Proper pub grub
Prepare for posh pub grub in abundance. Both in Windsor and the surrounding countryside, you’ll find historic ale houses serving first-class fare. The chargrilled English asparagus with duck egg mayo and tomato relish is in itself worth the 20-minute drive out to the 17th-century Shurlock Inn in our book, but if you’d rather stay in the castle’s shadow, hop along to The Queen Charlotte for Mediterranean-leaning sharing boards, tapas favourites and a nostalgic dollop of the spectacular Eton mess knickerbocker glory (sharing advised). To sample the local brews, take a 10-minute stroll across the Thames into Eton and prop up the bar at The George – the Windsor & Eton Brewery’s toffee-tasting Golden Ale pairs perfectly with a menu of hearty pub classics.
Various, Windsor and Eton
Patch on the Plaza
Patch on the Plaza’s fairy-lit garden, wooden furniture and leafy decor wouldn’t be out of place under the Mediterranean sun. The family-run aspect is apparent, and the father-son-and-daughter trio behind the business are hands-on when it comes to welcoming guests with a smile. Order the beetroot humous, the poached salmon and a garden tonic cocktail, or ask about the best in-season recipes – the menu changes regularly and most dishes are crafted using locally sourced ingredients.
15A Goswell Hill, SL4 1RH
On the hunt for good coffee and croissant? Make a beeline for Millar’s Eatery on St Leonards Road. The family-run establishment is on the ball when it comes to milk alternatives and vegan dishes, which feature on an all-day brunch menu that’s worthy of Instagram. Wooden tables and an outdoor space add to this place’s allure, and complement the area’s personable vibe. Here’s where you’ll find the majority of Windsor’s independent businesses: boutiques, florists and charity shops that diversify from Peascod Street’s high-street chains. Fuel up and wander the pedestrianised road to source one-of-a-kind keepsakes.
59A St Leonard’s Rd, SL4 3BX