The Winning Post

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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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1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
7 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place food was very nice and good value

M
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fab staff and great food in a wonderful setting

BH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

g
London
12 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would definitely recommend this delightful restaurant. Excellent Sunday lunch, a choice of roasts and trimmings. Very helpful and pleasant staff, a great find.

OT
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Let down by poor service and waiting staffrolling their eyes at customer requests

KW
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't want to say to many good thing otherwise it will become too popular and we'll have to book weeks in advance.

This is a gem of a pub/restaurant, the food is excellent, ambiance is just right, the services is friendly and efficient and its not over priced, second visit and no disappointment, thank you to the waitress and the amazing chief.

GB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Excellent food, poor service. Inattentive and amateurish

LN
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice friendly relaxed atmosphere with good food . The service was very good .

BE
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food !
Cauliflower cheese was excellent.
Think they were short staff as had to ask for souses to go with food and we asked for more gravy and never got 🙁
But overall great roast dinner 👍

LE
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose the Winning Post to celebrate my birthday because I wanted an intimate place with good food and that's exactly what I got. We were put in their private function room which is charming. The service was just right - not too intrusive, but enough so that we never ran out of Prosecco ... The food was perfect - good gastro pub food, beautifully presented and well cooked. We were not in the main pub restaurant, but that would also have been fine - it's a beautiful old building with a great ambience.

The staff were friendly and welcoming and the pub itself is lovely inside. It is quite lively in the bar area, but not in an obnoxious way, just full of people out for a Saturday night having fun. I can highly recommend the Winning Post to anyone wanting great food, at reasonable prices, in a lovely setting. Or, even just a drink in a pretty location.

Thanks to everyone for helping me celebrate my milestone birthday. We'll definitely come back.

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely lunch here with my mum, a nice overnight stay after the royal windsor horse show and a nice breakfast. Service was very attentive but relaxed at the same time. Definitely recommend

LU
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, never disappointed! Brilliant and friendly staff.

J
Berkshire
80 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food wasn’t as good as previously. The gin cured salmon left an unpleasant aftertaste and the chicken liver parfait profiteroles were overcomplicated and didn’t quite deliver (v cold in centre). The cod for main course wasn’t as fresh as it could be (not bright white as it should be) but the prawns and mash were delicious. The chicken Kiev went down very well. There was a huge table in and so was quite noisy. Ended up having to go to bar to pay our bill on way out as staff just disappeared. Not sure we would come back which is a pity as it’s very local to us. Staff didn’t ask us how each course was or we would’ve told them- equally didn’t want to ruin our night by complaining. We paid in full. Hopefully this comment is helpful to the chefs.

HF
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff really helpful managed to seat 22 of us at short notice and the delicious meals arrived all together! Lovely surroundings

C
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Everyone tried to make it good, but the attention to detail was missing. No management guidance and it lacked ambience as there were only two other tables in the restaurant.
Food was good, but not special.
Pleasant and not to be written off, but does not set itself higher than any of the other options in the area. Would return knowing the limitations.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have had the pleasure of eating here several times and have been impressed on every occasion. This was no different. Love it!

BB
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great well presented food and lovely friendly service

SC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

arrived and table that was allocated we were unable to sit at because of location, as a pillar was in the way so you had to sit almost at corner of table. asked to be moved, and was moved to a more comfortable table so settled down only to be moved again because waitress had placed us at a table that was booked but didn't know so third time lucky. food was of mixed quality, skate wing lovely, burger tasteless. dessert chocolate tart nice, pannacotta had a heavy 6mm hard skin. waitress just said sorry no offer of discount. will go again and give it one more try as could just have been a one off. evendently had new young staff in kitchen

MK
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The menu was not seasonal and the attitude of the staff was surprisingly snotty particularly of one slender girl with blonde hair.

It was a special birthday occasion but we do not intend to go back as the meal and service has gone down hill remarakably.

SS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food. Unfortunately the first half of the meal was spoiled by being seated next to a rowdy table. But once they had left we had a really enjoyable experience.

KS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Sunday roast- highly recommend! Service good, portions good!

PV
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Disappointing visit, they have a limited menu in normal circumstances but even less on Saturday night before 8 pm m! We ordered two ribeye steaks to be told only one was left and only one special. Ten minutes after ordering we were told there was no rack of lamb either! Service was atrocious - drinks chased twice, coffee forgotten even our table hadn’t been prepared for 5 when we’d booked weeks in advance. This was for a birthday celebration too. We won’t be returning.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Had a burger and scotch eggs, both ok in terms of quality, especially the scotch eggs. Staff was friendly, however there was not particular ambiance. I would probably go again as it is close to where I live.

K
London
12 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely local gastro pub.

AW
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful Sunday roast very clean lovely staff will be going back 😑

TD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent when it arrived. Disappointingly they didnt have the champagne we wanted and also only had one of the specials left. Otherwise it would have been 5 stars as the food was beautiful, just really frustrating when things are not available.

OT
London
6 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic night out with a good friend. Perfect service, well timed serving of food and wine, gorgeous ambiance, delicious food and specials. Couldn’t recommend highly enough.

BS
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely food and atmosphere with friendly service.
Definitely recommend.

BL
Berkshire
10 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Lovely food - shame about the service!
Something's not right in this establishment as staff appeared ambivalent about smiling or serving and being helpful to guests. This must flow down from management or lack of it.
There was no wine/drinks menu offered when we sat down and we were asked for our food orders without having had a glass of water never mind a glass of wine - this is clearly down to inadequate training. It actually set the evening on edge for us which was a shame as it was a birthday celebration. I then had to ask 3 times for water during the meal when staff were thinly spread.
Later in the evening it was difficult to attract staff's attention as they seemed to be chatting to one another and studying their mobile phones around the bar - they mentally finished and did not want to be disturbed - very poor!
It is such a shame as the food was excellent: I feel sorry for the chef, cooking his heart out only for the serving staff to let him down. I won't be going back.

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