As promised, we went back to The Castle to sample the food. During the work week, they have a lunch special, which includes a sandwich and chips (fries) for five quid. We had last Monday off so we wandered down on a chilly and rainy day. The weather prevented us from participating in outdoor activities and let’s face it, we love pubs, so we’ll use any excuse to go pub hopping.
We had two choices for the sandwich: beef or pork. The Better Half and I ordered one of each. How clever are we? I won’t lie, the sandwiches are pretty simple. Bread, meat, and some sauce. I saw other sandwiches leaving the kitchen that had lettuce and tomato, but I’m guessing they weren’t part of the lunch special. However, I’m a simple person, so I was pleased with my sandwich. I preferred the beef, but both were decent. The Better Half doesn’t like a lot of bread and left behind the crusts—on my plate of course. I did splurge and had some apple pie. I was expecting a slice, but had my very own that was simple again, but good.
We were there a week ago and I enjoyed sampling the Portobello Star. I was surprised that they had already swapped out the beer. Sighing I decided to sample the Shere Drop, made by the Surrey Hills Brewery. It was pleasing and I soon forgot my disappointment about the Portobello Star.
Again we enjoyed our time at this pub. Something amusing did happen during this visit. In the restroom, one of the doors to a stall was hard to close. At the time it was the only one available so I did my best to close it completely. After I succeeded I noticed that it didn’t have a lock. I figured it would take a person some time to open the door and I would have plenty of time to let them know it was occupied. I didn’t factor in one thing. When I was ready to leave, I couldn’t get the door to budge. There wasn’t a door handle and all I could tug on was the useless lock. It took some doing, but I freed myself with minor damaged to my finger from pulling on the lock. I wish I took a picture of my bright red finger. The Better Half got a good chuckle from the story and was relieved that I wasn’t sick in the bathroom since I was in there longer than normal.
Overall we both like this pub. It’s not showy, the food is simple, and it has tasty beer. In my book, that’s a winner. I give it four stars.