The Winning Post

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269 Reviews
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British
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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HelenD
Worcestershire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very welcoming and friendly service. The food was delicious, freshly cooked and hot.

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FrancescaC
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly cooked steak - exactly as requested! Super child friendly too!

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vipKNeal
Buckinghamshire
10 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The staff were totally rushed off their feet it wasn’t their fault. The Food came fast- almost too quick -before the drinks. It was okay but the old winning post menu we remember was much more bistro pub now it’s classic pub food. It’s very limited now but the food we got was tasty just overpriced. The staff seemed overwhelmed by how busy it was- it was packed outside. I’m sure it’ll get back to normal eventually and we will give it one more chance. This pub used to have a really incredible menu and be more about food than people getting drunk in the beer garden.

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Lindeloo
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fab service, slightly disappointed with the fact they had little cheese and when we asked if we could have a cheese board they replied with there would be a very very long wait for it?
Perhaps more staff are needed during busy times?

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SarahP
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic steak and chips. Cooked to perfection. Lovely sauce and vegetables too. Service was good and staff worked very hard under difficult circumstances. Would recommend.

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MasterM
London
7 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. New chef is good.

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JudyT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

A lovely place for an evening drink, but the food left us disappointed. Normally the standard is better so I am sorry to report the burger I had seemed to have been cooked before and just warmed up making it quite dry whereas it should have been hot and sizzling fresh out of a pan and my husband's pie came just with chips and no vegetables and was very average. We have eaten there many times before and it's always been very good, and indeed the crumble was up to the usual good standard. May be it was an off night for the kitchen. However, the ambience is good, garden beautiful and would recommend the staff who were really helpful and attentive.

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SallyS
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing two nights here, it was really lovely. The staff were all very attentive, polite and friendly, The food was delicious.

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PeterA
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a delight to be at the Winning post. The battered fish was the best I’ve ever had

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peterB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The usual great atmosphere and service. Great to be back.

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TeresaW
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very nice rooms - good size, good decoration and clean.
The food is good but there wasn't not a large choice but it was mid week.
The breakfast was good value for money and included in the price but the service was a little slow.

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Gwhite
Buckinghamshire
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Second time eating at the winning post and we were disappointed at the lack of a welcome or goodbye from the staff which was a shame!

The food was good, but service was very hit and miss, I think we had four different waiting staff looking after us throughout the evening leaving no continuity.

A simple goodbye as your leaving goes a long way!

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DaniChap
London
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I usually love the winning post but was a little left down on most recent visit. No specials board / untrained staff who just dumped a bottle of white wine on our table with no ice bucket or offer to pour or try / very slow drinks. Such a shame as it was a favourite but I’m just hoping it was a bad night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
12 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect lunch hadn’t visited since it changed from the cottage inn having moved back recently to warfield so happy to have found this gem again really lovely waiting staff and food really was nice and priced well

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Moser
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Disappointed with the options on the menu, there was only one starter that attracted me and I resorted to a beef burger for the main course as the other choices were uninspiring. However, the food was well cooked and hot. We did overhear another table ordering ‘specials’ which we were not offered so that would have given us some more choice. The main course was a long time coming so not sure if the kitchen was short-staffed. I would recommend based on the nice setting and the quality of the food we had but I would not necessarily return in a hurry.

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vipEGEG
London
22 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pub. Super food - high quality, decent portions, with super nice, friendly service. Ambience us really good. Place was pretty empty when we were there but it didn’t feel like that in anyway. Thoroughly recommended.

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LawrenceB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Having dined here before and thoroughly enjoyed it, I was some what dissapinted with the drop in the stanadrd of the food since my last visit. The food was ok just not the very good food I had experienced before. A bit of a dissapointment.

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SaraG
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely restaurant with a beautiful roast lunch. Would highly recommend

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BarbaraH
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic Valentines Day special event on Friday evening. The menu was inspiring and the food up to the usual high standard of quality and presentation. Staff always pleasant and obliging.
The welcome glass of Bubbly was a nice touch and I plucked up courage to eat the accompanying oyster, which was a first!
Always good value, delicious food at realistic prices.

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SarahB
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very comfortable and pleasant.
Service was great and the food very good.

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EsteraB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Food wasn’t anything special. Not very impressed when a waiter touched a dog then served drinks!!! I wouldn’t go back!

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beachdom5
London
22 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Despite the rocky start when we arrived, food was good, restaurant service was fair. When we arrived, the barman was more interested in making drinks for the tables than serving / assisting us with our table reservation. Lovely venue, always has been. I've been coming here through various owners. I was supervised that Upham ale was not available when this is owned by Upham Brewery? We will return, but not in a massive hurry to.

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MelissaC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited The Winning Post a couple of times now, and I honestly can not fault it. I have been with work colleagues and they have been very pleased with their visit too.
The food is just fantastic, good size portions, hot and very tasty.
I also like the décor and the 'oldness' of it.

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DawnA
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner service was very good. Polite, a lot of noise from the bar. But overall definitely would go back.

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SallyM
Hampshire
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Roast Dinner I’ve had in a long time. Super friendly and welcoming staff. Lovely table and ambience. Thanks !

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DavidH
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice place for sunday lunch, the staff are so friendly and helpful and the food was great - my aunt is allergic to gluten, the manager and kitchen staff were excellent in making sure her meal was gluten-free. Will definitely come again!

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KatieL
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Slightly disappointed by our experience at the Winning Post. We have tried Sunday lunch at most local pubs and I'm afraid there are other providers in the area which we would rate higher.

The food was OK, nothing wrong with it but also nothing special about it. The staff were very friendly but could have been more attentive. We had to ask for a red wine 3 times, service was slow between meals and there were issues with the card machine when we tried to pay. All in all, an OK experience but not one we will be repeating anytime soon.

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PaulRichmond10
Brighton
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely gorgeous country pub with a lovely ambience and decor. Food was tasty and good quality. Only one little fault I would say, nobody offered us any water despite there were glasses on the table and we had to ask for a dessert menu as nobody came back after our mains were cleared. Other than that, it was fabulous. Thank you very much.

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Choirgirls
London
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent evening, thank you very much, especially ‘secret Santa’.

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Mary
Berkshire
11 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We ate good pub food served in generous portions. Pleasant service. Cosy decor and ambience. Good parking.

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SallyF
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very well looked after by front of house
Good food
Friendly staff
Warm welcome
Very helpfull
Good bar & drinks selection
Grandkids were happy there.
Had a problem with broken candle on Birthday cake all sorted & cake produced with candle mended.

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Kinga
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recently discovered The Winning Post and been absolutely in love with the place! The Sunday roasts are wonderful, the waitresses are professional and kind, and the interiors in the period prior to Christmas are fantastic.

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AndrewP
Worcestershire
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely old country pub with an excellent menu and a delightful ambience. It was busy but not overpoweringly so and did not affect the very good service by very pleasant staff. Food was very tasty with much being locally sourced.

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NatalieT
London
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a quirky, cosy, lovely pub. Perfect for a wet and windy day. The staff were pleasant; relaxed atmosphere and the food incredible. No faults at all. First time visiting and already recommended it to locals.

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NickA
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from start to finish, stay overnight and had best breakfast ever. Very helpful and polite staff

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Moser
Berkshire
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service good, food well presented and tasty. Some unusual options on the menu which made it a bit different.

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Herbyf123
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Service was awful...waitresses walking around looking but not looking what was needed to be done...waited 25mins after finishing dinner not one person came to clear plates..so got up and paid at the bar

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food

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RichardV
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

We had a lovely evening with excellent food and great ambience.The only issue was that we waited a long time for our order to be taken,and two of the main course options were no longer available.

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STEPHENA
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Saturday lunch, good thing we booked as the restaurant was full

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