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Virgins & Castle, Kenilworth, Warwickshire

Virgins & Castle

4.3
4.3
471 Reviews
£25 and under
Pub

The Virgins & Castle is the oldest pub in Kenilworth and full of character and charm of 16th century Warwickshire.

With a warm welcome we aim to create a place where locals and visitors to Kenilworth can enjoy a great selection of drinks and fantastic service.

With a great range of beers, ales and spirits as well as our temperance bar of non-alcoholic drinks we have four cosy snugs where you can enjoy a quiet drink.

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Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Pub, Vegetarian / Vegan, British

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 9:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 9:00 am–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    01926 853737

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    The Virgins & Castle is part of the Caviar & Chips hospitality group with an external catering offering for celebrations, parties and events. Ask a member of the team for further details.

  • Private party facilities

    The Virgins & Castle has a great private dining room separate to the rest of the pub and with it's own access to the bar. We can hold parties of up to 30 guests seated or up to 50 guests standing with buffet menus as well as the full pub menu to choose from and order in advance. Ask a member of the team for further details.

  • Neighborhood

    Kenilworth

  • Parking details

    There is a public pay at a ticket machine car park behind the pub in the town park.

  • Public transit

    Visitors to Kenilworth can get to us by train stopping at Kenilworth station just a 10 minute walk from the Virgins & Castle. You can also arrive by bus with a bus stop just 5 minutes walk from the pub.

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 471 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Warwickshire

    Great for Brunch

  • Warwickshire

    Good for Groups

  • Warwickshire

    Healthy

  • Warwickshire

    Great for Lunch

  • Warwickshire

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Warwickshire

    Sunday Lunch

  • Warwickshire

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. LB

    LorraineB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We had a lovely meal overall. My husband was amazed at being offered free roast potatoes and Yorkshire puddings. There must of been too many cooked . What a fantastic idea to offer them to your customers . Your choice of desserts is amazing too. Beautiful. Keep up the good work. Cheers to you all. Lorraine and Steve Byrne.

  2. RP

    RowlandP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The sharing platters we had were amazing. Plenty of beautifully prepared food which was delicious to eat. The staff are very amiable and there is a great feeling in the pub, highly recommendable.

  3. S

    Shirl

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Service was excellent although drinks a little slow coming very warm welcome parts of the main meal a little cold for me

  4. S

    karenS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4

    Food could have been hotter, asked if we wanted beef pink or well done we asked for pink it came well done. Asked if we wanted any sauces so asked horseradish which is a traditional accompaniment to beef but was told oh we don’t have that. Food was ok but sadly won’t rush back

  5. BA

    BigA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    Very quiet for a Saturday night. Food and service good but no facility to add tip on electronic payment. Left cash tip on table but dont like doing this. Atmosphere in pub not great for Saturday night. Piped music was loud and not very good.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very good selection of the tasty vegan options complimented by friendly service.

  7. PD

    PaulD

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely relaxed atmosphere, great service from all of the staff. Food was delivered in a timely fashion (not rushed or left waiting to long perfect timing). Both our starters and mains were delicious 😋 will definitely be back in the near future.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful Sunday roast dinner, with plentiful beef, veg and gravy. We had to wait quite a while for our meal to come and hadn’t said anything but the manager apologised and gave us our first round of drinks free of charge without any prompting. The fact the delay was recognised and apologised for was excellent.

  9. M

    Micky

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience5

    What a shame..I love this pub as it offers so much where we regularly pop in for breakfast. I'm really disappointed as I had booked this venue to celebrate my husband's birthday. We arrived on time to find our table was being used by someone else. We had to wait twenty minutes for it to be cleared then cleaned, when we were seated it was not prepared where I had to ask for menus and to be served. The food arrived late where we weren't eating until another 40 minutes. Food was bought out without any cutlery where we had to wait another ten minutes for this. Water was bought out half way through our meal. Plates were left to be cleared a good hour the whole night was a shambles. I ordered mash and vegan sausages that arrived floating in a puddle of gravy, yuk!!!! Gravy should have been in a side boat allowing me to choose the amount I wanted. What a sad experience. The only reason I didn't complain on the night was due to me not wanting to spoil my husband's birthday , embarrassing him. The menu choice was limited for vegetarians and different from what is advertised online. The food is over priced, especially the mash and sausages which were NOT worth the £15 I paid.

  10. H

    Haroldsmum

    London

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lovely pub setting and excellent food, with attentive service

  11. D

    Danya

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    A charming, cosy pub serving gorgeous food. The service is excellent also.

  12. JC

    JohnC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Enjoyed the meal good portion. Friendly and attentive staff

  13. j

    jenniferj

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely Sunday roasts and sides enjoyed by the whole family. Friendly service too - will definitely return

  14. CC

    ClaireC

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    A regular Sunday meal for us and we have never been disappointed until yesterday. We went straight in for a main as portions have always been generous. I’m afraid we were quite disappointed with the cod curry, a new menu addition, which was faultless in terms of taste and flavours, however the portion was so measly we ordered a starter after the main to fill us up! The waitress gave our feedback to the kitchen and I was hopeful the starter would be on the house as way of recompense, it wasn’t. Ahh well, you live and learn. We’ll be back, but we won’t be ordering the cod curry again!

  15. MC

    MarkC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    This was the worst Sunday lunch we’ve ever experienced. The quality of the food was dreadful tough meat potatoes were inedible plates and food cold . We complained straight away and given a standard apology and refund of dinners but the experience and cost of such a meal has literally left a nasty taste in our mouths . We would never recommend this establishment to any one we know . Also staff messed around by the bar area very loud and unprofessional !!!!!!

  16. CW

    CarolineW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great Sunday roast, great starters and boards, never had a bad experience here ever

  17. PC

    PaulaC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Lovely ambience, polite and efficient service, good food in lovely, character surroundings.

  18. SJ

    SusieJ

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Nice menu with lots of choice. Good choice for vegetarians.

  19. GO

    GillO

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    First visit since the new owners took over. DElicious lunchtime sandwiches. Some of the old rooms now look more restauranty, which is a pity. The garden, where we ate, as relaxing as always.

  20. H

    Hugh2

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Service was excellent very friendly helpful staff, food was very good had the sunday lunch, you can have extra veg, pigs in blankets, stuffing balls and cauliflower cheese for £4.50 each or all 4 for £12 through this was a bit expensive for what you got , but over all very nice sunday lunch

  21. j

    jennym

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Service was slow, but our waiter was very helpful

    Virgins & CastleResponded on April 10, 2022

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, Jenny. We do apologise for the delay in service and will look to rectify this in future team training. We hope to see you again soon.

  22. JF

    JoanneF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first visit to the Virgin and Castle since lockdown and what a wonderful afternoon we had. Staff were attentive and very friendly. Atmosphere was very relaxed and a fantastic choice of food and drink. We had a 3 course meal and honestly couldn’t fault anything. Food arrived quickly, was hot and absolutely delicious. We will definitely be visiting again.

    Virgins & CastleResponded on April 10, 2022

    Thank you for taking the time to leave such a great review, Joanne. We are so pleased you had a fantastic time with us and the team looked after you well. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

  23. SS

    SamS

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience2

    Went in for Sunday lunch 5 min after ordering out comes our food, COLD My vegetable wellington was in fact mushrooms only & soggy pastry everything on my plate was cold. Informed the waitress who was lovely & took it away & bought the same meal back after putting it in the microwave Yorkshire was still cold & soggy as was the pastry. Couldn’t eat it so left it. Ordered puddings crumble was hot but not crunchy had also been in the microwave as was my treacle tart soggy & rubbery! Very poor food never going back but the lovely manageress did come over & tried her best to resolve the problem & in fact did take desert & my meal off the bill which we did appreciate but I would rather have had a lovely freshly cooked Sunday lunch & desert not food reheated in the microwave 😔

  24. NL

    NeilL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food and great service..had a lovely evening for our wedding anniversary night out.

    Virgins & CastleResponded on April 10, 2022

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, Neil. We hope to see you again soon and hopefully turn that 4 star into a 5. Take care.

  25. RW

    RobW

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food nicely served. Very pleasant and good value

    Virgins & CastleResponded on April 3, 2022

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, Rob. We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again soon, take care.

  26. AB

    AlisonB

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Good old pub feel with great service,food and ambience...will return

    Virgins & CastleResponded on April 3, 2022

    Thank you for leaving a review, Alison. We hope to see you again soon and turn that 4 star in a 5 :)

  27. LP

    LauraP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2

    Very disappointed in the food, was cold and seemed to have been sat there a very long time,

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Waiting nearly 2hr for our main course, and it then turned up cold?

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    Plates were cold so food was tepid quickly, easy fix but on informing the staff nothing was done other than apologies. No recognition of error

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous staff Great food Big choice of drinks

  31. VM

    VikiM

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    Service was amazing. Food was basic. My main meal came without a key component. When I mentioned this it was resolved by the waitress. When we arrived the table wasn’t set up. We asked to move due to the table being too big for our party. Moved to another when asked, great stuff. Light by our table wasn’t working so in a dark corner. With a draft from the front door. Great place for a casual drink. Glad we tried the food but won’t go back to eat.

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Warwickshire

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience1

    Eaten many times at the Virgins and castle never had a problem always good food and service but this experience wasn’t great I totally appreciate it was a Saturday and busy which is good considering everything that’s happened last 2 years but last night wasn’t good we went for dinner couldn’t even hear ourselves speaking it was crazy 😜 starter arrived all good then waited 45 mins for our mains when it arrived one was just about warm probably should have mentioned it but by the time it arrived we were starving and tbh just looking to eat and get out didn’t fancy another 45 min wait! After eating we didn’t see anyone so we could pay the bill so went to the bar and paid even left a tip despite the long waits and lukewarm food I’m hoping this is just a one off and V&C will be back to form soon:) we will wait before going back and give them time to maybe employ more staff who I did feel sorry for.

  33. PG

    PhilG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food and attentive staff. A very enjoyable experience.

  34. R

    Robbo

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    They ran out of burgers. Took ages for a menu to arrive and then another half hour to try and order, she forgot to tell us no burgers. We did t want a roast dinner. So we left without eating. Booked for Mother’s Day at 4.45 will cancel and definitely won’t have any food left 👎very poor

  35. SJ

    SusieJ

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Special occasion with family bought us to the Virgins and Castle and so glad we made the decision to go there. Staff were great and food was delicious. A few choices of vegetarian options for the non meat eaters. Food enjoyed by all five of us. We will definitely be visiting again soon.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Warwickshire

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great pub super friendly great service lovely food and dog friendly which for us is so important. We will 100% be back soon:) Thank you 🙏

  37. KF

    KenilworthFoodie

    Warwickshire

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Menu now has more variety and would recommend a visit. Great customer service always welcoming and will be back soon

  38. JC

    JacquiC

    Warwickshire

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a really great meal with business colleagues last night. Friendly service, really good food in a fabulous local pub. I always recommend the Virgins and Castle to friends and colleagues. Thanks guys

  39. GL

    GeoffL

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    From the moment you walked in you were greeted with the warmth and enthusiasm that resonates through the place and it’s staff.

  40. RD

    RebeccaD

    Warwickshire

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    We booked a table to watch the rugby and have some food , the table to watch the rugby was in a perfect position . It was very busy which you expect but they were obviously under staffed had over booked themselves as they also had private functions going on . The food wasn't to the standard I expect of the place as we have eaten here quite often . The burger was overcooked and dry and the onion rings were ridiculously oily and were not enjoyable to eat . A big let down .

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Virgins & Castle is rated 4.3 stars by 471 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Virgins & Castle

7 High Street Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 1LY

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Kenilworth

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 9:00 am–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 9:00 am–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Pub, Vegetarian / Vegan, British

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is a public pay at a ticket machine car park behind the pub in the town park.

  • Public transit

    Visitors to Kenilworth can get to us by train stopping at Kenilworth station just a 10 minute walk from the Virgins & Castle. You can also arrive by bus with a bus stop just 5 minutes walk from the pub.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01926 853737

  • Catering

    The Virgins & Castle is part of the Caviar & Chips hospitality group with an external catering offering for celebrations, parties and events. Ask a member of the team for further details.

  • Private party facilities

    The Virgins & Castle has a great private dining room separate to the rest of the pub and with it's own access to the bar. We can hold parties of up to 30 guests seated or up to 50 guests standing with buffet menus as well as the full pub menu to choose from and order in advance. Ask a member of the team for further details.

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