Windsor Castle, SW1P 1DN
- 020 7834 7260
- 23 Francis Street, SW1P 1DN
- 11:30am-11pm Mon-Fri; noon-11pm Sat; noon-10:30pm Sun
Samuel Smith's pub near Westminster Cathedral, located on the corner of Windsor Place and Francis Street.
There are several compartments towards the front, some with mostly/only high tables and stools. Signs warn that drinking outside on the pavement is not permitted.
At the back is a large, open room in the style of a gentleman's club. A large rectangular stained-glass skylight is centered in the ceiling, and a large ornate mirror stands above the fireplace. The walls are half-panelled in dark wood, papered above in subtly-patterned burgundy, and adorned with framed paintings of the interior of the actual Windsor Castle. Sofas and armchairs cluster around claw-footed tables.
There are four handpumps on the bar, presumably all clipped for Sam Smith's sole cask offering, Old Brewery Bitter (which was £1.36/half and served a bit cold on Kake's March 2012 visit).
As of April 2015, food is served noon-9pm.
Accessibility: Step-free to get in at the left-hand entrance; the right-hand entrance has a very small step. There's step-free access to a RADAR-locked toilet via the back room, though there's a very heavy (non-RADAR-locked) door in front of it. A RADAR key is available from the bar. The gents' toilets are down a flight of stairs in the basement, and the ladies' are up half a dozen stairs (there may be another ladies' somewhere — this one was a single tiny cubicle).