Queen Elizabeth apparently spends most weekends at Windsor Castle, with a longer stint around Easter, and uses the castle to host events to impress out-of-towners, dignitaries that is, although she does a good job on us commoners as well. For almost 1,000 years, the castle has been home to British Monarchs and is considered to be the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world. Plan to arrive mid morning in time for the crowd-pleasing ‘Changing of the Guards’ performance in the castle grounds at 11am (but remember everyone is planning to do the same thing). Afterwards, let the audio guide bring the St George’s Chapel and the lavish State Apartments to life, but be sure to linger and absorb the history and the extensive art collection along the way. Besides all the royal pomp and imposing castle, Windsor offers a pleasant village vibe, and because of its daily dose of curious visitors, is not short on eateries and tourist tat. After considering the choice, I settle on Clarence Brasserie & Tea Room, which happens to be in coo-ee of the castle. There’s plenty of seating inside, but considering that it’s a warm autumnal day, everyone is outside and making the most of the sunshine. Warm scones – this is a first for me in the UK! Unfortunately these fruit scones are microwaved so taste and feel water-logged. The fruity raspberry jam is above average and the cream tastes like double thick rather than clotted cream. Overall, sitting out in the cobbled laneway in fine weather with Windsor Castle as a not-so-distant backdrop, is pretty cool.
Tea: A small choice of Novus pyramid tea bags served in a cute teapot.
Overall: A prime location, and only a two-minute walk to Windsor Castle.