The list— No. 36

The Oxford Blue

This stunning gastropub in Old Windsor was the winner of the Newcomer of the Year award in 2018 as well as the One to Watch award. Then the pub climbed onto the list at number 48 in 2019, before jumping up 12 places to 36 this year.

Chef Steven Ellis is obsessed with game, incorporating it into classic dishes and shouting about its credentials to those who are quick to shun it.

There is a wealth of talent in Ellis’s kitchen, including that of his wife Ami who leads on desserts.

The pub is not far from the centre of Windsor or the luscious parts of the River Thames, making it perfect for a post-lunch walk or shopping spree.

The gastropub’s wine list, beers, spirits and soft drinks offerings are full and interesting, making it a great pub for anyone.

Chef-proprietor Ellis’s obsession with game means there are few dishes on the menu where it is incorporated, but even those who think they dislike nature’s meats will think again after dining here.

In short, the pub is elegant, sleek and sophisticated, while maintaining a distinct feel of the traditional pub it has always been.

There are special menus throughout the year, including the likes of a Game Keeper menu that plays on Ellis’s love of game.

But on the à la carte menu, you can expect to see starters such as braised wild boar trotter with black pudding, apple and sauce gribiche; confit pheasant and foie gras ballotine; and shellfish rarebit with scallop, lobster and cockles.

Mains range from the likes of Windsor Great Park red deer haunch with burnt ends, onion rings and sauce cheron; braised feather blade of beef with horse radish mash and braised roscoff onion; and roast crown of mallard with confit leg croquette, carrot, orange and fennel.

Desserts have included a clementine tartlet with vanilla custard, confit orange and anise ice cream; parfait of spiced pear with maple and hazelnut granola; and macaron with rum-roasted pineapple, coconut and lime sorbet.

The Oxford Blue

10 Crimp Hill
Old Windsor

01753 861954


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