The charming town of Windsor in Berkshire is talked about all over the world as one of 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 Waterfront Restaurant
Restaurant, South African, $$$
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.
One of the greatest joys of eating out in Britain is that you can find delicious cuisine from all over the world, thanks to an ever more diverse population and increasingly sophisticated national palette. Marmara offers a relaxed atmosphere and an appetising menu serving Turkish and Mediterranean dishes, including lip-smacking meat dishes and lots of colourful veggie options, too.
Windsor Grill is a short stroll from Windsor Castle | Courtesy of Windsor Grill
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 tea lights create an atmospheric vibe for enjoying a perfect feast.
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.
Chefs at The Oxford Blue, Windsor | Courtesy of 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 décor 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 from 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 joie de vivre’. Offering fine British food and wine, brought to your plate by a French head chef, they certainly live up to their claim.
Fish and Chips at The Boatman | Courtesy of The Boatman
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, The Boatman is the place to go. Part of Windsor’s culinary scene 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.
With its wooden ceiling beams and flagstone floors, The Greene Oak 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.
For incredible Moroccan food, Al Fassia is the place to visit in Windsor. This family-run restaurant is the place to experience top-notch authentic dishes, including special tagines and speciality couscous and all food is served in the tradition of the historical cities of Morocco.