Robin Gauldie spends a weekend in Windsor
Check in at the four star Beaumont Estate Hotel in Old Windsor (Burfield Road SL4 2JJ; www.beaumont-estate-windsor.co.uk).
Eat at the Fox and Castle (21 Burfield Road; www.thefoxandcastle.co.uk), a traditional pub that combines dishes like soft-shelled crab tempura and lemon, chilli and coriander squid with old school mains such as ribeye steak and scampi and chips.
Visit Windsor’s main attraction. High points at Windsor Castle (www.royalcollection.org.uk/visit/windsorcastle; £20) include the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel.
Allow half an hour to watch the Changing of the Guard, all red coats, bayonets and bearskins.
Lunch at the Two Brewers (34 Park Street; twobrewerswindsor.co.uk, booking strongly recommended).
For a view of Windsor Castle and another palace of privilege, Eton College, from the River Thames, take a guided kayak tour (London Kayak Tours; www.londonkayaktours.co.uk).
Dinner at the Fox and Hounds Restaurant & Bar (Bishopsgate Road, Englefield Green TW20 0XU; thefoxandhoundsrestaurant.com) where you’ll find sharing dishes with a Mediterranean twist, mains such as panfried duck or massive steaks and veggie options such as butternut squash ravioli. From £20 a head.
Take a carriage ride through Windsor Great Park with Windsor Carriages (www.orchardpoyle.co.uk; from £50 per carriage for up to six people). In spring you’ll see massive stags clashing antlers, and there’s a fine view of the castle from the Long Walk.
Make a gastro pilgrimage to Bray for Sunday lunch at the Waterside Inn (Ferry Road, Bray). Three courses will set you back £79.50 a head, without drinks, or you could spend twice that for the six-course tasting menu. Either way, Michel and Alain Roux will give you a meal to remember.
Head for London King’s Cross and your train home.
• A two-night stay at the Beaumont Estate, including rail travel from Edinburgh, costs from £212 (tel: 0800 042 0288, www.superbreak.com).