We have known the Royal Castle for well over thirty years and indeed have many fond memories of lunching upstairs in The Grill Room with the children all those years ago. The one big difference is that the Sunday Lunch is now a carvery, which we had not realised and which was not pointed out to us when we booked. To be fair to The Royal Castle there is a note on the menu that you may request to have your meal served at the table. If you are a fan of a carvery then you will be quite happy, but if not you may be a little disappointed.
As a non meat eater I had a choice of a vegetarian or fish starter and a vegetarian or fish main course, prepared in the kitchen and not from the carvery. We arrived at 12.30 and lamb, beef, pork and turkey were on offer. We started with mackerell for my husband and a brie salad for me ( somewhere there should have been a balsamic drizzle to liven up the leaves but it seemed to be on the slice of toast and the portion of brie was rather tiny). Our main courses were the beef with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding and vegetables, which by the very nature of being part of the carvery were the biggest disappointment of the meal, and for me trout and lovely fresh vegetables prepared with the trout and not sitting on a hotplate on the carvery table. A very pleasant Californian red and nice breads completed our meal.
The waitresses were very pleasant and when I asked to co-ordinate the arrival of my trout with the carvery the waitress came to tell me that my trout would be just a few minutes, ensuring that we both received our meals at the same time.
I always expect a linen napkin and was disappointed to see that heavy paper napkins were on the table. I know the laundry costs add to the overall price of the meal but I would prefer to pay a little more to have a linen napkin.
I would have preferred to give 3.5 stars ( not available ).
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