Lazy Sunday lunch at The Castle Inn, Hurst

In need of a lazy Sunday, but craving a good ol’ English home-cooked dinner, we booked a table at The Castle Inn, Hurst.

Parts of it dates back to the 10th century which promises a dark and cozy atmosphere. Just what we were looking for.

It was a typical grey and dull January afternoon. Our table was booked for 1.30pm and the external lights were already on.

The Castle Inn, Hurst
The Castle Inn, Hurst

Saint Nicolas church sits opposite. The Inn was once owned by the church and was known as The Church House.

It contained the villages only bread oven, which can still be seen in the Snug Bar.

I was keen to snap a picture for you, but a small table was in front with a young couple enjoying a intimate lunch. I’m a hopeless romantic, so you’ll have to go and see it for yourselves.

Saint Nicolas church, hurst
Saint Nicolas church opposite, used to own the 10th century building housing the only bread oven in the village.

A small but neat bear garden overlooks the village bowling green. Lovely for the summer months.

The Castle Inn, Hurst
The Beer Garden over looks the village Bowling green.

(Doh – I missed the nice big garden at the back – so don’t forget to check it out if you have a visit).

The Castle Inn, Hurst

The Castle Inn, Hurst

Stepping inside you face a little bar. Inside is made up of 3 small rooms and hurrah it is dark and cozy.

The Castle Inn, Hurst
Cozy bar in the 1000 year old building.

We get shown to our table by the friendly staff.

The Castle Inn, Hurst

The Castle Inn, Hurst

I was thrilled with the menu, it was exactly what we had been craving. We changed our minds a few times, spotting new things.

The Castle Inn, Hurst
Sunday lunchtime menu

Settling back Charlotte takes one for the team and snuggles up to her Dad who was nursing a heavy cold. She’s young and healthy, she’ll be fine! Dosed up and relaxed Andy had begun to feel a little better.

The Castle Inn, Hurst

I spot a cool photo of The Castle Inn in the days of horse and carts.

The Castle Inn, Hurst
Old photograph

Hubby still hasn’t got used to his varifocal glasses, does anyone?! He’s gone for the under rim look today.

The Castle Inn, Hurst

James starter was so fresh tasting. The avocado in it, the crunchy salad leaves with the gorgeous sauce went so well with the juicy prawns and crab meat. A wonderful starter.

The Castle Inn, Hurst
Starter: Prawn and Cornish crab salad.

Charlotte and Andy shared this dish. It was exactly what it said and they tucked in happy.

The Castle Inn, Hurst
Starter: Bread board with houmous, mixed olives and balsamic vinegar & olive oil.

My salad was another good one. The goats cheese was lovely being grilled and I especially enjoyed the beetroot with it.

The Castle Inn, Hurst
Starter: Grilled goats cheese and rocket salad with warm beetroot, apple & walnut dressing.

Hunger staved, we caught up on each others news. These times are so precious. As a family we talk around a table, more than anywhere else (except maybe the dog sofa in the kitchen).

The Castle Inn, Hurst

Turning up the cozy dial a bottle of red is opened and an amazing roast is served.

The Castle Inn, Hurst
Roast ribeye of beef with roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, seasonal vegetable and pan gravy.

The Yorkshire is a crispy as can be. There’s loads of gravy to soak into it and those potatoes are creamy and full of flavour.

The Castle Inn, Hurst

The ribeye of beef was melt in the mouth and sooo beeeefy! I was all over the creamy cauliflower. Huge fan.

The Castle Inn, Hurst

James went for this extraordinary sounding burger. I had expected it to be about a foot high, but James confirms that it was very tasty, and mentioned awesome chips several times. They were (we all pinched one, as is standard).

The Castle Inn, Hurst
Homemade beef burger topped with salt baked brisket and smoked Applewood cheddar, red onion marmalade, burger relish, gherkin served with hand cut skin-on chips.

Hubby went for the ultimate comfort dish of sausages and mash. He tore off some Yorkshire pud, practically turning it into a toad in the hole. Perfect man meal.

The Castle Inn, Hurst
Trio of sausages served with mashed potato, Bobby beans and a red wine & thyme gravy.

It was about now that hubby spotted a part of the wall that was framed. It was an exposed part of Wattle and Daub, a form of Saxon wall construction. This one was an example from the early 16th century. Amazing!

The Castle Inn, Hurst
Wattle and daub internal wall.

We decided to share desserts. Andy and Charlotte both fancied a sticky toffee pud. This one was a little unexciting.

The Castle Inn, Hurst
Sticky toffee pudding with toffee sauce.

Me and James went for the Ice Cream Union ice-creams and sorbets. There’s some yummy flavours to try.

The Castle Inn, Hurst
Selection of 3 sorbets & ice-creams. Lemon sorbet, gingerbread, prune & armagnac.

The Castle Inn, Hurst

We had a very good Sunday lunch at The Castle Inn and would recommend it.

It’s a great pub for this time of year. No open fires, but log burners in each room and giant barrels with big candles on that would give a fabulous atmosphere in the evenings.

The Castle Inn, Hurst

Church Hill looks as if nothing much has changed for ever.

Church Hill, Hurst

In the grounds of Saint Nicolas church.
In the grounds of Saint Nicolas church.

As I take this last shot (Charlottes clever idea) I see hubby having a big blow of his nose behind me.

Time to go and settle in the living room for a lazy afternoon with the dogs. Thank heavens for lazy, cozy Sundays.

The Castle Inn, Hurst

The Castle Inn
Church Hill,
Hurst,
Berkshire
RG10 0SJ
01189 340034

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