James Platford, manager. I have been working here for four-and-a-half years, since 2008. I had never lived in London before this and I’ve always wanted a pub in the capital, so I did my research and I found Windsor Castle was my favourite. I applied for the job and got it. I’m still here and still love it.
PUBS ARE STRUGGLING IN THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN. HOW ARE YOU COPING?
Since we are in London, which is a micro-economy, we haven’t been affected greatly. The Windsor Castle is lucky enough to be a famous pub so we have this to our advantage.
WHAT’S YOUR BEST-SELLING BEVERAGE?
Peroni and Timothy Taylor.
HOW MUCH IS THE PRICE OF A PINT?
£4.30 for Peroni, £3.70 for Timothy Taylor.
WHAT MAKES YOU UNIQUE?
There are many reasons why we are unique. We have 24 draft beers and ciders. We also have a big beautiful ‘secret’ beer garden here in Notting Hill, which is very traditional and includes a garden bar. We are also famous for the very low doorways you have to crawl through.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR AVERAGE CUSTOMER?
I would say in the age range of 25 to 40-year-old professionals who are neighbours from Notting Hill, and just visiting the area from elsewhere.
what kind of food do you serve?
We serve traditional English food and also food from around the world. Simple, fresh and seasonal.
HISTORICAL FACT ABOUT THE PUB?
You used to be able to see Windsor Castle from this pub. Also, supposedly the bones of Thomas Paine (author of Rights of Man, 1791) are buried in the cellar. It also used to be a stopping point for farmers taking cattle to Hyde Park.