The Winning Post

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252 reviews
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£26 to £40
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Sunday Lunch
The Winning Post has long been serving the racing and polo community of Ascot, Windsor and Guards Polo Club and is widely believed to bring punters luck at the races… or perhaps it’s just the place to pick up the best race tips.
Set in the picturesque village of Winkfield in Berkshire, this quaint 18th century pub offers 12 rooms, each with a private bathroom, as well as free Wi-Fi, a Freeview TV and a vista of The Winning Post’s beautiful, leafy gardens. Guests can enjoy a traditional cooked English breakfast each morning.
The Winning Post offers a superb range of Upham ales brewed in neighbouring Hampshire, wines and champagnes, as well as a traditional pub menu made with locally-sourced ingredients.
Barely 10 minutes from Ascot Racecourse and just 5 miles from the M4, The Winning Post is highly accessible, and also offers free, on-site parking.
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SG
Berkshire
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely restaurant with a beautiful roast lunch. Would highly recommend

BH
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic Valentines Day special event on Friday evening. The menu was inspiring and the food up to the usual high standard of quality and presentation. Staff always pleasant and obliging.
The welcome glass of Bubbly was a nice touch and I plucked up courage to eat the accompanying oyster, which was a first!
Always good value, delicious food at realistic prices.

SB
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very comfortable and pleasant.
Service was great and the food very good.

EB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Food wasn’t anything special. Not very impressed when a waiter touched a dog then served drinks!!! I wouldn’t go back!

b
London
22 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Despite the rocky start when we arrived, food was good, restaurant service was fair. When we arrived, the barman was more interested in making drinks for the tables than serving / assisting us with our table reservation. Lovely venue, always has been. I've been coming here through various owners. I was supervised that Upham ale was not available when this is owned by Upham Brewery? We will return, but not in a massive hurry to.

MC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited The Winning Post a couple of times now, and I honestly can not fault it. I have been with work colleagues and they have been very pleased with their visit too.
The food is just fantastic, good size portions, hot and very tasty.
I also like the décor and the 'oldness' of it.

DA
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner service was very good. Polite, a lot of noise from the bar. But overall definitely would go back.

SM
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Roast Dinner I’ve had in a long time. Super friendly and welcoming staff. Lovely table and ambience. Thanks !

DH
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice place for sunday lunch, the staff are so friendly and helpful and the food was great - my aunt is allergic to gluten, the manager and kitchen staff were excellent in making sure her meal was gluten-free. Will definitely come again!

KL
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Slightly disappointed by our experience at the Winning Post. We have tried Sunday lunch at most local pubs and I'm afraid there are other providers in the area which we would rate higher.

The food was OK, nothing wrong with it but also nothing special about it. The staff were very friendly but could have been more attentive. We had to ask for a red wine 3 times, service was slow between meals and there were issues with the card machine when we tried to pay. All in all, an OK experience but not one we will be repeating anytime soon.

DH
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely gorgeous country pub with a lovely ambience and decor. Food was tasty and good quality. Only one little fault I would say, nobody offered us any water despite there were glasses on the table and we had to ask for a dessert menu as nobody came back after our mains were cleared. Other than that, it was fabulous. Thank you very much.

C
London
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent evening, thank you very much, especially ‘secret Santa’.

M
Berkshire
11 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We ate good pub food served in generous portions. Pleasant service. Cosy decor and ambience. Good parking.

SF
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very well looked after by front of house
Good food
Friendly staff
Warm welcome
Very helpfull
Good bar & drinks selection
Grandkids were happy there.
Had a problem with broken candle on Birthday cake all sorted & cake produced with candle mended.

K
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently discovered The Winning Post and been absolutely in love with the place! The Sunday roasts are wonderful, the waitresses are professional and kind, and the interiors in the period prior to Christmas are fantastic.

AP
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely old country pub with an excellent menu and a delightful ambience. It was busy but not overpoweringly so and did not affect the very good service by very pleasant staff. Food was very tasty with much being locally sourced.

NT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a quirky, cosy, lovely pub. Perfect for a wet and windy day. The staff were pleasant; relaxed atmosphere and the food incredible. No faults at all. First time visiting and already recommended it to locals.

NA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from start to finish, stay overnight and had best breakfast ever. Very helpful and polite staff

MM
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service good, food well presented and tasty. Some unusual options on the menu which made it a bit different.

H
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Service was awful...waitresses walking around looking but not looking what was needed to be done...waited 25mins after finishing dinner not one person came to clear plates..so got up and paid at the bar

OT
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food

RV
London
3 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We had a lovely evening with excellent food and great ambience.The only issue was that we waited a long time for our order to be taken,and two of the main course options were no longer available.

ST
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Saturday lunch, good thing we booked as the restaurant was full

JG
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

A picturesque and charming restaurant with impeccable food and friendly and attentive service. Downside is that it is very large, as well as hugely popular (rightly so), and the background noise level, with hard floors, can be uncomfortably high when five people are attempting to communicate across a round table.

MC
London
13 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had lovely lunch here with my Aunt. Shared some Whitebait, both had Fish and Chips. Food very good for both. Despite not being very busy was a little hard to gain attention between waitress visits, but very friendly.

b
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I hope that the overcharging error with my bill was a genuine mistake. I'll certainly be checking my bill very carefully in future.

NS
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

table reservation was made online. The table was set with cutlery and 3 water glasses. our drinks and food order was taken but at no time was a jug of water offered. All other tables had water on the tables. After the main course plates were cleared, no desert menu was offered. The waitress was asked for desert menus and went to get them. She did not return. I eventually went to the bar, collected menus and eventually attracted the waitress's attention and our order was placed. The total order for 3 drinks, 3 main courses and 3 deserts took over 2 hours to complete. The restaurant was busy, but not overly so. Only 3 staff were serving, this is clearly not enought for a Saturday night. Not the place to go if you're in a hurry.

HL
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to stay - we stayed 2 nights and we thoroughly enjoyed our meal - would definitely recommend it

DE
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time back in about 20 years and since it changed names from The Cottage Inn.

Sat outside in the garden as we had the dog, who was brought iced water and really fussed over by the staff.

Food was nice, Sunday lunch, good amount of it and it was tasty. Toffee Apple desert was a bit odd (no toffee...) but altogether we had a nice time sat in the sun, with good fun and drink.

Will be going back.

B
London
10 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place food was very nice and good value

M
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely quiet ambience, good food with generous portions and all at a reasonable cost. Very much enjoyed by all in our party who have expressed a wish to return at a later date.

J
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My son and I are trying various Upham group restaurants. There have been mixed reviews so far! The Winning Post was great. A lovely place - we ate inside, having asked to be seated by a window. Might have eaten outside had we been before as it looked nice. We both loved the sharing platter to start. My fish was lovely. Although the new potatoes felt a touch too firm to start with, they were actually fine. My son really enjoyed his lamb, which was a great improvement on a previous Upham lamb. He had the frozen yogurt dessert and raved about it. I had a scoop each of mango and raspberry sorbet which was delicious, very fruity and a good end to the meal. The service was excellent from start to finish.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab staff and great food in a wonderful setting

BH
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Well worth a visit if you want a nice meal in an Old English pub setting. The food is tasty and well presented. The bar and outside seating area is very popular, but the restaurant area is nicely secluded.

LH
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was not as good as previous visits which was disappointing since it was very quiet
Pitta breads served with humus as a starter were cold - typically breads are served warm
Main course of battered tempura aubergine was tasteless and greasy

LB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service was good, staff friendly. Had the chateaubriand which was very nice. The starters were ok, nothing jumped out for us on the menu. The desert menu is just pretty much ice creams, could do with pudding choices such as cheese cake or brownie etc

MS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent evening meal - our choice of venue for Dad’s day and Wife’s birthday dinner treat.
Service was excellent throughout and Emma delightful and attentive - thank you Emma.
We will definitively be a returning client.
Food very good and quality and value for money equally sound.

CH
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it here! Really good food, reasonable price, lovely pub :)

g
London
12 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

This is a lovely pub but the food wasn’t good. We’ve been on other occasions for lunch and the food has been good. But today, for dinner, it wasn’t. I ordered steak that was purportedly aged. It was a gnarly mess and tough and far more chewy than it should have been. Pudding, which was recommended to us (sticky toffee) was dry and chalky. Maybe they had an off night. Service was friendly and attentive and the ambiance is lovely. Hard to know if we’ll return since the food didn’t live up to standard and there are plenty of other countryside gastropubs in the area. Nice for a drink if nothing else.

PC
Austin
8 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal, excellent service. The Lemon Sole was perfectly cooked and presented and our Sticky Toffee Pudding was one of the best we have had. Good wine list and the house wines by the glass are very good.