Wakefield is my hometown. Apart from a stint at University, it’s the place I’ve lived all my life. During this time there have been certain pubs and restaurants that we’ve been back to time and time again. The Castle in Wakefield is one of those places! I was excited and intrigued to hear that they were closing for refurbishment. Therefore you can imagine how delighted I was when I was invited to visit!
My favourite type of pub is one that’s cosy and homely but serves traditional and good quality pub food. Sometimes I find it difficult to find a good pub that’s not a chain. Most nearby establishments seem to serve sub-standard meals or be super fancy with mouse-sized portions and foods I can’t pronounce! I’m pleased to say that The Castle has bridged the gap for me.
First Impressions of The Castle Wakefield
If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that my Mum hasn’t been well since the summer. When I was invited to The Castle in Wakefield, I immediately invited her. An excuse for some quality Mum/Daughter time. It would be a very well deserved treat for her. We arrived at 7 pm on a Monday evening. It was suitably busy with people in the restaurant and in the bar area. Immediately I was impressed with the high spec overall of the interior. Rich colours, luxurious fabrics, fantastic wall art and a lovely atmosphere for the well-established pub. The bar area hosts high backed armchairs and cosy corners. The perfect place for customers to sit for hours with a good bottle of wine (or two!) and good company. The restaurant is intimate yet spacious. I didn’t feel like we were overlooked or sat on the knees of the next table.
Food at The Castle Wakefield
With a change of seasons comes a change of menu! This means that the menu will always feel new and fresh. The menu consists of top quality premium grill dishes including prime steak expertly aged. A four bone lamb rack – drool – and maple glazed pork belly. If you’re more of a pescatarian, fresh fish is delivered daily. Mouth-watering wild Atlantic scallops and sea bass feature on the appetising menu. The Castle Wakefield has something for everyone! A range of vegetarian and vegan options are also available as well as healthier choices for those wanting a more balanced diet.
My Mum chose the Caramelised Goat’s Cheese with roasted pear, chopped hazelnuts, chicory, balsamic glaze and toasted ciabatta. I LOVE any starter involving cheese. It looked and tasted (of course I stole a little bit – for research purposes!) devine. I was TRYING to pick wisely! I went for the Smoked Salmon and King Prawn Pot topped with Devon crab crème fraîche, served with ciabatta. Oh my, it was so nice! I’d normally choose a cheese starter or pate but I really enjoyed this. It was fresh and light so I wasn’t too full for my main.
For main my Mum ordered the Lobster and Devon Crab Fishcakes with asparagus, pea & truffle oil velouté topped with crispy seaweed. She chose a side of fries but you could have a salad if you want something healthier. One of my favourite meals is steak. The Castle Wakefield describes their cuts as “three premium steaks cuts from selected British & Irish farms – hand-cut by skilled butchers and expertly aged for superb tenderness and flavour” I knew I had to try it. I went for the 7oz fillet steak cooked rare with chunky chips, roasted mushroom, confit tomato and parsley butter. I’m not exaggerating when I saw that everything I ate at this meal was unbelievable! I responded with “Oh my god that’s so good!” with each mouthful. Don’t even get me started on the Halloumi fries…they are literally what dreams are made of!
We were both feeling pretty full but it would have been rude not to try a dessert, right? Mum picked the dish I was eying up. The Lemon Meringue Flamed Alaska! It was quite big and we could probably have shared it but I chose the White Chocolate Cheesecake Tower. It was deconstructed with a bed of crumbly biscuit and mousse, shards of white chocolate and blackcurrants. I tried both (again, for research purposes). If you’re looking for a lighter dessert, the tower is for you. The Lemon Meringue was so tasty with lots of different textures.
Drinks at The Castle Wakefield
The most important information that you need about drinks at The Castle is that they do two for one on cocktails Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 7 pm. Did someone say “Day Drinks!”! My favourite cocktail is a Porn Star Martini. I was pleased to see on the menu so I ordered one – yum! They’ve taken some classic cocktails and given them a Castle twist which makes trying several fun! I refrained, it was a Monday night after all! Gin really took off in 2019 and The Castle are stocked to cater for it. Their range has something for everyone. Wines have been carefully chosen to compliment the menus. The bar is also stocked with beers, ciders, low alcohol and alcohol-free drinks.
In conclusion, with so many other of my favourite restaurants disappearing, I had high hopes for The Castle Wakefield. It didn’t disappoint. My Mum and I had a truly lovely evening: chatting, laughing and enjoying some delicious food and drink. There was so much more on the menu that I want to try that I can’t wait to return. It’s going to be my first choice for date nights in the future…on the rare occasion we get one! Above all else, it was such good quality and the service was excellent.
Our meal and drinks were complimentary in return for a blog post and social media content. However, all opinions are my own.
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