The Bailiwick Free House

4.7
113 reviews
£26 to £40
Gastro Pub
The Bailiwick Free House has opened under the leadership of Steven Ellis previously of The Oxford Blue in Old Windsor with his wife Ami as head pastry chef. Nestled on the gates of The Windsor Great Park, The Bailiwick will be a gastronomic destination for locals and visitors to enjoy the very best produce that this naturally plentiful area has to offer. Steven’s training under the tutelage of Clare Smyth MBE at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay has enabled him to offer a sophisticated twist on familiar dishes.

The Bar is open for drinks Wednesday - Saturday 12noon till 11pm, Sunday 12noon till 8pm.

A bar menu is available Wednesday to Saturday 12noon till 4pm.
Lunch Wednesday to Saturday 12noon till 4pm (Bar Menu). Sunday lunch 12noon till 5pm.
Dinner from 6pm till 9pm Wednesday and Thursday, 10pm Friday and Saturday.
Open every bank holiday Monday for a Sunday style service.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 113 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
ambience
4.5
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Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JoyM
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our evening. Was a bit of a celebration as my daughter had a new job. The only thing I would say because she is a vegetarian we checked the menu on line which suggested a couple of veggie options but once there there was only one offering. It was nice but nicer to have a choice.

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MummyBarrow
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stumbled across this place last minute after deciding at 5pm we wanted to eat out. I asked for recommendations on Instagram and a few people mentioned this place. 40 minutes away but well worth the drive.

The service was exceptional, without feeling like we were being hovered over.

The food was beautifully presented, without being fussy, and was delicious.

We were driving so didnt tuck into the wine list but will definitely do so in the future, there are some cracking wines on there, that will have us wondering if we can book a room nearby so we can both enjoy them.

This may well be our new favourite place to eat, and we will definitely be back very soon. Big hugs to Liam and Liz who were fabulous.

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Victoria
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Cannot fault this place. Great to have it so local. Can't wait to go back.

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Elle
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience1

It was ok. The interior is nicely done and the standard of the food was better than in a lot of pubs, but it was overly expensive for what we got. £20+ for a carafe of less than a bottle of wine and £4+ for side dishes is way too expensive given the price of the set meal (and without those side dishes, the meals felt a little imbalanced). It felt a little gimmicky too (e.g. the wooden stands for the cutlery) and lacking in the ambience that I think people want from a cosy pub by the side of a park. It's clear that a lot of time and effort has gone into its relaunch, and we'd like it to do well, but a few small changes - particularly to improve its value for money - might be needed.

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johnc
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was well presented and tasted lovely. The staff were attentive and very accommodating. Excellent experience.

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BrianR
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, simple locally sourced menu, good wine list. We will definitely be returning.

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AndieS
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value, local well sourced meat, fabulous cheeseboard, everything cooked perfectly. Top service

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BrianS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Highly recommend. Normally I can’t be bothered to rate places, but felt the whole team at the Bailiwick were outstanding and we spent a very enjoyable 3 hours there. Definitely will return.

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DavidS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First timers and very impressed with both food and service. Special shout out to Anna who was looking after our table, she did a sterling job and coped very well even though new to the job. Overall experience was great with the venison bon bon's to die for!

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vipsimong
London
6 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful all round

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AndrewY
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and a lovely location to sit, eat and drink.

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Leeann
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for a lovely Sunday roast meal. Fantastic service, each member of staff knew what they were doing and it was all so professional. Our meal was presented beautifully and was so delish, we will definitely return.

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PhilipT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very good experience at this pub .The food was excellent. The service was very good. The staff were welcoming & friendly. The music not suitable for a classy pub it needed to be less intrusive. I really can’t fault this place otherwise.
I would recommend this delightful pub for anyone who enjoys good food at a reasonable
Price.

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honestpunter
London
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

over priced for what you get. not as good as the staff proclaim when selling the food to you when choosing your meal.
informative staff that becomes a little annoying at times. interrupting conversation to get the mundane details of the butter manufacturer told to us.
portions average, taste average but prices high.
lastly desert is not as good as the waiting team tell you. Deserts specials average. go for the norm on the menu. Specials not that special.

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ClaireC
London
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was amazing, service was just slow… Friendly staff though and a great night

KA
KathrynA
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delicious food, very gourmet eg my moules mariniere came ready-shelled in the sauce -unexpected but very tasty. Set price menu was a great idea for either two or three courses. Not cheap and potatoes/vegetables were extra but very high quality food and excellent service.

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DavidF
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Popped in for a celebratory lunch and had the most wonderful time. The food and service were outstanding — brilliant, brilliant all-round.

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OpenTable Diner
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely gastropub, with great food, drinks and service. Highly recommended.

JT
JenniferT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited for the first time last week and we really impressed. The service was extremely friendly and the food delicious. Highly recommended.

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alanb
London
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were 4 visitors who walked to the restaurant, all local residents. The welcome was warm and friendly and the staff were the "survivors" from Oxford Blue in Old Windsor. Whilst the ambience was good as more diners came the interference from noise levels increased. One of our party wears hearing aids and she struggled to hear our conversation but could hear the table opposite. The food was outstanding but it is still not cheap which will limit the time we might visit. Overall however we thoroughly recommend this new venture and we hope it is there for many years to come

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Ross
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting and good food with friendly service

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HazelH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Sunday lunch for a birthday celebration . Food and service was outstanding.

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Ngbr
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food very good, not cheap but worth it. First table we were given was not nice, almost in a corridor with a view of a fire escape! Head waiter made a bit of an issue of us moving table but it was resolved. Waitress was very good.

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vipAnnA
Berkshire
15 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and service

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RChe
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

It's a shame, this place is lovely but the service was absolutely terrible when we went. Our waitress didn't smile once until we had to crack a joke. Another waiter was so rude when we asked for the dessert menu while we were still having our food (some of us were done), he very rudely said to us "relax" and walked off! I was very embarrassed, i took my family there to celebrate my partner's birthday and they just made it a terrible experience.

I am not sure if I'd go there again after such an experience. For me it's all about the service, it's a shame because it's a lovely place.

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SilverStoat
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Very helpful and knowledgeable staff.
Just a tad too noisy. Needs more sound absorbing surface decoration.

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Chris
London
15 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service with very good food for a special day

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CarriganJoey
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from arrival to departure was truly catered for! We were made feel like family and royalty. Nothing was a problem and everything that I requested was always met with a smile, a yes and a can do attitude. Truly remarkable and a memorable experience. Thank You Liam and team!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!

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LouiseS
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely experience. Some familiar faces from the Oxford Blue which was great. Service outstanding. Food outstanding. Gorgeously decorated.. great menu.. all just fabulous.
We went to a newly opened venue locally a few weeks prior on a similar price point, the service was terrible - they should get trained by these guys! Impeccable. So pleased they’ve taken over this quaint, quintessentially English pub. It’ll be our new regular haunt.

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Simona
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bailiwick Free House has only recently been refurbished and taken over by the amazing team led by the wonderful Liam. The food is outstanding and not your usual choice. The service was excellent, too. Very attentive and super friendly. We had a great evening and will be back no doubt.

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Gorgeous
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

well done to the young man who took our order . He was funny very attentive and knew what he was doing , he made the experience very enjoyable we would definitely return.

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AnneB
Berkshire
12 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambience.
Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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ldywh0lnches
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent as always. Great food , fresh ingredients and impeccable service

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IanM
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rural location right at the gate of Windsor Park. Many of the team from one of my favourite restaurants in Windsor called Oxford Blue have moved here and the food was of a high quality. Venison Bon Bon’s and the sea bass were both excellent.

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DawnF
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food, perfect company and great friendly service

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, good atmosphere

JH
JanineH
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant, superb food and friendly staff.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, fantastic service and wonderful staff.

The menu had a great choice, the food standard and presentation was fantastic.

All the staff were so friendly welcoming and attentive. Liam was a star, nothing was too much trouble for him and his team

We can’t wait to visit again

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SuzyC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, with exceptional service. Liam and his team provided a fabulous dining experience and have got everything just right in this fantastic new location. I would highly recommend The Balliwick to anyone looking to enjoy a night of fine dining.

FAQs

The Bailiwick Free House is rated 4.7 stars by 113 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.