“ Address: Castle Street / Castleton / Hope Valley / Nr Derbyshire / S33 8WG / Telephone: 0845 11 26 046 „
After looking all over Castleton for a nice place to eat. We chose the castle in based on the menu and the inviting present of the pub. With boards with customer reviews on the wall looked very promising.
After returning in the evening there was no one too seat us at our table and had to obtain our own menus from another table. There looked a good choice on the menu. I ordered mushrooms in white wine source and my partner had French onion soup as starters. Once they turned up they came out cold and had two whole mushrooms sliced up.
For the main we had belly pork and roasted veg and sirloin steak. The roasted veg had not been washed and the steak was over cooked. The garlic sauce was out of a jar.
For two courses we paid just under £60 with ONE bottle of house rose. The food was very average and wheathespoons would of been better. Do not waste your money on something over priced.
Difficult to say other than appalling. The barmaid looked and behaved as though she had not slept for a week and would rather be somewhere else. The food took ages to appear and was poor, both in appearance and taste. We had to ask where it was after waiting for 45 minutes. When my gammon and chips arrived the chips were cold. Really a lovely location let down by poor service and an indifferent attitude on the part of the staff.
My husband and I dined here whilst staying in Castleton for our wedding anniversary. The service was really good and the food came quickly and tasted delicious. We shared a tasty platter for our starter which included duck liver pate, my husband didn't eat much of it, but I did. The mains were lovely and so were the puds. However, that night we were both very ill throughout the night and spent the night in the bathroom, I was worse than my husband and when we thought about it, realised it could only be the pate that we both had eaten. When telling the Manager the next day he queried the time that the illness had started, even though it was confirmed by our G.P. We both found their attitude uncaring and lacking sympathy. We were also, not given an apology.
The Castle Inn, Castleton, Derbyshire is a particular favourite of mine and I have been there on numerous occasions for either lunch or dinner.
The Castle Inn is situated in the main part of Castleton, opposite the information centre and is a traditional country pub that is also steeped in history. It has many seating areas including a restaurant, bar, a lounge and a beautiful garden in which you can either have a meal or simply enjoy a drink.
The Inn offers an interesting menu and you can have anything from a basic cheese sandwich to a Venison Steak with red onion and fennel served with chestnut mushroom cream and dauphinoise potatoes and an extensive choice of fish dishes. The prices vary on the main menu but they currently have an offer on for a 3 course meal for only £10 . .
If you fancy a nice day out there are also lots of walks and beautiful scenery to take in.
We travelled here from Wakefield for a family get together. We weren't disappointed. Ordering was quick and easy and all 10 of us were served our main course at the same time (which is a rarity at other establishments). With open fires and a relaxed atmosphere, we didn't feel rushed as the pub filled up at lunchtime. The food was lovely. I had the Hunter's Chicken which was beautiful. The portion sizes are perfect for adults and a children's menu is available on request. Highchairs are also available. The meal was very good value for money, costing less than £10/person. All staff were pleasant and helpful. Only down side was we couldn't find a baby changing facility although we managed in a quiet corner near the toilets. We would definitely recommend this pub to everyone and will be going back next time we're in the area. Great location, great atmosphere, great food.
Whilst mapping the area I had the pleasure of living in the Castleton/Edale region for 6 weeks and the Castle Inn was one of the nicest public houses in the area. If you are visiting the area what you must understand is that it is a touristy area as you have the Blue John mines, the lovely village of Castleton, the start of the Pennine Way and Mam Tor so with that aside it is understandably very hard to find a good local pub, but the Castle Inn manages to do it. It has a lovely feel and the bar staff are really friendly and they will let you grab a table for a meal or just for drinks. The selection of drinks is standard pub with some good wines and ales. What is most surprising is that they also have the best hot chocolates which are perfect for the weary walker of frozen shopper. There food selection is good and again the standard of food is good, but not amazing -although I wouldn't expect that. They are quite fast with food even at the busiest times, although I wouldn't trust them to deliver the food by a dead line.
They are a little on the pricey side, but everyone in a touristy area usually is and they are not horrendously pricey.
Dogs are welcome, but only outside due to the food service, which is nice on a good day but can be annoying in the cold or when the place is swarming with people as it is on the corner of the main road.
For the area it is a very good pub with a nice feel. The food is at an expected standard and they have a good range of drinks. On the whole given it's location and clientele this pub does exceptionally well and is recommended for anyone looking for a pub in the area.
I had a quite forgettable dining experience at The Castle on 3rd April. It is the type of venue I would not care to recommend. Although it 'looks the part', a warm and friendly country pub, stone flooring, beamed ceilings and resident ghosts, I was less than impressed with the standard of cooking. The warmth of the open fires contrasted markedly with the somewhat frosty demeanour of the lady who took the food orders and delivered them, sans smile, to the table. Whilst my partner's meal, cod in a tangy tomato sauce served with a selection of vegetables, was tasty and seemed freshly prepared, my choice of fish pie had obviously been microwaved for a minute too long. I was, though, quite relieved that 'Mein Hostess', when greeting and serving her customers, was not tempted to smile. A cracked face does not make pleasant viewing whilst one dines!
The Castle Inn is one of several public houses that can be found in the Derbyshire town of Castleton in the Peak District National Park. It is located right in the heart of the town, at the bottom of the hillside where Peveril Castle is perched, overlooking Castleton. This location leaves the visitor in no doubt how this place derived its name and the sign outside here has a picture of a Castle on it, that somewhat resembles that of Peveril Castle.
Due to its location within the town, the Castle is generally the busiest pub in Castleton. If the weather is fine this is one of the few places which has a large beer garden and the advantage of the beer garden here is that it has wonderful views of the Castle. From the outside this beer garden is sheltered by trees and shrubs so only the tops of the red and white umbrellas are visible from the road. This helps to give the garden a more private, intimate feel and creates a charming, relaxed ambience.
The Castle Inn dates from around 1600 and until Victorian times it was a popular stop off point for the stagecoaches that travelled between Sheffield and Manchester. There are several historical documents that survive, which give us an insight into the history of this place and we know that during the reign of King Charles 11 the landlord of this Pub was fined for brewing his own beer without a license.
It is said that the Castle Inn has at least four different resident ghosts. These include an old man who wears a pinstriped suit, a jilted bride and a lady dressed in grey.
Today the Castle Inn is a part of the Vintage Inns chain and provides accommodation as well as drinks and food. There is always a good choice of cask ales available and on my last visit here I noted Thwaites Bomber, Thwaites IPA and Black Sheep Ale all on sale behind the bar.
I have enjoyed many drinks here over the years and have always found the price to be in line with those of the towns other pubs. I have also eaten here but not for a couple of years, but I did find the food to be a little bit disappointing.
On recent visits here I have seen food being served out and this still seems to support my findings. The meals are rather small in size and the vegetables look like they are frozen rather than fresh. Having said that there is quite an extensive menu available. This includes lots of fancy named dishes including butter bean and bell pepper pie and roasted Mediterranean lasagne.
Food is served daily from 12 midday until 9.30pm and there is no need to pre-book.
Accommodation in Castleton is often difficult to find, especially during busy periods and it is always necessary to pre-book a room here, which are often fully booked several months in advance. I have never had the need to book accommodation in the town since I live only about 30 minutes from here but I am told that the rooms here are very comfortable and of a good standard.
Prices for the rooms vary and they are generally more expensive over the weekend than during the week. Currently a double room between Monday and Thursday will cost £59.95 (90 Euros) per person, whilst on a Saturday or Sunday this same room will cost £75 (113 Euros) per person.
Overall I think that the Castle Inn in Castleton is a lovely place to sit outside and enjoy a few drinks. I have always found the staff to be smart and very pleasant. I would definitely recommend a visit here if you are in the area.
The Castle Inn
Tel (01433) 620578
Fax (01433) 622902