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Theydon_Bois (461) The íSham, England | October 31, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
Popped in on the way home, Thursday 31st October í13, having not been here since itís Cardinal days some 7 or 8 years previously.
The large room as you enter from the street is dominated by the central bar from which a number of wooden partitions fan out, some of which contain etched glass. The ceiling is patterned with chandaliers providing the lighting, a right royal Victorian affair !
Seating is in the form of simple tables and chairs scattered around the room outside of the bar.
At the rear there is a smaller room, the lounge if you please, lots of comfortable chairs and leather sofas.
Beer range is Sam Smiths, Old Brewery Bitter being the cask option at £2.90 a pint, plus various SS keg options.
Service was fine although the place was fairly quiet at 4.30pm, perhaps half a dozen locals and half a dozen office workers.
Not a go to destination by any means, unless you are a fan of Sam Smiths, but a great looking pub and worth a little diversion for such civic splendour (5 mins walk Victoria station).
Boudicca (524) London, England | July 17, 2013
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
There was a bit of a furore when the Cardinal was taken over by Sam Smithís and renamed the Windsor Castle. Itís right behind Westminster cathedral and apparently the archbishop wasnít pleased about the name change, although it turns out that the Windsor Castle had been the original name of the place from when it was built in 1897 until 1963. Sam Smithís have done a good job of refurbishing it along the lines of the original, replacing the polished wood and etched glass screens around the central bar to divide it into separate areas. There are large windows to two sides so that itís light and airy as well as rather grand. Thereís also a plush room as the back with wood panelling, deep red walls and leather sofas where you can relax and pretend that youíre in a gentlemanís club. There are just two cask beers plus a range of other Sam Smithís keg taps and bottles.
(Last visited 16 July 2013).
jackl (284) Charlottesville, Virginia | August 30, 2012
64 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
This place has been refurbished and is now called The Windsor Castle. Itís still a Sam Smiths pub, and has the full range of mediocrity. The refurbished venue is very nice, the central bar is grand, the seating plentiful. I recommend sitting upstairs where itís often less crowded. The service is average, the prices are creeping up noticably quicker than inflation (like all Sam Smiths). Overall, this place is worth a look if youíre near Victoria and donít want to go to Cask or the Willow Walk for some insane reason.
mabel (211) Toronto, Ontario | April 6, 2010
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
Visited late on a Tuesday evening in January. The ambiance is striking at first until you realize all pubs in London are quaint and wood panelled with a big bar in the middle of the room, but itís a nice dark, quiet pub regardless. Around the corner from the Westminster Cathedral and our Wellington hostel, so very convenient for my sister and I. Beer selection is all Samuel Smith on cask or tap or bottles, and mostly fresh, but if youíre trying to collect them all, here would certainly be a great place to start. We closed out the bar with no food and a bottle to go. The stout was the best one being served this evening. Service was friendly if a little bitter about the country. Overall, an interesting experience, and would return if in the area for relatively cheap pints.
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