Famous in the 1970s as the Eton Wine Bar (one of the first of its kind outside London), Gilbey’s is enviably located close to the Thames, midway between historic Eton College and Windsor Castle. Over the years it has upped its game on the food front and now delivers bistro-style food with a noticeable French slant. Relax in the conservatory restaurant or the intimate courtyard garden and enjoy lively dishes ranging from quail, woodpigeon and pistachio roulade with red onion marmalade to Scottish venison ‘three ways’ with spiced red cabbage, celeriac purée and girolles or honey-glazed pork belly with sweet potato boulangère, spinach and blackberry gel. For afters, splurge out on baked almond frangipane with sticky plums and vanilla custard. The family owners also import “delicious” French wines, so expect plenty of decent stuff on their carefully chosen list. Upstairs, a ‘studio suite’ awaits for those who want to stay over. “Our go-to restaurant if we're having a treat”, concludes one fan.