, homemade Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and veggies. And we indulged and had the sticky toffee pudding. It was one of the better pub meals I’ve had in England.
I give this pub 5 out of 5 stars. Once again, I will state that if you are visiting the area and you want to try your luck and pop in without a reservation you will probably be disappointed. I saw many unhappy people leave the pub. We lucked out completely. Make sure to plan ahead and enjoy this pub as much as we did.
And please follow all of their rules.