HAVING BEEN TO WINDSOR probably hundreds of times, I’ve managed to eat my way through the town’s restaurants over the years. Normally I only visit the same restaurants once or twice, but when I’d heard about the completion of the renovations at the Sir Christopher Wren Hotel’s brasserie, I knew I had to come back to see for myself what they had changed.
And changed much, they had. As soon as we walked in and were seated at our table, we knew exactly what we would be using as the title for this blog post: lunch with a view. Light washes through the windows, and the room is filled with the beautiful sunlight. It is a warm sensation. Gone is the dark dining room and adequate table presentations, replaced by a refreshingly clean new look, and tasteful showcasing of the charm and beauty Windsor has to offer, which you can appreciate from your window seat.
When the manager comes to take our order of drinks, she has a large smile on her face, and we exchange jokes with the waiters before telling them our choices. There is something about sitting beside the water that makes us choose the seafood platters, which, with their unique ingredients (caviar sauce, clams) sounded wonderful.
Not long after we’d finished our starters, the mains arrived. The first of these was the herb crusted salmon. It sat on a bed of surprisingly juicy scallion mash. Glazed carrots complimented the meal beautifully with their touch of sweetness, and the dish was made complete with the clams and caviar cream.
The salmon fillet, which came with wonderfully creamy tartar sauce, was another winner. The chefs had been very accomodating considering I’d asked for a gluten free menu at the last minute (not a diet, it makes me very sick but I don’t always like to make a fuss). They’d prepared the salmon perfectly, and even brought me my beloved avocado on the side! (any other avo fans out there?:P)
Finally we have to mention the Rib-eye steak, and Niçoise salad! The latter came with grilled tuna, and both were charming. The restaurant has done really well with serving fresh and tasteful ingredients, with lovely presentation too. Considering the stunning view, fabulous service and good food, it’s not surprising that the Wren Hotel restaurant is often fully booked.