Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill Windsor - Restaurant review
PUBLISHED: 16:48 07 June 2016 | UPDATED: 15:40 07 November 2017
Sometimes we like to imagine the 'nightmare party' arriving at a restaurant for a gathering. All very nice people, of course.
But there’s granny who wants a ‘proper prawn cocktail’ while worrying whether there’s something ‘normal’ that grandfather will eat, the gluten-free aunty, the couple who would just love to dine on something they’ve not tried before, a vegetarian teenager and the obligatory child who’s decided it’s not food if it doesn’t look like a burger.
Tetchy as he might sometimes appear, Marco Pierre White relishes delighting such guests with his menus, preferably in a glamorous setting, including his new restaurant in The Castle Hotel, Windsor. Of course he’s also up for couples enjoying a date away from children, ladies who want a salad and the odd triple cooked chip to steal from a friend’s plate, and everyone in between. The rule is simply cooked classic dishes – often employing French techniques to prepare British favourites – using the best ingredients, such as meat from Campbell Brothers.
And it works. Portions sit nicely in the middle between falling off the plate and looking like they belong on a saucer. Marco knows his market. Add superb service, as you’d expect here, and a decent drinks selection, and everyone will go away happy, probably telling others about one or two special courses, and planning a return for something on the menu they’d not had a chance to try.
We did just that, with a party that included two burger fans, a steak fiend, fish obsessive and an MPW aficionado. Much time was spent cooing over each other’s choices. Prawn cocktail woman – yes, crispy lettuce and fresh, juicy hand-peeled prawns in a Marie Rose sauce – looked longingly at the dramatic goat’s cheese and beetroot salad with walnut dressing starter delivered to another diner.
It was the same story for mains ranging from swordfish steak à la Provençal to a whopping T-bone steak, and desserts such as a classic Knickerbocker Glory with raspberries. Marco follows the Perry-Smith rule that you only need three cheeses, but the vintage Stilton, mature Cheddar and ripe Brie offered are fine examples of their type.
You will want more – not on that night, but on a return visit.
Prices and opening hours
Around £25-£45pp for three courses, add more for sides and drinks. Open 5 to 10pm all week. Afternoon tea is also served from noon to 4pm in this lovely setting close to Windsor Castle, £10.50 for cream tea, full afternoon tea £19.95, or £26.95 with glass of champagne.