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“RUDE” 1 of 5 stars
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Main Road, West Lulworth BH30 5RN , England   |  
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Ranked #13 of 15 West Lulworth B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“RUDE”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Rude and very unhelpful people - DO NOT go to this pub if you want a nice time. It looks lovely on the website and when you first go in, but do not be fooled. The staff were so rude I was in shock for days having been spoken like that.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Cirencester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

I travel frequently for work, and seldom write reviews, but felt that it might be useful to put together a quick summary about the Castle Inn. As other reviewers have indicated, I suggest that you read through the various reviews before booking.

If you're coming ( probably with dogs) to walk the fantastic coastal paths nearby, and want a friendly reception, a clean bedroom (where your dogs are also welcome) and as much good pub grub as you can eat, then this is definitely the place to come. The location is perfect; it's very fair value for money and our dogs ( one elderly; the other still a puppy) loved it, particularly the sausage breakfast.

But.... If you're looking for a chic boutique hotel, the Castle Inn isn't for you. Some of the decoration is a bit "tired" and its certainly not trying to be stylish - though the free WiFi worked well.

Overall, however, the only real recommendation of any venue is a return stay..... And we're hoping to come back ( with our dogs) later this year.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Bedford, United Kingdom
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Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

I was staying at the Youth Hostel so we only went in for a drink on the way back from a walk, but I was so impressed that I wanted to write a review.
They have a very good range of real ales and ciders and have a system where you can try three different types of cider as one order as it's equivalent to a pint. I only realised this after I'd got my beer otherwise I would have done this. The portion of chips we had were very good as well.
It is excellent for dog owners. Apparently, if you do the B+B, dogs get served first at breakfast. Those who don't like dogs should perhaps stay away as dogs are allowed on the seats!
Staff very freindly

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New Forest National Park, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013 via mobile

A real traditional thatched pub. A warm welcome from all the staff, for you, and your dog! Food was great and good portions. We stayed 1 night, but had been looking to book for a year, but each time we phoned they were booked up.
There is lots of parking, free WiFi through out the pub, and in the rooms. There was a big garden at the rear with view of the valley. A good range of beers and ciders. The customers in the pub appeared mainly visitors, and there was a lack of locals the night we were there. The rooms were a bit tired, and in need of a refit for the price being charged.
Dogs are the pubs big selling point. If you don't like dogs, this may not be for you. Our Lab was made up with her photo on the website, being Tweeted and the sausage for breakfast!

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Slough, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

We stayed 3 nights b&b. It was just perfect in every way. The complete opposite of those soulless 5* jobs. The Castle Inn has a great location, chocolate box good looks and bags of character. The room was lovely with its genuine beams and low ceiling. What with huge portions of good, honest pub grub, lots of well kept real ales served directly from the cask, and no fewer than 20 local ciders, what's not to like?
It was so nice to have people with their dogs in the bars enjoying convivial conversation, rather than having intrusive music and large parties with noisy kids running about all over the place.

All the staff were friendly, attentive and efficient with useful local knowledge.
Having been there once I wouldn't stay anywhere else in the Perbeck area.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

My wife and I know the Castle Inn well having had lunches there once or twice a year for the last 14 years or so. We decided to stay for a few days - and will certainly do so again. Remember this is not an umpteen star hotel - it's an ancient English Inn. We loved it - the food was great with very good helpings. The wine list seemed to cater for all tastes but the real treat was if you liked Real Ale or Cider. The beer straight from the cask - rather unusual these days!
Very friendly and helpful staff.
A warning - don't go there if you don't like dogs! Most people seemed to have a dog or two with them which, in our view, made for a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Stayed 4 nights b&b, basic but good value.Its a well advertised dog pub so expect lots of dogs in the bars, they were less trouble than children and more friendly. Staff were attentive and efficient, meals were large and the beer well kept. Customers were also friendly probably because of the dogs,had a good laugh.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Castle Inn

Address: Main Road, West Lulworth BH30 5RN , England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > West Lulworth
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in West Lulworth
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 12
Also Known As:
The Castle Hotel West Lulworth
The Castle Inn West Lulworth, Dorset

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