Former Clare Smyth protégé, Steven Ellis, has opened his own restaurant in Windsor, after 10 years spent in kitchens like Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, The Star Inn, Harome and Jamie O's Fifteen. The Oxford Blue dates back to the 1800’s. Originally two game keepers cottages, it was then converted into a traditional Inn and has served the local community ever since, in a number of different guises.
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Former Clare Smyth protégé, Steven Ellis, opened his first solo venture in this 19th century inn (converted from two game keepers’ cottages) in Old Windsor in late 2016. On initial feedback, its traditional, British food ‘with a twist’ is consistently highly rated.
The Oxford Blue in Old Windsor has been through a massive renovation to bring it up to meet the standard that Steven has defined of what a pub-restaurant should be. It has now evolved a long way from the traditional Inn it once was – that started life as two game keepers cottages.
Steven Ellis - Chef Proprietor
Originally from Lancashire, Steven spent a portion of his childhood growing up in the Middle East. Aged 16, he returned to England to enrol at the Birmingham College of Food & Tourism, before moving to London to follow his dream of becoming a world renowned chef. Steven’s talents were developed working in well-known restaurants such as Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen and the three Michelin star, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London. Steven’s vision for The Oxford Blue was crafted on his time spent working at Andrew Pern’s Star Inn, North Yorkshire. Using his talents in the kitchen, Steven blends traditional English fayre with the sophistication learnt at some of the world’s best restaurants to deliver sophisticated yet familiar dishes; a perfect match for the relaxed surroundings that this charming pub has to offer.
The Oxford Blue Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Very likeable place but need to get service sorted out. Sometimes takes a while to get pre supper drinks and then overly attentive at the table. Food is very very good. Upstairs private dining room looks fantastic. main dining room very noisy when full and this is normally very full. Welcome is first class."
"Great food (although seasoning could be a bit more careful - fish over salty, starters under seasoned), friendly and passionate service, great decor."
10 Crimp Hill, Old Windsor, SL4 2QY
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Weds – Sat Lunch 1200-1400 Dinner 1830-2130 Sun 1200-1600
Last orders: 9.30pm