Exploring the Charming Atmosphere and Lively Scene at the Castle Hotel in Eynsford

As a local journalist, I had the pleasure of visiting the Castle Hotel in Eynsford recently and was impressed by what I found. The warm glow of light spilling out onto the High Street through the leaded windows immediately caught my attention. I couldn’t resist the urge to step inside and check out this popular watering hole.

Once inside, I was greeted by a beautiful display of hanging pink and white flowers that added a touch of charm to the space. However, I couldn’t help but feel they were a bit out of place. The Castle Hotel is a large establishment with a bar, dining area, and seven bedrooms. As I approached the bar, I noticed a slight delay as the barmaid was busy fulfilling a large order of coffees. But with the thought that it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, I didn’t mind the wait.

The only ale on tap was a Whitstable Bay Pale, so I decided to give it a try along with a packet of Pipers salt and vinegar crisps. While the ale was decent, I was a bit disappointed to find out that the crisps were not the flavor I had requested and they cost a steep £1.50.

As I enjoyed my drink, I took in the friendly and lively atmosphere of the bar. But that was soon disrupted by a bearded man who seemed to be having a very loud and important phone conversation about something called Pennywort. It was quite an amusing sight, reminiscent of Dom Joly’s famous sketch. The background music was fairly unremarkable, but it was no match for the loud phone call.

The bar itself is well-stocked and inviting, with trendy lightbulbs and a variety of snacks in glass jars. The bearded man was eventually joined by a woman in a Where’s Wally bobble hat, which seemed to put an end to his phone call. I then turned my attention to three Irishmen at the table behind me who were discussing which funerals they would and would not attend in the coming weeks. It was quite a sight to see them all leave after only finishing a third of their pints of Moretti.

The Castle Hotel also has a lovely garden area, though it was too cold to sit outside during my visit. The toilets were clean and well-decorated, and I could only imagine how popular the garden would be during the warmer months.

The hotel seemed to be at full capacity, with many guests choosing to stay close to the bar. I noticed one man in the corner who appeared to be running his entire business from his laptop. The hotel also had a central corridor that led to the toilets and a back door for easy access to the garden.

As for the decor, apart from the hanging flowers, the rest of the bar was tastefully decorated with plenty of cushions and other accents. I did spot one TV screen, but it wasn’t turned on. Overall, it was a cozy and inviting space.

My visit to the Castle Hotel was a pleasant one, and I would have loved to stay longer and try some of their food. But as time was getting on, I decided to finish my drink and make my way out. I can imagine the place being even more charming in the summertime, with its outdoor seating area and beautiful windows.

In summary, the Castle Hotel in Eynsford is a lovely establishment with a warm and friendly atmosphere. The drinks were decent, although a bit on the pricier side, and the staff was welcoming and accommodating. I would definitely recommend giving it a try if you’re in the area.

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