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A Welcome Return to Windsor Castle

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Wednesday, 8 June 2011

A Welcome Return to Windsor Castle


Really pleased last night to be able to enjoy the reopened "Windsor Castle", formerly "The Cardinal", formerly "The Windsor Castle"! This is my local Sam Smith's and has been greatly missed. It stands in Francis Street
handy for Victoria or Pimlico.

I have said it before on this blog (but nowhere near as many times as I have to friends and family) that for me Sam Smiths run the best pubs in London. Okay, there maybe one you might want to miss out in Soho until they landlord is upgraded to a more tolerant model and another that isn't really a pub.

All of them feel authentic, restorations are always sympathetic. The Windsor Castle is no exception here, a beautiful restoration and busier than I have ever seen it. All in all there are 37 treats (well currently 35 that I know of) waiting to be enjoyed.

None have music or TV. The prices are exceptionally good, under £2.50 for a pint They also  serve decent and reasonable food with some veggie options.

All beers are produced by the brewery and are made without any additives and are suitable for vegans. They also produce fully organic beers. All other drinks and snacks are Sam Smith brands too. You cannot buy a Coke or a Jack Daniels!

Sam Smiths  never advertise. They do not even put their name on their pub signs or publish a list of the pubs they own. This gives them a “hidden gem” quality.

James Gretton has done a fantastic job tracking them all down and producing a map to help spotters.

James Gretton's map is here.

This has made it so much easier to complete my "set", thank you!

(A couple of notes, The John Snow in Soho is famously gay intolerant and the George & Vulture is more of a restaurant than a pub.)

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2 Comments:

At 9 June 2011 at 15:51 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you being sarcaaaaastic?

 
At 10 June 2011 at 09:08 , Blogger Peter Berthoud said...

Is you being like Spam or summit?

 

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