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What it's like to eat at Gilbey's in Eton

PUBLISHED: 12:13 22 October 2019 | UPDATED: 12:16 22 October 2019

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Nestled between Eton College and Windsor Castle, Gilbey's is the perfect place to dine out

Gilbey's is a lovely spot for lunch. Situated on the High Street in Eton, close to the River Thames, and just a stone's throw from all the shops in Windsor, the bar, restaurant and townhouse has a real buzz about it. It's both quirky yet elegant, laid-back but also sophisticated. Vibrant works of art adorn the walls, and the smart, modern furniture, sleek wine fridges and rustic bar all add to the feeling that it's somewhere you could bring family, friends or colleagues for a fantastic lunch or dinner.

The food style had been described as "Modern British" but there's a French twist, perhaps because the head chef is Frenchman Amaury de Oliveira. And the menu is very appealing, with lots of choice.

To start, my friend and I shared the Deli Farm Cornish artisan charcuterie platter. We tucked into chicken liver parfait, olives bursting with flavour, juicy ripe tomatoes, pickled shallots, cornichons, balsamic and olive oil, as well as the basket of fresh bread. Del-i-cious.

For main, we both chose the medium rare 5oz 28-day dry-aged British flat-iron steak, which was cooked to perfection. It came with skin-on fries, a beautiful fresh green salad and a large dollop of creamy coleslaw. What a treat for a Thursday lunch.

I was ready for a lie down after all that food, and it just so happens Gilbey's townhouse has four luxurious guest rooms. But instead, the waiter brought us dessert, and amazingly, I found room for the dark chocolate and hazelnut praline dome and ice cream. And oh, my goodness, it was heavenly. One of the best desserts I've ever had. Pure decadence. I walked out of the restaurant feeling as if I'd indulged in something rather special. There's no doubt about it. I shall be back.

What we ordered

- To start - Deli Farm Cornish artisan charcuterie sharing platter, £17.95

- Main - 5oz 28-day dry-aged British flat-iron steak and skin-on fries, £16.95

- Dessert - Dark chcolate and hazelnut praline dome, £7.95

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