Castle View Restaurant

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At The Castle View Restaurant, we cook the best traditional ingredients as simply as possible, letting the quality of the produce and the magnificent views across the castle’s moat speak for themselves.

Our seasonal menu uses the highest quality local meat, including English Longhorn beef, bred in the surrounding local countryside. Every detail of the food is important to us and we believe in giving you a taste of the best of British.

The oak-beamed 17th Century setting, offers diners a relaxed atmosphere and spectacular views from the terrace of the 900 year old Leeds Castle beautifully lit at night.
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DA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and very friendly and made really welcome

VP
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely evening meal on Wednesday evening at the Castle View restaurant and we had a table near the window so we had a perfect view of Leeds Castle (thanks to one of the waiter, I think it was Ben who organized it). I choose the Festival of Flower menu and it was an excellent choice: the beetroot parfait was amazing (very tasty with many different flavors and texture), the hake and the garden vegetable dish was tasty and the pavlova was to die for (the meringue was not too sweet and the red fruits were succulent). My partner had the Spiced sweet potato dish (very tasty) for starter and the seafood linguines and he was also very happy with his choice. We had some glasses of pinot grigio and it went well with our meals. The waiter and waitresses were very attentive and friendly and we will come back next time we stay at Leeds Castle!!

M
Kent
18 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Lunch on the first day of the flower festival.
Food as expected service a little slow.
Overall a pleasant lunch experience.

c
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

It really was style over substance unfortunately. Fantastic view and table on the perfect day. Real confusion of you have to book for brunch but not for lunch. Even though the manager looked very smart and our waiter was very attentive it was a let down. No wine, no mussels, children's cheese wasn't complete. Falafel burger really not good, pasta was flavourless. Kept coming to the table with the wrong food. Drinks were slow and I haven't seen a G&T presented like that in a long time. Fair enough they didn't charge for the last round of drinks as I think they knew but still £78 for one course for 4 adults and a child on tap water. Disappointing as I know the banqueting events are fantastic.

c
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 5

Food was great it was my wife’s 60th birthday treat we had booked a table for lunch. On arrival was told we would have to choose from the brunch menu(wife not a lover of eggs) then 10 minutes later other customers ordered from the lunch menu,we waited along time for refils of tea and coffee no sugar was offered service was very poor extra toast came out with the meal with no butter, we had nearly eaten our food by the time the butter had arrived asked for pot of tea but was served cups but noticed other guests had pots. Sorry to be so negative but don’t feel like we had the best first time experience in the restaurant.

HD
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My daughter and I are vegetarians and the chef and staff were very accommodating. The chef modified the menu and served delicious alternatives! The staff was friendly, thoughtful and efficient. Had a lovely evening.

RR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant with friendly service. An outdoor terrace and restaurant with magnificent views of Leeds Castle. It is a must if you’re staying at Leeds Castle hotel.

R
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

It was not a great experience. Not linnen on the table but a paper napking. The magic was the view on the lightenend castle not the restaurant itself. It was not atmospheric ambiance, as we expected from that location.

AG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Beautiful view of the castle, cocktails were great, food was alright.

JB
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Lovely food in a relaxed setting rather spoiled by shouty children at another table. Wines overpriced.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good, unfazzy but well prepared and presented dishes. Attentive, friendly service in a beautiful setting.

DS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The view, staff and food are amazing. Only negative was that you are unable to tip the staff via card. Great value for money.

JP
Kent
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very good food and atmosphere with an excellent view of the Castle. Very good attentive service

JM
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

Didn't have much choice and quilty of food was poor sad as was really looking forward to it staff were lovely but all seemed very tired.

LL
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

I would definitely recommend Castle View Restaurant for dinner, if like us, you are staying at Leeds Castle overnight. Food was nice, but not the best I have ever eaten, quite pricey we thought, especially a large glass of wine, £12. Our Waitress was lovely, she could not do enough for you and very friendly.

AC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This restaurant has a grand view; and the patio view is even better. In fact, people were leaving tables to take pictures of the view as the sun set. The food was good and the service was very good. Wine choice a little limited.

LH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The restaurant was amazing. Sarah our waitress was awesome and very welcoming.

SS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The whole experience at Leeds Castle was amazing, topped by the Castle View Restaurant. Gogeous ambience, superb food, lovely staff, overlooking the Castle which was floodlit. Would highly recommend it.

GG
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

A beautiful setting, a window seat to a picturess castle, unfortunately poor service and food was no wow factor. Over priced and service was below standard we were very disappointed with the staff serving us

CC
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 1

Probably the worst service in a restaurant for years

CM
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excelent food and atmosphere, bigger portion sizes would be perfect.

KM
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

a great experience enough to choose from but not a huge menu, good service and food served hot and well timed. Wished we had booked for a second night but had chosen somewhere else for our second night.

FP
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Sadly I don't think we would recommend and yet were so excited to have booked for our daughter's birthday. We came bank holiday Monday 26th August and the service was awful which the staff acknowledged to us. Not sure on what the problem was? We were seated almost 2 hours before getting our main course. Disappointingly after our starters which were delicious, our main courses were mostly luke warm and the area was so poorly lit we couldn't see what we were eating. Our tables hadn't been cleaned before we sat down and as we felt forgotten about a lot of the time, the evening just wasn't what we had imagined so don't think we'd bother to go back - such a shame as it could have been perfect.

AA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

Mixed feelings...... the food was excellent. Good portions, well seasoned, steak cooked perfectly .

What let the evening down was the service. Didn't have a chair to start, Table not made, wobbly table (which was fixed), slow as a snail drinks service, no bowl for mussels, no streak knife etc.

The staff were all polite, but believe undertrained or potentially temp as Castle has a wedding so potentially stealing the normal staff.

On the flip side, location and views were amazing worthy off an extra few quid added to the courses.

J
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Birthday dinner

MG
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Attended on a Saturday evening and there were 6 of us. Service was initially slow getting a drink however this improved and all in all a great evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday for son

TH
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous location, fabulous food, fabulous staff. Cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough.

NB
Kent
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Main course and veg was very nice but Selection of bread was just 4 small slices of a bread roll. Not a selection and cost £5 !!!
Chocolate torte was very good, it also included fruit and merange. Merange was the size of a 1p piece and fruit was - half a strawberry, half a raspberry and half a blackcurrant.
Cooked breakfast was also good, however tea and coffee need to be fresh, not from a canteen thermos.

D
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Whilst the view cannot be faulted the ambiance of the interior is a little staid. Service was polite and friendly, but we had t wait a very long time for each course, and it wasn’t overly busy. Portion size of the starters was meagre, but mains were ok, and flavours were good. A nice venue to take visitors to, and we enjoyed it, despite all the comments.

JB
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious food and wonderful view, the service was very professional but could have been even better if it had been more attentive.

PS
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary at the Castle View Restaurant where we had our wedding breakfast, having got married exactly two years earlier in the Maiden's Tower.

Castle View Restaurant
Responded on 23 August 2019

Congratulations on your anniversary! Thank you for coming back to see us. See you next year?

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SD
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We were slightly skeptical based on some of the reviews, and being vegan usually leaves us with few desirable options. We were treated to great service, very tasty food (one vegan option available for starter, mains and desert) and a lovely atmosphere. The portion size was small for a starter, but the mains were great and big, so was the dessert. We were stuffed and enjoyed ourselves a lot.

Castle View Restaurant
Responded on 23 August 2019

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RO
Kent
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A fantastic location setting opposite the castle which was beautiful to see and was made better by a chance firework display within the castle grounds. The restaurant had a really good vibe and the decor was a real joy. The food was presented well and of very good quality. The service was fuss free which is what we like. For us the prices were better than we expected. We would not hesitate to dine again here when we are next in the area.

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Responded on 23 August 2019

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MS
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Only castle view is amazing, apart that everything not very bad but for the price you paid must be much better. Staff can’t even brush hair nicely. Forgot to take order till
We asked, even they was just chatting. The fork was broken. Food was nice but table looks like in the pub, not like restaurant.

Castle View Restaurant
Responded on 23 August 2019

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KW
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 1

Overpriced food in an environment similar to a works canteen. Staff very good.

Castle View Restaurant
Responded on 23 August 2019

Thank you for your feedback. Please send us a private message to castleviewrestaurant@leeds-castle.co.uk so we can better understand the challenges you had.

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A
London
5 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Dining at Castle View is a special experience and the staff were friendly and welcoming. Arriving at Leeds Castle by a different entrance and with all the crowds gone home is thrilling in itself. The food itself, as we have found before, was variable. My main course, a vegetarian pithivier was excellent but the starter 'chicken satay' consisted of two grisly,bony pellets such as an owl might have regurgitated, with a tiny dollops of peanut sauce beside them. Our guests enjoyed the risotto and the linguine. I think the menu managers do need to ask themselves whether each item is actually delicious and corresponds with the name by which customers have been enticed to order it.

Castle View Restaurant
Responded on 23 August 2019

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AL
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This restaurant lives up to its name with the view which was wonderful. Staff very welcoming and professional. Menu varied. Food looked beautiful, tasted lovely and over three courses was sufficient. All in all a good fine dining experience.

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Responded on 23 August 2019

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L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Really amazing setting with the view and location. Menu choice was good but portions were small and would recommend side dishes. Wine list was reasonable and overall price was okay but possibly would expect slightly more for money in terms of value.

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Responded on 23 August 2019

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PI
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

The host, Ben Allen, made sure to ruin our experience. He was smug, treated us like seating us was bothering him and unclear on the 900 pennies program. My lamb was tough and tasteless. My husband's beef was over cooked and cold. We tried to flag the staff down but finally gave up. Then when we were presented with the bill he called us liars practically when we tried to use the little 9 pound discount as HE explained it. We will not recommend, nor will we return.

Castle View Restaurant
Responded on 23 August 2019

Thank you for your feedback. Please send us a private message to castleviewrestaurant@leeds-castle.co.uk so we can better understand the challenges you had.

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