We booked a night in the Pheasant Inn in Winnersh. Returned very late travelling several miles from a party we'd been to. When we arrived we found we'd left the key at the party. It was very late but we knocked on the pub door. The landlord himself answered and refused to let us in! This was despite the fact that there were four of us and that we'd paid earlier that evening in advance and we had the bank cards with us! After around an hour of trying to persuade him to let us in he said that he would if we paid an extra £70! We even said he could keep our bank card which we'd used to pay (and which he had aleady processed) but he threw it back at us out of the window. Very strange behaviour indeed from anybody let alone from someone claiming to provide any sort of service. A very strange man indeed. Rather than call the police - which would have been quite justified as our belongings were locked inside the room - we made an hour's round trip to the party to get the key. The next morning there were no staff at all apart from some cleaners. They said the landlord wouldn't be up until after 1pm so we could not speak to him"! Looking at the other review on here about the quality of food here I'm glad we missed breakfast and took the Sainsburys option. Avoid this place like the plague unless you want to be locked out of your room and denied entry to it. There are lots of other places to stay in the area.
The Ostrich in Colnbrook may have a formidable history, and a big stuffed ostrich to boot, but my friends and I weren't really that impressed when we dropped in for Sunday lunch on our travels. First of all, it was rather quiet in that vaguely worrying "is this place any good?" sort of way, but we were getting towards the end of lunchtime, so dismissed it. Secondly, it seemed rather dim and dingy, but we put that down to the amount of old wood and small windows. We spent a while looking at the menu on the wall (not particularly long, but a fairly good selection) only to be told that Sunday is roast dinners and nothing else. Ho hum. Well, the food was okay for six quid, there was plenty of it at least, the meat wasn't too fatty, and the veg weren't cooked to a pulp. It was your average pub fare, really. Unfortunately there were several flies buzzing around, and waving them away rather detracted from the pleasure of eating. While waiting for our food, we witnessed the service two women were getting at a neighbouring table. Well-meaning is the best I can think of. They ordered desserts, one of which was crumble, and requested ice-cream as opposed to cream. The fruit crumble duly arrived with... chocolate ice cream, as there was no vanilla left. This was sent back as being too bizarre. When a dish of plain crumble finally arrived, the women were scooted out of the way so that someone could be let out of the front door, which they were sitting against. The table the other side fared no better. After about three tries they finally all ordered something which was still available, but one dish came with lashings of cream when they'd asked for cream on the side, and the last portion of one dessert was split between two people who had ordered it. I think the waiter did reduce their bill, though. We skipped dessert. Overall, the pub is great to see just because of its age, and so it's worth st opping for a drink. To be fair, we went in at the tail-end of lunchtime, so maybe didn't see it in its best light, and with it being a Sunday we were denied the chance to sample the full menu, which did look tempting. Sadly, but I appreciate this is far beyond their control, the planes roaring over from Heathrow every couple of minutes didn't really add to the ambience, and maybe this is what really disadvantages it compared to other, more rural pubs I've been to. But I really felt that the food and the service didn't quite do justice to the history of the place, which was a shame.
The Ostrich in Colnbrook - England's 3rd oldest inn, dating back to 1106. Lovingly restored oak beams outside and in - although the Olde Worlde (tm) language everywhere gets tedious - and lots of historical items festoon the interior. Now a word of warning - this place is very popular. An endless stream of business types bored with hotel food come here every night, and added to the locals, it's a jam at most times. Come on a Sunday evening though, and you're rewarded with a quiet relaxed meal and drinks, served by friendly bar staff, and by "almost Outer London" prices, very reasonable on the wallet. As our local, I and my partner often go there with friends or relatives - and they always tell us how they enjoyed the ambience and the food. There's a wide selection of all types of starter, main and dessert courses, but if you want a good hearty meal go for the Steaks - which come in Porterhouse, rib-eye or fillet varieties. Last but not least the speciality - The Ostrich Grill, yes ostrich. Not tried it yet but I will! Overall this is a very good pub, serving great food, and good drink - oh yes, at least two real ales always on tap - and it's quite easy to get to - sandwiched between the M25, M4 and A4, just on the edge of Slough. Come feast!
We took my Mum and Dad out to celebrate his birthday; we decided to go to the Pheasant at Winnersh. They were displaying Sunday Lunches from £4.50, which seemed quite reasonable. We walked into a very very smoky atmosphere. The eating area seemed extremely cramped, and weren’t to comfortable if you sat on what looked liked church pews. The dish of the day was Roast Lamb, there was also Roast Chicken and Roast Beef, and we made a selection of Roast Lamb and Roast Beef. In our party there was seven of us to feed. After we had ordered our food through a waitress, which came to the table, there was a long wait over an hour at least, other customer received and finished their food, before we had even received our food. The staff seemed very unprofessional and didn’t seem to have any sort of uniform, or dress code, they could have been dragged of the street for all I knew. The foods eventually arrived, well we thought it had, but we were mistaken, it was just the vegetables and gravy. The vegetables and gravy sat for a while, growing colder and colder, waiting for the meat and potatoes. When the meat and potatoes arrived they weren’t very generous with the meat, and the potatoes ranged from being burnt to being nearly raw, but extremely hot. My husband found foil mixed in with his Roast Beef. We had young children with us, and we didn’t feel like waiting any longer in the smoky environment, so we decided to visit the local Sainsbury’s to purchase Raspberry Turnovers for our pudding.
Can one get DVT from waiting for a meal in extremely cramped conditions. My wife and I decided to accompany our daughter, son-in-law and 3 granddaughters to our local club for Sunday dinner. Unfortunately the kitchens were still not ready for use after a refurbishment. What to do! We decided on the spur of the moment to try out a local hostelry, the Pheasant at Winnersh. In earlier years this was just a public house, but had now branched out with food and a nearby accommodation block. Therefore there is ample parking. As the visit was on the spur of the moment we had not booked and perhaps we were lucky that they were able to fit us in. The atmosphere was fairly smoky when we entered and each table had an ashtray thereon, although there were ‘no smoking’ signs up. The conditions were extremely cramped and I think that the waitresses must have had bruises all over from bumping into my chair. The table for four had enough room for four plates and we had considerable trouble deciding where to put the dish of vegetables and the gravy bowl. However, we decided to remain there as, on numerous occasions, my wife and I had finished up with just a packet of crisps because we were too choosy. The selection on the menu was very good and we all plumped for either roast beef or roast lamb. After about an hour the meal arrived and was very acceptable, but the roast meat had not been carved off a freshly cooked joint. It did not have that chunky feel to it. From the piece of foil attached to one slice, it had obviously been warmed up. The vegetables were lovely, just on the right side of crisp. Not cooked to death. There was broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and light green cabbage. The potatoes appear to have been micro waved and were unacceptably hot. The Yorkshire pudding and gravy were superb. The price was a fairly reasonable £4.95, but I don’t think we shall be sampling their fare again.
Most people come to Windsor to visit the Castle but forget the Pubs! There are actually loads to choose from. The Fort and Firkin is right opposite the river and is very popular in the summer - if you want a seat outside on a Friday or Saturday night make sure you get there early. Theres a real mixed bag of people who go here and theres no dress code. Just round the corner, under the arches, is Shooters. Its an American themed bar but its not very big. The musics really loud and theres a good atmosphere but it gets too packed. This is a 'smart' pub and although its good, its not really the kind of place you want to spend the entire evening. There is another bar just a couple of doors down and its very similar but the bouncers are quite strict. If you go up the stairs opposite, into the precinct, youll find the Ha-Ha Bar (Its by the Station) This place is probably more for a slightly older crowd. Again, its quite easy-going dress-wise, but not the kind of place to go if you like getting hammered and making a fool of yourself! People will just look down their noses at you! And that goes for the 'Slug and Lettuce' too. This is just round the corner, in the High Street, and is also a more 'sophisticated' place to drink. People in there tend to be more image conscious and on the weekends its always packed. If you prefer to go somewhere where you can make a fool of yourself without anybody caring, go to the Old Monk. You need to be smartly dressed to get in but after that nobody really cares! Its the kind of place to go to just have a laugh. The people who go in here are usually quite young and they play a lot of pop music. Some weekends its really busy but other times its quite dead. It really just depends. One place thats always busy is Chicagos and its right next door. If you get there before 9:00 its free, but any later it will cost you £5.00. They play mainly 70s and 80s music and you have to be over 21 to get in. The bouncers can be quite strict so bring I.D.!! Theres always a really good atmosphere in here so if you like that kind of music its definitely the place to go. Its also open til 1:00am whereas the other pubs close at 11:00. Thats definitely a bad point about the pubs in Windsor-they close too early! And once you leave at 11:00 there arent really that many places to go. There are 2 clubs, The Bronx and Mirage. Ive never been to Mirage so I cant really say what its like. It was renovated recently and has always had a really bad reputation, but some people love it. I suppose it just depends what youre into! The other club, The Bronx, is quite small but its a good laugh. Most people who go there either love it or hate it but its not expensive so its worth a try. The drinks are quite cheap too!!! Ive actually got in there wearing jeans before and the bouncers seem really nice. The only thing to watch out for is the winding staircase - once youve had a few youre more likely to fall down them than walk down them! You have been warned!!!! There is one more club in Windsor. Its called Harpoon Louies and its a members club. And if youre not a member, dont even bother trying to get in - it wont work! The bouncers are rude and theyve got one huge attitude problem! Someone I know was actually on the guest list but wasnt allowed in cos they decided his trousers werent quite right. From what Ive heard, the bar staff are also stuck up and unfriendly so its really not the kind of place Id rush to try and get into! But if you are interested I think you just have to phone up and ask to be put on the guest list so you can try it out. Its an over 25s club so be ready with a fake D.O.B if youre underage! So all in all, there are quite a lot of pubs in Windsor, you just have to know where to go. And now you know!