Visiting The Queen's Royal Farm Shop Windsor
A Farm Shop Selling Royal Produce + Tea Rooms
|Windsor Farm Shop|
This is an off beat attraction at Windsor, off the trodden tourist track that few visitors visit or even know that it exists.
Those that do seem to think its worthwhile.
At face value this is a normal farm shop, the difference is that it is selling produce from the Royal Farms and this produce tends to be top quality, top of the range foods.
The Farm Shop sells a range of products from the Royal Farms and small local specialist suppliers, including:
Beef from traditional British breeds, lamb, pork, poultry and game in season from the Royal Estates.
A selection of hams and pies cooked on site and locally grown seasonal fruit and vegetables
More like a Harrods food hall than a commercial farm shop, there is a lot of organic produce and at Easter, Christmas etc. a special effort is made.
Getting To Windsor Royal Farm Shop
The Royal Farm Shop is on the opposite side of Home Park, (the back garden of Windsor Castle) from Windsor Town. It would be about 2 miles to walk, more than most people would be prepared to walk and not a particularly nice walk at that.
|Windsor no 71 Bus|
For most independent travelers, just get a number 71 bus from in front of Windsor Castle signposted to Heathrow Terminal 5 and get off at the first stop in Old Windsor.
Just follow the road to Datchet for 5 minutes for the farm shop.
The number 71 carries on its way through Old Windsor to Heathrow. At the other end of Old Windsor is Runnymede. If you get off by the Bells of Ouzely pub its just a simple 5 minute walk to the memorials including the site where the Magna Carta was signed.
The Windsor hop on, hop off sightseeing bus also stops outside the Royal Farm Shop.
Windsor Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus
Windsor and Eton is very walkable and you do not really need a sightseeing bus, but it is a fun way to see what Windsor and Eton has to offer. In fact you can walk across to Eton from Windsor in a fraction of the time a vehicle takes.
|Windsor Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus|
What you do get is a good orientation of Windsor and Eton perched high up on the double deck bus. Especially if you are visiting independently and for a day or longer the commentary can set the scene nicely for your stay.
There is a single route with full commentary that covers Windsor and Eton. If you never got off, the tour lasts for around 45 minutes. The tour doesn't visit Runnymede or Legoland.
The tour does a circuit of Home Park, the back garden of Windsor Castle. You can peek over the wall into this private area from the top of the bus, get a feel for Windsor Great Park and some of the Queen's farms. There is a stop at the Queen's Royal Farm Shop which most visitors don't get to see. The second part of the tour passes through Datchet by the River Thames and then performs a circuit of Eton.
Tickets can be purchased from the driver and last for 24 hours.
Frequencies are every 20 minutes in Summer and 30-60 minutes at other times.
The main start and finish is immediately in front of Windsor Castle, by a statue of Queen Victoria - you can't miss it.