Welcome to the nicest pub in Windsor, well we think so anyway!
The Duchess of Cambridge officially opened on the 21st June 2011, the name and the decoration of the pub was inspired by the famous Royal Wedding of our Windsor neighbours.
Seating almost 120 guests and offering fantastic food, from breakfast through lunch, and then dinner. Plus a drinks list to match every occasion, including fine wines and ales from our own Whole Hop Brewery in Hertford – The Duchess is the perfect pub for you to rest your Royal or not so Royal legs!
The Duchess of Cambridge is a traditional British pub headed up by the general manager Daniell Park and with his staff they serve up award winning ales, a great selection of lagers from around the world, cocktails and wines which can be enjoyed by our real log fire in the winter or on our sun terrace during the warmer months.
If it’s food you’re looking for, the classic British menu has a great selection from homemade pies to sharing boards to desserts.
No wonder the Duchess is a firm favourite for those seeking a great pub in Windsor.
With The Duchess pub just across the road, or should we say cannonball shot away (!) from the Castle, it is a pub that will welcome you as a tourist to the town or as someone who lives and works within the lovely city of Windsor.
The Duchess of Cambridge pub has, to be honest, had a colourful history – oh yes! In days gone by she was not the beautifully designed pub with table service from our own version of Royal footmen, that she is now!
The truth is that the history of the pub can be traced back to some point early 1800’s. Known as The Grapes, the hostelry was frequented by ruffians (a scoundrel, rascal or unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person of the day).
There is a court record from April 5 1834, of one Mr John Baker, a ‘hardwareman’, who after ‘taking some gin to the tap room’ was knocked to the ground in The Grapes and a ring plus eleven shillings was stolen from him!
Of course you can still take gin and we are very sure the outcome will be different to that of Mr Baker.
The Grapes then changed name to The Knight Tavern and was frequented by many of the cavalrymen from the local barracks. This lovely Windsor pub was then branded as a Dome (café/bar/restaurant), this did not last long and it then became part of another national chain – Slug & Lettuce.
However the family brewer McMullen & Sons of Hertford had purchased the freehold and run it as B Windsor for a number of years before the refurbishment and development that sees The Duchess of Cambridge pub sitting proudly in the heart of Windsor.
A pub like no other in name or in style, so if you, even just a little bit, are fed up of all high streets looking the same – then stop at The Duchess, we are sure you will like it!
Although please note… ruffians are most definitely not welcome!
The legal bit:
Site owned by McMullen & Sons Ltd
26 Old Cross
Hertford SG14 1RD
01992 584 911 / www.mcmullens.co.uk
Registered in England & Wales: 51456
VAT Nº: 213 5194 89
Freshly prepared for you at the time you order it. Yes, that is what we do at The Duchess. Guests of our lovely Windsor pub can relax as their food is prepared just the way they like it.
We serve breakfast Brunch every day from 10am till 12 midday from poached eggs and smoked salmon to the hearty full English and a great vegetarian cooked breakfast, there is a wide selection of suki loose tea and coffee to choose from.
Our all day main food menu is available from midday and is accompanied by our lunch menu which you will find hot and cold doorstep sandwiches including the fish finger sandwich which is very popular, steak and Stilton or chicken and bacon salads are available but why not try our homemade lamb shank Sheppard’s pie.
So if you are in need of a quick bite to eat and refreshment in Windsor then we are the perfect stop. And if the clock isn’t an issue then we have a selection of starters, mains and desserts to keep you occupied and off the streets for a little while longer.
As the evening creeps in we take of the lunch menu and replace it with a great selection of Chef’s Additions.
Our current favourites dishes is our steak and McMullen ale pie made with our award winning Country Best Bitter ale, as is the batter on the fish and chips, also if dining with friends the sharing boards are great.
There is a great selection of desserts from the local Eton mess to sharing a cheese board with a glass port by the log fire. Please check out our sample menus at the bottom of the page if you would like an updated one please email us and we will send straight over.
View and download our menu.
We have spent many months researching our drinks menu (!) and we have uncovered some real gems for you to try. If you are after a morning coffee, then we use fresh beans and grind them to make the perfect cup.
A lunchtime pint? Be delighted to oblige. We have a selection of McMullen real ales from the award winning Whole Hop Brewery – our personal Duchess Ale is very popular with the locals, Country and IPA are also on tap for you to enjoy.
And if you fancy a glass of something on the way home we have found a selection of some of the best wines from the grapes that we all love. Three early favourites from the list are the Pinot Grigio, New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and the dry & refreshing Sancerre Rose. And for the reds? We can offer Merlot, a light Pinot Noir or a Malbec to warm you through the English Summer! See full wine selection we carry below.
But if you are after a Caipirinha, a Mojito or a Bellini as you start your evening in Windsor – our experienced team of bar staff will be very happy to help.
The perfect venue for your private party!
We will be very happy to help you with your private function or party in Windsor’s newest pub. The team at The Duchess will be sure to do everything they can to make sure that you and your guests have a wonderful experience with us at The Duchess.
Be it a sales meeting for ten or a birthday party for 50 - be sure to get in touch.
You can email our team here or call us on 01753 864405 or complete the enquiry form below.
As every day is an event for us, we have nothing planned just yet, but keep checking back here for the latest events.
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We are very pleased that we don’t have an ever-changing team. Many of them have been with us for a number of years and we work very hard to train and develop all members be they front of house or in the kitchen.
The Faces you are likely to see include Daniell Park, General manager since early 2012 His sole purpose is to ensure that you get whatever you have ordered in a timely, professional fashion and all served with a smile! He has one assistant manager Sarah, but keep your eye out for Diane, Ola, Katie, Joel, Andre, Emillia, Sam, Wioleta and Kinga. The team have great knowledge of the Windsor area and will be happy to tell you some great places to see or the best shops to go to or the best walks.
Heading up the Kitchen Team is Raff who has been here since opening day back in 2011. He has sous chef Raffal & commis chefs Gregg, Ziggy and Bart, all working together to get your food to you as quickly as possible but without compromising the quality.
If you would like to be considered for a waiting/bar staff please take your CV into The Duchess and if you are seeking a management or head chef role please go to the main McMullen website - here.
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The Duchess is Windsor's most exciting new pub. The only pub in the UK named after the latest member of the Royal family and a place that we are very proud to work within and look forward to welcoming you to.
The Duchess of Cambridge
3-4 Thames Street
Tel: 01753 864405
Web: Well you are on it, but just in case - www.theduchessofcambridgepub.co.uk
Mon - Fri: 11.00 am - 11.00 pm
Sat: 9.30 am - Midnight
Sun: 9.30 am - 10.30 pm
How to find us:
We are located just 100 yds from the entrance to Windsor Castle, on the main road at the front of the Castle in Thames St.
If you are travelling by train, there are two train stations in Windsor. With frequent service from London Waterloo Station to Riverside Station (4 minutes walk). Paddington Station to Windsor Central Station (1 minute walk). You can check for train times by clicking the link here.
If you are travelling by car from central London: Take the M4 to junction 6 turn left on the A332 towards Windsor and follow the signs towards the town centre. The Duchess will be on your left when you are next to the Castle.
If you are coming into Windsor via an airport: Heathrow is only 15 minutes drive along the M4 to junction 6. From Gatwick take M25 to junction 15 with the M4 and then junction 6 for Windsor.
Directions by road are available here.