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Requested be closed with reason - Other: Closed for upper floor residential conversion according to the London Drinker, Dec 2018/Jan 2019.

Windsor Castle, E5

135 Lower Clapton Road
E5
E5 8EQ
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Steve of N21 left this review about Windsor Castle

First time to visit this one for me because Hackney Downs was an area of nightmares back in my youth and despite the general improvement of recent years it’s still not the first area I would consider to come for a beer. Will agree with Tris below that this current guise certainly appears to be an improvement from Steve C’s visit in 2009 and you are more likely to find a bearded hipster with his Whippet generating a cloud from his eCigaret than a yob and his Staffie spliffing up in the pleasant beer garden area out back. Internally the Windsor Castle doesn't really do anything a 100 other distressed modern pub makeovers of this type don’t do, but it stops from being truly shabby like some of the Antic outlets. The front section of the fairy light garlanded, horseshoe-shaped bar with the stuffed boars head above the central section has large tables for groups and plenty of floor space for vertical drinking, whereas the back of the pub is more given over for diners.
Doombar, Truman Zephyr and Five Points's Brickfields the three ales available for our visit as reported below and I went for what would be the first of many Five Point options on this crawl and the Brickfields was perfectly fine. And I spotted Craft offerings from Camden and Meantime as well as the ones mentioned below.

On 31st March 2017 - rating: 6
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Real Ale Ray left this review about Windsor Castle

Interesting features, included the ornate timber fireplace with over mantle mirror, stained glass windows over the both entrances and the herring bone patterned oak parquet floor. Four ales on handpump, so I went for the Trumans Zephyr, which was passable, but am not a great fan of their beer anyway. A large open plan kitchen and large dining area with patio garden, I imagine would pull in the punters.

On 30th March 2017 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about Windsor Castle

This pub dates from at least the early 19th century, though I expect that the current imposing building was rebuilt in the mid/late-19th century and clearly still displays its projecting Watney Combe Reid roundel, for which the pub deserves a pat on the back.
Due to Clapton's ogoing gentrification, this is certainly not the stuff of nightmares described by Steve C back in 2009. Quite a large opened out pub with central/island bar, largely as described below. I opted for a half of the Truman's Zephyr which wasn't great, being a little lifeless and less Zephyr-ish than usual.
This pub is worth a visit if you find yourself in the vicinity, but a journey a little further afield, perhaps over the border into E9 and The Chesham Arms will pay dividends.

On 26th March 2017 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Steve C
Hackney Central, 0.56 miles, 10 min walk (show)
Hackney Downs, 0.61 miles, 11 min walk (show)
Homerton, 0.77 miles, 14 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for Windsor Castle, E5
22nd Dec 2018, 20:20
Request to mark pub as closed by Tris C approved
 
22nd Dec 2018, 20:20
Request to mark pub as closed submitted by Tris C, with included notes: Other: Closed for upper floor residential conversion according to the London Drinker, Dec 2018/Jan 2019.

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 12 August 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 01 September 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 26 March 2017 by E TA
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 17 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 26 March 2017 by E TA
  • Car Park : No last updated 01 September 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 26 March 2017 by E TA
  • Darts : Yes last updated 26 March 2017 by E TA
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 20 April 2014 by Rex Rattus
  • Function Room : No last updated 26 March 2017 by E TA
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 17 July 2013 by Aqualung .
  • Jukebox : Yes last updated 26 March 2017 by E TA
  • Karaoke : No last updated 26 March 2017 by E TA
  • Micropub : No last updated 26 March 2017 by E TA
  • Pinball : No last updated 01 September 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 01 September 2013 by Pub SignMan
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 20 April 2014 by Rex Rattus
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