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“Tapas And More”
Review of The Castle bar and grill - CLOSED

The Castle bar and grill
Price range: US$5 - US$21
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Spanish
Description: Under new management open 12pm till late
Restaurant details
Description: Under new management open 12pm till late
Aberystwyth, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
80 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Tapas And More”
Reviewed 29 July 2012

Although it looks your trad friendly mid-Wales pub, the food isn't.
What, no Sunday lunch menu? You can get that everywhere (incl next door).
Instead here they have a very clever range.
The tapas is excellent & well priced at £3-£5 a go, and very good it is too. My partner had meatballs, ham & chorizo croquettes and marinaded aubergine & peppers and was very pleased.
But if you don't fancy that (or, as like my parents, insist it isn't a proper meal) the specials should tempt you.
My lad had a GIANT portion of tasty fish, chips peas & salad,and my rabbit in onion gravy was superb. Lots of rabbit & the richest, tastiest sauce you ever had. I had bread dipping in from all sides.
I wouldn't have normally chosen Banks' Sunbeam as my drink, but a limited choice forced me, and what a treat it was. Perfect summer ale.
Worryingly quiet for a Sunday - what do the people of Rhayader want?
Only gripe is there is no kids' portions, which led to us over-ordering. I suppose could have had a fish tapas, but if they offered kids' portions of the specials for, say, £2.50 less we'd have given it a 5.
Also, we appreciated the cheese & crisps on the counter on arrival, and the locals seemed to appreciate the free mid-afternoon battered fish!

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank ant_jone
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16 reviews from our community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Friendly pub with good food.”
Reviewed 17 May 2012

Four of us chanced upon The Castle while looking for lunch in Rhayader one Tuesday in May 2012. The interior of the pub is pleasantly traditional with beams and horse brasses; the barman was friendly and welcoming; there was a good choice of real ales; the service was efficient and quick. Our food was nicely presented and comprised one chicken stroganoff (tasty and plentiful), one chicken and leek pie (again good with a well risen and crispy puff pastry top) and two cod and chips with peas; again very tasty and the excellent chips were served in miniature wire baskets. Another reviewer on here didn't like the batter on the fish; well ours was light and crispy, even though it had soaked up some of the light cooking oil, which was a shame but that's fish and chips. The chef didn't look at all Spanish so maybe the staff have changed since earlier reviews, anyway he did come into the dining area to check that all was ok, which is always a good sign; most chefs stay in the kitchen.

Overall we enjoyed our lunch very much; we only visited The Castle so can not compare it to other places to eat in Rhayader but we thought it was very good value and friendly.

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank Antloneng
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
71 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Dining and Service in Hotel”
Reviewed 7 May 2012

Ordered two plates of fish in batter with chips and peas, the service was quite qiuck, but when it came the covering on the fish was disgusting, it wasn't edible. It was supposed to have been batter but we never found out what it was, there was no appologies at all from the bar man or any sign of a refund, no wonder the place was empty, never mind found a fabulous pub just down the road which served great food resonably priced as well.

  • Visited May 2012
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1 Thank jonno1943
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“evening meal & drink.”
Reviewed 28 March 2012

On the face of it, not the cheapest place in town, but our entrecote chasseur represented good value for money and the service was friendly and efficient. So good that we went back again Sunday night but it was closed

Visited March 2012
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1 Thank wendybartlam
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good night out”
Reviewed 12 March 2012

Had .a great night drinking Brakespear Bitter with an excellent meal which was freshly prepared and cooked. Excellent value for money with a good menu and daily specials board

Visited March 2012
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1 Thank Brian M
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