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Made a return visit to the Two Brewers on Wednesday evening and managed to get a table this time. It always seems to be packed. Still full of character, especially when it's dark. There were plenty of people for meals. The only disappointment for me is that the 3 ales remain the same all the time - Pride, Doom Bar & Tribute.
blue_scrumpy - 11 Dec 2015 20:45
Pub number 3 and even though it’s a decent pub with a lovely interior it was the most disappointing of the day.

A combination of being Bank Holiday Monday and very nice weather the outside seating area to the front was packed and it was pretty busy inside too. However the first thing I notice on entering the pub is the extremely strong smell of fish. I know it’s lunch time but the smell is really strong and off putting, it made me grab my drink and head outside.

On the drink front there were 3 ales on cask which were Fullers London Pride, Sharp’s Doom Bar and St Austell Tribute. Not fancying any of these I went for a pint of Orchard cider.

Back to the interior, there’s plenty regarding old history on the walls along with a large amount of books, a very decent collection of matchboxes and most importantly The Royal Standard which was hanging from the ceiling.

Being by the entrance to the park this pub does attract a lot of tourists. The pub is externally well kept with lots of attractive hanging baskets and is very welcoming to said tourists…however it’s not a pub I would rush back to as it’s now been ticked!
lezford - 4 Jun 2015 14:04
Fantastic little pub at the end of the main street in Windsor and adjacent to the Long Walk. Tourists to the town must love this pub. It's an archetypal English pub with 2 small rooms and loads of character. It was very busy late yesterday evening with a mixture of locals and tourists. It does serve real ale (Doom Bar, Tribute & London Pride). But the main reason to visit is to savour the atmosphere. Probably a 9/10 for the pub but only 4 or 5 for the beers. So 7/10 for me.
blue_scrumpy - 31 May 2013 20:44
Still think this is a great looking pub - fantastic interior, nice atmosphere BUT they seem to have gone back to Fuller's 'London Pride'/Molson-Coors "Doom Bar"/St Austell 'Tribute' as the only beers. Not an interesting selection really. Tribute is OK if in good nick but last time I was in I Had a 'Doom Bore' and Tribute and they were both very average - not 'take back' bad , but not particularly enjoyable. Looking round, most of the tables seemed to have a wine bottle on them, and the pint glasses were usually Guinness or lager so perhaps the regular clientele aren't too bothered. Seems like a wasted opportunity though - there's agreat local brewery (Windsor & Eton) - just ONE consistently good real ale and I'd mark this as a 9. Doesn't have to be anything flash - just a good bog-standard bitter. I'm still going to drink in there as it's a nice place, but hope to see a change in beer
Upton_Parker - 16 Mar 2012 12:17
This pub is fab. Its a genuine, proper pub, whereas many other pubs in central Windsor are much 'yoof bars' - and not very good ones at that!

There is one fly in the ointment whoever. The surly staff. The long serving bar maids, actually - one in particular, will growl at you for no reason whatsoever. I don't need to be brown nosed, but the occasional hello, excuse me, or even, perhaps, just a little smile - would be an easy give.

The brusque, curt, non engaging manner does not make me want to return to this otherwise very pleasant pub.

Whats a shame.

Scored it a 6, would have been a 9 if not for the rottweiler on diazipam attitude.
Jimboy99 - 29 Feb 2012 14:40
Despite being a busy Sunday lunchtime, the bar staff allowed us to have some food at the bar. Reassuringly priced, the sunday roast was quite outstanding, the three ales listed in other postings were at their usual standard, the landlord very pleasant and the young lady serving quite lovely. All in all a splendid little pub and well worth a visit.
Igwinder - 9 Jan 2012 11:18
This is as good as it gets Tribute London Pride and Doom Bar,the Cider selection is just as good Aspells Thatchers Gold and Stowford Press served up by a couple of Stunners, great Pub with loads of character cant wait to return.
stornaway - 8 Oct 2011 22:56
Probably one of the nicest pubs in Windsor - genuine old interior with loads of pictures; wine bottles and other bric-a-brac and some old pieces of furniture. The benches outside get taken very quickly and it is easy to see why - lovely spot next to the start (or finish) of The Long Walk and near Home Park and the Castle.
We didn't eat there but plenty other people were. Beers were Fuller's London Pride; Sharp's Doom Bar and St.Austell Tribute (which was sadly on its last legs). However this pub is a "must visit" and is naturally a bit of a tourist trap - but don't let that put you off - well worth a visit.
mcroyal - 4 Sep 2011 13:25
Ah, the Two Brewers, what a nice little pub. But if you are not vertically challenged, mind your head in the low doorways!
Landlady was very welcoming, and ensured me+my friend got a free table outside in the glorious sunshine! (whoopee-doo..!)
She reminds me of someone, on the telly maybe...? A cross between Davina McCall ('Big-Bro') and that actress who played thing-a-me in that period drama...you know...!?
I digress. Yes, the menu is a tad pricey, so we favoured a thick sandwich (v.good) and the chips came in your own small chip-frying basket - a quaint querk! Nice. And what a neighbourhood, right next to the Castle gates. I wonder if Queeny is ever tempted by those chips in the basket...?!! :o)
TeeJay - 16 Aug 2011 00:24
Really lovely interior and the lighting is just right , about 'candlelit' level, very atmospheric. Beer selection seems much improved (but not cheap).
I had 'Guardsman' last visit which was fine.
Classy place...
Upton_Parker - 22 Jul 2011 15:50
Meeting up with an old friend for lunch we agreed to meet in Windsor and he chose the Two Brewers.

A very idiosyncratic little pub, and I mean little. Usual suspects of Doom Bar and Tribute available ( why are so many beers from Cornwall spreading across the country). Walls decorated with the ends of old wine boxes, no doubt to give upmarket feel. You can sit on the pavement outside if you wish. Bar staff friendly. Food choice limited but what I had was OK.

The pub is very dark inside so if you have any vision problems at all, bring your glasses. And it's not cheap - 3.70 a pint for Tribute is a lot, even for Windsor. And despite siting at an unreserved table, we were moved to the bar by the staff as " someone had just booked this table", not something that happens very often.

The Two Brewers is OK, but with so many pubs in Windsor I can get a better range of beers at cheaper prices elsewhere.
ramblethenlunch - 18 Jul 2011 14:26
London Pride and Windsor & Eton Conqueror. This was the last pub on a tour of the brewery and 4 other pubs so was a bit tired by the time we reached here. Atmospheric and worth a visit.
GuideDogSaint - 21 Nov 2010 17:05
Located by the entrance to Windsor Great Park and close to the tradesmen's entrance to Windsor Castle, The Two Brewers is a Georgian Grade 2 listed building that dates back to the 17th century.

A central bar counter serves two adjoining rooms, profusely decorated with plenty of newspaper cuttings, paraphernalia and royal memorabilia etc. Note in particular, a splendid large framed photograph of the funeral procession of King George VI in February 1952 passing the pub. There's also a large Courage Best mirror, indicative of the pub's earlier ownership.

There's a rather upmarket wine bar feel to the establishment, with candles in champagne bottles on each table. I imagine that the highly regarded food can dominate at busy times.

On my recent early evening visit, beers on were Fullers London Pride, Windsor and Eton Brewery's Guardsman Ale, both priced at 3.40p, together with a second Windsor and Eton beer which, with most untypical sloppiness, I forgot to note. The London Pride wasn't particularly good, but the Guardsman Ale was a fine tasty pint. The pub has been in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for the past two years.

There are pubs in Windsor with a better beer selection, but this is a fine atmospheric traditional pub and I think it should be included in any Windsor crawl.
JohnBonser - 3 Sep 2010 12:49
Nice small traditional pub by Great Park entrance. Can sit outside and watch the world (or at least a wide selection of nationalities) go by. Distinctly overcrowded by tourists (I'm not local so I suppose I was one of them) but that's not really the pub's fault. Beer in excellent condition. Like several Windsor pubs, probably best visited between November and Easter.
newbury_drinker - 22 Aug 2010 11:38
This was my first visit on the recommendation of our B&B proprietor. We usually frequent The Criterion or the Crosses Corner. This pub is tucked away, just under Windsor Castle, by the entrance to the Park. When we arrived at 6, it was filled with locals (Castle employees by the look of them), but we managed to fit in and enjoy a couple of pints of excellent Guardsman from the Windsor and Eton brewery.

Thus encouraged, we sat down to order from the Tapas menu. This was another surprise, as the food was very good. As a regular visitor to Windsor, I will be returning for more.
prm1177 - 14 Aug 2010 21:09
A really fantastic pub. Really quirky place with all sorts of random paraphernalia everywhere, from expressions written on the walls, to old photos and newspaper clippings and even a "on this day board" conspiring to really set this place off.

Tried the Guardsman brew from the Windsor and Eton Brewery which was on along with Pride (slightly small selection) which was very good. Really is a tiny place, so I would imagine their cellar is limited (perhaps due to the space afforded to the 7-8 premium lagers they have on).

Very good atmosphere in a tiny historic pub, top notch.


race_faster - 22 Jun 2010 19:59
Having read good reviews of this place me and my friend thought we'd pop in this place during a visit to windor.
To our dismay we were extremely disappointed and even insulted when we came in.
Being 20 and fresh faced I am used to being I.D.ed everywhere i go, but the barmaid and manager weren't having any of it. They rejected my valid full driving license, and ignored my request it to be checked with UV light.
We felt shocked and dejected that we couldn't enjoy some good ale, at a supposedly good pub.

This probably won't stop you going here, but there are plenty of other pubs that I can go to that are more welcoming to the younger ale drinkers like myself.
I would return with my passport to prove the landlord wrong, but then I think that places like this don't deserve my moneuy
deewoody - 6 Jun 2010 22:24
Best pub in Windsor. Don't tell ayone, you'll just spoil it for those of us who go there.
Pubspymaster - 26 Apr 2010 12:08
Visited here on St Georges Day to try out the new brew - Guardsman from the NEW Windsor and Eton brewery. This pub is what a pub should be, friendly staff and inviting atmosphere. Tried the Tapas (Fridays and Saturdays only) and would recommend it. Had a great night and will definitely be going back, however if you're looking for a pub with clinical white walls and polished floors then this pub isn't for you.
triumph - 25 Apr 2010 12:05
Just went here for lunch with work. Its cute and unpretentious. The fires were on and the food was nothing short of amazing! We all agreed it was the best meal we have had in ages. The wine list is extensive. The manager was great too, friendly but not overbearing.
fulltummy - 11 Dec 2009 14:13
Interesting location and very attractive and interesting interior ,with a real pub atmosphere.However a dull selection of real ales,London Pride,Courage Best,Spitfire which were OK but nothing out of the ordinary.Friendly service and chatty locals
Bucking_Fastard - 8 Jun 2009 11:28
Made a vist this Dinner Time as I know the Landlord (Robert) from his days in "The Christopher" in Eton, unfortunately he was not on the premises. (Robert if you read this Brian, Vince, Nicky & Lesley) called to see you and were sorry to have missed you. However we were made most welcome and the beer I sampled (London Pride) was Top Notch. there were five in the party and we all ate. Food was good the Tuna Melt was to die for, and very reasonable with Chips and Salad @ 6.50. As we were celebrating a Birthday we spashed out on some Champange and that was not bad either. I recomend this pub if you are in Windsor as it it off the beaten track at the edge of the Long walk and near to the Castle. Also there appeared to be no Dogs or posh voiced Drinkers (as previously noted). Shame the outside seating is not bigger, but I understand why.
Bitter_Man - 25 May 2009 18:51
Lovely real fire made the place thoroughly warm on a cold Saturday lunchtime. However, to the bar staff we were almost invisible as they entertained and socialised with what appeared to be friends. 6X & Spitfire were average.
southfields - 17 Jan 2009 21:07
Very small and not really geared for the discerning drinker over the diner during the day. Beer was 6X and Pride when we were there. Amusing caricature of a group of 3 professionally middle class Windsor people came in to talk loudly about exotic holidays and swear in that way that isn't quite right on the ears when delivered in a posh voice. We made sure we tugged our forelocks in their direction before heading back to our smallholding in Maidenhead.
stevosgloriosus - 27 Oct 2008 21:53
Limited beer range, but otherwise this is the best pub in Windsor.
BinBagBob - 20 Oct 2008 11:31
Unfriendly landlord
Paris_Hilton - 5 Oct 2008 18:06
Beer was just awful and overpriced. I can't comment on the food as I've not eaten there however when you've seen a dog crap on the carpet I don't think I'd want too. Word to the Landlord. If you are serving food in a tiny establishment, how about a dog ban. At least during food hours.
With the rant over. The staff are always welcoming and the clientele are nice folk. Always a good atmosphere, especially on a Friday night. Once the beer has been corrected this pub could be a jewel. 6/10
alenut - 5 Sep 2008 20:39
Pub just by Windsor Great Park gates. Old fashioned wooden interior with poor lighting gave it a good atmosphere, beer range of Pride, Courage Best and Wadworth 6X was a little boring though. 7/10 but 8/10 if it had a 'micro'.
Booze_Allen - 2 Sep 2008 18:47
Discovered the Two Brewers last night. We're new to Windsor and enjoyed finding this pub at the head of the Long Walk. Had a truly delious meal (I can recommend the cod in chorizo crust on a bed of prawn and vodka pasta) and delightful service staff. Quite a cozy little place. Definitely will return now that I'm living in the neighborhood. Being a Yank means I don't have the breadth of experience with pubs, but I loved this one.
Texboots - 24 Apr 2008 10:02
Booked table for five for lunch, arrived at noon, greeted rather brusqly by owner who reluctantly let us in and made it clear that we had arrived too early. Small cramped eating area at rear, dimly lit but quaint. Laminated wine menu was greasy, food quality poor, beef tough and inedible. Complained to serving staff about food and to their credit they provided a 2 cover refund. Treacle tart chewy and tasteless. Looked OK for beer on the (front) drinking side. Based on this experience, avoid for food.
elvis8burgers - 18 Mar 2008 01:12
This is not a pub its a food place for tourist theres nowhere to sit and just have a drink i recommend going to a real pub down the road or if you want food go to mcdonalds there foods more expensive..
anonymous - 3 Jun 2007 09:29
Best pub in Windsor - BY A MILE!!

I frequently walk for 15 minutes to get to this place rather than go to one of the 30 pubs that are closer. Great food (but make sure you book a table) good beer, fantastic wine list, and I think I'm in love with one of the barmaids...sniff. I can't believe it's only got 7/10.

The only problem with the Brewers is it's too popular - a victim of its own success.
LordMcMenace - 16 May 2007 17:28
An 'Egon Ronay' good food pub! And if you don't know Egon, get down here and try his food! Very good grub! But you'd better get here before 2.30pm, that's when the lunch menu closes. It can get rather smokey in here, especially if the earl on the next table is chain-smoking cigars..!! Apart from that, a great little pub. Salubrious neighbours too! TJ
TeeJay - 9 Dec 2006 20:27
Cheap Iceland food ??? You obviously haven't eaten there then you muppet !
Very good pub, although hard to get a table some time, make sure you book on the right hand side as the pub is split into two. Very cosy, very traditional English pub style but food is very good quality and has always come up to scratch (and above) when I have eaten there.
They also allow dogs so if you have been along the long walk its a great place to stop !


monti34 - 26 Oct 2006 10:07
Good atmosphere, which means it can be quite crowded. In good weather, you can drink on the street outside or sit at an outdoor table (if you can grab one). Found it to be a good crowd, with a minimum of chavs and tourists.
Mr.Matt - 27 Aug 2006 02:15
Fantastic little pub. Blink & you'll miss it! Duck, or you'll hit your head! A small venue, which adds to its charm, with tucked-out-of-the-way seats and secluded areas. Love the bookshelves & other trinkets on the walls! Fascinating place. V v v close to Windsor Castle! You might see Fergy or Zara in here on a friday night..! Nah, just kidding..!!
Totally agree, a great little find. I only had the London Pride, so no complaints there. I will return, friday nights do sound interesting. TJ
TeeJay - 3 Aug 2006 14:20
excellent.
Quiet, friendly atmosphere, food looks great (although i haven't eaten there yet). Beer excellent too.
anonymous - 22 May 2006 12:10
It's great.
Go there.
edb543 - 22 May 2006 11:45
One of Windsors hidden gems (perhaps the only one!). Tucked away by the top entrance to the Long Walk.

Food is wonderful but you really need to book ahead. Really lovely atmosphere and is nice to be tucked away out of the hustle & bustle of the crowds.

Def the best place to drink in Windsor - but don't tell everyone! ;o)
jos - 16 Apr 2006 22:12
great pub but don't tell the tourists about it! It's our secret....Ssssh!
anonymous - 6 Feb 2006 21:48
Wonderful meaty food in a most wonderful pub atmosphere. A truly great find. I recommend the calves liver dish. Delicious.
capitanpugwash - 19 Jan 2006 00:43
Juat go, if you don't book a table it's worth the wait for the food. An excellent and interesting pub.
MissElainey - 7 Dec 2005 15:57
Tucked away but well worth finding. Ales of good quality, including Courage Best which normally tastes grim (or grem).

Spread over two very small bars, it's often standing room only. Interesting literature in the gents too.
Quinno - 3 Dec 2005 19:51
If you only have time for one pub in Windsor this is the one. Low slung ceiling, interesting memorabilia on the walls (without being annoying). A nice warm place to waste away an afternoon or evening. Well kept cellar as well.
jorrocks - 25 Oct 2005 01:44
Great food, uin-pretentious decor, friendly staff, good wines and a locals feel buzy atmosphere. Book for food to get a guaranteed table and you're laughing.

anonymous - 23 Mar 2005 11:51
cozy, great guinness, good food (especially the chilli) and great wine selection, jazz ion the background on a Friday afternoon; book a table if eating midweek (no food fridays saturdays); A truly priceless and unpretentious gem!
barney - 24 Aug 2004 08:57
Found this one for the first time the other day. Most Windsor pubs are rather crummy considering where you are but this one is the exception that proves the rule. We were there on a Monday afternoon waiting for the races so I can't say what it's like when it's busy. I'd give it eight points but for the beer range.
Nick - 1 Aug 2004 01:20
Good cozy pub. It gets a little 'poseur'ish, but this is understandable given the classy location, and the good range of wines & bubbly.

The beer selection while functional isn't particularly stunning, and the gents conveniences are frankly grim (and have been for several years).

A good mature haunt and a great place to meet people. The food is worthy of mention too.
Rich - 5 Jul 2004 22:00
Friendly pub, celebrated my birthday there a couple of days ago.
Nice people. GMP
Top Cat - 12 Feb 2004 13:09
The perfect local pub! Roaring fires, great local characters, wonderful food, completely trouble-free, with fine beers enjoyed by the friendliest of locals who will keep you in stitches all night long. Safe and friendly for women and never any bother for blokes. Monday clubs for those suffering the after effects of the weekend are usually a scream in the left hand bar from 1.30pm onwards. Friday night is the best night of all. But just a gathering of the right people by accident at the right time can lead to an amazing evening's revelry. Enjoy!!!
jamiepyatt - 30 Jan 2004 10:56
every mid/late december they have a christmas carols night with mulled wine and free finger food. the choir from st. georges chapel comes and stands outside the pub and everyone has a singsong. ooh lovely.
hooky - 24 Dec 2003 13:10
One of Windsor's best kept secrets.. So why am I putting this on here? Good beer, great food and the odd celeb: what more could you want?
F - 11 Dec 2003 19:44
was in here again last Friday pre work crowd around 4.30pm - perfect time to go. Definitely best guinness this side of Dublin, and the atmosphere is wonderful - I could sit in here all day, especially Friday's. Keep it a secret though!
blueMonkeySkunk - 13 Nov 2003 16:16
Fabulous Sunday lunch; roast pork, yorkshire pudding, creamed cauliflower, roasted potatoes, and excellent service. A real find!
Carol - 26 Jun 2003 20:25
Dating back to 17th century, this pub is fantastic. Old beamed ceilings and the best guinness this side of Dublin. Plebs tend not to frequent here as its locals and those in the know that find it but its a gem and I've spent many an afternoon in the bar.
BurnleyWayne - 21 May 2003 12:47

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