I have been to the Castle Inn a couple of times, it's not the most beautiful place I've ever been to. Anyhow, perhaps wrongly I say, because the place is not so pretty "One's" expectations are not so high. Now, I even feel a spot embarrassed about that, because it's what's on the plate not how pretty the place is for sure that counts. None the less I'm sure you know what I mean.
Well, all balanced up, for what you pay, and what you get it's a big surprise. The foods fine, actually if I am being very fair it's probably a bit more than fine, it was actually very tasty, hot and well presented. Nothing whatsoever to complain about. I have enjoyed the food there on each occasion I have been, and have been treated well by friendly staff. Basic pub, basic ..but good food!
Well done to the Castle Inn!
The Castle Inn in Bodiam is a barely a cannon ball's trajectory from Bodiam Castle itself. We stopped by at this pleasant country pub, before heading to the castle itself, for a Sunday lunch. We were well pleased but hardly blown away.
The place was in minor chaos with a long queue at the bar when we arrived. It was almost as if they were taken aback by the fact that people might stop by for lunch on a sunny Sunday afternoon at 2. But we got there in the end. I had roast beef.
I was personally disappointed that this Shepherd Neame boozer, within sight of hop farms and oasthouses, didn't serve a pint of one that brewer's sensational brown beers like Spitfire or even Masterbrew but I had to settle for Oranjeboom lager. Not much of a compromise, as it turned out.
Some minor quibbles. At close to a tenner for roast, I do think the cutlery can be delivered to the table. I also don't think sachets of horseradish and mint sauce (she had the roast lamb) cut the mustard. (The mustard came in sachets too, now I think of it!). How about little ramekins of these vital condiments? Also: spuds. Three spuds is a stingy serving on a roast dinner. Let's have four or even five. It's not too much to ask. More potatoes!
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