Windsor and the runnymede-on-thames

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Windsor is only 50 minutes away from London Waterloo and perfect for a short break so the first bank holiday weekend in May seemed just right.

Most of the weekend was freezing cold all over the country, so we only managed to see a couple of sights, including Windsor Castle, which boasts 900 years of Royal history and Eton College.

Shopping was a great alternative: Windsor is a charming town with high street shops, some smaller boutiques and many restaurants and cafés.

Our fabulous hotel really made up for the bad weather. the runnymede-on-thames is just 10 minutes from Windsor by cab, has spacious rooms and a spa offering pampering massages and a number of treatments.

It was very relaxing to get up in the morning to swim a few lanes in the pool before taking in an extensive breakfast – either sweet or savoury, with the option of a full English. The buffet offered such an incredible choice that we really didn’t need to go out for lunch. Maybe only for afternoon tea in the lounge – yummy!

The buffet-style dinner in the hotel’s leftbank restaurant was an amazing experience, accompanied by champagne and some nice wines.

We started with the salad buffet, sushi and seafood (freshly prepared by the chefs – you can actually watch them at work behind the buffet). The selection of main courses changes every day with several dishes on offer, ranging from roast beef with Yorkshire pudding to chicken, lamb, deliciously prepared vegetables and much more. We couldn’t stop ourselves going back to the buffet to discover all the culinary delights!

Dessert was a sweets heaven with a choice of crème brulée, berry coulis, strawberry mousse, chocolate brownies…  to mention just a few.

The hotel’s new dining space The Lock opened at the beginning of May, and we look forward to trying it very soon – and going back to Windsor in the summer for some outdoor activities such as kayaking or hiking the Thames trail.


  1. brice says:

    Wow that looks fantastic.

    Something I will defo try this summer (I am sure its great even with a sunny weather ;)).
    Thanks for the tip!

  2. Lilac says:

    That pool looks lovely!

  3. cathy says:

    thanks Pia 4 giving me yet another thing to put on my TO DO list! sounds lovely, just need someone to share Windsor with..