Virgins & Castle

4.7
155 reviews
£25 and under
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Sunday Lunch
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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 155 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DaveP
Bath
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My booking was accepted and confirmed. When I arrived the restaurant was closed as that area is in Tier 3.

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Drew
London
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, service and ambiance.
Great traditional pub.

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JaneBS
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I tried the 'pub desk for the day' and would highly recommend
The team were extremely attentive, friendly and delivered a great service experience always going the extra mile to help me such as finding an extension lead !

Lunch was tasty and fresh, especially the home made soup and great coffee / water all day - great value for money and friendly comfortable surroundings . I have recommended to others too for when you re-open thankyou .

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HilaryN
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third visit since new management took over. Food is always excellent imaginative and tasty. Good value. Pub grub with an extra sparkle.

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Priscilla
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast treat for myself and a friend. Greek yoghurt, berries and Granola were lovely as was the bacon muffin. Rounded it all off with some mini pastries. All freshly prepared and delicious.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 4 November 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, Priscilla. Great to hear that you enjoyed your breakfast. Our chefs prepare all of our menus fresh in the kitchen and we source our produce locally from bakers, butchers and grocers, so it's great to hear that you noticed that. Hope to see you again when we can re-open in December.

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OpenTable Diner
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

80th Birthday Celebration, service was exceptional, the staff couldn’t have been more helpful. My parents were delighted by everything .

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AndyC
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Sunday lunch, really welcoming staff. Will be back soon.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 4 November 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, Andy. So pleased to hear that you enjoyed your Sunday roast with us and you were well looked after by the team. Hope to see you again when we can re-open in December

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Rakesh
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly service. Large range of beers on tap. Would highly recommend

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 4 November 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Rakesh. Really appreciate your recommendation and we're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the variety of beers and were well looked after. Hope to see you again soon when we're able to re-open in December.

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Nixy
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The staff were super friendly + attentive. Good size portions of food + tasty.
They even gave me a birthday card upon leaving - v sweet!

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 4 November 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, Nixy. Great that you chose to celebrate your birthday with us and really nice to hear you were well looked after and enjoyed the food. Hope you can join us again for Christmas celebrations when we can re-open in December.

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foodandwine
London
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great vegan options. I liked their environmental credentials, for example they didn't sell bottled water.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 4 November 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review! So pleased to hear you enjoyed the vegan dishes and noticed the work we do behind the scenes to look after our environment. It's something we take really seriously and as well as reducing waste on bottles of water, we also serve loose leaf tea and work with suppliers who have a focus on reducing their carbon footprint. Hope to see you again when we can re-open in December with a great festive menu.

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Sheilamag
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A thoroughly enjoyable visit. Excellent service. Fish and chips perfectly cooked and perfect portion size. Wish we could say 'we'll be back soon' but will return to this wonderful community pub after lockdown.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 4 November 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, Shelia. So pleased to hear that you enjoyed the Friday Fish & Chips special. We look forward to welcoming you back when we can hopefully re-open in December. Take care and keep safe.

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Van2
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Been here a couple of times now it has changed hands and the food has very much improved along with the service which i can only describe as attentive. The ale's are very well kept and worth a visit

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 4 November 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review. Really appreciate your feedback and great to hear that you like the way the pub is evolving and making improvements to the food and drink that we have on offer - as well as how fantastic the team are too! Hope you can come back when we're able to re-open in December

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MichelleJ
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a really productive day at my pub desk. The lunch menu was lovely (I had the beer battered fish finger sandwich) and the coffee and tea were lovely. I will be making this a semi-regular thing!

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 4 November 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Michelle. So pleased to hear that you had a productive day at your "pub desk" and you enjoyed lunch and our tea & coffee. Hope you can come back and work from the pub when we re-open in December. Take care and keep safe.

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DanielleM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I booked a pub desk for an alternative place to work remotely. This was a great experience, as the staff stopped by regularly with a fresh pot of tea and the atmosphere was pleasant and quiet.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 4 November 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Danielle. So pleased to hear that you enjoyed working from your "pub desk" and you were well looked after by the team. Hopefully you can come back and work from the pub when we can re-open in December.

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JeffC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Burger night - great food and service.
Recommend it 100%

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 4 November 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review Jeff. So pleased to hear that you enjoyed our burger night and really appreciate your recommendation. Hope to see you again when we can re-open in December.

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STEVEH
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was our first time and was pretty good! One of us is a vegetarian, so we were very pleased to see more than a couple of choices for veggies on the menu! Another aspect that pleased us was the choice of wine that's on offer, at VERY reasonable prices!!!

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 4 November 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, Steve. So pleased to hear that you enjoyed the selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes. We're really keen to ensure everyone can enjoy great food and drink at the pub and we also serve plant-based milk and have a selection of vegan wines too! Hope you can visit again when we can re-open in December with an exciting festive menu

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PaulR
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Booking was easy first time eating since new owners we had vegetable wellingtons and roast beef both were really good great vegetarian welly thought gone into it only comment is could have done with a bigger portion, had 3 puddings all homemade will go again

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 4 November 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, Paul. Great to read that you enjoyed our famous Sunday roast. Will feedback to our chefs on portion sizes for the Veggie Wellington. Hope to see you again when we can re-open in December

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AliG
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re looking for somewhere for Sunday Lunch I can highly recommend The Virgins. Portion sizes are exceptional value and we were offered more roasties and gravy. Lovely, attentive staff - I wouldn’t go anywhere else.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 4 November 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Ali. That's such a lovely recommendation and we were so pleased to read that you enjoyed our famous Sunday roast. Hope to see you again soon when we can re-open in December.

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KenRugby
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for drinks only and stayed for a meal. Social Distancing was excellent, we felt safe. We only went in for drinks, but felt so comfortable we asked to to stay for a meal (which they happily accommodated). My wife had the fishcake with salsa and I had the burger. Both were excellent and we managed to fit in puddings. The Eton Mess being highly recommended. I also have to say that we felt it was excellent value for money. We used to have table service in The Oak in Earlsdon way before this pandemic; why has it taken a pandemic for pubs to adopt table service - its a great way (in my humble opinion) of making sure your customers are always have a drink.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 26 October 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review. So pleased to hear that you felt comfortable and relaxed with our measures and guidelines in place. Glad to read that you enjoyed your meal and great recommendation on the Eton mess! Hope to see you again soon

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DanielleM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and really fantastic service. We loved the feel of history about the place.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 4 November 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Danielle. We're really proud of our history and heritage in Kenilworth and being a part of the community for over 450 years in really special. Glad to read that you enjoyed our food and you were well looked after. Hope to see you again when we're able to re-open in December

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marym
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food & excellent service. Definitely be back !

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 4 November 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Mary. So pleased to read that you enjoyed the food and were well looked after. Hope to see you again in December when we're able to re-open with an exciting festive menu.

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SteveE
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the first pub quiz, after a lockdown of Tuesday night quizzes privided by the V and C. A good night, enjoyed my board of meats! A great venue, with great staff.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 26 October 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Steve. So pleased to hear that you joined us for the pub quiz and glad to hear you enjoyed on of our sharing boards. Really appreciate your feedback and hope to see you at the next quiz!

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JustineT
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Monday burger menu and even better that it was 50% off. Rocky Road tart special was amazing, had to be talked into having it as not so keen on pastry but it was deconstructed and just shards of delicious pastry. Cheesecake amazing too.... Perfect evening.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 26 October 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Justine. Great that you were able to join us for Monday Burger night and you got to enjoy our chef's amazing Rocky Road! Hope to see you again soon and thanks so much for your feedback.

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COLINB
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Only observation is that there is no section for drinking only on this questionnaire

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 26 October 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review, Colin. We'll feedback to OpenTable on the ability to leave reviews for visits when you're just drinking. Hope we can create a little more ambience for you next time and hope to see you again soon

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SteveC
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday lunch was superb, good value and great service 😁

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 26 October 2020

Thanks for taking the to leave us a great 5-star review, Steve. So pleased to hear that you enjoyed your Sunday lunch with us and hope to see you again soon.

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janes
London
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very helpful staff, efficient service and delicious food thank you

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 26 October 2020

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

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Claire
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and delicious food thank you, lovely breakfast.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 26 October 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review Claire. Really appreciate your feedback and glad to hear you were well looked after and enjoyed your breakfast with us! Hope to see you again soon

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Flapjack11
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience1

Excellent service, courteous, polite and attentive but I felt the food had the opportunity to be more adventurous and innovative, but this may be down to Covid?

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 26 October 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. Really appreciate your feedback on the food. We've tried to create a traditional, pub menu with great pub classics prepared in our kitchen using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and that's what we're becoming known for. We do have days where we let our chefs loose, so on Mondays we create a special burger menu with six different burgers to choose from and starter courses like Yakinuku Chicken Wings and desserts like deconstructed Rocky Road

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Sheilamag
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good quality basic menu. No fish and chips the night we were there which was rather a surprise. {Previous visitors - N.B. The menu has changed now it has changed hands. No more Filipino dishes.
This is still a great place to visit, with excellent service. Good social distancing.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 19 October 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review! Sorry to hear you missed the Fish & Chips which we serve as a special every Friday - hope you can try it on your next visit. Great to hear you were well looked after and felt safe and comfortable with the COVID-19 measures we've put in place. Hope to see you again soon

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Caroline
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely local pub in the heart of old Kenilworth. The staff are so friendly with a warm atmosphere with great ales. Perfect place to meet with family and friendly as not too noisy.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 19 October 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Caroline. Great to hear that the team looked after you and you enjoyed the choice of ales. Really appreciate your recommendation and hope to see you again soon

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Ken1lworth
Brighton
2 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has a good vibe even with reduced customer levels .comfortable ambience and we'll looked after by staff. Limited menu but food is good quality and fair value .still one of the best places in kenilworth to go out and have a relaxing evening.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 19 October 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review. Glad to hear that you were well looked after and enjoyed the food. Really appreciate your recommendation and hope to see you again soon

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ConnorC
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the vibe from this pub is next to none! Brilliant and warm service... they couldn't do enough for us!

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 19 October 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Connor. Every week we share our feedback and reviews with the team and so it's great to show how our high standards have been seen and noticed - really appreciate it! Hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Sunday roast and super impressed when they came round and offered extra Yorkies and roasties! Yum! Nice wine. Chocolate brownie was superb! Staff were new and young but extremely approachable and knowledgable. Joked with our kids and interacted well with us! Must have been trained well! Another great trip.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 19 October 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review. Really pleased to hear you enjoyed our famous Sunday roast and that you were well looked after by the team Every week we share our feedback and reviews with the team and so it's great to show how our high standards have been seen and noticed - really appreciate it! Hope to see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The last day of our staycation holiday was spent having a Sunday beef roast at the Virgins and Castle accompanied by a bottle of primitivo red wine. The service was as always excellent and we were offered an additional Yorkshire pudding and roast potatoes just as we found ourselves halfway through our delicious meals...we were struggling because we had opted for a very flavoursome spiced parsnip soup to start and accompanied by a warm crusty bread roll we had started to fill.....but we just simply couldn’t say no!! We will be back!

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 19 October 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review. Great to hear you spent your last day of staycation with us for our famous Sunday roast and that you enjoyed the Soup of the Day too! The Primitivo is one of our favourite red wines - it's a great choice! Hope to see you again soon and thanks so much for the recommendation

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StevenC
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant ambiance with attentive service. Good value food and drink!

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 19 October 2020

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

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SamC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic service and food. Felt very safe. Thank you :)

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 19 October 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review, Sam. Great to hear that you were well looked after and felt safe and comfortable with the COVID-19 measures we've put in place. Hope to see you again soon

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AlanM
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even in these strange times eating out at the Virgins and Castle is an experience not to be missed. The menu, although shorter at the moment than before, has a wide range of choice, and the desert option of a drink and a mini pud is spot on in terms of size.

Yes, I have down marked the noise factor, but that's because most of the tables are in small side "rooms" with two tables in each, and it depends upon the other party as to the noise. I just used it as an excuse to sit closer to my date :)

This is definitely somewhere to save as a favourite for a return visit.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 19 October 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Alan Hope date night went well and really glad to hear that you enjoyed the drink and mini pud! Hope to see you again soon and thanks for the recommendation

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Gw69
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really attentive staff who greeted us in arrival and talked through the safety requirements. Taken to our own dining room which was nice.

Fast service throughout. The food was good with lots of variety.

A lovely pub, friendly staff and good food.

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 19 October 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great review. Glad to hear that you were well looked after and enjoyed your food. Really appreciate your feedback and recommendation and hope to see you again soon.

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MichelleH
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely tasty breakfast with amazing service. Beautiful pub and restaurant

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 19 October 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review, Michelle. So pleased to hear you enjoyed your breakfast with us and that you were well looked after. Really appreciate your feedback and hope to see you again soon

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vipOpenTable Diner
Warwickshire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST roast I have ever had. Staff were amazing and really safe/socially distanced environment. Already booked for next week

Virgins & Castle
Responded on 11 October 2020

Thanks for taking the time to leave us a great 5-star review. Glad to hear that you enjoyed our famous Sunday roast and look forward to seeing you again on Sunday!

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Virgins & Castle is rated 4.7 stars by 155 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.