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The Castle, Notting Hill, W11

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
225 Portobello Road
W11
W11 1LU
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Castle (Mitchells & Butlers)

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Just a quick pint, then I'm off left this review about The Castle

This 'market' pub must have been gentrified substantially over recent years because the tables now have menus on clipboards, small plants in miniature galvanised buckets and tea-lights... Apart from that, the 'U'-shaped bar under its high ceiling retains a little character, but it certainly no longer a basic boozer. Disappointingly, just Old Rosie cider available from the four handpumps, with a reversed Doom Bar clip also noted. In consolation, I went for the Truman's x Yokohama Brewery JPA (good enough, but so it should be at £5.95).

On 8th November 2019 - rating: 6
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Tris C left this review about The Castle

Seems to be a little less stark and industrial since my last visit around 2011, but otherwise I agree with BobOs that this place isn't worth the effort, like the rest of the poseurs' and tourists' Mecca that is the awfulness of Portobello Road.
More than one ale on offer with my choice of Purity's Pure Ubu which was fine and undoubtedly expensive though I didn't buy the round.
I doubt that I'd make a return visit except under sufferance.

On 13th October 2018 - rating: 3
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Malden man left this review about The Castle

Very busy on Saturday with the market in full swing but the two barstaff seemed to be coping, I was served fairly promptly. I even managed to bag a small table as I spotted a couple preparing to leave and hovered accordingly. Central bar with a semi-open kitchen behind, a stained glass castle mural behind the bar, various events listed on a large chalkboard, quiz night, mothers' day roasts, burger night etc. Lots of high tables in the front area, some partial screen dividers between in the window, various old B&W photos, many market themed, varnished boarded floor, dark red ceiling, posies of flowers on the tables. Plenty of people eating, I didn't see a menu, four handpumps, Ilkley Brewery Mary Jane (4.10), Doom Bar, Purity Pure Ubu and one without a clip. Beer menus on the tables, they do a few of the more eclectic bottles such as Negro Modelo, Tripel Karmeliat and Delirium Tremens.
I quite liked the pub despite it being heaving and naturally noisy but if I tried to revisit I might pick a non market day.

On 23rd March 2014 - rating: 6
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by elizabeth mcgraw
Shepherds Bush, 1.24 miles, 23 min walk (show)
Queens Park (London), 1.43 miles, 27 min walk (show)
London Paddington, 1.49 miles, 28 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Castle, W11
8th Nov 2019, 20:21
Review submitted by Just a quick pint, then I'm off
 
25th Oct 2019, 18:22
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 13 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
  • Car Park : No last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
  • Darts : No last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
  • Live Music : Yes last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 13 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Micropub : No last updated 13 October 2018 by Tris C
  • Pinball : No last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
  • Pool Table : No last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 23 May 2020 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 25 March 2014 by Malden man
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