The Castle Pub, Part Two

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.

20131111_123609 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.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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65 Responses to The Castle Pub, Part Two

  1. Yummy yummy french fries :), but what did they do to the apple pie. Is that custard drizzled all over it? Why do they have to soak everything in custard???? Where’s the icecream and whipped cream or even a slab of cheese? LOL!!! Glad you had fun :).

  2. Looks good enough to eat

  3. The apple pie def looks like a winner to me 🙂

  4. Was any or all the food served warm or just the beer?

  5. Beth Ann says:

    It would have gotten 5 stars had the bathroom door worked properly!!!!

  6. Thta’s good for a fiver! Sorry about your finger did I miss the photo or didn’t you put it in 😦 have you moved south of the river then to my old “hood”?

  7. Rorybore says:

    Looks like a great, cozy atmosphere. And I prefer the simpler food too.
    It’s a PA day from school today and I have al 3 kiddos – plus 1 I am babysitting at home with me.
    And it’s raining.
    I could really use a pub like this today 😉

    • TBM says:

      Come on over. We’ll put the kids in my garden and Miles (my dog) and Att (my cat) can babysit. All of them will be exhausted in a few hours. Just in time for bed here in London. Then we can go back to the pub 🙂

  8. I think if you tried hot apple pie with cinnamon ice cream you’d change your mind. 🙂
    They actually put custard on top of apple pie? Have never seen that! Two desserts in one, yeah?

  9. Glad to see you still like this pub! I’m a fan of simplicity, so that’s a definite plus to me. Sorry that bathroom stall gave you so much trouble, though! At least you were able to get out on your own. Would’ve been embarrassing if you had to wait for someone to help you get out!

  10. That pie!!!!!!!!!!!
    I go nuts when public bathroom doors don’t function properly! I would have had an issue too.. 😀

  11. Vishy says:

    Nice review, TBM! I am sorry to know that the Portobello Star is no longer anchored at The Castle Pub. I liked that name so much.

  12. Fergiemoto says:

    I’d say that simply wanting to go to a pub is a good excuse to go to a pub! How fun! THe food looks good. It’s lunchtime right now and your food photos are making me hungry.
    Sorry you had some difficulty with the restroom door. That would be an uncomfortable feeling.

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