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Windsor Castle, Westminster, SW1

23 Francis Street
SW1
SW1P 1DN
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Windsor Castle

Quite a large horseshoe-shaped bar, refurbished (and renamed from the Cardinal) in 2011 by Samual Smiths. Reasonable amount of seating on three sides, with glazed screens at points around the perimeter. Decent-sized lounge (previously a dining area) behind a low partition (again with glazed screens added) towards the rear. Some fairly ornate decoration, with dark wooden panelling, an interesting high ceiling and a curious skylight at the back. Also has another room upstairs (never visited). Usual Sam Smiths offerings, with Extra Stout available if you don't fancy OBB on handpump (£3.20). Still a reasonable spot for a pint, though, with the advantage that it can accommodate a couple of large groups without putting everybody else out.

On 16th December 2017 - rating: 7
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Tris C left this review about Windsor Castle

Built as the Windsor Castle by at least 1823, renamed the Cardinal in 1963 after Westminster Cathedral's founder, Cardinal Manning, before reverting to the Windsor Castle in 2011.
This is a grand, multi-roomed, late Victorian rebuild dating from 1896 and recently refurbished by Sam Smith's with many a cut and etched glass screen, Lincrusta-style ceiling coverings, flooring being a mix of lino, herringbone parquet and encaustic Minton-style tiles to the downstairs lavs. In all, a very different pub from the previous '63-'011 incarnation as the Cardinal.
All very Sam Smith's by the numbers and nothing particularly wrong with that other than the usual culprit being Old Brewery Bitter, thankfully served on cask and at just £3.20 a pint.
Friendly bar staff and a mix of clients from office workers to students, to earthy locals.
Worth a visit to admire the restored ersatz interior, but thereafter nothing to set the pulse racing.

On 23rd May 2017 - rating: 4
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custodian 42 left this review about Windsor Castle

Very neat and tidy pub with good lighting. Various rooms and a first floor lounge and lots of wood panelling. Would be a great pub if not a Sams.

On 8th March 2017 - rating: 6
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This pub features in the following crawls:
Victoria area by Philip Carter
Victoria to Westminster tube, 11 pubs, 7 of which are in Good Beer Guide 2010 by Danny O'Revey
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Map location corrected by Steve C
London Victoria, 0.46 miles, 8 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 23 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 23 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 23 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 23 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Car Park : No last updated 23 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Darts : No last updated 23 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 23 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 23 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 23 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Jukebox : No last updated 23 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Karaoke : No last updated 23 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Live Music : No last updated 23 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 23 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 23 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 23 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Pool Table : No last updated 23 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 23 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes - Samuel Smith's. - last updated 17 May 2017 by Tris C
  • Wheelchair Access : No - WCs downstairs. - last updated 23 May 2017 by Tris C
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