The Christopher Hotel Bar and Grill
If you linger too long at the windows of the little antique shops and art galleries that line the streets of historic Eton, you may miss out on a delightful dining experience. In the heart of the town, less than half a mile north of Windsor Castle, is The Christopher Hotel, and its Bar and Grill boasts a menu fit for a queen. The hotel is a former coach house dating back to 1711, but venture into the restaurant and you'll find yourself dining in contemporary style. Pull up one of the chic leather chairs and cast your hungry eye over a menu that caters for the smaller appetite as well as those wishing to spoil themselves a little. Choose from a tempting array of English dishes, often with an innovative twist. The fresh tuna steak is served with a beautifully fragrant ginger and soy marinade, and the wild boar and apple sausages are accompanied by a liberal helping of Irish colcannon, a tasty alternative to mashed potato. An old Irish custom was to hide small coins in the colcannon at Halloween, but fear not, you won't need the extra pennies - the main courses are reasonably priced, ranging from £10 to £16 for the 10oz rib-eye steak. On a balmy summer evening, take a table on the terrace and treat yourself to one of the fine examples of Moroccan cuisine served at The Christopher - the tender lemon chicken tagine served with sweet onions and raisins melts exquisitely in the mouth. To finish with a flourish, undo a few buttons and make room for the Moroccan vanilla rice pudding, wrapped in filo and drizzled with a wonderfully light cinnamon custard. After a leisurely stroll around town, while away the afternoon with one of Christopher's full afternoon teas at just £12 per person. Why not sip a glass of house bubbly with your scones and clotted cream for an extra £6? And, if you've indulged a little too much, rest your head in one of the 33 simple yet elegantly furnished rooms. Absolute bliss.