The Castle

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The Castle The Castle in London’s Notting Hill is a friendly bohemian spot for creative British eats, great booze, & live music. Chill out in London with Party Earth. London England 51.5163208 -0.2055344
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The Castle - Pub | Restaurant in London.
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Party Earth Review Anyone who has survived the hectic area markets along Portobello Road is entitled to a well-earned break, which is just what’s in store at The Castle. Located near the Ladbroke Grove end of this busy tourist area, the... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Hammersmith & City Line: Ladbroke Grove

  • Phone:

    020 7221 7103

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Th noon–11pm, F–Sa 11am–midnight, Su noon–10:30pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Castle Review

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The Castle in London’s Notting Hill is a friendly bohemian spot for creative British eats, great booze, & live music. Chill out in London with Party Earth.

Anyone who has survived the hectic area markets along Portobello Road is entitled to a well-earned break, which is just what’s in store at The Castle.

Located near the Ladbroke Grove end of this busy tourist area, the venue caters to a kooky cross-section of boho West Londoners, fun-loving tourists, and casual shoppers in the mood for gastropub fare and relaxed vibes.

A healthy dose of natural light permeates the square front room – at least when the elusive sun is out – where the décor combines funky 60s-era stools and retro tufted couches with quirky butcher block tables and lots of local art on the walls.

There’s an assortment of quality ales on tap behind the tiny bar, as well as a small but curated wine list, house tipples, and even spice-your-own Bloodys to go with the gourmet selection of British classics like wild salmon fishcakes and roast chicken that emerges from the open kitchen in back.

Live music on Fridays sticks to indie and chill classic rock tunes, all the better for couples to tuck in with a warm cup of mulled wine as they hum along.

A cozy retreat for a midday nosh or several rounds till closing, The Castle is the kind of friendly boozer where men and women of all stripes can be merry – regardless of caste.

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Tip from Emma:

The door just across the street was used as the entry to Hugh Grant’s pad in the movie Notting Hill. Don’t care about Grant? Join the pub’s mailing list and you’ll get a free glass of Pimm’s! Don’t love Pimm’s? You’re on your own.

  • Crowd

    Casual area residents, bohos, the beautifully bearded, relaxed tourists, funky artsy types, chill couples, mid-20s to mid-30s+.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music most Fridays. Pair of TVs likely tuned to sports, though few patrons pay attention. Free Wi-Fi.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Upscale selection of pub classics including free-range Gloucester Old Spot sausages, handmade West Country beef burgers, fresh sandwiches, salads, and seafood. Brunch fare on Saturdays, traditional roasts all day on Sundays.

    Visitors should not confuse this location with The Castle on Holland Park Road about a mile away, although they are run by the same parent company and cater to a similar crowd.

  • Prices

    Brunch £3–£16.50, starters £4.50–£7, entrées from £6–£16.50, desserts £5–£9. Sunday roast £10.50–£13.50.

    Beer £4–£5, cocktails £5–£7, wine £4–5/glass or £15.50–£30+/bottle.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: t-shirts, flannel, jeans, vintage-wear, second-hand finds from the market, cool sweaters, funky dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday nights to chill out with some live music and a fun but relaxed crowd, or any day to pop in for a bite to eat and a pint of something crafty.

  • Close By

    Portobello Star (171 Portobello Road) is located in a space that’s been dishing booze since the 1700s. The latest incarnation is light on décor but heavy on creative cocktails, and DJs pack the joint on weekends with a discerning crowd of young and happy cocktailers.

The Castle User Reviews

Average rating:
neighborhood pub
Sam R. Dec 10, 2012
This area is posh, and Portobello rd always has lots of tourists, but this pub is a great break from all that. After having to do the market with my girlfriend it was great to just relax with a pint. Its not cheap but nowhere in London really is anymore. there are still lots of foreigners here.
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