“ 1 Finchdean Road, Rowland's Castle, Hampshire PO9 6DA Tel. 02392 412494. „
this country pub is a real find. The chef produces food of the highest standard and his talent is there for all to enjoy in the wonderful menu he has. It will now be a family favourite and we all look forward to eating there again. I have been there for various meals and attended a biirthday buffet lunch there in the summer and every guest without exception commented on the cuisine. It was all so delicious and served with such flair and professionalism. The only problem is that the waitress needs help when it is busy as she cannot be expected to cope at busy times on her own
First off it was my first time here I had been working/travelling a while and was starving!!! I ordered the homemade lasagne which is such a simple dish,(really didn't think this could come out so wrong and so slow!!! i waited an hour and a half) It was burnt to a crisp - so I asked the waitress what would be a quick replacement and she sugested the home made burger, so i waited a further 15 mins for this, when I cut it in half it was RAW!! now I have done my food hygiene and I know that minced food harbours more bacteria and must be cooked thoroughly!! obviously the chef/chefs are rubbish as a temperature probe would have told them this!! I wouldn't go back and definatly wouldn't recommend this establishment to anyone!! and if I was the owner I would get their staff retrained or sack them! I didnt even get any sort of good will justure (not even a glass of cola) and I was very polite about the whole polava. After I left I took a drive to Burger king in havant and it was lovely!! (and that is saying something seeing as they are just a fast food outlet)
I went for a meal in the Castle Inn last night with my partner and kids. All our meals were excellent but I can honestly say that my steak and ale pie was the most delicious thing I can remember ever having eaten. It was close enough to perfection that I, an ordinary member of the public, was unable to find fault of any kind. Even the portion size was perfect i.e. I ate it all but shouldn't have.
On a more balanced note: -
We got there at 7pm and all was quiet. However, as the evening progressed the restaurant started to get busy, stretching our excellent waitress and resulting in a lengthy wait for the bill.
There were a couple of fruit flies hanging round our table and there was nothing chocolatty on the sweet menu.
That said, the price was excellent for the quality of food and I will be finding an excuse to go again as soon a possible.
Just recently me and four other friends attended the Castle inn for lunch, I have passed the pub many times going for walks in the nearby park, we went to the Castle Inn for an elderly friends birthday, the surroundings are very warm and easy to fall into, the meal I had was the beef and ale pie, with fresh vegetables.And I will say the pie was top notch for me lots of beef steak, not cheap chewy steak, but good size portions, the pastry was just the right consistency not to thick or thin, and even the Vegetables were not over cooked, Perfect for me.This was on the 18/06/09 a good summers day, We are going again for an evening meal on the 26/06/09 Excellent Value will recommend highly.Tony Day.
I went down to Portsmouth for a wedding and on the Saturday we had six hours to go until we had to be there and after the four hour drive down there we were starving. I was always on the lookout for places to see and eat and when I saw a tourist sign for Rowlands castle I thought we may as well go. I thought there would be a castle but it turns out it is just a little village name. While we were there though we spotted a really sweet little pub called the castle inn and we thought we might as well get some food while we there and it was quite a pleasant experience.
What is the Castle Inn?
It is a small pub which has quite a traditional feel about it and is nice because it is set back from any main roads and is in this sweet little village that is well sign posted and for good reason as this inn is absolutely gorgeous.
Where is it?
1 Finchdean Road
I think location is great for this inn as it is in a very picturesque area with lots of greenery around and the area is well sign posted so they do get a lot of visitors. We were speaking to the girl who was serving behind the bar and she said that they are always busy between 12 and 2 in the afternoon and then in the evening from about 6. From inside the inn you get nice views of outside which is basically just nice and green and outside you are right in the countryside which is fantastic.
The parking area is not huge and is set just behind the Inn. I think you can get about twenty cars in there though which I suppose would fill the Inn so its not that bad. There are no defined spaces and I think that is why it appears to be really small as it depends how people park to how many cars you can get in there.
From outside on the road it seems like a very nice traditional Inn. When you get around the back the car park is quite sweet and there are lots of outside eating areas which offer you very nice views but because it was raining when we were there nobody could really eat outside.
The bar is quite central to the whole room and then there are two areas. As you walk in through the back entrance you are straight into the restaurant which has a very nice look to it with bright wooden furniture and nice decorations on the wall and a real coal fire in the centre of the room. There is a blackboard up so you can see all of the food on offer and they have a selection of about twenty courses.
If you walk to the top of the restaurant there is another door which leads you to the bar area which is basically where you go to drink only and not eat. It did look quite nice in there and was very busy but as we were starving we stayed in the restaurant area. I should note that I think it is a non smoking place as you couldnt see or smell cigarette smoke at all which was lovely.
It is quite a big bar so there are lots of drinks on offer and they even had my Apple and mango J20 that I can never seem to get from anywhere for some reason. The drinks are priced as standard so £3 for my J20 and £1.50 for my fiancés lemonade.
The selection was great and I was surprised to see that there was a good selection of vegetarian dishes as not many places seem to have loads but this inn seemed to make sure that everybody was catered for. All main meals were priced at £5 9 so very reasonable and I couldnt actually see any starters on offer.
When the food arrived they were quite big servings so you were definitely full by the time you had finished. I had a vegetable chilli which was delicious and Dave had a really nice cod and chips which although you would expect it to be quite greasy it was actually not which was unexpected so very nice. Everything on the plates were nicely set out so they take care over presentation here.
The puddings were all at £4 each and although we didnt try any we saw somebody have one and it looked lovely. They only had choices of about 5 but hey were all nice choices like toffee and apple crumble and chocolate fudge cake.
I actually think the Castle Inn is very nice and I am so glad that we found this place as it was a nice atmosphere and served good and delicious food and that was just what we needed. I think the prices are right they have a good way of doing things with people just interested in drinking separated from the eating area and I think they managed to make sure that if I am ever in this area again I would revisit.
In conclusion I am going to give this inn top marks as I think it was really nice and did a good job at making sure people feel comfortable there. I know places like this in little villages that do treat locals differently to people visiting but here although it was filled with local people it was different as you felt ok there. I would recommend if you are in this area.
Thanks for reading.
Castle Inn has open fires, wood panelling, flagstone and timber floors. An old traditional pub which prides itself on good ale, good food and old fashioned hospitality. Located directly opposite Stansted Park which is an impressive 500 acres of Trust woodland, there are lots of walks around including the South Down Way. Food is freshly prepared on the premises and we are famous for our handmade pies, which include favourites such as steak & ale, chicken & ham, chicken & leek etc. Our non smoking restaurant and lounge offer you a comfortable environment to dine or enjoy a drink, or you can choose to dine al fresco in the summer. Because of our popularity booking is recommended for food in the evenings and at weekends. We are also proud of our well kept real ales, which is much appreciated by the real ale drinker.