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Windsor Castle, W8

114 Campden Hill Road
W8
W8 7AR
Phone: 02072438797
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Castle (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Will Larter left this review about Windsor Castle

This is the second pub on my London's Beautiful Pubs route, and to some extent it suffers a little in comparison to the first, the Victoria near Paddington station. But this is a pub from an earlier generation in pub design, and retains a feel of utilitarian plainness compared with a later era's flamboyance and opulence. In addition, of course, this would have been almost a country pub when it was built in the 1820s. According to the pub's Facebook page, it has undergone a recent refurbishment, which must have been done with a lot of restraint and attention to detail.

This is a multi-roomed pub with wooden screens separating what would be a large open space into smaller areas, with interchange effected through small doors with "Mind Your Head" notices above them. Furnishings are settles and other old (or old-looking) wood - quality seems good, and it all looks plain and unspoilt.

My entrance to the pub was unremarked by the manager, who was engrossed in some paperwork on the end of the bar counter, but when I made my presence known he was apologetic, welcoming and friendly. There were five hand pumps on the small bar counter (with some more around the corner, if I recall correctly), all nationally available brands, of which I went for St Austell Tribute (£5.40/pint), which was in pretty good nick despite a problem with the line from the cellar. This would be a lovely pub to have in your neighbourhood, if you were lucky enough to be able to afford local house prices, but is it worth the extra journey out of the centre? As a one-off I enjoyed the visit, but perhaps not for a future trip.

On 4th October 2021 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about Windsor Castle

I first came here about 30 years ago and pop in occasionally, the last time being three years ago and it hasn’t changed one bit. This is a Grade II-listed pub which dates from the 1820s but is home to a very charming CAMRA Nationally Important Historic Interior, remodelled in 1933, as does probably the rough stucco and fake quoins - the pub was originally bare brick. No prizes for guessing that this was a former Charrington’s pub, as evinced by the ‘Sherry Bar’, ‘Private Bar’ and ‘Campden Bar’ window writing in the brewer’s classic red lettering.
As mentioned, it has a quirky sloping bare boarded or red lino floor and stalls, accessed through narrow doorways, just like the ones in the Prince Alfred (W9) and Angel (SE16). Low ceilings, of course and much charm, there’s plenty of wood and seating in the form of some settles, affording a little privacy in cosy nooks; the glass 'barrel' hanging lamps are very novel.
However, what’s not so attractive is the incredible number of CCTV hemispheres - it’s like having a drink in HMP Belmarsh. There are other problems which seem to dog the pub: it’s frequently very crowded and finding a seat is a lottery. In addition, it seems to take staff an age to clear up when diners leave, with cutlery, plates and used napkins littering tables. The modern tubular steel bar gantries are a bit of an eyesore too.
There’s a fair mix of people in here, often some groups of very exuberant American tourists. A more recent visit noted a group of very jolly Yorkshire men in one corner, of young entitled women in another, moaning about the lack of something or other most would consider a privilege, a combination I'd call Last of the Summer Whine.
There are typically around four ales with TT Landlord as a staple at a blistering £5.30 a pint. I would say that this is a must-visit if in this borough, but the prices are crazy - the Uxbridge Arms next door serves up Landlord for ‘only’ £4.60, but of course it’s not the tourist magnet that is this place.

On 16th November 2019 - rating: 7
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hondo . left this review about Windsor Castle

Quirky bare boarded interior that's split into about 4 different sections mind your head if moving between them. 2 sets of 5 real ale taps mostly doubles.

On 27th October 2016 - no rating submitted
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Rex Rattus
Kensington (Olympia), 1.01 miles, 19 min walk (show)
Shepherds Bush, 1.16 miles, 22 min walk (show)
London Paddington, 1.72 miles, 33 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Windsor Castle, W8
4th Oct 2021, 15:23
Review submitted by Will Larter amended by Will Larter
 
4th Oct 2021, 15:21
Review submitted by Will Larter

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 08 February 2015 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 21 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 08 February 2015 by Tris C
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Car Park : No last updated 08 February 2015 by Tris C
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 21 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 21 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 21 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 19 June 2019 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 27 October 2016 by hondo .
  • Jukebox : No last updated 21 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 21 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 21 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 21 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 21 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 21 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 21 August 2015 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 27 October 2016 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : No last updated 14 May 2018 by Komakino .
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs upstairs. - last updated 13 July 2016 by Tris C
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 27 October 2016 by hondo .
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