Dine overlooking the walls of Windsor Castle

Brooke Theis
·2-min read
Photo credit: Adrian Wroth
Photo credit: Adrian Wroth

From Town & Country

Reachable in under 40 minutes from London by train, Windsor provides an idyllic weekend escape from the city. With its magnificent historic monuments, picturesque cobbled streets and the Queen’s glorious 900-year-old residence at its heart, there is intrigue and beauty at every turn.

Perfectly positioned with views of the castle walls and surrounded by the countless boutiques and charming pubs is the 16th-century Castle Hotel Windsor. Set in a Georgian building with high ceilings, tall windows and sleek furnishings in soft muted-tones of cream, dove-grey and lilac blue, it is a cosseting base from which to explore the town. Its façade is opposite the Guildhall, constructed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1689 (the acclaimed architect tasked with rebuilding 52 churches following the Great Fire of London), where Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles were married in 2005.

Photo credit: abacapress/ Didier Delmas
Photo credit: abacapress/ Didier Delmas

Housed in the hotel’s light-blue-walled salon with black marble tables and a decorative bell board is Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse and Grill, where lunch and dinner are an extravagant affair of modern British and French cuisine. It is said that the Duke of Wellington once dined at the storied hotel following his victory at the Battle of Waterloo – and the restaurant still serves up a triumphant feast today. Starters of a classic prawn cocktail and Mr White’s traditional Scotch egg are delightful in their apparent simplicity, and suitably whet your appetite for the array of indulgent mains. The imaginative selection of burgers, including ‘the Colonel’ – a patty topped with Monterey Jack, a slick of tangy mustard and a crispy onion ring – are sure to satisfy, as are the range of grass-fed steaks, which come with hot triple-cooked chunky chips. The Shepherd’s Pie with creamy mashed potatoes is an elevated tribute to a comforting classic, as is the buttery steak and ale pie.

Photo credit: abacapress/ Didier Delmas
Photo credit: abacapress/ Didier Delmas

Dessert is an event in itself, with rich sticky toffee pudding and mouth-watering cheesecake served with a fresh blueberry sauce. Or perhaps try a savoury board of cheese farmed by the Blur bassist Alex James, which is served with a deliciously tart fig chutney.

The restaurant also offers an afternoon tea of finger sandwiches, warm scones with clotted cream and jam, delicate macarons and an assortment of sweets, which will fully replenish you following a morning of exploring the surrounds on foot, whether you choose to venture to the riverside, traverse Windsor Great Park or discover the magnificent interiors of the enthralling castle.

Photo credit: abacapress/ Didier Delmas
Photo credit: abacapress/ Didier Delmas

For more information and to book, visit www.mpwrestaurants.co.uk.