Bill's at Windsor restaurant review
PUBLISHED: 10:29 22 April 2014 | UPDATED: 15:33 07 November 2017
A lovely, vibrant atmosphere, innovative - and filling - menu choices and attentive, smiling staff. It's hard to fault Bill's, recently opened at the celebration of dining that Windsor Royal Station has become.
Its position, of course, is perfect, as sensible folk like the editor will catch a train there, all the better to enjoy some excellent wines with the courses. We put the staff to the test by inviting them to match glasses with what arrived at the table (after all, even with descriptions, who is going to know every wine on an extensive list?).
The charming young chap looking after our table under the occasional gaze of manager Antonella might have dazzled us with his smile alone, but the truth is he and the team passed with flying colours, arriving with the perfect wines for our choices.
Before we move on to the food, it’s worth mentioning that the wine by the glass prices are very good value when compared with a whole bottle. We like this because there are times when you simply want ‘just the one’ or to try something unusual.
As hungry evening diners, I started with a prawn and avocado cocktail, while Maureen enjoyed a roasted red pepper tart topped with mozzarella, baby rocket and balsamic dressing £4.95). Neither of us is vegetarian, but the range of choices is expansive for those who are, from starters and ‘small plates’ right through to mains. The tart passed the test, with its light pastry base having just the right texture.
The cocktail (£5.50), with tangy tomato salsa and ciabatta crisps, was a nice take on an old favourite, with no skimping on the prawns.
In the mood for tang, I moved on to a special, parmesan crusted sea bream fillet with a hot and sour fennel and white cabbage slaw (£12.95). This was a melt in the mouth treat I refused to share, while insisting on trying Maureen’s veggie route of avocado, spinach and halloumi salad featuring quinoa and cherry tomato salsa (£9.95). But then it was a substantial portion, full of flavour and textures.
Indulgent mini cinnamon doughtnuts with fresh strawberries and warm chocolate dipping sauce (£5.50) was so irresistible I decided to go for it, and not eat the next day, which is exactly what happened. Maureen received a truly extraordinary – and huge – version of Eton Mess (£5.95) which just about defeated her.
Bill’s is open from 8am to 11pm Monday to Saturday (check out the great breakfast choices) and 9am-10.30pm Sundays, so nicely fits with the all-day dining style we like to match to our busy lives.