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The Castle Inn, West Lulworth - pub details

Castle Inn
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Address: Main Road, West Lulworth, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5RN [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 3317) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Website: http://www.thecastleinn-lulworthcove.co.uk/

Nearest train station Wool (4.3 miles)

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Lulworth Cove Inn, West Lulworth (0.5 miles), Lulworth Beach Hotel, West Lulworth (0.5 miles)

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I am told that the Castle has now been taken into the Palmers Brewery stable. People will have their own opinions on Palmers Ales and they generally have good reviews.

Palmers have a very poor record of having guest beers in their establishments and they have no history of keeping real ciders at all and so this 2014 CAMRA cider pub of the year may soon have no real ciders. It remains to be seen what happens.
Brownspot - 12 Sep 2016 11:17
Still maintaining a very high standard and now, thankfully, opens all day. A cider drinker's heaven. Only let down by the sometimes unadventurous choice of ales - how about some porters or decent strong IPAs rather than five bitters all about 4% ABV
The Kiwi couple behind the bar were very welcoming
One word of caution - probably best avoided if you don't like dogs.
baxterfish - 24 Apr 2016 13:35
In all of my walks along the Dorset Coast (and there have been many) I have never visited this place. I wish I had years ago. This is a Paradise for cider drinkers (not the Mangers on ice or Woodpecker sort of thing, but the REAL farmhouse article, with 40 available). As others have said, it has lots of character, has good food, and the beers are well-kept. However, the ciders have to reign supreme here. It's out of the way, about a mile from the sea and the Coast Path, but it IS worth the "extra mile". Oh, and the lunch-time food is pretty good as well. (Curiously, I was served by an Aussie barman, with an accent so strong you could tie down a kangaroo with it.) 8/10
HenPen - 10 Jul 2015 17:46
One of the main reasons for visiting Dorset this weekend was to pay a visit to the Castle Inn, as it is the current CAMRA National Cider pub of the year. I was also planning to visit what was my favourite pub in Britain - the Square & Compass in Worth Matravers. In the Castle Inn, I think I have found a new favourite pub in Britain. It has a lovely rural location, not far from the tourist hotspots of Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door. The exterior is appealing and the roof is thatched. Inside, there are 2 main bars with a corridor connecting the two rooms at the rear. Ales on my Friday visit were Plain Ales Hairy Hooker, Piddle Cocky & Goddards Storm. We returned on Sunday afternoon to find the Goddards ale still on. But the others were Yeovil Ruby, Otter Amber, Piddle Piddle, Flack Manor Union Flack & Palmers Best Bitter. But of course, the real highlight here are the ciders. The pub advertises a permanent cider festival with at least 40. There is a cider menu with 61 different choices. Although not all of these are available, whilst others not on the menu were available. All of the producers were fairly local, with ciders from Dorset, Somerset, Devon, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Herefordshire & Wales. Producers available were Dorset Nectar, Twinways/Rogers, Talbot Harris, Purbeck Cider Company, West Milton, Cranborne Chase, Lulworth Skipper, Twisted, Cider By Rosie, Marshwood Vale, Orchard Pig, Nempnett, Burrow Hill, Fosseway, Sheppy's, Harry's, Lawrence's, Hecks, Worley's, Bridge Far, Wessex, Handmade, 146, New Forest, Sandford Orchards, Lyme Bay, Countryman, Ventons, Westons, Oliver's, Gwynt y Ddraig & Hallets. Of the 61 on the menu, 5 are on keg. There are only 3 perries amongst them. All are stacked in boxes behind the bar and seemingly only one or two of the bar staff know where to find each one. Whilst I didn't meet the South African barman, there was one lady in particular who was clearly quite knowledgeable about cider. The pub seems to be most popular during the daytime, with visitors to Lulworth Cove popping in for a meal and a couple of beers/ciders. It is much quieter in the evening and advertises a 10pm closing time. Now my new favourite pub in Britain and only the 4th pub I have awarded a 10/10.
blue_scrumpy - 30 Mar 2015 16:29
The permanent cider festival has expanded to over 40, many of them known to the friendly South African barman who was very helpful in describing three 1/3 pint choices for my "tray" (£3.60). As I was so blown away by the choice of ciders, I forgot to note which ales were for sale although I recall being told that Palmer's Best was pretty much the only regular offering with others being guests. At 5.30pm on Friday the Lulworth Cove beachgoers seemed to have mainly gone home so it was not too busy even on a beautiful day.
paul_d102 - 23 Jun 2014 21:55

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