The Famous Virgins and Castle, Kenilworth

This was a new pub for me – not having been to Kenilworth much, most restaurants there are new to me. This is apparently one of the oldest pubs in Kenilworth and was often frequented by Shakespeare. But it also serves really good Filipino food so we wanted to give it a try. Its website leaves a lot to be desired but don’t let that fool you.

On one of the hottest days in September, we sat outside in their beer garden and looked at their menu – which is separated by English and Filipino mains. There was hardly anyone at the pub when we went in September, but I went again later with my work colleagues and it was much busier. 

The Famous Virgins and Castle, Kenilworth Menu

I had the pork adobo (picture below) which felt incredibly decadent, rich, and like it had been cooking for hours. Super succulent. 

Famous Virgins and Castle, Kenilworth

When I went back a couple months later, last week, I was with work colleagues and as it was now mid-November, we decided to eat inside. I opted for the spring rolls to start followed by the Beef Caldereta.

To be honest, the spring rolls were just pork spring rolls, but I really enjoyed by main course again. 


The beef in this dish was again really succulent, just falling apart with the touch of my fork. I am well aware that the picture doesn’t look that appetising, but it really was. I just wasn’t sure whether the carrots in the dish were the right thing – their sweetness seemed a little at odds with the rest of the dish. But that didn’t put me off.

beef caldereta

But all in all, this is one of those pubs that you can really relax in, eating good food, in a really cosy atmosphere. Definitely one I would recommend for a night catching up with friends.