Been to The Castle loads and loads of time, as a local and fairly regular customer. Its a wonderful tradiotnal pub, and in my opinion the best and only one i drink in in Bakewell. Its traditional, not twee or faux classic, its just old and classy. Nice open fires, and popular with tourists, and most importantly locals. It has a good, and often great selection of ales (recommend the Abbey Moonshine). Prices are steep, but this is Bakewell, so the prices are somewhat justified.
Food. Eaten here a good number of occassions, noth in the week, and Sunday carverys. To be honest, the Sunday carvery isnt particularly great. Its basic, nothing particularly memorable, and you can do much better than this by cooking at home. Weve previously had undercooked vegetables, and roast potatoes that were frozen in the middle (did complain, but by the time the gave us replacements we'd finished our meals).
Eating in the week is a little better. Reasonable choice on the menus, food is generally good, although personally i do still find it a little over priced / portions too small. Again, nothing to complain about the food, but its nothing extra special either. My only recommendation is to treat this as pub food, and not a restaurant.
Staff and service are excellent.
Overall a 4 out of 5, based really on the building, the staff and the ales. Food i'd give it 3.
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