The Eton Mess

3.6
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86 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Our delightful boutique bar and restaurant is in one of the original buildings in the heart of Eton"s High Street. We have put together a great British menu with locally sourced ingredients & are famed for our cocktails, G&Ts and craft beer selection. We also have stylish guest bedrooms available for the discerning traveller. Come and enjoy a warm welcome and quality of food that is perfectly matched to the casual elegance of this historic town.
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3.8
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L
1 review
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, cocktails and atmosphere! We had a great date night here!

KK
Surrey
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Really disappointed with first visit on Xmas Eve. No small plates being served so had to choose meal 3 days before. Wd were put into a booth which resembled the inside of a telephone box which was freezing cold away from the fire where we had drinks which was nice although only one other diner in restaurant so no atmosphere, and food well below average. People told the kitchen was closed so people being turned away - all in all won’t go back.

KK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Came for Christmas Eve dinner. Menu was preset and not nearly as good as regular menu. Been before and enjoyed everything, but this time it was subpar and a big disappointment!

AG
London
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful staff with menu choices. Food was good, plenty of it and hot

AH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

4 items not available from the menu. Christmas menu not available for our Christmas party even though we had booked a table. We were told we needed to have preordered to get the Christmas menu but had not been told in advance. We left before ordering. Very disappointed.

CP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely venue, nice nut Sunday roast option for the vegetarian in our group. Fab cocktails. Would recommend. Shame the Eaton Mess was out of stock though!!

SF
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

All lovely, even if their wine list had been (hopefully temporarily) desecrated by something or other.
Food and ambience as ever tip top.

J
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A fantastic evening, we had cocktails first and the staff were lovely, I had requested a booth for our meal and that was ready and waiting for us. The food is so good, it’s obviously home made and pretty generous considering they are small plates. Lovely service, only one problem which kept it away from 5⭐️ Is they had run out of the wine we had started with and we had to choose another. Not much of a problem really,

S
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommend the bottomless brunch with choice of cocktails or prosecco. Great food, lovely staff. Will def go there again! Well done Eton Mess

AG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice lunch.
Good service, good Sunday roast.
I would very recommend to others for a good meal

AB
London
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Service was good and very welcoming. Unfortunately the food did not live up to this. The hollandaise sauce on the eggs Benedict was tasteless and the eggs over cooked. The batter on the fish and chips was soggy. All in all a very unsatisfactory meal at £20 a head for one course and a soft drink.

AG
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Poor service. Waited over an hour only to be told the food would take a lot longer....

GK
London
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Staff were very unwelcoming. Any request was argued, or moaned about to other staff members.
Bottomless had SO many rules it took away the fun. Each cocktail took around 25-30 mins to make, so we were without cocktails for the majority of our time slot.
The bartender licked the straw testing our drinks, AND PUT THE STRAW BACK IN OUR DRINKS.
The food took over an hour to arrive.
Overall a pretty awful dining experience, I now understand why it was so quiet in there.
Will not be returning.

OT
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Booked a table for 2 at 8.45pm through Opentable.
Arrived at 8.35 and they didn’t have my booking. We were taken to choice of tables. After 3 more attempts and me showing the waitress my Opentable booking on my phone they found my booking.

The Opentable page is in no way representative of the venue. This is NOT a restaurant, it a small busy bar with very loud live music (Saturday night) that serves dishes that are more like very expensive bar snacks and do not meet the menu descriptions.

We asked for Olives, which is on the Opentable menu.
They served a wooden platter with Olives and tomato, butter and oil. It was clearly meant to be their Bread & Olives starter but as my partner is Gluten free they just took the bread off and charged us for the starter dish!
All she asked for was Olives at £3.50 not £5.00 starter...

Starters:
I ordered the Salt & pepper squid and crab mayo.
I received undercooked (not crispy) calamari rings and what I think was tartar sauce.


Mains:
Ordered - Confit pork belly, burnt apple purée and balsamic carrots. £9.50
Received 4 dried pork cubes, apples sauce and burnt carrots. This was sent back.

I ordered Cornish Cod loin, chick pea and chorizo Stew.
Received a nice bit of fish on chick peas and chorizo, this was in no way a stew! (See pics)

Asked for the bill and then had to ask for the 12.5% service charge to be removed. Pretty shocked that they present a bill with service charge added when we had to send food back and ask for it not to be replaced.

The Gin & Chilli cocktail however was fantastic.

Main issue is that we booked a restaurant with the expectation of the menu on Opentable and ended up with a noisy busy bar with over priced bar snacks.

JS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Looks lovely and the staff are very friendly but they don’t serve food on Monday so that should e corrected on the app. They helped us get a reservation across the street so it all worked out. Look forward to coming back and trying the food!

C
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, lovely food and great location. As a group with toddlers in tow the outside area was perfect. We got there early and it was a really pleasurable experience. Would highly recommend and will be visiting again.

SS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Sunday Roast, and great service, highly recommend.

k
London
14 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Arrived just after 5pm and was informed that kitchen normally closes at 5pm but chef would honour booking. Despite Open Table app suggesting we could have booked later. No-one else was in the restaurant. Waitress hurried us through our starters. Mains arrived with some extras (beef and cauliflower cheese). No desserts left apart from cheesecake - we passed. They did provide a child sized portion even though not advertised. Appreciated this. Taste was ok but slightly cold. Too pricey - more expensive than advertised on Open Table and had we realised this we would not have stayed. £68.50 for two adults and a 4 year old. Not sure we'll go back.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We miss the burgers on the menu.

MT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I was excited to try the food here because of the reviews.
We were seated in a very nice private cubby and service was good. The light could have been better, even a candle would have helped as it was quite dark and difficult to read the menu.
The menu is all based on 'small plates' and there wasn't a lot of choice given that this is the style. The choice was also restrictive and sides very, very limited (three types of fries!). Food itself was pleasant but for me nothing outstanding or that special and I have eaten in similar type gastro-pubs that have been much better and better value for money. It was also not possible to order any starters such as bread or olives etc , which we found strange. Cocktails were good and around £10 each.
All in all, I would not go back here again.

HF
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience1

We were the only people in the restaurant for brunch hence the low score for ambience. We could have been sat in the woods due seats rather than at the back of the restaurant. We will visit again.

C
London
26 reviews
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Service was very slow. Starters weren’t that great but the roast was lovey. Drinks are too over priced.

RC
London
12 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The discretionary service charge at 12.5% is the only bad thing. If this was removed we would eat there more often.

RL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were great and coped with us being half an hour late. Welcoming ambience, more restaurant than pub, but relaxed, dog-friendly bar area. Sunday roasts were very good. Thoroughly recommend.

OT
Surrey
3 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very attentive staff, menu is small however quality is very good.

K
London
25 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We very much enjoyed our evening out. Great service, good meals and lovely wine.

RC
London
12 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Only one complaint is the 12.5% discretionary service charge.

SM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Roast was amazing
Staff very friendly and smiley
Definitely be back!

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very thoughtful and kind staff.

EM
Bath
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Thought this place would be much better than it turned out to be, the food was okish, nothing special at all. Was expecting something much better from the photos I had seen before booking

BA
1 review
Dined on 29 January 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had made a booking for Tuesday evening, when I arrived I started to say I have a reservation in the name of........, I was cut of and told to follow on, which I thought was rude to not even let me finish my sentence, ordered drinks, asked a couple of questions about items on the menu, which the staff had to find out from the kitchen, not the hardest of questions, what fish is used in your Fish and Chips !!. Roll on the food arrived, not even average in presentation and taste, at no point were we asked how our food was !!, when plates were cleared, it was obvious that with what we left, it wasn’t good, all we were asked was are you finished !!, very poor customer service on top of what was less than average food. Got the bill and paid including your 12.5% service charge. Can you let me know why you deserve 12.5% !, and then to top it of I went to use the toilet facilities, no indication where they are, I walk round to the bar where at the other side a staff member was having his dinner, I was looking for the toilets, could only see the ladies, I asked the forementioned staff member politely where the gents were, it took him all his time to acknowledge me and tell me they were in the other side in the restaurant area, my one and only visit to The Eton Mess.

Fully and utterly disappointed, will never eat or drink in your establishment again.

AN
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Great drinks menu. I will definitely be back again soon!

S
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Overall lovely meal and atmosphere. Cosy booth table made for an ideal romantic meal. Restaurant in nice location just across the river from Windsor makes for a pleasant evening walk after your meal. Waiter and waitress very welcoming and accommodating. Wonderful cocktail selection. Menu choice limited but decent.

G
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Great food, inattentive serve!

LH
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fast friendly service. Unfortunately there were some extremely noisy children whose inconsiderate parents did not tell them to stop screeching and screaming, this made it very unpleasant. The pub and food otherwise was lovely.

P
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Great venue and friendly staff. Will be back.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience2

Birthday and anniversary

MJ
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A really nice meal on a Saturday night. We had 3 courses each and each one was easy and delicious. Staff were also very friendly and welcoming - would definitely go back!

RD
London
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Was really looking forward to this place as was recommended by a friend but the night I turned up to show a friend round Windsor this place had a table full of loud drunks that were shouting and singing the whole time, you couldn’t even hear yourself speak!! What I found disappointing was that despite how disruptive they were they were not told by the staff at all. There’s having fun but it was ridiculous. Food was good, steak bit too chewy, the guy singing for the night that was hired as well sounded pretty awful. Apart from the noise which ruined the experience it would have been good!!

J
Wales
4 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fabulous Sunday Lunch.....The Eton Mess is a short walk across the bridge from Windsor and definitely worth a visit. Staff were lovely and very friendly. We had very nice alcove seating. We had Roast beef and Roast Pork Sunday lunch, it came with roast potatoes, roasted parsnips and carrots on the plate with a large Yorkshire pudding and plenty of gravy. Separate dishes of greens including cabbage and broccoli and a dish of cauliflower cheese. It was extremely tasty. We each had a glass of wine.....large....and finished with desserts. Eton Mess was an obvious choice with lovely marshmallow, fruits and meringue....big enough to share but we didn’t....I had Sticky Toffee pudding. They add a 10% service charge....so at £68 for two it is on the more expensive side if you are not used to these kind of prices....but I thoroughly enjoyed it and would go again given the chance.