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Windsor Castle, East Finchley

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We visit the Windsor every Sunday with my father in law. He enjoys his roast lamb dinner. We are made to feel welcome by everyone in the pub. Pat the manager reserves our seats for us. We are a fairly big group can be from 6 sometimes you 12 of us. The good is amazing both the Sunday roast and the Thai food. Sometimes it gets a bit rowdy but it's always friendly. The secret of this pub is to talk to the regulars just say hello and they excerpt you straight away. If you find that the language is a bit colourful just either speak to pat or confront them they always apologise if they have offended. A great friendly place to go. We love it. We even bring the grandchildren along for meals. I would not take my family where I thought they would be in danger.
sandracarney - 22 Aug 2015 09:03
Maybe I there was a different crowd of people in compared to what other reviewers had to deal with but I had a drink in here Friday evening before going to a nearby restaurant, and thought what a nice little local pub it was.

I had a good chat to the landlord and a good pint of bitter; McMullens is a brewery I haven't come across before so even from that fact alone it was worth going to.

It's not on my doorstep, but I'll be going again that's for sure. If I come across the antisocial types discussed I may change my mind but there aren't many pubs that don't have there share of undesireabls at some time or other.
kevins1966 - 25 Oct 2010 12:53
Vile food. A bit depressing but in a nice place.
steppedup - 24 Mar 2010 23:44
The new phone number for this pub is 0208 883 7898

TheWindsorCastlePub - 21 Mar 2010 20:05
The comment below sums it up perfectly - what would be a very pleasant, backstreet local is marred by shouting, foul language and an atmosphere that can only be described as hostile bordering on the threatening. Shame, as the beer is drinkable and there is a decent, if somewhat shabby, outdoor drinking area.

It might be better when the football season is over - but I'm distinctly reluctant to find out.
meurglys_iv - 11 May 2009 15:40
Well... This pub is quite nice and they now do thai food which is great, as myself, my son and wife love thai food! The now unfortunate thing is that a group of men/locals i think now take up all the dining area and the pub is tiny anyway. I would not mind but i was not impressed with all the shouting and swearing (not exactly inviting) I will no longer be dining here for this reason. Shame!
Let me know when you change back to a nice, quite and friendly dining pub and we may come back!

con - 5 Jul 2008 16:02
Although this pub is a little rough round the edges I still quite like it. As said before itís a little off the main drag, so you probably wouldnít happen to just stumble across it which is why it is more of a regularís pub (who seem friendly enough).

The offerings from the bar that I spotted were a couple of Mccullenís ales, Worthington Cream Flow, Fosters, Kronenburg, Guinness and Strongbow. The barmaid was very friendly as was the gent watching Sky that let me get to the bar without me having to ask.

There is also a patio garden to the side of the pub, but unfortunately while I was there someone up the road decided to tune their motorbike.

This place is by no means the perfect pub, but itís not bad.

Strongers - 9 May 2008 12:27
I am a person that is pub shy, I not very comfortable with going into pubs but this one was great. The people in the pub very good, making everyone positive, friendly and excellent. The prices are great and the best thing is that you make "Freinds".

This pub was so good that I am highly looking at having my wedding reception in here. You are always welcomed with a happy smiling face, making you feel wanted!. I now go there on a weekly basis with the same smiles and the best of all feeling welcomed.

I am so comfortable with this pub that I look for reviews and found this site and added my view. So very happy coming here all the time with no hassles and a relaxation mood.

I live in Whetstone and travel all the way to hear just for a drink with my other half and sometimes my mates. A highly recommended pub in east finchley, as the other person stated "A real Pub!"
banmrk - 1 Apr 2008 14:53
I wasn't as impressed with this as previous posters. The pub's very much a local's pub in a back street in East Finchley, not the kind of place that would be discovered by chance. The interior is a basic one-room affair. This was my first encounter with the McMullen's brewery and they had a respectable five or six ales on handpump. I had a pint of Cask Ale and it was drinkable without being very exciting. Generally I'm afraid I found the pub a bit depressing. I'm not sure I'd go back.
grecian - 25 Feb 2008 10:28
Generally very good beer quality and a pleasant alternative to the food-centred pubs nearer the Tube station. Will be interesting to see whether the current building works in the garden are followed by a makeover outside - a useful feature as it isn't on the High Road and it doesn't have the intermittent rattle of the Northern Line to disturb customers.
meurglys_iv - 12 Dec 2007 22:02
What a nice haven away from all the awful Plastic restaurants that call there selfs Pubs in East Finchley. Excellent few pints of Mc Mullen's Country was had. I will defiantly return here again best Real Pub in East Finchley nearest thing we have to the Wenlock. Keep up the good work & don't change it.

Alesonly - 8 Dec 2007 17:18
Very old skool pub. Almost feels like you've stumbled on an old country pub the way it's hidden away in the nooks of East Finchley. Service is prompt because I've always been in when it's quiet, lots of old men falling asleep in their pints. Great IPA. Friend's have reporting their Sunday lunch is not very good, quite bad in fact.
pigspamster - 1 Nov 2006 16:24
I always like to drop in the Windsor Castle for a few pints when I'm in Finchley. Yes, it is old school but none the worse for that. The staff are pleasant and seem to know what they're doing. Interesting variety of clientele from local "geezers" to solitary pub intellectuals with their nose buried in a book. A fair few ordinary people as well. Place get busy on Thursday which is quiz night.

Ivan_Dobski - 10 Oct 2006 12:36
You could die in here without noticing. The beer is very good however and a lock in is available.

The place has a little historic value too, being an original ale house on the drovers' trail from the North that dates from before East Finchley was thought of and which eventually became the damp alley leading to the station.

There is a small library to fill those hour-long gaps between conversation, including a Guinesss Book of Records from about 1480 and 'Britain from the Air'.

Old school, with emphasis on the old.
braicewell - 23 Mar 2005 11:04
mcmullens tied-house
a truely real pub
dan - 14 Jun 2004 12:25

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