The Castle, Wakefield

A cosy & super-stylish country pub within Wakefield, serving a range of delicious food and providing a great place for socialising! Overall rating: 9/10.

Following a recent refurbishment, The Castle in Wakefield, has now re-opened it’s doors to welcome diners into this beautifully decorated pub.  Setting a cosy and inviting scene, this venue is a great place for anyone looking to enjoy some amazing food or just socialise over drinks; with a wide range of beers, wines, cocktails and gins available. This stylish make-over was turned around in super-quick time of only 10 days but what a transformation. Dark yet deluxe décor, open large fireplaces and mood lighting really makes The Castle stand out, and an enjoyable experience.

I was kindly invited to the pre-launch PR night which thanks to the fabulous staff, was a great evening of complimentary drinks and food from their new seasonal menu. What was great to see was a vast menu with a whole range of dishes available from classics such as Steaks, Pizzas and Burgers to a touch of fine dining with dishes like the Maple Pork Belly and Seared Sea Bass. Along side this The Castle offer a Vegan menu. Not just one or two dishes shoved on the end of the normal menu, a full Vegan menu is available with dishes like Falafel, Vegan Burger, Coconut Curry as well as some mouth-watering desserts.

After enjoying a gin which I flavoured myself with fruit & herbs at the Gin Garden that was set up that evening, we decided to get stuck into menu. For starters we tried, all for review purposes of course…;

  • Baked Goats Cheese with poached pear and hazelnuts – this was superb. As you know, I absolutely love cheese and this was as every bit delicious as I thought it would be. The portion was large and was served with small crisp breads. A firm favourite of mine!
  • Scallops with cauliflower – these were cooked perfectly and the cauliflower was also delicious, roasted with curry spices. A good starter portion, not too filling.
  • Vegan Falafel served with a tomato sauce – this dish was mouthwatering and a good starter portion, again not too filling.

 

I have to admit it took some effort to narrow down what we wanted for our main as there is such a good choice, but the Maple Pork Belly stole it for me! – Pork belly, pork cheek, crispy bacon and scallops with Dijon chive mash and a red wine & sage jus. I am drooling thinking about how yummy it was! I would absolutely recommend this dish.

We also went for the Lamb Koftas – serves with Greek salad, creamed goats cheese, roasted chick peas, pomegranate molasses and soft tortilla. You have to put together your own little wrap with this dish, which means it can be a little messy and because you have a cold, soft tortilla, ends up falling apart a little. Maybe a toasted sort of naan bread/flat bread might be better? Not that any food was left on the plate 😊

A few courses and cocktails later we realised we had made the usual mistake of filling up too much before planning dessert, but as this was a gifted experience and everything had been spot on so far, we had to try out a dessert to share.  The Ambassador’s Melting Chocolate & Hazelnut Bomb – Rich chocolate ganache, hazelnut, crisp wafer and vanilla ice cream, encased in a dark chocolate sphere, melted with hot white chocolate sauce. Unfortunately at the time, my sauce wasn’t hot enough to melt the chocolate sphere, however this was an absolute chocolate lover’s dream (very rich, I would advise sharing this dessert!) and adds to the lovely dining experience here.

I would like to thank the staff and PR company again for inviting me to this great evening, and I can honestly say I’ll be back for more soon!  Check out their website here.

Go and see for yourselves and please share your experience with me with social media or email me at jen@jensfoodblog.com

Happy munching!

Jen

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