The Loch & The Tyne

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££££
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Bronze Award

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Bronze Award

Tucked away in Old Windsor - you would be forgiven for thinking you had taken a wrong turn as your head towards Adam Handling’s out-of-London outpost - The Loch & The Tyne, but the leafy seclusion of this country pub restaurant only adds to the countryside feel that this Berkshire restaurant is looking to achieve.

The entrance of the restaurant is home to a “gin terrace”, complete with a heater for every table and oversized parasols to protect from the elements. Mismatched cosy tartan blankets offer a nod to Handling’s heritage without feeling too twee. The restaurant interior is filled with exposed brick, original fireplaces and mahogany tables with squishy leather chairs. A bar area within the restaurant offers a more relaxed area for those looking to indulge in the bar snacks paired with a pint. Or head outside to the beer garden, loaded with rustic charm, wooden decking, a comfy seating area and a firepit give a cosy evening space where you can enjoy views of the lush herb and vegetable garden that sources many of the dishes.

We started our meal with a selection of snacks. Handling’s now signature chicken butter - a butter whipped with chicken fat and topped with crispy crumbles of chicken skin - served with crusty sourdough - is both tasty and iconic so we think it’s a must-order for anyone visiting. Don't indulge too heavily though as the snacks menu is a tempting start, with warmed cheese doughnuts and haggis Scotch eggs being particular highlights for us. Our starter was a twice-baked cheese souffle served with pickles, beautifully presented with edible flowers but perhaps lacking a little in that strong flavour you would expect from a twice-baked souffle. For mains, salt-aged lamb rump with black radish and goat’s cheese was perfectly portioned. Balmoral chicken with haggis, asparagus and black garlic is scattered with edible flowers and herbs from the restaurant’s garden, the depth in flavour of the haggis combined with the tender chicken breast makes for an inviting combination.

The puddings are pub favourites you know and love with a fine dining edge. The strawberry trifle includes hunks of gingerbread and is topped with chantilly cream, all served in crystal-cut glassware - for an insta-worthy dessert that has substance and style. If you don’t have a sweet tooth then the cheeseboard for two comes with all the trimmings.

Take note of all the personal touches while you are there. The wine menu includes Handling’s own English sparkling wine from Kent and the walls are adorned with artwork from his favourite artists. Don’t miss framed black and white photos of Handling and co-chef proprietors Steven Kerr and Johnny McNeil from throughout the years hanging on the walls near the bar, and hot water bottles that have hand-knitted covers made by Handling’s mother.

Not just fine dining without the fuss, The Loch & The Tyne has that extra level of warmth in both design and service that makes you feel like you’re dining at your local, without it actually being your local.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Cuisines
British, Scottish
Ambience
Cosy, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Traditional, Unique
Other Awards
SquareMeal UK Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Beer garden, Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About The Loch & The Tyne

Chef Adam Handling has been steadily building his restaurant portfolio since he first opened The Frog in 2016 and his upward swing looks set to continue with The Loch & The Tyne. Found on the former site of Michelin-starred gastropub The Oxford Blue (an unfortunate victim of the Covid-19 pandemic), The Loch & The Tyne is a joint project between Handling and co-chef proprietors Steven Kerr and Johnny McNeil, both of whom have worked with the chef for a number of years.

Handling’s first venture outside of London is his take on a classic British pub and restaurant (there are also two bedrooms available for overnight stays). Fans of Handling will know that his menus are often underpinned by sustainability and The Loch & The Tyne pushes this further, incorporating low-waste practises into the everyday workings of the venue - there is a vegetable garden and composting area on site, solar panels on the roof and water used in the kitchen sinks is recycled as toilet water. Overnight guests are even able to take a Nespresso Velosophy bike out for a spin, which is made using recycled coffee capsules.

Inside, expect a traditional pub feel with touches of modernity, while the menu is a seasonally evolving offering which champions the best of British produce. Begin with snacks such as Handling’s signature cheese doughnuts, before moving on to starters proper, which could include a lobster tart or twice-baked cheese souffle with pickles. Main courses meanwhile, see fish and chips served with mushy peas and Balmoral chicken paired with asparagus and wild garlic. The pudding list features custard tart and a peach trifle, while savoury-toothed diners can instead opt for cheese sharing boards.

On Sundays, head to The Loch & The Tyne for a traditional three-course Sunday lunch, washed down alongside fun house cocktails such as a Scottish Porn Star featuring Irn Bru.


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Does The Loch & The Tyne have accomodation?

Yes, The Loch & The Tyne has two bedrooms that are available to hire for overnight stays.

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Is The Loch & The Tyne open on Sundays?

Yes, The Loch & The Tyne is open for Sunday lunch, serving a three-course lunch menu.

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Who owns The Loch & The Tyne?

The Loch & The Tyne is a joint project between chef Adam Handling and his Co-Chef Proprietors Steven Kerr and Johnny McNeil.

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Location for The Loch & The Tyne

10 Crimp Hill, Old Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 2QY

01753 851470

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu 12:00-14:30
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 17:00-22:00
Thu 17:00-22:00
Fri 17:00-22:00
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
All day
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat 12:00-22:00
Sun 12:00-19:00

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