The charming town of Windsor in Berkshire is talked about all over the world as one of Her Majesty the Queen’s top spots for a weekend break. With a 900-year-old royal residence in the shape of Windsor Castle attracting thousands of visitors all year round, this truly regal destination is an absolute must-visit on your travel bucket list. And while history and culture are the town’s biggest draws, Windsor’s culinary scene is equally something to write home about.
To eat like a queen, check out our list of some of the best local restaurants in Windsor, England.
Gogos at the Waterfront
If it’s high-class modern dining and cracking marina views you’re after, Gogos Waterfront restaurant should be just the ticket. The colourful, flavoursome menu is brought to life with South African sparkle, the cocktails are to die for and the views from its choice marina location lend your meal a touch of maritime glamour.
The Fox and Hounds
An utter delight for foodies, this upmarket pub-style venue will get your tastebuds tingling. Sourcing much of its meat from the crown estate in Windsor Great Park, the Fox and Hounds combines a welcoming atmosphere with food fit for kings. Well worth venturing down the road to pretty Egham for a culinary treat.
One of the greatest joys of eating out in Britain is the fact you can find delicious cuisine from all over the world, thanks to an ever more diverse population and an ever more sophisticated national palette. Marmara offers a relaxed atmosphere and an appetising menu serving Turkish and Mediterranean dishes. Lip-smacking meat dishes and lots of colourful veggie options, too.
3/5 🥄🥄🥄Turkish / Mediterranean food from a little spot in Windsor (just outside of London). The food was really tasty. We started with a vegetarian meze platter (so we didn't have to decide between the tasty sounding starters 🙈) and had chicken shish & vegetarian moussaka for mains! We tried the Turkish lemonade which we loved! 🍋 it's a bit on the expensive side but we'd definitely head back again! . *food is halal . #foodporn #uk #insta #instagood #foodie #foodblogger #london #windsor #rainyday #turkishfood #turkey #bulgaria #vegetarian #mezze #moussaka #borek #falafel #ilovelondon #food #traveller #wanderlust #sunday #weekend #런던 #ロンドン #لندن #伦敦 #londra #Лондон #Londres #traveller
Another eatery tipped by many as a winning place to refuel after a hard day exploring Queen Elizabeth’s second home, Windsor Grill’s speciality is steak, but there’s plenty else to choose from at this fine establishment. Its dark wooden tables with flickering tealights create an atmospheric vibe in which to enjoy a feast cooked to perfection.
One of Britain’s favourite foods is, of course, the humble pizza. And at Sebastian’s, this simple snack becomes a Mediterranean masterpiece. Wood-fired pizzas and Italian classics draw in locals and tourists alike with rustic flavours and mouthwatering texture. Hidden down a little alleyway in pretty Windsor, this spot is not to be missed if you’re all pubbed out and fancy a bite of a different corner of Europe for a change.
The Oxford Blue
Set in what used to be a pair of 19th-century cottages, The Oxford Blue is a pub with a chic twist and an upscale menu that has turned the heads of many connoisseurs over the years. With views overlooking the resplendent countryside of Old Windsor, the pub-restaurant expertly combines the pomp of royal England with an undeniably modern flair.
For classic Moroccan dishes, head to Meimo. Hugely popular with locals and serving slap-up tagines or platters full of spectacular yet subtle flavour, Meimo’s smart decor and lively atmosphere make this an optimum stop to refuel and revive on a cool Windsor evening.
Described as one of Windsor’s top romantic restaurants, Gilbey’s (actually a stone’s throw across the river at neighbouring Eton) is a splendid little spot, tucked cosily between the fancy Eton College and majestic Windsor Castle itself. Not far from London’s River Thames, Gilbey’s is a family-run place promising a dedication to ‘quality and joke de vivre’. Offering fine British food and wine, brought to your plate by a French head chef, they certainly live up to their claim.
Eat by the riverside at one of Windsor’s oldest pubs. For freshly prepared seasonal fare with a marvellous view of the winding River Thames, try The Boatman. Part of Windsor’s very essence since 1829, the place was once home to donkeys that worked on the river. Try the famous British favourite – a fish and chip supper cooked to perfection.
The Greene Oak
With its wooden ceiling beams and flagstone floors, The Greene Oak immediately invites you to taste countryside England at its cosiest. Friendly table service, local ales and bitters just a little out of the ordinary and an award-winning menu make this place an unmissable visit for foodies hoping to experience Britain’s best bites. Try their ‘natural high’ menu option for £9 this January: a healthy A’s mood-boosting combination low in fat and high in taste which will help you towards that ‘new year, new you’ feeling.