We had a university re-union at this pub on Saturday 23rd May 2009. I booked in advance for 16 of us.
Roger, the pub landlord, and all his staff were excellent. The food was fresh, tasty and very reasonable. Service was excellent and quick. Very good variety of beers for the boys! Although they didn't have a large selection of wine, because of the size of the party, Roger provided us with other wines as requested. They couldn't have done enough!
Although unlikely to be in the area again, if I was, I'd certainly call in for a meal. It's a minute off the motorway and has a far better atmosphere than the sometimes grotty services! Well done to all staff for helping us to have an excellent weekend.
My husband and I were recommended this pub and decided to give it a try - which we did today.
We had the humongous Dan Pie (and believe you me it was) and thoroughly enjoyed the meal, it was excellent. The service was very good and staff very friendly. Next time if I have the pie I think I will take one of the grandchildren and share it.
Would definitely recommend the food here, very reasonable and plenty of it.
We were also the first Mr & Mrs to eat the pie and our certificate is No. 086 would be interested to see who gets the 100.
Very busy on arrival but we found a table with ease. Lots of staff around but not much seams to be being done, only 2 bar staff serving so I spent the first 15 minutes waiting at the bar.
Food ordered with ease, hot shared platter for starters and 9oz ribeye for main (that's mine) by the way I am writing this at the time we are in the Admiral Rodney. Starters are here and wow - how gutted are we, nowhere near £10.95 worth, and over cooked. Not happy with that but hey - everyone can make a mistake. We'll wait for mains and pass judgment after that.
Not bad, small portions and the children's steak was too over-cooked, but then again my daughter will eat a rare steak with me and most kids are not like that.
Overall OK, could have had better service and the toilets are very smelly.
In response to the last review, I would like to comment that the service since the new landlord came in has been top notch. I live locally and can't emphasise enough how much the atmosphere has changed and the quality of food has risen.
I think I can say for the whole village that there are now 3 good pubs in Bradfield to go to and the last comment is nothing but mischievous and obviously aimed at getting custom for 'the Castle'. I'm sure they do good food and service so I suggest you 'no city slicker' stay there.
Having met the new landlord and knowing he works in the kitchen I'm sure it wasn't him who made comments like that or served 'leather' steaks.
Since the new landlord has taken over it's been well worth a try, the lamb shanks are nice, I've eaten a few times and everything is home made. It's well worth a visit and try for yourselves.
Great food but a limited menu even for one that makes a point of specialising in good pub food.
I had a steak and chips, which were excellent, and the price was reasonable. But a meal out is not purely about the food; it's about the basic atmosphere and service. The maitre d' was brash and loud, and service was rushed and slipshod - we had to ask more than once for cutlery with which to eat, for a clean glass because a dirty one was brought, and when my unassuming mother sent her coffee back because it was 'so bitter she really couldn't drink it' another equally bad cup came out. My tea was not hot. These are not extravagant demands - just simple things that should have been done right. Must try harder.
This pub used to until the last few years, be a really good pub, good service, food but it has gone completely downhill.
We went there in the last month twice. The first time we had to wait over an hour for our food despite the pub not being all that busy and only us eating. The second time we went the same thing happened. In fact we had to wait even longer for our food. We have three children under four and found it difficult to entertain them. It is not usually a problem, as we are usually out of the pub within an hour but two hours in the pub is ridiculous. Suffice to say we wont' be coming back.