Windsor

We’ve lived in Windsor for just over 2 years now, and having fully flung ourselves into Berkshire life, we didn’t think we had much more to learn about the city we now call home, but we were wrong. The Windsor Duck Tours gave us insider info hard to find elsewhere. Covering Windsor and Eton, we lapped up fun fact about the famous landmarks in this stunning Royal Borough as well as trivia on former and present famous dwellers from Her Majesty the Queen to Dragon’s Den Peter Jones who attended Windsor Boys High School.

Windsor Castle was built by William The Conqueror in the 11th century and is the Queen’s favourite of all her palaces and while we’ve toured the Castle before and my sons have even sung twice in the Chapel there, the views from the water thanks to the Duck Tour were like no other.

Duck Bus

The wow factor of the trip is undoubtedly the movie style transition from road to water which made squeal with joy. Our trip was sandwiched between exquisite courses at The Royal Windsor pub situated opposite the Windsor and Eton Riverside train station, a place we’ve walked past many times and had been meaning to go in.

The Royal Windsor

We ate our starters and mains, breaking before dessert (more of that, later) for our jaunt on the River Thames, returning for sweet treats and shots (yes, shots, which blew our minds) and truly, it was one of our most favourite days here to-date.

salad flatlay

A surprisingly hot September Saturday (we seem to be experiencing an Indian Summer here), the river was picture-perfect tranquil, the sky deep blue. Families and yapping dogs were splashing around, bobbing along beside the swans (this part of the river is only around 6 ft deep) and the day felt equal parts nostalgic to me, and equal parts, surreal.

Duck Bus

Duck StopThe trip transported me right back to my carefree childhood days spent outdoors rustling up adventures in the teeny town of Ilkley by the River Wharfe; it also made me feel as if I was part of the old school ‘This is Your Life’ programme (remember that?) as the Tour Guide  mentioned all the spots we frequent every day here. ‘Over there is Bachelor’s Acre where children like to run through the waterfalls’ noted the tour guide. Yes, my children, every day!

Duck Bus Honest Mum kids

We revelled in being pretend tourists in Windsor for the day (you admittedly feel a little stupidly smug at knowing about the city first-hand than the person on the bus next to you) and seeing the place through the eyes of a visitor, doubled my appreciation for Windsor and Eton where my youngest goes to school. We often say that living here feels like being on holiday but anywhere, however pretty because the norm everyday. Yesterday reminded me quite how special Windsor, is and how lucky we are to live here.

I strongly recommend a trip on the bus turned boat, and food at the Royal Windsor gastro pub for tourists and locals, alike. It was a Pinterest-perfect gastro haven. Just look at the pics. Swoon.

The Royal Windsor The Royal Windsor pub The Royal Windsor

The Royal Windsor The Royal Windsor lunch The Royal WindsorAnd the kids even got off my phone when they spotted the colouring-in on the back of the Kids’ Menu!

kids drawing pub

So what did we eat?

Me: the Royal Windsor Rhubarb & Blackberry Gin to kick off proceedings (served with Franklin and Son’s Sicilian lemon tonic and garnished with lemonthyme, blackberry and candied rhubarb in quite frankly my FAVOURITE COCKTAIL OF ALL TIME (brewed in their own distillery in London no less). It was more a work of art than a drink but tasted as good as it looked. Fruity and floral, it was summer in a glass. I’d return to the place on that drink alone.

gin cocktail

Cheers!

gin cocktail

Main: A mammoth vegetarian platter for me as I’m veggie, bursting with crispy hallumi fries, creamy Buffalo Mozzarella, artichoke hearts, marinated Kalamata olives and a seasonal salad. (Peter greedily shared this with me along with his main course and polished the crusty bread I didn’t eat). Next up, it was a tangy limoncello cheesecake (I don’t eat gluten so the kids gobbled the biscuit base and proclaimed it ‘yummy’. The caramel tequila shot that wonderful host, Kez, brought us to finish the feast with, was created in the pub’s distillery and tasted heavenly. Dangerously so. I could have had 3 in a row without blinking! I’ll def be back for a girl’s night out there!

Salad salad hallumi fries

homemade breadlimoncello cheesecake

Peter: the Royal Windsor Clementine & Rosemary Gin served with Franklin and Son’s Indian tonic and garnished with rosemary and flamed clementine zest which tasted pleasingly festive with juniper berries and sharp, citrus notes. Starter: refreshing avocado and crayfish salad (his words here by the way, as I don’t eat meat or fish) followed by a creamy pan-seared Hake with sugar snap peas for Mains and a gooey chocolate brownie with salted caramel ice cream (homemade, as with everything there) with a shot of Nutella Cognac on the side, to end.

gin cocktail

Bottoms Up!

gin cocktail avocado and crayfish

salmon and prawns brownie

Kids: Crudites of carrots and cucumber sticks with cream cheese they got stuck into (Mama helped them out with the cream cheese they couldn’t finish which is a good thing as proves portions are not small there). Bolognese for Oliver and Napoli pasta for vegetarian Alexander which were both duly inhaled in minutes. Big (little) thumbs up. Then it was homemade vanilla and chocolate ice cream-I also sampled for the review’s sake (yeah, right) 😉 which was thick and creamy but thankfully not overly sweet.

Drinking gin cream cheese and veggies pasta bolognese

The decor is a dream there. I actually want to move in. Soft pink velvet couches at the front, gilded mirrors behind the bar with monochrome tiling in the bathroom, not forgetting a beer garden to enjoy aforementioned cocktails or craft beers in under red umbrellas and potted flowers. There boys loved the vintage style bike boasting flowers by our table when we moved outside for desserts.

This place is a jewel in Windsor’s regal crown. We can’t wait to go back.

caramel tequila and chocolate cognac

caramel tequila and chocolate cognac

You can watch the little film I made of the day, too!

Thank you for the invite guys.

The pub and Duck Tours are offering regular family packages kicking off with a special Halloween Tour on October 31st.

These experiences were in return for the honest review you see here.

Excitingly, you can win a lunch and tour package including the Royal Set Lunch, Kids menu and round of drinks along with the Duck Tour for 2 adults and 2 children.

Ends 23rd of Oct 2019.

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No cash alternative

No transport or accommodation to Windsor and return covered.

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145 Responses

  1. Alison Clark

    I took my niece on a duck tour a few years ago it was so much fun – I’d now love to take my son and I would bring my niece along again for the memory.The food in the Toyal Windsor looks incredible – Ive never been there but it’s going in to my notebook now.

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  2. Nancy Bradford

    Windsor is one of my favourite places and I’ve always wanted to take a Duck tour. I’d bring my daughter and my partner.

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  3. Darren Bourne

    I have wanted to go on a duck tour for a while, looks great fun. I would take my partner and kids and we all love great food!

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    • Ruth Dunkin

      My lovely mum has been in hospital for the last month but hopefully home later this week. After major surgery she has a few months ahead to recover but now we are looking to plan some fun days for her to look forward to x

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  4. Emma Davison

    I’ve wanted to visit Windsor for a while so this would be added incentive. Would probably take friends.

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  5. Laura Nice

    Id take my hubby and meet up with a couple of friends that we haven’t seen for years!

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  6. Katie James

    Would love to win this prize for my little family, would be a fab experience to go on the duck.

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  7. Holly A

    Looks like a fun day out for the whole family, perfect for a day of sightseeing!

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  8. Joanne dawkins

    This would be amazing to win for 3 exitable children. My eldest son who has autism loves anything on water so im sure he would love it!

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  9. Amanda Brown

    I would love to take my family, we have only visited Windsor once and would love to come again. We have always had a hankering to go on a Duck Tour too.

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  10. Pauline Dring

    I would love to win lunch for four at The Royal Windsor Pub and a duck tour because my Mum just loves a trip to Windsor. It is her birthday in one month and we are going down to take her out for lunch, as yet undecided where to go. Mum lives about 15 minutes drive from Windsor and we have eaten at all the usual locals and would love a change. The menu looks delicious and very veggie-friendly, for myself and my husband. Thank you for running this competition Honest Mum.

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  11. Summer Rowley

    I’ve never been to Windsor but one of my old friends has just had a baby in Slough so I would love to go and visit them and this would be a perfect place to go!

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  12. Anii

    Hi Honest Mum
    Looks like an amazing and truly memorable day out to spend quality time with
    my family (2 Teens and my Husband).

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  13. Rachel Antill

    I would take my husband, son and mum. My son is almost 3 years old. It would be an amazing birthday treat. He would love to be out on the water!

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  14. Rachel Antill

    I’d take my husband, son and my mum. My son is almost 3 and it would be an amazing birthday treat for him. He would love to be out on the water!

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  15. Caroline Cordery

    my kids haven’t spent much time exploring London at all and I’d like to keep the river element of Duck Tours a secret!

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  16. Jenny Barker

    Seen this so many time and just never got round to giving it a go I would have to take my two boys and OH my youngest has asked a couple of times to give this a go so would make his day :0)

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  17. Tracy Barber

    I’d love to win this because it sounds like an amazing day out. I’d take my family so we could spend some quality time together making some good memories

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  18. Angela L Paull

    I’d love to take my fiancé and our son. We generally only get to visit Windsor (well nearly) when we go to Legoland, this looks like a more chilled day out!

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  19. Nicola Holland

    Id take my family as an autumn treat to see Windsor Castle and enjoy the duck tours

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  20. Lucy Carter

    I’d love to win this as it sounds like an amazing day out. I’d take my family with me

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  21. Charlotte Hoskins

    I love going to Windsor, such a beautiful town. Would be the perfect reason to spend some quality family time together. I’d go with hubby and our two daughters.

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  22. Oriana Donlevy

    That looks delicious! As always your blogs make me hungry. Would love to win as have never visited Winsor and having this prize would make me book a weekend visit to make the most of it! Would take the lovely hubby and our two girls.

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  23. Andrea Eyng

    We always wanted to go on the duck tour but never had the opportunity.
    I will take my boys 😊

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  24. Jane Brown

    I would love to win as although we live only a few miles away we have never done a proper tour and I would love to hear about the rich history of the local area. Also I find the idea of the same vehicle being able to go both on land and in water pretty fascinating. I would take my partner and 2 boys as they would love it too.

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  25. Caroline Signey

    I used to go out in Windsor when I was younger but now I’ve moved to Wiltshire I’d love to go back and explore

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  26. Amanda Botterill

    I have always fancied going on a duck tour, and my foster son would absolutely love it so I would take him!

    Reply

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