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The Carpenters Arms, Windsor

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4 Market Street
Windsor
SL4 1PB
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Nicholsons (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Carpenters Arms

An attractive looking Nicholson’s pub tucked away down a pedestrianised alleyway but virtually opposite the castle, it has front and rear entrances and is split across a couple of levels, with both an upper and lower section at the rear.

Internally it doesn’t have quite the character of many of their outlets, but is nonetheless pleasant enough in a slightly bland sort of way. The lower part of the walls were clad with dark blue wood panelling with either cream or dark green plasterwork above, although in some areas this extended to almost the whole wall, giving the place an almost elegant feel. Flooring was mostly parquet wood whilst the seating was mostly regular tables and chairs with fitted Chesterfield style padded bench seating in the windows at the front. Chandeliers hung from the ceiling and there were various old black and white photos and portrait drawings on the walls as well as a small section of stained glass in a skylight. A display case at the rear housed a number of beer related books and wood working implements. An interesting feature on the lower level was an exposed section of old tunnel which had been dressed with a couple of nights in armour and stacks of old beer crates and barrels. A reference to some sort of former smuggling perhaps?

Beers on tap included Bedlam’s East Coast Pale Ale, Dark Star Hophead, Rev James and their own Nicholson’s Pale Ale, although I think there were one or two others that I neglected to note. Ciders meanwhile were Mortimer’s Orchard, Rosie’s Pig and Old Rosie. All in all, not a bad spot, but it had a little too much of a corporate feel for me.

On 6th July 2022 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about The Carpenters Arms

Seemingly run by Eastern European staff at present. Just two (!?) ales on the go – Pride and a decent Timothy Taylor Landlord (NBSS 3.5). Very quiet on my Saturday night visit, maybe the lack of beer range explains why? Whilst I can understand the need to cut back on ale range post-COVID, maybe have at least one genuinely interesting beer on rather than just two national bitters? 7.5

December 2017
In full swing at Xmas, and the Thornbridge Xmas ale was the beer of the day here. Pleased to see it doing well, I do have a soft spot for it. Rated 8.5

December 2015
An overdue revisit here - eight pumps with seven on; Pedigree, Pride, Doom Bar, Adnams Broadside & Ghost Ship, Truman's 3 Wise Hops and Loch Lomand Silkie Stout. Halves from the latter two were in very good shape. Still a default choice in the town centre. Rated 8

June 2013
The last 18 months has seen a definite upswing here again. My latest couple of visits have found a fully-stocked row of handpumps (now expanded to eight) with a laudable range of ale styles and sensible prices for Windsor, with the Pride currently coming in at £2.90pp. My group worked their way through most and the quality was consistently good. Perhaps the service can be a little bit perfunctory at times but certainly no worse than many other nearby outlets. Worth seeking out, especially as the courtyard is a bit of a sun-trap on a summer’s afternoon. The toilets have also been done-up too! Rated 8

May 2011
Well I've been in a couple of times recently and whilst the ale range of six is laudable, the quality control is lacking - on both occasions the first pint I've purchased has had to go straight back. A hard earned reputation is easily to lose - buck up. Point docked. Rating 7

January 2010
This is without doubt the best place I've been to in Windsor. Located on a cobbled street behind the crooked tea house next to the Guild Hall, the pub boasts four ever-changing real ales served from a curved mahogany bar that are well kept and are surprisingly cheap given what a tourist trap Windsor is (under £3). Some of the 'guests' are quite mainstream though, don't necessarily expect to see four ales you can't get within a 30 minute drive. There's a good atmosphere inside, is well-decorated, and good quality food is offered (the risotto is especially good) that's cheap too. I think that this place is owned by the Nicholsons chain nowadays, who specialize in 'Olde Worlde' pubs - check out the Ashby's Ale mosaic on the rear entrance step and gated subterranean cellar. Drawbacks? It's a bit small and finding a table can be a bit of a chore sometimes. The toilets also need an overhaul. Rating 8

On 16th September 2021 - rating: 7
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Ian Mapp left this review about The Carpenters Arms

Another 2019 Good Beer Guide Entry.

A nicholsons pub over three floors. Classic Nicholsons decor - with the Ashbys Ales tiling on the front step pointing to a different history.

Friendly regulars amongst the tourists and friendly bar staff. London Pride was best pint of 3 in the town.

On 2nd December 2018 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Philip Carter
Windsor & Eton Central, 0.22 miles, 4 min walk (show)
Windsor & Eton Riverside, 0.31 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Datchet, 1.82 miles, 35 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No - May - last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes - Though there is a limited amount of exterior seating - last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 16 September 2021 by Quinno _
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