MICHELIN Guide – 2017
Opened by the Gilbey family in 1975, as the first wine bar outside London. It’s relaxed and friendly, with an airy conservatory and terrace. Carefully cooked French and British dishes are accompanied by an interesting wine selection.
Harden’s Restaurant Guide – 2016
On the High Street, an attractive and “reasonably priced” stalwart fixture, with a front-room bar, and “spacious” dining conservatory hidden at the rear; it’s all “most pleasant”. (There’s also accommodation – the top-floor studio suite offers prime Windsor Castle views).
Booking.com – 2016
One of our bestsellers in Windsor! Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Gilbey’s is located in Eton, 450 yards from Windsor Castle.
Alastair Sawday’s Special Places to Stay – August 2013
Step up the stairs to your elegant top-floor studio; it’s above a buzzy restaurant and in the heart of pretty Eton. Charming staff greet and look after you, and all is gleaming with rich autumn colours. cream carpets, immaculate linen, smart bathrooms and a rooftop view of Windsor Castle. Relax or work – there is a huge comfy sofa and flat-screen TV as well as useful desks. A generous continental breakfast is delivered to you; fresh bread and croissants, yoghurts and fruit. There are interesting shops and galleries galore, you’re a stroll from the college or river trips on the Thames, and Waterloo is 50 minutes by train.
Vogue – 2010
Located on the High Street of Eton, close to the River Thames and between the historic buildings of Eton College and Windsor Castle. Gilbey’s is the perfect place to meet for lunch, dinner, afternoon tea or simply a drink at the Bar. This year they have also opened a stunning top floor Studio Suite for guest accommodation with rooftop views to Windsor Castle. For reservation enquiries call them on 01753 854921 or visit them at www.gilbeygroup.com
Here is a selection of letters recently received. Many thanks to all those who took the trouble to write to us.
February 2016: Dear Emma … I wish to convey my thanks to you and the staff at Gilbey’s for providing my colleagues with an excellent 3 course dinner on Monday 13thFebruary, a highly enjoyable evening was had by all, and everyone was well looked after.Once again many thanks.
January 2016: Hi Emma,I hope you are well. Thanks again for hosting my group for our Xmas dinner, we all had an amazing time and everyone loved the food, the restaurant was great and the service was too!
November 2015: Thank you for a lovely evening. Many thanks for your attentiveness and service as well as the food being lovely!
November 2015:My wife and I lunched at your restaurant on Sunday. We had a wonderful meal and the service was impeccable! The wine and the food was just fantastic and my wife’s special birthday was certainly made special by choosing to eat at Gilbeys. We will highly recommend your establishment to all our friends and family and hope to return again soon. Also a big thanks for the little candle on the dessert….a little touch which added to the moment.
October 2015: Hi Emma. Thank you! A great night was had by all – including myself! Have a good weekend.
October 2015: I just wanted to say a big thanks to your team who looked after us last night. The group really enjoyed the food and the restaurant. Some of the group were very tired after an early start so there was some pressure to get out but the team handled our group very well.
October 2015:Please do thank your staff, chefs waiter & waitress for exceptional meal and service on Tuesday evening. The feedback was excellent from all my colleagues from US, EU, UK & Ireland alike.Many will be returning to Windsor, I do fairly regularly, and sure they’ll be visiting you again. Lovely to meet staff who are so professional, smart, attentive, pleasant, patient, well-mannered and a nice sense of humour too; it makes such a difference to the whole experience, as I’m sure you’ll know.I’ve only visited once before as a foursome, as recommended by one of your regular clients, but not on business, so seen it from both sides now.Once again a BIG THANK YOU TO ALL AT GLIBEY’S.
September 2014: Dear Emma – I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed our lunch with you on Sunday. We were celebrating my sister’s partner’s 60th and we really enjoyed the food and the staff were so friendly, nothing was too much trouble, even the candle in the pudding. Made our day special. Thanks so much.
June 2014: Hi Emma – Just wanted to say thank you very much to Monika and all the team for Sunday. Both the food and the service were excellent and all of our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thanks again and we look forward to eating with you again soon.
April 2014: Dear Emma – Just a quick note to say a big thank you for organising everything for Sunday evening. The room arrangement worked well, the food was delicious and the service was very attentive. Everyone enjoyed the evening immensely. We will certainly recommend Gilbey’s Eton to everyone we know! Kind regards.
April 2014: Dear Caroline – I refer to our conversation leading up to the ladies lunch on 11th April. I wanted to send a quick email to say (a belated) THANK YOU for your help and for the wonderful food and service.
I had an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from the ladies on the food, atmosphere and service. I certainly enjoyed myself and your staff made it very easy and relaxing. The majority of the ladies stated they will be returning to you and were very impressed with the restaurant as a place to have business lunches. Well done and thank you.
April 2014: Hi Emma – I hope all is well. Just a quick note to say a thankyou to you and all of the staff for a fantastic evening on Saturday. The room, food and service were all exceptional. Looking forward to dining with you again soon. All the best.
February 2014: Dear Emma – Just wanted to say a BIG thank you for all your work in respect of Tom’s 18th and to also to thank all your colleagues who helped out on the day. Particular compliments to the chef – I’ve never seen so many people virtually lick their plates clean! It truly was a brilliant afternoon and I aim to write some lovely things about Gilbey’s on Trip Advisor. Hope to see you again soon.
February 2014: Dear Emma, thank you very much for everything. My colleagues and I were most impressed with the food & service. I will be coming back. Kind regards.
January 2014: Hello, I just found your business card in my wallet and wanted to thank you for a lovely Thanksgiving Feast that you served our American family on Thanksgiving 2013. The meal was outstanding and truly made us feel at home while abroad and after visiting Windsor Castle. Our best regards to you and yours for a happy and healthy New Year. If you are ever in New York, please give us a call.
January 2014: Thank you for such a lovely stay. It was like having our own flat in Eton! Looking forward to returning.
December 2013: Fabulous room, wonderful location only exceeded by the kindness, care and generosity of the staff in dealing with our minor issue. Thank you so much.
December 2013: Best bedroom in a long time!
December5 2013: Hi Emma – Thank you so much for looking after us all so beautifully last Friday & Saturday. The venue & facilities were perfect & your whole team were fabulous. Food greatly enjoyed by all … especially the sausages! Kind regards.
December 2013: Dear Emma – Just to let you know that we were delighted with the evening on Saturday and the service was the best we have ever had at Gilbey’s. The little canapes at the beginning were great, and everyone commented on how good the food was and how professionally it was served. I was particularly pleased with your waiters who were measured in their serving of alcohol to the boys and who checked towards the end if it was possible to open another bottle of wine (which it was!). Will you please pass on our thanks to the staff who made the evening such a pleasurable event.
November 2013: Hi Emma – Just to thank you very much for the fantastic meal on Monday evening. All of our guests really enjoyed the visit to the restaurant – in fact it seems to have been the highlight of the whole conference and will live long in the memory. So we are very grateful to you and all the staff for the delicious food and drink, the lovely ambience in the conservatory, and also the attentive and friendly service. As we were slightly late (due to the coach detour round Eton) we were worried about finishing before collection at 11pm but thanks to the efficient service we ended up with plenty of time to talk and relax with teas/coffees after the meal.
We hope to be able to return for another visit to Gilbey’s – either as a group or individually. And we have recommended you highly to the staff at Cumberland Lodge (our meeting venue in Windsor Great Park) too!
Many thanks again for your help with the booking and for such an enjoyable evening. Best wishes,
November 2013: Emma and Peter – A huge thank you for the parts you played in making Santiago’s Christening Lunch such a special event last Sunday. We have had wonderful feedback from the family, who loved their meal and thought the whole venue was superb and that the staff were wonderful. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
October 2013: Good afternoon Simone – I would like to thank you as well as the staff on duty last night for the excellent service. Please also compliment the chef on the menu and the quality of the food served. Our guests were very happy with everything and so was our management. I will definitely be recommending Gilbey’s to my colleagues. Thank you.
October 2013: Hi Emma – I just wanted to say thank you to you and your staff for accommodating us all, including dogs, for tea on Saturday. Everyone that came along had a great time and loved the tea/cakes/scones. Hopefully some of them will return again for tea! Thanks again.
October 2013: Hi – Quick note to say thanks and to commend your excellent staff. The food was wonderful – really well thought out and put together. But above all, the waiter was great – the Italian guy with the short dark hair; sincerely friendly suggesting alternatives to red wine sorbet, and several other small touches. He made our evening. We look forward to returning, and recommending you to our friends.
July 2013: Loved our stay and everyone was so very helpful. Very comfortable – a home away from home!
July 2013: Fabulous evening in the restaurant with 27 of my super friends and family enjoying a very ‘big’ birthday and then back to our palatial suite – just stunning! Great attention to detail and so accommodating – thank you Gilbey’s Team and especially Emma!
July 2013: Dear Emma – Just a short note to thank you and all the wonderful staff at Gilbey’s in Eton for making my parents Diamond Wedding anniversary lunch such an outstanding success. The meal itself was superb, and the staff could not have been more helpful. Nothing was too much trouble and everything was done with a smile. We were absolutely delighted and will be recommending Gilbey’s to all our friends, and will certainly be back ourselves at some time. Regards, and thanks again
July 2013: Emma, Simone, Andrzej and Team – Just to say that all our guests had a wonderful evening at Gilbey’s on Monday. They were very complimentary about the food, service and ambience. I was delighted with the positive feedback since I had recommended Gilbey’s for this important dinner. For many of our guests, it was their first visit to the area and they took away a very good impression. Thanks very much indeed and I look forward to seeing you soon myself. Kind regards.
June 2013: Hi Emma – Many thanks for all of your help on Thursday. I have had such positive feedback, they all had a brilliant evening at Gilbey’s. Many thanks.
May 2013: Emma, Monika, Simone – I just wanted to say many thanks indeed for organising a great dinner for our group last Tuesday 14th. Your chef and staff did a great job of serving a group of 60 people very efficiently with great food, I do realise it was quite a challenge. many thanks also for being helpful and having an accommodating outlook as we got the evening organised. The menu was excellent, and even the French guys in our group were very complementary about the food and wine and they can be quite blunt when they want to be so I am glad even they were more than happy. I have passed on our high recommendation of Gilbey’s Eton to our hotel in Windsor and within our organisation. Again, many thanks.
May 2013: Hi Emma – We had a most excellent lunch yesterday. As always, delicious food and extremely charming/efficient service – especially given that every party arrived within minutes of each other. Many thanks to you and the team for all of your help. Best wishes,
March 2013: Thank you for a wonderful venue food wine and service on Saturday night. Our
party were really impressed and have all commented on the excellent food and service. Thank you so much
March 2013: Dear Emma -I’m sorry I haven’t contacted you before but I just wanted to thank you all very much for looking after us so beautifully in your private room last Saturday. We had a very happy evening and our dinner was delicious and beautifully presented. Best wishes
March 2013: Emma, Good Morning – We’ve not met but I was the main host for a dinner we held last Monday evening using your private dining room above your restaurant. I just wanted to say we had a fantastic evening, the room was perfect and the menu, food and service were of the highest standard. I was really impressed with the whole experience and will certainly be using the facility again. Please pass on my thanks to your staff, in particular our waiter who looked after us so well. Once again, many thanks – I look forward to doing it all over again sometime soon (hopefully when the weather is a bit warmer than the minus twenty or so on Monday!)
March 2013: Dear Emma and team, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone at Gilbey’s for making my birthday party celebration so special on Saturday 2nd march. Andrew was absoutely superb. he rreally understood how we wanted the evening to run, was very efficient and friendly. The room looked perfect. The food was absolutely delicious and received lots of compliments from mu guests and that was all down to you all. So thank you very mjuch for making my birthday very special. See you all soon, kind regards.