Windsor can be a fun place for a pub crawl primarily due to a dozen pubs within actual crawling distance of each other, if your capacity to walk is impaired before your capacity to drink stops. Hold out a cup on your crawl between pubs and you might even pick up some change toward the next pint.
Windsor High Street is covered with the belongings and cups of local rough sleepers.
The King & Castle – Wetherspoon pub, Windsor Thames Street
High Street turns into Thames Street as it winds around Windsor Castle.
The King & Castle on Windsor Thames Street was our local for three days. Regular pint prices at King & Castle were £1.00 or more less than the average price of a pint at a Windsor or Eton pub.
I dubbed Windsor the £5.00 pint town with the average price of a pint across the other 11 pubs we visited pricing within pennies of £10.00 per round for Kelley and me.
The real deal with King & Castle was even cheaper pints when ordering burgers, pizza and some other daily special meals. TripAdvisor The King and Castle Windsor #9 of 18 Quick Bites.
The pub was very efficient with meal orders prepaid at the register and numbered tables in the pub given to the server for your food delivery. Being someone who gets antsy waiting to pay a restaurant bill, the prepaid arrangement of King & Castle was right for my style. You can also download the app and order online.
Unfortunately Kelley’s favorite beer Stella Artois was not on sale as part of King and Castle meal deals. Yet, Stella £4.20/pint was still a lower price than any other pint we bought in a different Windsor pub.
The King & Castle is a Wetherspoon pub. This pub is the largest in Windsor with three floor levels and stays open later than other local pubs with midnight weekday and 1am weekend hours. There is also a seasonal large garden patio.
We ate breakfast at The King & Castle every morning as it was only about 150 meters from Clarion Collection Harte & Garter Hotel, our hotel for four nights.
The King & Castle was our most frequented pub in Windsor. Over the course of three days we went to ten other pubs and one fine dining restaurant – Bel and the Dragon.
Kelley had mussels for £11.00.
That was our one fine dining experience in Windsor to make up for Kelley not getting a Christmas evening dinner in a pub on the day we arrived in London. We enjoyed the Ble and the Dragon meal, but £45.00 a dinner is not the kind of daily expense I budget for on trips. The King & Castle was a good place for dinner and beer on other nights for £20-25.
Our other 10 pubs we experienced were pretty much limited to beer. We tried most of the Windsor pubs around the castle and some of those were very charming. I’ll put together another photo essay of those other Windsor and Eton £5 per pint pubs.