The Carpenters Arms (Gourmet Chick in Windsor)

Nestled in the shadows of Windsor Castle is a quaint pub called The Carpenters Arms. I was in Windsor yesterday sight seeing with Joel and Tans. The Queen was also there as the flag on the round tower of Windsor Castle was flying, however we didn’t bump into her. Within 100 metres of the castle, The Carpenters Arms could be a complete tourist trap, however it is actually a decent little local. There are quality ales on tap and all the pub classics on the menu.

It was a chilly winters day so we were delighted to see that the first page of the menu was devoted to pies. A unanimous decision was made by the table that we would all be having pies. But which pie to have? There was fisherman’s pie, steak and kidney pie and even game pie which the menu boasted contained pheasant, partridge and quail.

I decided on the chicken and leek pie which was served with some overcooked vegetables and some excellent fat chips (pictured). The pie itself was a delight: crispy pastry and a rich, creamy filling smothered in a red wine gravy. The boys went for the steak and ale pie which was served in terracotta containers with a mashed potato and cheese topping covering the glistening, unctuous chunks of meat. It is the sort of food that warms your belly and your heart. With no sign of the Queen the pies were probably the highlight of our trip to Windsor.

Details: 4 Market Street, Windsor, Berkshire SL41PB (Ph 0871 917 0007)

Damage: Such a bargain even my mother would approve.



  1. Now that’s my kind of place. A place that dedicates a whole page of menu to pies!

  2. I am of a similar mind Jules. They had me at “pie”.

  3. Such a shame about those vegetables – the pie looks superb, but the veg looks terrible.

    They probably started cooking them sometime in 1979…

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