Castle Gardens gets a re-brand

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The Castle Gardens in Carleton has been unveiled as an Ember Pub & Dining following an extensive transformation.

Ember Pub & Dining is a new brand from Ember which offers gastro pub quality food at affordable prices alongside a range of seasonal cask ales, with five on offer at any one time.

The Castle Gardens will now offer an award-winning menu of traditional pub dishes with a modern twist alongside a freshly-prepared daily specials menu, created by the kitchen team.

Barry Lumley, manager of the Castle Gardens, said: “The team here are really excited about the opening of the new-look Castle Gardens. And I’m confident that both our regulars, alongside new guests, will love it too. That’s why we’re encouraging local residents to come down and try the menu.

“Our chef, David McCready, will be offering an award-winning selection of dishes, and we’re proud to be able to offer restaurant quality food at prices everyone can afford.

“As part of our new policy on family dining, we will also be offering smaller portions of many of our favourite dishes so that our younger guests can enjoy them too.”

The menu offers a wealth of gastro-quality dishes including starters such as Severn and Wye Valley oak smoked salmon and an almond crumbed Somerset Brie, served with an apple salad and redcurrant and juniper jelly. In addition to traditional pub classics such as beer-battered line caught cod and thick cut chips served with a minted pea puree, the kitchen team will also be creating a number of freshly prepared daily specials including a 21 day matured fillet steak which comes with dauphinoise potato, green beans and tender stemmed broccoli.

The dessert menu will feature a number of reworked favourites including banoffee pie served with fresh bananas, whipped cream and crumbled chocolate through to lemon curd ice cream from Callestic Farm in Devon.

A wide selection of seasonal cask ales will also be available at the Castle Gardens, and the pub will continue to select its weekly changing choice from over 90 different brewers. Ember Pub & Dining pubs have designated dining areas where younger guests are welcome to eat with adults, while the food offering ranges from daily specials and traditional pub classics, through to a fixed menu of two courses for £6.95 (Monday – Saturday before 5pm).

Ember Pub & Dining also won the award for the Best Branded Pub Restaurant in this year’s Midas Menu Innovation and Development Awards.

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