Virgins & Castle

4.7
293 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 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 293 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
ambience
4.5
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AndrewK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great food and service. We sat in the rear garden which is quiet tranquil and a perfect setting. Keep up the good work all at the ZB& C

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Emerald
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Normally very good but food average last night, the beetroot salad was really just leaves with a slice or two of beetroot with very little else, really disappointing. The previous month I had the fish case which was delicious, I do generally love it here since it's change of ownership it's much better

Received a snidy remark from the waitress as well, yes I heard you.

Hopefully next time it's better.

HJ
HarjinderJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favourite place to go as it is relaxing, the food is great and the staff are friendly and helpful, love it ☺️

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BeckyC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food and lovely setting. We will be back!

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Shelly1984
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and great service- will be back soon for sure!

AN
AndrewN
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for the great service, lovely food, and care with the allergies I have appreciated.....

OT
OpenTable Diner
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff are great matched by their food and drink. Home from home xx

SJ
SebastianJ
London
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really friendly staff, offered to move us to an outside table (the weather was great so we accepted).

Prompt service, lovely beers and an excellent roast dinner (we went for the whole chicken between 2).

Definitely a return visit on the cards and would recommend to anyone.

PC
PaulC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Friendly staff, tasty food and good service. Pub very well run in a COVID secure way

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SteveS
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Excellent Food ruined by really poor service from waitresses, ignored and slow

RW
RosemaryW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Really lovely pub, the oldest in Kenilworth. Staff were friendly enough when you got their attention, but a lot of the time we felt invisible, from check in to leaving. We had to wait a while to be seated, even though we had booked, and it seemed as if the staff had specific allocated tasks ie.one was doing drinks, one was doing food, and ‘never the Twain shall meet’. They couldn’t deal with anything outside of their remit ie.the girl doing drinks couldn’t help us with our food order, even though they all had iPads for taking the orders.

We had an issue with our meal, the vegetables were all hard, twice we asked for replacement ones, softer ones, but we were ignored both times. The rest of the food (we did the Sunday lunch menu) was delicious, but we felt disappointed overall.

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Bimface
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good meal. Service good...a very pleasant waitress. Long gap before desserts arrived...2 of our party were having coffee instead and this arrived a lot earlier.

DP
DeeP
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience1

This was our first visit since lockdown, and we had booked a table inside.
When we arrived, we were greeted by a friendly and enthusiastic staff member, who said he would get someone to bring menus. 20 minutes later we still hadn’t had any menus or had someone come to take drinks orders. There were a few other tables occupied but it didn’t seem too busy for an early evening. Once we had our drinks order taken, it was around 10 minutes later that we got menus. Once we had given our food order it didn’t take too long. However, another drink ordered didn’t materialise and we had to chase the waiting staff for this. We mentioned that the service was slow and he apologised and explained that they were training three members of staff. When our food arrived it was fine, but unfortunately the service ruined our experience. We probably won’t be returning any time soon.

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Jpeg
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Nice venue and staff on the door Extremely welcoming. Food was below average to be honest and disappointing. Burger was okay at best with a few chips, thai curry was very watery and the rice was dry and had been cooked a while ago. Nice pub for a drink but nothing further.

JR
JoanneR
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met here for our book club meeting... Lovely staff, service and food. Thakyou!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The table was booked for 20:30 and we arrived on time but were rushed to order as the kitchen was closing. Food was nice apart from the pork schnitzel which was over cooked and really tough. The onion rings were awesome though. The outside area, where we sat as we went with our dogs, was nice although only partially covered so we got wet when it started to rain.

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Priscilla
Warwickshire
5 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal - plenty of space around the tables so felt covid safe. Friendly staff and efficient service.

DH
DawnH
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sat in the garden, which was very quiet (only 2 other tables occupied)

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Epicurean
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My first visit since the venue changed hands and my companion's first visit ever. We were not disappointed. We sat in the courtyard at the back, perfect for a Spring Day. As gin drinkers, we were both intrigued by the gin created by the owners / staff during lockdown, and we both sampled it. A lovely G and T which I would recommend. We both ordered the club sandwich with chips and shared a portion of the onion rings. Delicious food, but a big portion - I couldn't finish mine. Service is a little slow, but I think that this is because everything is cooked to order. Not a place to visit if you're in a rush, but definitely worth a visit if you can sit back, relax and enjoy, as we did. We'll definitely be back!

GH
GaryHuggins1
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as always. Staff polite and dressed smartly. Always attentive.
Good wonderful and brought to you in a timely manner.

LH
LisaH
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely place , friendly people and great food. They're own gin is pretty spectacular too!!!

C
Coventry
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, always checking back to make sure we have what we need.

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Beekeeper
London
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the first time that we have visited the Virgins & Castle for five years and it turned out to be a real treat. The food was extremely good, very nice to had proper roast potatoes too instead of the standard oven cooked dried roast these were nice an crispy. It was also nice to be offered more potato and yorkshire pudding too, however we decided it was better to wait and try the desert menu which again didn't disappoint. We'll definitely be back soon. Service was excellent too.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch, great service & dog friendly

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FionaB
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We were told when ordering that things had run out each time we asked for them. Then 45 minutes after we ordered were told something we ordered had also run out. Finally got our food one and half hours after we arrived. Not a good impression for our friends who were visiting from down south.

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Pete
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Promised so much but delivered nothing

Disappointing

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Waited almost 2 hours for food.
Asked for bread and oil to fill the long wait and it never came.
Hen do next to us making a lot of noise, why would we want to sit there?!

My gf is 35 weeks pregnant and shouldn’t eat late and the delay mean she had to eat at 9:30 and had the worst night sleep because of it.

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VickyB
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always! Great food, service and atmosphere.

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SallyT
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had a table booked outside but when we arrived all the outside tables were taken so we had to sit inside. It also took a long time for our food to arrive.

Food was mixed, some lovely, some ok. Nothing was bad though.

SG
SharonG
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good vege options and dogs welcome would def recommend

EC
EdwinaC
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We did have to wait nearly 45 mins for our lunch to arrive! It was really nice food. But then unfortunately the waitress spilt a whole pint of cider over and into my handbag! All over the floor, which splashed up my jeans and all over my boots! They were mortified and did bring cloths and tissues to help me mop everything up. They cleaned the floor too. When I went to finish my dinner it was cold, which was a shame! Kindly they said there would be no charge for anything but we did pay a large portion of Bill because we felt that it was an accident and they’ve been through so much during Covid that we couldn’t walk out without paying! They were very apologetic about everything. Unfortunately I have had to spend ages this morning washing my handbag inside and out again along with all the contents! Cider is very sticky and gets everywhere apparently!
We will return for another meal but I will keep my handbag out of the way!

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Maisie
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

I thought that the Virgins had undergone some transformation when it changed hands but was disappointed to find that all that looked different was that the wooden panels had been painted blue. The menu choice was quite limited. I went for a beef sandwich, but the meat was too thick and therefore a bit dry on a sandwich. My husband had a fish platter which he enjoyed.
Overall quite a let down

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Graham
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We sat outside and it was comfortable, well spaced and good ambience

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VickiI
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, cooked to perfection. Friendly service :)

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EmmaS
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely breakfast in the garden after a walk in Abbey Fields. Friendly staff and the bacon is delicious.

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Beck
London
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

First visit and a lovely historic pub but would not eat here again, as didn't really enjoy thd food and know we could have had much better for a similar price elsewhere. Our server however was lovely. Also it was very chilly in there.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect, I was there to use a work desk for the day. The staff were great, as was the food and drink! I will definitely be back :)

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AndreaS
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Food wise - seemed quite expensive for what we had and all of it was quite greasy
Also, no condiments or salt and pepper were offered, we had to ask and they had run out of ketchup!
Service was very slow and we had to go and find someone to get the bill.
We were seated inside and was freezing by the end of the meal.

CG
ClaireG
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Introduced the in laws to the virgin and after a previous excellent experience. It didn’t disappoint.

AJ
AlisonJ
London
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous Sunday meal at The Virgins. Staff were lovely and food delicious. Tried their own gin which was excellent. We will be back!

FAQs

Virgins & Castle is rated 4.7 stars by 293 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.