Hotel Christopher Wren

Our return visit to Windsor took place a week later than we had originally planned. Our plan was to revisit Windsor Castle, in particular St George’s Hall and St George’s Chapel, which was not fully open on our previous visit. The castle had only reopened a few days before our planned visit date following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II so we thought it might be busy that weekend.

Our journey to Windsor was accompanied by sunshine and mostly ran smoothly apart from a congested portion on the M40 which because of the queues, led to us missing Cherwell Valley services for lunch. We stopped at Oxford Services where neither of us were enamored by the lunch options. Eventually I opted for a sandwich from Waitrose and Mr C chose a KFC burger.  Modern life with on screen food ordering really isn’t for me. I like to get up close to the counter and see what is on offer without having to scroll through screens. The place was heaving and we were glad to get away from it.

Due to it being Saturday we found the road into Windsor was congested. The congestion was particularly bad  when we arrived at the car park which is next to Windsor and Eton Riverside station. This was where our hotel has reserved spaces that are pre-bookable. Cars were parked all over the place making it difficult to manoeuvre in and out of the car park. I got out of the car to do a recce and established there were plenty of spaces in the hotel’s reserved spaces for which we had pre-booked a ticket for the duration of our stay. We  had to be patient and wait in the queue until we got to the appropriate section of the car park.

Hotel Christopher Wren

Safely parked we checked in at the hotel, then walked back to the car to collect our luggage. The car park was still chaotic and I had difficulty manoeuvring my wheeled case between the narrow spaces between both parked and moving cars. I breathed a sigh of relief as I left the car park and stepped into a side road to let a car exiting the car park pass by me. The car driver drove towards me so I decided to move further to one side but the car driver tried to park her car in the space where I was standing causing me to leap into the only space left for me which meant hastily lugging my wheeled case up a curb to get out of her way.

River Thames

Luggage safely in the room we opted not to go on the Long Walk as originally planned because we didn’t think there was enough time to enjoy it properly. We opted for a walk along the river instead which involved ice cream and a drink before a leisurely stroll ‘there and back’ along the River Thames starting at Eton Bridge.

Hotel Christopher Wren Terrace

Once back at the hotel we claimed our free drink which we enjoyed at our leisure, sitting outside on the hotel terrace before freshening up for dinner. We dined in A la Russe where I chose halibut steak followed by lemon sorbet, oranges, amaretto, and amoretti biscuit crumbs.

The place was buzzing and the food was every bit a delicious as it had been on our previous visit there. After each course we were asked if we had enjoyed it to which Mr C quipped as his (empty) plate was taken away, ‘As you can see it was awful’. At the end of the evening after paying the bill we were offered a complimentary glass of Limoncello, it would have been rude not to accept the offer. When it arrived the proprietress told Mr C that ‘it would be awful’ and as we left (with a twinkle in her eye) she wished us ‘an awful weekend’. Much laughter was had by all.

Windsor Castle

9 Comments CherryPie on Oct 16th 2022

9 Responses to “Windsor Revisited – Day One”

  1. Ayush says:

    i really enjoyed your “awful” post :) – sorry i could not resist it. i agree with you about the onscreen ordering. while i am not picky about food, it does strike me how often the skillfully shot photos on the displays are nothing like what eventually turns up on the plate.

    • CherryPie says:

      Ha Ha Ha, along with my awful photos ;-)

      With food selection I also like to see how big the portion is. I have a small appetite and hate to waste food.

  2. lisl says:

    After a tricky start, it all turned out well for you

  3. Have you eaten your Eton mess yet? ;)
    It’s a must do thing in Windsor/ Eton.

    • CherryPie says:

      I passed on the Eton mess although at the moment Eton is shrouded in scaffolding in places and ‘is’ a bit of a mess.

      • Ha ha… is that how the pudding got its name, “mess”?
        I thought it came from the Cabinet! That’s really “messy” now.
        How long can Truss hold on to the power? Let’s wait and see.

  4. Chrysalis says:

    What an “awful” trip ;) lol

    So glad you did this, at this time – reading more throughout the day between work coming in, but sounds thus far like you went at the right time after all :)

    • CherryPie says:

      It was a strange time with our visits to Windsor and also Sandringham. On our first two visits we had no idea that Queen Elizabeth would no longer be with us when we made our planned return visit to Windsor.

      Our holidays turned out to be a strange adventure…