Visited on 5th January 2017. Lovely quaint old pub in the back streets of Kensington, it definitely is a maze with a lot of wood panelling and nooks and crannies to relax in, it’s a collection of small rooms and corridors. Beer range is decent enough with a solid mix of cask and keg, picked up a few new beers here but nothing outstanding. Ate here and the food was a little disappointing, service was OK, prices a little steep. It’s a pub destination for the venue but the beer is probably the best in the area but nothing to head out that far for.
I went here on a stag do, never having heard of it before. Absolutely brilliant. Very old-fashioned, with lots of areas to explore. About eight real ales on, plus a smattering of craft keg and bottles: something for everyone. Most of the party were raving about the condition of the Tim Taylor Landlord, and my been was in excellent nick.Maybe not a destination pub, but one worth knowing about.
Like many historic pubs, The Windsor Castle is exceedingly quaint, with hidden cozies, and a beautiful garden in back. Most English pubs are tied to breweries, and only offer the selections from that brewery, plus one or two "guest" beers on tap. Most independents, like the Windsor
Castle, have the same limited number of taps...five, maybe six if you’re lucky. I counted 14 at the Windsor, all but one on interesting beers from small independent British breweries that I had never heard of, and unfortunately, can’t remember. I was overjoyed that they had Landlord bitter on
tap from Timothy Taylor in Yorksire, that you don’t see very often in the south of England, so I didn’t check out the rest of the beers. I’m hoping that pubs like the Windsor Castle are a harbinger of a movement by English pubs expanding
their offerings. I’m also hoping that a native Londoner or kindly tourist can keep me honest and rectify my glaring failure, by enumerating the beers on tap at the Windsor Castle.
I revisited the Windsor Castle recently, and was astounded by the improvement of the menu items, including innovative renderings of classic dishes. Absolutely loved it!
Nice old fashionated pub ( presumably from the 1930’s) with wood covered dark walls and several drinking areas and a wall-covered beer garden in the rearp; beside the usual range of bland lagers ( among them the hardly drinkable german Veltins Pils…) a fine selection of well kept ales (Landlord, Harvistoun Old Engine Oil e.g.) is available. Gets somertimes very busy in the evenings, popular with young people. Really worth a detour!
28/05/13: Has now undergone an extensive refrubishment. The pub retains the segmented drinking areas, but most of the fixtures and tables have been tastefully restored. The beer selection has definitely improved. There’s now 10 casks plus an additional 14 keg options and a few bottles. The beer selection’s safe, but solid. No Doom Bar etc. Stuff like Windsor & Eton, Roosters, & Portobello featured on cask. Keg stuff featured some premie macros and stuff like Brooklyn lager and Meantime. The food’s very tasty , simple pub fare. The staff were keen. Make no mistake, this isn’t a beer geek destination. It’s just a nice (if pricy) local. I’m happy to crow about it as we have such scant pickings in the area.
19/12/11:This is probably the best pub in Kensington. A decent selection of cask ales (usually 4-5 on) plus a reasonable selection of ’classy’ macro keg beers. Innis and Gunn (etc) always available on bottle. The main draw of the pub isn’t the beer, it’s the building itself. It’s a classic pre-Victorian bar that divides the pub into sections. Originally, this was intended to separate drinking groups by class, now it’s a lovely quirky feature of an authentic pub. Big beer garden that’s great in summer, plenty of attractive sloaney women. Nice.
Nice old style pub with wooden panels, hidden niches and a big beer garden for summer. Large beer selection, lots of lagers and also about 5 cask ales with a couple of interesting ones. Food was standard pub grub but not bad, service hit and miss with a starring role from the young girl who said ’I am Hungarian, and tired’.
Quite a special place both the area and the pub it selves. A decent selection of cask and some regular kegs. Nice to see quite a few real ciders as well. The food smells fabulous, but we had already head our lunch so I better try that next time. Friendly staff and quite relaxing atmosphere. A place to try when you don’t go for the beer alone.