Windsor Castle [formerly the Cardinal] | Westminster, Greater London
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Windsor Castle [formerly the Cardinal]
Exceptional based on 6 ratings
Type: Bar (see listing)

23 Francis St
Westminster, Greater London England SW1P 1DN [ print map ]
020 7834 7260



Hours: 1130-2300 Mon-Fri, 1200-2300 Sat, 1200-2230 Sun


Mayor: Theydon_Bois (4) | Taps: 6+ | Bottles: 5+


Windsor Castle [formerly the Cardinal]

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Beer Available At Windsor Castle [formerly the Cardinal] (arranged by most recent)
Samuel Smiths Double Four Lager 40, Samuel Smiths Light Mild 37, Samuel Smiths Winter Welcome Ale 71, Samuel Smiths Old Brewery Bitter (Cask) 48, Samuel Smiths Wheat Beer 49, Samuel Smiths Old Brewery Bitter (Bottle & Keg) 21
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6 reviews for Windsor Castle [formerly the Cardinal]
 Ambiance  67%
 Service  67%
 Selection  59%
 Food N/A 
 Value  75%
 Overall  63%
 Rating  68%


58
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 11/20
chriso  (368) London, England | February 28, 2014
I well remember when this was one of the first pubs in London to run its own beer festivals with50 or so beers in cooling jackets stillaged all around the bar. Nowadays itís a biog standard Sam Smiths pub with the usual Sam Smiths range. There are much better Sam Smiths pubs around town. Nothing to see here.
68
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 11/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
AdiBeer  (106) London, England | January 26, 2014
62
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 7/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois  (615) The íSham, England | October 31, 2013
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).
62
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 8/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 12/20
Boudicca  (688) London, England | July 17, 2013
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).
64
  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 13/20
jackl  (400) Charlottesville, Virginia | August 30, 2012
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.
64
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 12/20
mabel  (211) Toronto, Ontario | April 6, 2010
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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