The Castle Inn
Situated in the heart of Castle Donington, this beautifully refurbished 18th-century coaching inn now functions as a popular bar and grill. On warmer days, soak up the sun in the attractive garden terrace, or enjoy a drink in the vibrantly decorated courtyard. When the weather turns cooler, the elegant interior invites guests in with the promise of a warm welcome.
The Castle Inn team has stumbled upon a winning combination with their motto of good food, good ale and good company. Visitors can gather in the sophisticated bar area and enjoy one of the featured beers; the great selection of ale, stout and bitter means that there’s something to suit all tastes. For those who favour grape over grain, the extensive wine list is an homage to fine Old World vintages. However, the real highlight of The Castle Inn’s bar is the gin menu, where a truly impressive range of gins can be paired with a choice of six Fever-Tree tonic water varieties, ginger beer or ginger ale.
For those hoping to sate their hunger as well as their thirst, the elegant restaurant is not to be missed. An Italian wood-fired pizza oven is the basis for the popular chargrilled range, in addition to producing incredibly thin and crispy pizza. Meat-eaters may favour the chorizo, caper, honey and shallot pizza, while vegetarians might prefer butternut squash, goat’s cheese and red onion. There are always vegan and gluten-free alternatives, and any pizza you choose can be turned into a warming calzone. Alongside pizza, the menu boasts juicy steaks, burgers, pasta, salads and mains to suit all tastes. Guests visiting on a Sunday can also take advantage of the exceptional roast, which includes a choice of beef sirloin, roasted pork belly, pan-seared salmon and succulent lamb rump. For an indulgent finish, you’ll find the likes of rich dark chocolate tart, and delicate rose water crème brûlée with crisp pistachio biscotti and juicy glazed figs.
The Castle Inn is the perfect place to gather with friends for supper, but for larger private events guests can also hire the Rose Room. With its light and airy interior, painted rafter beams and wooden walls in delicate pastel shades, this is an enchanting place in which to spend an evening.