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Virgins & Castle

4.7
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97 reviews
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£25 and under
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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 delicious food, a great selection of drinks and fantastic service.

Our chefs create our menus using fresh ingredients sourced from local suppliers and prepared in our kitchen on a daily basis. We are famous for serving an incredible selection of traditional and classic pub dishes along with a great selection of vegan and vegetarian alternatives. Our Sunday roast is a highlight in the week and our exciting desserts and fantastic wine menu will leave you spoilt for choice.

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. Our restaurant where you can enjoy a meal, book our private dining room were you can celebrate an occasion, or relax outside in our beer garden.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 97 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMartyn
New England
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast out on a Friday has become a norm and when V&C opened for breakfasts it was 1st port of call. The full English is really really good and is my usual. It keeps me going til dinner. We have a regular table, just cos, and is even laid out ready for us. Just a little touch that makes us smile.

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SharonF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pub, food and service, definitely go again.

Virgins & Castle
Responded a day ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Sharon, Very much appreciated and hope to see you again soon

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Bart
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great value for money and lovely atmosphere on the terrace.

Virgins & Castle
Responded a day ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, Bart. Glad to hear you enjoyed sitting on the terrace and hope to see you again soon

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DebbieS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Lovely staff, so caring. Great food we had the burgers ..... In fact amazing. Definitely going again!!
Great around place to go.

Virgins & Castle
Responded a day ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Debbie. Great to hear you enjoyed the burger and that you were well looked after. Very much appreciated and hope to see you again soon

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JohnS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great pub serving a fantastic choice of drinks, and superb service. Cannot fault best pub in Kenilworth by a long way

Virgins & Castle
Responded a day ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, John, and what a great statement to be the best pub in Kenilworth....we'll take that! Very much appreciated and hope to see you again soon

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RH24
Warwickshire
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast and service and prices. Recommended

Virgins & Castle
Responded a day ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review. Really appreciate the feedback and recommendation. Hope to see you again soon

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NikC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our meal. Service and food were excellent.

Virgins & Castle
Responded a day ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Nik. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the food and were well looked after. Hope to see you again soon

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nana
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time, the food was very good, very nice staff!, we will come back!

Virgins & Castle
Responded a day ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review. Great to hear you enjoyed your visit and that you were well looked after. Hope to see you again soon

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PaulG
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really friendly and efficient service matched by tasty food made on the premises. Sat outside in a pleasant courtyard. Would recommend as a venue for a good value lunch. Beer was good, too. The only drawback was a lack of PPE for staff. Sanitiser available, but not much social distancing either.

Virgins & Castle
Responded a day ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, Paul. Glad to hear that you'd recommend us and that you enjoyed the food and beer. We've noted your comments on PPE for staff. This was something we deliberated and we have many behind the scenes and front of house initiatives in place to keep guests and team safe which is listed on our website and we have been accredited by the AA as COVID Confident. Hope to see you again soon

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Chrissie
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I think the Virgins & Castle have done a great job. The place looks cleaner brighter and fresher since the guys took over. The Covid precautions are excellent with well spaced tables, attention to cleanliness and one way system in and out. Food is good too. Prompt and pleasant service. Can’t fault it. A pleasure to go there.

Virgins & Castle
Responded a day ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, Chrissie. Really appreciate your feedback on the look and feel of the place and glad to hear you enjoyed the food too. Hope to see you again soon

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GillianW
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service, friendly and very attentive young waiter. Felt very safe as all precautions taken to protect customers and staff.

Food good, disappointed they did not have the fishcakes but the chicken was nice. Favourite was the delicious onion rings - the best ever.

Virgins & Castle
Responded a day ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, Gillian. Sorry we didn't have the fishcakes, but hopefully you can try again next time! Great to hear that you enjoyed the food and tried the best ever onion rings...that's a great claim we'll take! Very much appreciated and hope to see you again soon

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SarahM
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best burgers in town! Service brilliant......we'll definitely be back......nect Monday!

Virgins & Castle
Responded a day ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Sarah. "Best burgers in town"...we'll take that - a great statement for our chefs! Very much appreciated and look forward to seeing you on Monday!

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suek
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely night at the Virgins and the managers and staff are excellent
Always happy and friendly.
Best pace in Kenilworth.

Virgins & Castle
Responded a day ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Sue. A lovely statement to be the best place in Kenilworth that's wonderful to hear! Hope to see you again soon

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JohnT
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a great old pub. The new owners have not messed it about - well done! Good range of real ales. Interesting menu. Excellent service.

Virgins & Castle
Responded a day ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, John. Really appreciate your comments on how things have improved since taking on this great pub. Hope to see you again soon

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Foodie
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Had a great Monday lunch for 6 people, service was outstanding... food great and beer excellent. Would recommend doing the 50% off Monday deal. You definitely need to book though.

Virgins & Castle
Responded a day ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review. Very much appreciated and glad to hear you enjoyed the food and beer! Hope to see you again soon

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PaulR
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Arrived early which was no problem to the staff. Unfortunately only the breakfast menu was available before noon. No problem however and we both enjoyed the food.

Virgins & Castle
Responded a day ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, Paul. Glad to hear you enjoyed breakfast with us and hopefully you can try our other menus next time you visit.

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Son1a
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome plant based burger and giant chips. Plus vegan choc brownie.

Virgins & Castle
Responded a day ago

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, Sonia. Great to hear that you enjoyed our plant-based menu and hope to see you again soon

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J0andn1
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great character. Perfect food. Brilliant service. Very friendly. Amazing array of drinks menu. Outstanding. Not to be missed.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 9 September 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, much appreciated! Great to hear that you enjoyed the food and the drinks menu and that you were well looked after. Hope to see you again soon

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KimberleyB
London
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super ! Great value food - we felt very safe as the tables were well spaced . Our first visit in a while and couldn’t fault it . We’ll be back !
Would highly recommend

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 9 September 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Kimberley, much appreciated. Great to hear that you felt safe and comfortable and that you enjoyed your food. Hope to see you again soon

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OpenTable Diner
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service very safety conscious. Food was delicious

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 9 September 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, much appreciated. Glad to hear you were well looked after and you enjoyed the food. Hope to see you again soon

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Priscilla
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another lovely Pie of the Day. I really must try one of your gourmet burgers (meat or plant based) next time! Staff attentive and friendly. Felt safe and cared for in these socially distanced times.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 9 September 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Priscilla, much appreciated. Delighted to hear that you enjoyed the Pie of the Day. We have a great burger menu on Mondays throughout September which you should try. Hope to see you again soon

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JennieW
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 in all areas, a fabulous pub with amazing food and brilliant staff xx

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 9 September 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Jennie, really appreciate your feedback. Hope to see you again soon

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SteveD
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent afternoon. Great food with fantastic service

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 9 September 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Steve, much appreciated and hope to see you again soon

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Elle
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food was ok quality.
Expensive for the quality of food

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 9 September 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review, Elle. Great to hear that our team looked after you really well but disappointed to hear that the food and value were a bit lower than our guests usually find. Hope you can come back soon and give us another try

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ChrisR
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday roast was superb, as was the starter! Good service and a nice relaxed atmosphere

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 1 September 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Chris. Glad to hear you enjoyed the Sunday roast and hope to see you again soon

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StevieF
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A lovely Sunday roast and really fantastic service!

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 1 September 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, Stevie. Glad to hear you enjoyed the Sunday roast and hope to see you again soon

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IrinaT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Dined at this pub for two consecutive nights (Saturday and Sunday) when travelling in the area. Very attentive staff, amazing food, great portions and good quality Sunday roast. Will come again.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 1 September 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, Irina. Nice to see you coming back over the weekend and hope you had a good trip. Hope to see you again soon when you're next nearby

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MichaelF
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely old pub with loads of character. Great traditional pub menu choices and variety for different dietaries. Food was delicious and service was brilliant - we felt well looked after and really welcome. Would definitely recommend and be back again.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 1 September 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us such a great 5-star review, Michael. Great to hear that you enjoyed your visit and there was plenty of choice for you. Hope to see you again soon

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DavidW
London
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience for breakfast. COVID conditions all met. Delightful staff and lovely food.
Thanks very much!

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 1 September 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, David. Great to hear that you enjoyed your breakfast and hope to see you again soon

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HannahW
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely homely food. Local produce. Good ale selection

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 1 September 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, Hannah. Glad to hear that you enjoyed the food and selection of ales we have. Hope to see you again soon

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We appreciated the arrival protocol and the table spacing. We started with a shared meat platter which was rather meagre. I had chicken Caesar which really needed more dressing so I should have asked but didn’t. Chicken was plentiful but dry. Husband enjoyed burger and chips.

Felt the observance of distancing was ignored by waiting, staff who were all charming but stood too close to us (we are an older couple) and we felt that if they were going to stand over us then face covering would be a good idea.

It is our local pub so we will always be visiting !

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 1 September 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review and for your feedback. Our Head Chef has reviewed the dishes to make sure we're keeping to our high standard of consistency, presentation and quality. Glad to hear that you're nearby and can pop in again and we're sure you'll enjoy us being your local!

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nils
Miami
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very nice and service was very good. Lights were a bit too bright.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 1 September 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, really appreciate your feedback and so pleased you enjoyed the food and you were well looked after. We'll take a look at the lighting and see how we can make it more comfortable.

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Larc
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

First time back in a year due to Covid and life but it was fantastic and we loved the new menu. The staff were delightful and the free water and oat milk were huge bonuses! Thank You!

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 1 September 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, Larc. Glad to hear that the little touches of free water and oat milk as a dairy alternative were appreciated and hope to see you again soon

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Jules
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff very polite and friendly and the food was one of the tastiest meals I have had out, excellent standard for pub food, very impressed and looking forward to the next visit.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 1 September 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, Jules. Glad to hear that you really enjoyed the food and that you were well looked after. Hope to see you again soon

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JackS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really great service. The waitress was attentive and funny. The meat was very well done. Some of the sides, the roast potatoes in particular were a bit chewy or over salted but overall a great meal.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 1 September 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, Jack. Glad to hear that the team looked after you and gave you a bit of entertainment! Thanks for the feedback on the roast potatoes - our Head Chef has looked into this to make sure they're as excellent as they usually are so hopefully you enjoy them much more on your next visit.

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EllenL
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really lovely time. The food was great, staff friendly. Would definitely visit again. Thank you!

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 1 September 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Ellen. Great to hear that you enjoyed your visit, the food and you were well looked after. Hope to see you again soon

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SarahS
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We were happy with our table etc and the service was good. But our food was just ok my beef was not pink as I was told and covered in gravy and potatoes were under cooked. My partners burger was dry and disappointing re flavour. But we will come back.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 1 September 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review, Sarah, and really appreciate your feedback. Our Head Chef was keen to address the points that you made those dishes so we're sure you'll really enjoy the food on your next visit - hope to see you again soon

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JohnL
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quality of food and wines served in a friendly and efficient manner

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 1 September 2020

Great to hear that you enjoyed your visit, John. Really appreciate your feedback and thanks for the fab 5-star review! Hope to see you again soon

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SteveT
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food in a pub steeped I think history and character. Great service to match!

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 24 August 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us such a great review, Steve, and really appreciate your feedback and comments. Hope to see you again soon

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best pub food you can choose, proper service, nice crew.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 24 August 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us such a great 5-star review and really lovely comments! Hope to see you again soon

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Virgins & Castle is rated 4.7 stars by 97 OpenTable diners.

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