Castle Hill is famed for its pubs, and although the Castle’s green and white fronted exterior does not stand out, it is certainly worth a visit. Whether you are looking for food, beer or a place to socialise, The Castle will accommodate you comfortably. The interior is clean, but the variety of nooks and crannies maintains a traditional pub feel. Furthermore, the staff are always helpful, and in summer the large courtyard is a pleasant spot.
Beerwise, an ale drinkers needs are easily satisfied at The Castle. As an Adnams pub it sports at least 4 such beers on handpump including the complex Broadside and the lighter Explorer and Lighthouse – it even sells their own lager (Spindrift)! These are supported by a further 6 ales including a couple of (slowly) rotating guests. In addition, as with everything else in The Castle, the beer is kept in good condition. A decent selection of lagers and cider on tap helps to make up a well-stocked bar. However, the price is a bit high even for Cambridge standards.
However, for food economy The Castle is a good place for students; an excellent regular menu of pub food is complemented by a changing specials board above the bar. The burgers especially make a popular choice, priced at around £6 with chips and £4 without (EDIT this is probably out of date), and are filling, tasty and different. The highlight of these is the Castle burger, a double burger with a combo of blue cheese and pineapple. All in all, The Castle’s food, drink and atmosphere make for many an enjoyable night in the city.
Reviewed by Jon in 2007 for Varsity, updated 2009, 2012