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The Castle Inn

££ - £££, British,
Main Road, West Lulworth BH20 5RN, England
+44 1929 400311
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good28%
  • Average21%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible11%
Travellers talk about
“low beams” (9 reviews)
“thatched roof” (6 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub
££ - £££
Main Road, West Lulworth BH20 5RN, England
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Reviewed today

This is an average pub and as such you should only expect 'pub grub'. Do not confuse this place with a restaurant, but you can expect to pay restaurant prices. They do not even know how to chill a bottle of wine. Will not be...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank TheIntruder
Reviewed 5 days ago

We booked or an over-night stay as it was close to the start of our running event - Endurance Life, the following day. Terrible mistake. The pub was incredibly noisy and after the patrons had left, the staff chatted on the pavement outside our room...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank WendyLou W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A nice village pub. Visited on a very quiet Monday evening in December. The beer was good and the food was excellent. The only reason for not giving 5stars is the olives didn’t turn up and I asked for ketchup with the fish and chips...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 490same
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The combination pub/ hotel is located in W. Lulworth and definitely a hidden gem. The pub is clean and spacious. It’s clearly a gathering place for locals and it has a hometown feel. According to the menu everything is locally grown/farmed and this shone through...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank littlehighlittlelow
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We’ve been using this Inn as firstly a local, a holiday hotel and a restaurant for over 30 years, we stayed for a few days in August post new owners and post refurb, I left then with mixed emotions but came for lunch with our...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank NicolaB320
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I enjoyed my burger. Is a little dear. However, this is a running theme in Dorset, expect central London type prices. Next time I will have the fish and chips as someone else was having it and it looked amazing. However, those are pretty much...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank SouthKenPT
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

........ in some ways. Nice to see the new thatch and outside tables but bit of a shame to see the alterations inside; it's lost .....something. Also, sad to see the good range of ciders gone and the cost of a cup of coffee now!...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Michael M
Reviewed 4 November 2018

We stopped off for lunch after a refreshing walk at nearby Durdle Door. The place was busy. We sat at a table that had not been cleaned after the last customers - shame. The menu had plenty of choice. It was on the expensive side...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank CandourSense
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

Popped in on a wet November Sunday. Quite busy, but they found us a table. Waiting staff very attentive and polite. We had the Sunday roast. Well presented with the beef cooked to medium. Plenty on the plate and served quickly after ordering. Menu a...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank basian
Reviewed 31 October 2018

After a breezy walk with our Westie from Lulworth village up to Durdle Dore and then back down again, we headed to The Castle Inn for lunch which we have visited a number of times in the past. We knew it had changed hands since...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Christine S
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9 November 2018|
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Response from Fran39_12 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, no idea we tried to go for lunch and was so disappointed at the refurb and menu we didn't stay
Paul C
3 May 2018|
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Response from christophers8888 | Reviewed this property |
Hi - we’re just some of their customers ..... we seem to remember a tv on the wall but cannot be certain as the pub has recently been fully refurbished into a business now dominated by food It has not been easy to get an... More
Donna C
18 April 2018|
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Response from darrenwC6242JJ | Reviewed this property |
the pub has new owners, but I doubt if Strongbow will be sold. It's sells real cider, the still kind, and if it is has kept the same theme as it's previous owners,it will sell a limited stock of sparkling cider,and what... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, British, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Road, West Lulworth BH20 5RN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Dorset  >  West Lulworth
  • Phone Number: +44 1929 400311
  • E-mail
The Castle Inn is a traditional Dorset pub close to Lulworth Cove, with a history dating back to the 16th century. Immaculately restored throughout, it is the ideal base for exploring Dorset’s stunning Jurassic coastline and the beautiful countryside of the Isle of Purbeck. Under the picture-postcard thatched roof is a charming bar, relaxed dining room and 12 gorgeous boutique bedrooms. Outside, there’s a large paved courtyard and idyllic terraced garden with amazing views. Kids and dogs very welcome. Our laid-back atmosphere and friendly service make it the perfect home from home, where the whole family, not forgetting the dog, can unwind and soak up all that this unique corner of Dorset has to offer. Come and see us soon!
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