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The Windsor Castle

4.0
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29 Reviews
£26 to £40
European

The Windsor Castle is a huge Victorian pub located at 135 Lower Clapton Road in Hackney.
The pub focuses on local and seasonal produce, with a daily changing menu - see our website for a recent sample.
The bar has a huge selection of local brewers and rotating seasonal house drinks.
The Windsor Castle is child and pet friendly with a generous outside seating area.

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4.0
4.0 based on all time ratings
  • 3.9Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.8Value

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  1. G

    Gigi

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Very restricted menu on which the only carbs are slices of bread at £4.00 for 2 slices. We had really delicious first courses and a big bill and went home to fill up.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2018

    overall2food1service4ambience4

    Culinary disappointment:( really sorry to say that but the food is just so bad. We came for Sunday roast Where you expect to get potatoes with gravy and nice piece of meet And instead They give you lentil stew with fat pork belly seasoned with heaps of salt. Everything overpriced. Not coming back there. Shame .

  3. B

    Bissy

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    I picked this venue for my 60th birthday celebration with my family because it is very close to where I was born at the Salvation Army Mother's Hospital! It was a good choice. The staff were lovely and accommodating. They were fine with me bringing my own cake and flowers for the table. I LOVED the huge wooden table that we sat at for the evening (with two small children). We could spread out in a totally relaxed way. The chefs were really lovely, and the food delicious and beautifully cooked. They specially prepared meals for the two children who are dairy intolerant. I would highly recommend this ambient pub/restaurant. Thank you!

  4. AS

    AppleSai

    London

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Love what you do but the dining room is too dark. I'm all for mood lighting but seriously guys...

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sunday roast was really good! Service was excellent as well

  6. HM

    HMMc

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really lovely pub with great food and a lovely atmosphere. Nice beer garden too. Not the first time we've been and it won't be the last!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff were amazing and they even helped my friend who has a number of allergies. The roast is one of the best. 🙂

  8. LC

    LisaC

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great local pub, good roasts. Also do very good cocktails. Friendly and accommodating staff. Babies, kids and dogs most welcome.

  9. R

    Racquel

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2017

    overall4food2service4ambience3

    Great welcoming and friendly staff. Had the roast chicken - it was OK, but the yorkshire pudding was soggy and the roast potatoes floury. The atmosphere was great. Recommend for drinks. The cocktails were fab!

  10. c

    catdiggs

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My boyfriend and I gave the pub a visit on bank holiday Sunday, the pub was lovely and quiet with a nice crowd. The pork roast was absoloutley delicious and we would definitely come again. Really nice atmosphere, pub and staff.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2017

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    Over priced, food was slow to arrive and warm (at best)

  12. D

    Dusty

    London

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Went here for Mothers day food was excellent though the choice of desserts was limited. Service was good but there is a bit of a wait for food to arrive (which they make you aware of on the menus). Somewhat noisy but I have been at places where it was much worse. Portions are very generous. Overall very happy with the meal.

  13. a

    anonymous

    London

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2017

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Nice friendly local for a decent Sunday lunch with a welcome and relaxed attitude to dogs and children.

  14. f

    fionaa

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time at the Windsor castle for Sunday lunch - fabulous on all counts - excellent wine, good choice of roasts, fish or nut roast for the vegetarians. Cool interior, nice feel to the place. Local to us and won't hesitate to return & recommend.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2016

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    Went their for Mothers Day. First there for lunch, 25 mins in, very few other tables filled, yet starters still not with us. Finally got starters half hour after sitting down. Had to wait another 45 minutes for main meal, which we had to ask for twice. When it finally came, it was lukewarm. The kids were going nuts wit hunger. Never again. Only compensation was no service charge, but would have asked for it to be removed anyway. Menu states something about food taking longer, or something, because of the fresh way it's prepared. Dunno. Tasted no better or worse than anywhere else.

  16. LK

    LucyK

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2015

    overall1food3service1ambience3

    We went out for family meal and found the reception friendly. From being seated we then experienced a no show from our waitress's. We had to keep going and asking if anyone was coming to take our order at least 3 times. The first time they actually said 'Oh have I not seen to you yet' clearly indicating we were not a thought. It seems they have to serve behind the bar as well which means you left to your own devices and hungry. We even had to go in search of someone to pay the bill. Also we enjoyed the meal we had but there wasn't a massive selection which meant it was very limiting. Sadly disappointing as i really like the place as bar its got a good atmosphere.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2015

    overall1food2service1ambience1

    15 of us reserved a table and went for Sunday lunch here and we were placed in the bar area as there were too many for the restaurant which was not a problem. However from the moment we arrived we were made to feel like a huge inconvenience to the bar manager- one person said they would take our order at the table but the manager said they only did this with tables in the restaurant area and we had to order at the bar, which with 15 people on one tab was quite a lot of hassle. It meant that they didn't manage to get all the orders down right and it had to be checked 3 times before we had all our choices recorded correctly. The manager commented when one of our party only ordered a drink that he was glad someone was finally ordering something simple- not a hint of humour in his comment. The whole party felt as though we were unwelcome and I'm not sure why as between us we spent around £800 and no one from our party was at any point anything other than polite! I work in a pub and understand that large tables can be difficult to manage but if you are unable, or unwilling to accommodate them then the booking shouldn't be taken. That takes me onto the food - which was quite nice but for the price we paid the portions were so small, two roast potatoes, one carrot and lamb that was mostly bone and gristle for £16 then a cheese board with 2 slices of cheese and some biscuits like cardboard for £9 is unacceptable. There was one member of bar staff who was incredibly helpful and polite, the rest- especially the manager were overheard numerous times complaining we were a hassle. Finally, when it came to paying the bill which was settled across cards and cash they tried to make us pay for more once some members had left even though we were able to prove that everyone had paid and I can't help but think this wasn't an accident. In short- if you're looking for a relaxing Sunday lunch avoid this place like the plague!!

  18. f

    foodlovers

    London

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Still the best pub food Hackney the small ever changing menu of fresh food is a delight.

  19. a

    anonymous

    London

    38 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2015

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    We weren't as enthusiastic as some diners here. The food was ok, but neither good pub, nor more exciting than that. The space is a bit dark and drafty. We might drop in here again but wouldn't go out of our way and our expectations would be low. Disappointing but maybe we just hit it at a bad time.

  20. f

    foodlovers

    London

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2015

    overall4food5service3ambience3

    Great food standards maintained thank you Windsor Castle.

  21. C

    Chatterbox

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2015

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    It was the first time I had been the the Windsor Castle. I would really recommend the place for a drink, it is lovely inside, the atmosphere was great, and the beer garden looked great too for the summer. The roast however was disappointing. I ordered the chicken and there just wasn't much of it! My friend ordered the beef and it was a little cold, we both thought the vegetables were under-cooked. We also felt a little hurried.

  22. f

    foodlovers

    London

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience2

    There is no better pub in Hackney for high quality food. We sometimes have a selection of starters and eat tapas style, The steaks are always succulent, the fish always fresh, and the vegetables and vegetarian dishes imaginative. Dishes often sell out and are taken off the menu, no freezer back up here. Great selection of ales and wine. Prices all comparable to other gastro pubs. We have been eating here once or twice a week since it opened and always find something new on a main course selection of only 5 dishes. The staff are all happy and helpful, thank you Windsor Castle.

  23. NC

    NinaC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2015

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Lovely pub. Even if the bar is busy, dining area is separated enough that you can have a conversation and not feel overwhelmed. Great, friendly and helpful staff, which doesn't always happen in Hackney. I have food allergies and they were very accommodating. Food was delicious as was the wine. Highly recommend it.

  24. d

    diner

    London

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2015

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The food was excellent, as were our cocktails and the wine. And our waitress was just superb - she was the only waiting staff that evening (normally there are 2), but she did a great job and was still smiling despite the stress! We also look forward to warmer weather so we can sit out in the garden!

  25. AF

    AnitaF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2015

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    The Pork Belly Sunday Roast is delicious. Best place for a roast!

  26. f

    foodlovers

    London

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    We have been eating here once or twice a week since opening and never get bored with the menu. With only 4or 5 main courses on an ever changing menu produce is always fresh and dishes are imaginative. No better pub food in Hackney. Good selection of real ales and wines ticks all the boxes. Staff always friendly and efficient even at busy times, they work well as a team.

  27. JM

    JbMullligan

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2015

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The Windsor Castle has restored my faith in gastro-pubs to deliver on all fronts: a great pub with a very decent range of booze and liquid refreshments; a lively vibe embracing East London eclecticism but welcoming to a wide-ranging clientele; friendly but very capable service; and a skilled kitchen serving consistently solid grub with generosity and care. And they can rightfully claim their Sunday roasts are probably the best for many miles around!

  28. f

    foodlovers

    London

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2015

    overall4food5service5ambience2

    We eat out 2 or 3 nights a week always trying new places. For the past year The Windsor Castle has become a favourite with a short ever changing menu of the highest quality food, excellent ales and a good wine selection. We eat here at least once a week. Highly recommended.

  29. r

    roundtheworldeater

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Another wonderful Hackney option, spacious, welcoming, with delicious and characterful food. We were surprised by having the most melting stuffed cabbage ever - not an obviously attractive dish but in this case exceptional. Respect is given to vegetables. You can eat at a very reasonable price food that would cost a lot more in other areas (i.e. £20-30 a head instead of £30-50). Sometimes the music is a bit loud for us older ones. We long for music-free dining nights.

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