New era for historic Kenilworth pub - The Leamington Observer

New era for historic Kenilworth pub

THE QUEEN & Castle is embarking on a new era in its long history.

The earliest record of the Castle Green pub, sitting in the shadow of the famous castle, can be traced back to 1835 according to Rob Steward’s book ‘The Inns and Roads of Kenilworth’. It was then known as The Castle Inn. It has gone through many changes down the years. It was once a hotel – which purportedly featured oak panelling from the neighbouring castle – but much of its interior character was lost in the mid 1980s when it was gutted by its then owners.

But it is now looking forward to a new and exciting chapter in its rich history having undergone a major makeover – one which respects its past but which also caters for the needs of the 21st century customer.

It is now a stylish and comfortable gastropub with lots of warm wood, plush velvet, tasteful artwork and open log fires.

There is also a superb garden which offers customers the chance to dine alfresco – something which will come into its own during the summer.

Of course, the interior and exterior can be the most inviting ever, but it’s not going to mean anything without a decent menu. Rest assured, the new-look Queen & Castle certainly has a first-class menu, and a kitchen which now how to deliver it.

Gone are the days when a pub menu simply featured a few British classics. The Queen & Castle’s menu takes inspiration from around the world – from king prawn, crab and chorizo linguine to spiced coconut curry, but classics are classics for a reason, and diners will still also find the likes cod and chips.

The menu is all about making the most of the freshest ingredients – daily delivered fish, top quality meat and produce – and the kitchen certainly present them at their flavourful best.

There’s also a range of desserts, vegan options, healthier and lower calorie choices, and there’s a children’s menu.

Drinks-wise, there’s an excellent cocktail men, a wine list which offers plenty of choice without being daunting, together with a range of beers and spirits – including non-alcohol options – and soft drinks.

A mention must also go to the serving staff, who are attentive without being over-bearing, and clearly have a good knowledge of the menu, which many other establishments could do with taking heed of.

The future for this historic Kenilworth landmark is looking very bright.

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