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Windsor Castle, Marylebone, W1

27-29 Crawford Place
W1
W1H 4LJ
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Quinno _ left this review about Windsor Castle

Backstreet pub just off the Edgware Road. The place is a shrine to interesting bric-a-brac; plates on the ceiling, toby jugs, old bottles, old photos of yesteryear’s showbiz stars (including Wendy Richard, who used to drink here apparently) and a strong royal theme. The dark wood central bar effectively divides the pub in two. Along the counter there are affixed a number of brass plaques, presumably commemorating former regulars (a number of which are so worn down the name is no longer legible). Upstairs is a small restaurant area. It has a very homely (almost country pub) feel and you can easily pretend you are million miles away from the hustle and bustle of central London. All to the good so far. Four ales on, with a pretty middling line-up of Youngs Bitter, Adnams Bitter, Wadworths 6X and Bombardier. My Adnams was under-par and eye-wateringly expensive at £4pp. Reading elsewhere it seems that indifferent-to-poor beer quality appears to be the norm, which is a crying shame.

An odd one to sum-up; I’d say it’s well-worth a visit for the novelty value but frankly I think ale drinkers would be best advised to stick to a softie and make it last long enough to take in the atmosphere. Could be an absolute must-visit if the ale was better (or at least 30p cheaper…). For now, an intriguing enigma.

On 31st January 2014 - rating: 6
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Windsor Castle

Where do I start with this one? There is “stuff” absolutely everywhere, not only on the walls but the ceilings as well. In many cases you can’t even tell what the décor is, as there is literally not a spare square inch of space.

The first thing you notice is a full size model soldier stood on guard in a glass case outside the front door. Before you even step foot inside, you’ll probably also notice the rows and rows of jugs lined up in shelves just inside the window. I can’t even begin to document everything that’s there, but I did notice plates in glass cases covering one ceiling, photo’s of various stars such as Anita Dobson, and numerous photo’s and drawings of royalty, from a painting of Queen Victoria and her extended family to photo’s of Diana and a very young William and Harry.

Upstairs is a small restaurant area that has a slightly odd appearance with a narrow staircase to get to it and green plastic tablecloths, but you’ll probably be more interested in the royal pictures plastering the walls or the piano in the corner. The restaurant is a Thai and has friendly Thai waitresses serving. The menu was extensive, with most of the dishes being priced at little more than you would expect to pay in a takeaway. The two dishes of Pad Thai and Green Curry were both very good and we would certainly recommend the food here.

The barman seemed slightly indifferent when he served us, but waved a friendly goodbye as we left, so perhaps he was just a little perturbed about me questioning his selection of cider and then deciding to go with the one that was right in front of me. One bar counter had a copper tap, fed by a shiny copper pipe about 12 inches above the bar. Whether this was just an unusual feature, or for customers to help themselves to water, I’m not sure.

Beers on tap were 6X, Bombadier, Young’s Bitter and Adnams Bitter. The solitary cider was Addlestones which was a pleasant change from the sweet fizzy stuff you seem to get in most pubs round these parts.

On 28th March 2011 - rating: 8
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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about Windsor Castle

Certainly one for memorabilia fans, with all sorts of stuff on the walls, shelves and even in the windows. Quite a few real ales on, but the Wadworth 6X was only just about OK. Taken slighly by surprise when my packet of crisps was decanted into a little bowl, but at least they didn't charge extra for this 'service'! Overall, an interesting place, but perhaps they should sell fewer but better real ales?

On 4th October 2009 - rating: 7
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15th Aug 2016, 18:36
Request to mark pub as closed by hondo . approved
 
15th Aug 2016, 13:38
Request to mark pub as closed submitted by hondo ., with included notes: Other: http://londonist.com/2016/08/windsor-castle-pub-to-close

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