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kenilworths

oldest pub

Est 1563

 

The Virgins and Castle is one of the oldest pubs in Warwickshire built in the late fifteenth century and first used as a pub in 1563. 

We offer a unique range of English and Filipino food using fresh local ingredients prepared daily in our kitchen and our cellar is well stocked with some fantastic cask ales and excellent wines.

The pub is full of character with lots of rooms and niches all spread around the two bars and a slightly more formal dining area for the evenings. A heated walled garden can be found at the rear of the pub. 

We are in the Good Pub guide 2012 and the Good Beer guide 2012 and the real ale guide.

We also offer free Wi-Fi for customers.

 

Location

7 High Street
Kenilworth
Warwickshire
CV8 1LY

Phone

01926 853 737

Real ales and wines

At anyone time we stock six hand pulled cask ales in the pub, including four from Everards our regional brewing partner. Our guest beers include not only the big names but small breweries that offer beer with real character. We also have a great range of cider and lager and in the fridge you will find a fantastic selection of bottled beer from all over the world. If there is something you would like we do not stock let us know and we will do our best to get it for you.

We offer a range of good quality wines from around the world both by the glass and bottle, our current list of which is below. We also often have specials and bin ends so keep your eyes on the boards in the pub.

Our stock of spirits is extensive in particular our range of single malt whiskies (my favourite) we regularly carry up to thirty single malts, not bad for a pub a long way south of the border. In the autumn we will be offering some tutored tasting sessions, come and learn about your favourites or try something new.

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History

In the historic Old town of Kenilworth, The Famous Virgins & Castle has been established since the 16th Century and is one of the oldest pubs in town.

The first recorded mention of The Famous Virgins and Castle dates back to 1563 when it was called the Two Virgins Inn. The records show that it was then the host to the ‘Court of the Castle Manor’ which was around the same time as when the castle was granted to Lord Robert Dudley, a good friend of Queen Elizabeth.

No doubt, the locals would then have seen the lavish celebrations held when the Queen came to visit- a historical past which we are keen to recapture.

Whilst The Famous Virgins & Castle was of obvious importance to the community, the next recorded reference of the pub is in 1777. This was when the Kenilworth Association was formed and the members met at the pub, now called the Sign of the Two Virgins.

The age of these buildings make it appear that this is the original settlement, but in fact this is simply the oldest existing part of the town.

After a period of disuse, the pub is next mentioned in 1828, when it merged with the Castle Tavern, and was listed in the directory of town pubs as The Virgins & Castle.

Today the Famous Virgins & Castle is set to resume its important role in the community as one of the areas most popular meeting places. 

Contact

For bookings and queries please call us or fill out the below form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

PHONE

01926 853 737

LOCATION

7 High Street
Kenilworth
Warwickshire
CV8 1LY

Opening HOURS

Monday 3pm – 11pm
Tuesday 11am – 11pm
Wednesday 11am – 11pm
Thursday 11am – 11.30pm
Friday 11am – Midnight
Saturday 11am – Midnight
Sunday 11am – 10pm